Stocks in the News: Apple, Wal-Mart, Google

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

Apple
(AAPL) is having a busy week. On Monday, it's due to report earnings later in the day. Analysts estimate the company has earned at least $2.07 per share in its fiscal first quarter. This week, Apple is also expected to unveil its much-talked-about tablet computer. The rumors surrounding this device are endless, with TechCrunch quoting Steve Jobs as saying,"This will be the most important thing I've ever done." Meanwhile, other rumors claim AT&T (T) will soon lose exclusivity of the iPhone. Shares of AAPL traded over 2% higher in early pre-market action.