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Buzz Stocks: Facebook Inc (FB), Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc., Microsoft Corporation, and McDonald's Corporation

Today's stocks to watch in the news include FB, CMG, MSFT, and MCD

by 5/20/2014 8:53 AM
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Stocks are sitting slightly north of breakeven ahead of the open, as investors digest the latest round of earnings reports. In company news, here are some stocks to watch today:

  • Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) has allegedly reached a multi-year marketing deal with French ad agency Publicis Groupe SA. According to a source, the multi-million-dollar agreement will focus on the video advertisements that appear on the social network, as well as on FB-owned Instagram. (Reuters)

  • After several gun rights supporters brought assault rifles into a Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. (NYSE:CMG) location, the chain requested that customers no longer bring such weapons into its restaurants. In a statement yesterday, CMG said, "the display of firearms in our restaurants has now created an environment that is potentially intimidating or uncomfortable for many of our customers." (Associated Press, via CNBC)

  • Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) CEO Satya Nadella will appear at an event later this morning, in which he's expected to introduce updated Surface and Surface Pro tablets. Specifically, analysts are speculating that Nadella may debut MSFT's first "mini" tablet -- though some experts doubt this will happen, due to the product's lower price point, and potential competition with other firms' mini tablets that run Windows. (USA Today, via CNBC)

  • McDonald's Corporation (NYSE:MCD) plans to introduce Happy Meal mascot "Happy" -- who's appeared in France since 2009 -- into the U.S. market later this week. However, images of the grinning cartoon went viral overnight on Twitter Inc (NYSE:TWTR), and received a strong negative reaction, with users describing "Happy" as terrifying. (MarketWatch)

  • Also, The Home Depot, Inc. (NYSE:HD), Dick's Sporting Goods Inc (NYSE:DKS), and Staples, Inc. (NASDAQ:SPLS) reported quarterly earnings. (USA Today; MarketWatch; Reuters)

  • Finally, GoPro -- which markets small, mountable video cameras, largely to extreme sports enthusiasts -- announced yesterday its intentions to go public. The company will likely trade on the Nasdaq Exchange under the symbol "GPRO," and hopes to generate $100 million from its IPO. (CNNMoney)


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