Stocks in the News: KFT, FNM, AMR, AAPL

The following is a round-up of news likely to affect stock prices today:

Two sectors will be in focus today: airlines and retailers. Retail sales during the 2009 holiday shopping season climbed 3.6%, according to MasterCard Advisors unit SpendingPulse -- a better performance than last year. The airline sector will also be in focus since the failed attempt to blow up a Northwest Airlines Detroit-bound jet led to new travel restrictions that increase costs and inconvenience.