Here's a look at some of the stocks the Yahoo Finance team will be watching for you today.
Shares of SodaStream (SODA) surged after reports the company is in talks with a large soft drink company to sell a stake of up to 10% at a price of $52 a share. Potential buyers include Pepsi (PEP), Dr. Pepper Snapple Group and possibly Starbucks (SBUX).
Twitter (TWTR) soared nearly 12% yesterday on reports of an acquisition and a key hire. The company said it was buying Gnip, a startup Twitter already works with. Gnip mines all of Twitter's data for trends and information useful to Twitter and other companies. Separately, Twitter hired Daniel Graf from Google to be its new consumer products vice president. Graf most recently was in charge of Google Maps.
Intel (INTC) reported its quarterly results after the bell yesterday. Earnings per share were $0.38, which beat estimates by a penny. Revenue was $12.76 billion, just missing analysts’ estimates of $12.81 billion. Intel has been hit by declining personal computer sales, which the company hopes to offset by putting its chips in tablets instead. The Financial Times reported Intel has been aggressively pursuing Chinese tablet makers.
Hot Stock Minute's parent company Yahoo (YHOO) reported after the bell yesterday. Earnings per share came in at $0.38, which beat estimates by a penny. Revenue rose slightly to $1.09 billion, just beating estimates. Revenue from display ads rose 2%. Yahoo also reported that Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, in which Yahoo holds a 24% stake, saw revenue increase 66%. Alibaba is expected to file for its U.S. IPO next week.
And we’re watching Google (GOOGL) ahead of the company's earnings release expected after the closing bell today. Google is expected to report $6.40 earnings per share on $15.52 billion in revenue. Analysts expect display ad revenue from the company's YouTube unit to be higher.
Meanwhile, Google, Apple (AAPL) and Samsung, along with the five largest U.S. wireless carriers, announced new anti-theft measures for smartphones. The new measures will give users the ability to opt in to a "kill switch" that would disable the phone if it’s stolen. While advocates applaud the commitment as a good first step, they say the kill-switch should be the default, not something a user has to opt-in to enable. This brings us to today's poll. Do you think the anti-theft "kill switch" should be the default on smartphones, or just an option? Vote in our poll and leave a comment as well.