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Buzz Stocks: Visa Inc, Google Inc, Duke Energy Corp, and Barclays PLC (ADR)

Today's stocks to watch in the news include V, GOOGL, DUK, and BCS

by 5/23/2014 9:11 AM
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The major market indexes are positioned slightly above breakeven in early morning trading, with little economic or earnings data on the immediate horizon. In company news, here are some stocks to watch today:

  • MasterCard Inc (NYSE:MA) and Visa Inc (NYSE:V) have agreed to stay in Russia, despite state regulations that require foreign credit card firms to pay significant security deposits to the central bank. The decision comes after the two companies' executives met with members of the Russian government, and agreed to abide by the government's existing payment systems while working toward a compromise. (Reuters)

  • Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) is developing a new tablet with advanced vision capabilities, according to The Wall Street Journal. The 7-inch handheld device will reportedly have two rear-facing cameras, imaging software, and infrared depth sensors, giving it the ability to perform three-dimensional mapping. (CNET)

  • Duke Energy Corp (NYSE:DUK) reached an agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to remove the coal ash from the Dan River, left over from a drainage pipe rupture in early February. The plan requires DUK to send the recovered ash to a lined landfill, and to reimburse the U.S. government for its supervision of the cleanup efforts. (CNBC)

  • Barclays PLC (ADR) (NYSE:BCS) was fined nearly $44 million by the U.K.'s Financial Conduct Authority for the actions of a former trader, who allegedly attempted to influence the price of gold. Specifically, the regulatory body said BCS failed to use its internal controls in order to prevent conflicts of interest between the bank and its customers. (The New York Times)

  • Also, GameStop Corp. (NYSE:GME), The Gap Inc. (NYSE:GPS), and Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE:HPQ) reported quarterly earnings. (The Dallas Morning News; Associated Press, via ABC News; CNBC)

  • Finally, a hotel in Oregon is suing a customer for $74,500, after he allegedly posted a fake review of the facility on TripAdvisor, Inc.'s (NASDAQ:TRIP) website. On the review, the anonymous guest claims that during his stay, staff members were "either high or drunk," adding that the food and accommodations were "nasty." (The Oregonian)

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