Stocks in the news: Apple, Anglo American, Walgreen's, Merck


The following post rounds up the companies making headlines today:

Apple Inc. (AAPL) The Wall Street Journal reported over the weekend that Steve Jobs had a liver transplant two months ago, but will return to Apple soon in a month or so. The report said Jobs is recovering well. Apple also said Monday that it has sold more than 1 million iPhone 3GS models through Sunday, just three days after the phone's launch.

Xstrata on Sunday proposed a merger of equals with Anglo American (AAUK), worth 41 billion pound ($67 billion). The deal would make the combined firm the world's number-three miner behind only BHP Billiton (BHP) and Vale (VALE). Anglo American shares rallied on Monday as investors bet it will reject a merger proposal from Xstrata and demand a premium for a deal to go through. AAUK shares climbed over 6 percent ahead of the bell.