Why Groupon, CenturyLink, and Chelsea Therapeutics Jumped Today

On Thursday, investors paid close attention to whether the stock market would rise to new record highs, as the final big push of earnings season included positive reports from some major companies. Yet in the end, broader concerns about the sustainability of the economic recovery, both in the U.S. and across the globe, held major-market benchmarks back. Still, Groupon , CenturyLink , and Chelsea Therapeutics climbed nicely, although some reasons they rose weren't necessarily the best news that shareholders could hope to hear.

Source: Groupon.

Groupon gained 6%, but the move was largely a bounce after the daily deals and online-retail company's shares plunged more than 20% yesterday. Good results from retailers' April sales data might have had a positive impact on Groupon's e-commerce sites, and with many Internet stocks hit hard in recent weeks, a pause throughout the sector led to some upward moves for many sector favorites. Nevertheless, Groupon still faces the big challenge of going beyond its landmark daily deals service to build a lasting presence in the online retail world. With so many big competitors, Groupon will have an uphill battle to execute its turnaround strategy successfully.

Source: Wikimedia Commons.

CenturyLink also rose about 6% as the telecom company announced its first-quarter results. Revenue was flat, and adjusted earnings fell 13% from the year-ago period, showing the ongoing challenges that CenturyLink faces in keeping its customers from defecting to competitors. Yet even as CenturyLink saw 120,000 phone-line customers disappear, it added 66,000 broadband Internet users and 24,000 television viewers during the quarter. CenturyLink also cited rising demand from its enterprise customers. With most telecom and cable companies seeking to maximize their exposure to small business and enterprise customers who need and can afford premium service offerings, CenturyLink needs to keep striving to get maximum market share on that front.

Chelsea Therapeutics soared 32% as the small biotech got a buyout bid from a Danish pharmaceutical company. Lundbeck priced its offer at a 29% premium to yesterday's closing price, but Chelsea Therapeutics shares actually climbed above the cash component of the buyout because of contingent value rights that it would receive after the deal closes. The contingent value rights are tied to the performance of Chelsea's Parkinson's disease treatment Northera, which treats low blood pressure and recently gained FDA approval. Given the demand for approved drugs, Lundbeck might well have gotten Chelsea Therapeutics at a bargain price here.

Invest in the next wave of health care innovation
The Economist compares this disruptive invention to the steam engine and the printing press. Business Insider says it's "the next trillion dollar industry." And the technology behind is poised to set off one of the most remarkable health care revolutions in decades. The Motley Fool's exclusive research presentation dives into this technology's true potential, and its ability to make life-changing medical solutions never thought possible. To learn how you can invest in this unbelievable new technology, click here now to see our free report.

The article Why Groupon, CenturyLink, and Chelsea Therapeutics Jumped Today originally appeared on Fool.com.

Dan Caplinger has no position in any stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

Copyright © 1995 - 2014 The Motley Fool, LLC. All rights reserved. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

Read Full Story