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Buzz Stocks: The Boeing Company (BA), Facebook Inc (FB), Netflix, Inc. (NFLX), and Ford Motor Company (F)

Today's stocks to watch in the news include BA, FB, NFLX, and F

by 10/14/2013 9:16 AM
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With the federal budget impasse continuing into its third week, and the U.S. likely to hit its borrowing limit on Thursday, futures are pointed south as investors' concerns grow. In company news, here are some stocks to watch today:

  • If the government shutdown persists much longer, The Boeing Company (NYSE:BA) may furlough members of its key defense, space and security unit, which accounted for roughly two-fifths of the firm's 2012 revenue. A Boeing spokesman said in an email that the potential workforce reduction could result from several factors, including funding cuts and a shortage of federal inspectors. (Bloomberg)

  • Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) has acquired Israeli mobile analytics firm Onavo for a reported $100 million to $200 million. Onavo not only will allow FB to track the performance of its mobile app on both an absolute and relative basis, but will also allow FB members using iOS and Android to optimize app performance and maximize battery life. (TechCrunch)

  • A Wall Street Journal report says Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX) has renegotiated studio deals allowing it to provide content to cable providers via its streaming video app. Among the companies with which NFLX is allegedly speaking are Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ:CMCSA), RCN, and Suddenlink. (Engadget)

  • Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F) is teaming with the University of Michigan to help advance battery technology through research at the school's new, state-of-the-art battery lab. Although Ford is the only automaker signed up to work there, the lab is open to other participants, since it's meant to be a safe zone for non-competitive collaboration. (Detroit Free Press)

  • AdAge is reporting, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) is considering the addition of short-form video -- much like that found on YouTube -- to its website, in an effort to increase advertising revenue. Elsewhere, AMZN founder and CEO Jeff Bezos donated $10 million to erect the Museum of History & Industry's (MOHAI) new Bezos Center, which pays tribute to Seattle's long history of technological innovation. (Mashable; The Seattle Times)

  • Raytheon Company (NYSE:RTN) has been selected by the U.S. Navy to build, implement, and test a next-generation shipboard air and missile defense radar (AMDR), as well as the system's Radar Suite Controller (RSC). The contract was officially awarded on Oct. 10, and is worth nearly $386 million. (SeaPower)

  • Finally, The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE:KO) is testing vending machines that adjust prices depending on weather conditions. Somewhat surprisingly, the machines -- which are trialing strictly in Spain -- drop their prices as temperatures rise, in an effort to promote the new Minute Maid Limon & Nada beverage. (Consumerist)

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