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Why Afterpay, Aveo, Elixinol Global, & Speedcast shares stormed higher

The S&P/ASX 200 index has continued its positive run and is on course to record a strong gain on Thursday. In afternoon trade the benchmark index is up over 0.5% to 6,720.7 points.

Four shares that are climbing more than most today are listed below. Here’s why they have stormed higher:

The Afterpay Touch Group Ltd (ASX: APT) share price has climbed 2.5% to $27.06. This gain appears to have been driven by a positive night of trade on Wall Street. In addition to this, the company’s recent shuffling of its leadership and board appears to have gone down well with the market.

The Aveo Group (ASX: AOG) share price is up 3.5% to $2.01 after the release of a strategic review update this morning. According to the update, the leading owner, operator and manager of retirement communities is in talks with Brookfield Property Group about an indicative proposal. Management has warned that there is no certainty that it will result in an acceptable offer or that a transaction will be implemented.

The Elixinol Global Ltd (ASX: EXL) share price has zoomed almost 7% higher to $3.92 after the manufacturer and global distributor of industrial hemp-based dietary supplement and skincare products announced a new distribution agreement. According to the release, Elixinol Global has signed an exclusive distribution agreement with MedVec International in Germany. This will see MedVec sell Elixinol-branded products and white label products through its existing sales network in the pharmacy and para pharmacy sector.

The Speedcast International Ltd (ASX: SDA) share price has bounced back with a gain of 9% to $1.88. This gain appears to have been driven by bargain hunters swooping in after Speedcast’s shares lost half of their value over the previous two trading days. Investors hit the sell button after the satellite communications company downgraded its guidance. Speedcast expects adjusted calendar year 2019 EBITDA in the region of US$140 million to US$150 million, compared to its prior guidance of $160 million to $171 million.

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