Stocks in the news: Intel, Ford, Verizon, MGM Mirage

The following post rounds up the companies making headlines today:

Intel (INTC) got the dubious first place today as the EU fined the chip maker 1.06 billion euros ($1.45 billion), more than Microsoft's largest fine on monopoly abuse so far. The EU said Intel used illegal sales tactics to shut out smaller rival AMD (AMD). Shares were up nearly 2 percent before the bell as CEO Paul Otellini told analysts that the business was a little better than expected during the second quarter.

Ford Motor Co. (F) continued to drop to this morning after plummeting over 17 percent Tuesday. The automaker is pricing its 300 million share offering at $4.75 each -- a discount to Tuesday's $5.01 close -- raising $1.4 billion. Shares declined 3.8 percent in pre-market trade.