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Buzz Stocks: Nielsen Holdings, Morgan Stanley, Wal-Mart, and Intel

Among today's stocks in the news to watch are NLSN, MS, WMT, INTC

by 12/18/2012 9:00 AM
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With budget talks reportedly moving in a positive direction, U.S. stock futures are on the rise once again. In company news, here are some stocks to watch today:

  • Earnings news: Diamond Foods, Inc. (NASDAQ:DMND) lost 49 cents per share in the first quarter, but would have earned 24 cents per share excluding various charges. Adjusted earnings topped analysts' expectations by a penny per share. Net sales at the snack food company dropped 10% to $258.5 million. (Reuters)

  • In merger news, TV audience ratings company Nielsen Holdings N.V. (NYSE:NLSN) is buying radio ratings company Arbitron Inc. (NYSE:ARB) for $1.26 billion. This values ARB stock at $48 per share, or a 26% premium over Monday's closing price. (Yahoo! News)

  • Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) has been fined $5 million for its role in the bungled Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) IPO. Regulators in the commonwealth of Massachusetts levied the fine, noting the investment-banking giant violated securities law by sharing information with analysts that was not disclosed to retail investors. (Bloomberg)

  • Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE:WMT) is facing allegations from New York Times reporters that its Mexican affiliate used bribery to secure building permits for areas not previously zoned for commercial operations. The misdeeds allegedly occurred in 2003 and 2004 and resulted in nine bribes totaling $765,000. (Bloomberg Businessweek)

  • Amgen, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMGN) is prepared to plead guilty to charges of misbranding -- the act of marketing drugs for uses that haven't been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The settlement is set to come with an estimated fine of $780 million, which the biotech firm earmarked 14 months ago as investigations into the matter accelerated. (The New York Times)

  • Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC) has won its appeal of a patent lawsuit with Negotiated Data Solutions LLC. The latter had previously accused the semiconductor giant of infringing on Ethernet patents. (Yahoo! News)

  • Finally, sources say NBC is considering shifting Jimmy Fallon up an hour and into the role of "The Tonight Show" host in 2014, when Jay Leno's current deal expires. Jimmy, Conan O'Brien may have some advice for you on this (New York Daily News)

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