10 Unusual Stocks Attracting Huge Interest Today

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U.S. stock futures are lower ahead of ISM Services data later this morning. Follow the release at Money Game > Portugal was downgraded again by Moody’s, indicating it is even closer to a bailout. Texas Instrument’s announced a $6.5 billion acquisition of National Semiconductor after the closing bell yesterday.

NSM shares are up 71% which has boosted other tech stocks.

Apple shares were down over 1% on the news that its weighting in the Nasdaq 100 would be reduced. There was also some earnings news already out and there is more to come.

Here is a roundup of earnings so far:

  • Layne Christensen beat analyst expectations
  • Schnitzer Steel beat analyst expectations
  • KB Home will report its earnings later today

DISTRIBUTION DEAL: American Airlines restored its ticket distribution deal with Expedia. Expedia shares were up 5% in after-hours trading.

Closing price: $22.43

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SHARE WEIGHTING CUT: Apple shares are down over 1% after having its weighting cut from in a rebalancing of shares in the Nasdaq 100. It is expected to be 12.3% of the index compared with its current 20.49%.

Closing price: $341.19

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EARNINGS BEAT: Layne Christensen beat analyst expectations with earnings of $0.45 per share for Q4.

Closing price: $35.14

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EARNINGS WATCH: KB Home is expected to report earnings of $0.25 per share.

Closing price: $12.20

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ACQUISITION DEAL: Texas Instruments agreed to buy National Semiconductor Corp for $6.5 billion. National Semiconductor shares are up 71% in pre-market trading.

Closing price: $24.30

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LOWERED OUTLOOK: Meru Networks cut its outlook for Q1 revenue. Shares fell over 9% in after-hours trading.

Closing price: $17.00

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STRATEGIC ALLIANCE: JA Solar Holdings entered into a 2-year partnership with Jabil Circuit. JA Solar shares were up 2% in after hours trading.

Closing price: $6.57

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EARNINGS WATCH: Zep Inc. is expected to report earnings of $0.15 per share for Q2.

Closing price: $17.57

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SHARE RISE: Linear Technology is up over 2% in pre-market trading on the Texas Instruments and National Semiconductor deal.

Closing price: $33.08

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EARNINGS BEAT: Schnitzer Steel beat expectations with earnings of $1.10 per share.

Closing price: $66.01

Read about it here >

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