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Buzz Stocks: Oracle, Hewlett-Packard, BlackBerry, and McDonald's

Today's hot stocks to watch in the news include ORCL, HPQ, BBRY, and MCD

by 2/4/2013 9:08 AM
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The 14,000 area on the Dow will be in focus again today, as Dow futures have slipped below this millennium level in pre-market trading. In company-specific news, here are some names to watch:

  • Humana Inc. (NYSE:HUM) disclosed fourth-quarter earnings of $1.19 per share, a penny below year-ago results. Revenue was 6% higher at $9.56 billion. The numbers were mixed against analysts' estimates for per-share earnings of $1.06 on $9.73 billion in revenue. (CNBC)

  • Oracle Corporation (NASDAQ:ORCL) is acquiring Acme Packet, Inc. (NASDAQ:APKT) for roughly $1.9 billion, or $29.25 per share. This is a 22% premium to Friday's closing price for APKT, a manufacturer of network equipment. (Reuters)

  • Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE:HPQ) is jumping into the low-priced laptop market by selling its first Chromebook. The $330 Pavilion 14 comes with a 14-inch display and is optimized for web-based apps, such as email and Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) Drive documents and spreadsheets. (CNET)

  • BlackBerry (NASDAQ:BBRY) -- the company formerly known as Research In Motion (NASDAQ:RIMM) -- will begin trading with its new name and symbol on the Nasdaq Exchange this morning. (CNBC)

  • Japan Airlines may seek compensation from The Boeing Company (NYSE:BA) in the wake of the continued grounding of 50 787 Dreamliner planes. The carrier has seven of the Dreamliners in its fleet, and the stoppage is expected to negatively impact earnings by roughly $8 million. (Chicago Tribune)

  • Anheuser-Busch InBev NV (ADR) (NYSE:BUD) plans to "vigorously fight" a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ), which seeks to block the brewing giant's $20 billion buyout of Mexican competitor Modelo. While the DoJ claims the consolidation would ultimately raise prices for consumers, BUD says it remains "confident" in the terms of the deal. (Financial Times)

  • For the first time in 10 years, McDonald's Corporation (NYSE:MCD) is updating its Happy Meal choices, and the change is good news for young pescatarians. In addition to burgers and Chicken McNuggets, children can now choose Fish McBites. The move comes just in time for Lent, and responds to research showing parents wanted more seafood choices on the menu. (The Miami Herald)

  • Finally, the Baltimore Ravens took the Super Bowl XLVII title, but the city of New Orleans was poised to be a winner as well. During its 10th hosted Super Bowl -- the first since Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005 -- the Crescent City was expected to rake in more than $430 million in tourism dollars. (USA Today)

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