The drive-in restaurant chain Sonic (SONC) says its quarterly earnings nearly doubled from a year ago, even though revenue edged lower. The company says its results were helped by a redesigned menu and an updated marketing campaign. Sonic shares have soared nearly 60 percent over the past year.
Boeing (BA) says its first test flight of the Dreamliner since the entire fleet was grounded back in January went according to plan. Regulators will need to evaluate the data about changes made to the lithium-ion battery before the company can resume commercial flights. Boeing is losing an estimated $50 million dollars a week while the fleet is grounded.
Chipmaker Intel (INTC) is moving closer to launching a pay TV service. Bloomberg reports the company is in talks with Walt Disney (DIS), NBC Universal and Viacom (VIA) to get access to movies and TV shows. The idea is to offer an alternative to established pay TV services.
The online video streaming service Hulu is owned by media giants News Corp. (NWS), Walt Disney and Comcast (CMCSA). And the owners don't agree on how to manage the company. So, they're reportedly holding talks with potential buyers. When Hulu was available two year ago, it drew bids from Amazon (AMZN), Google (GOOG), Yahoo (YHOO) and Dish Network (DISH), but there's no indication at this point if any of them are interested now.
UBS (UBS) has cut its rating on the paper and packaging company MeadWestvaco (MWV) to 'neutral'. It previously had a 'buy' rating on the stock.
And Take-Two (TTWO) Interactive release the third installment in its Bioshock video game series. The company, best-known for its Grand Theft Auto franchise, will release a new version of that game later this year.
5 Best Apps to Invest Smarter
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Motif lets you invest in a very narrow sector -- say, clean tech or companies tied to the housing rebound -- using one of 90 themed portfolios. The site requires a $250 minimum and charges a commission of $9.95 per portfolio.
You wouldn't want to use Motif for your retirement fund, but it's a fun way to invest your mad money if you play the market. The service could also be a good introduction to investing for novices, says MIT finance professor Andrew Lo.
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This site-and-app combo syncs with more than 90 brokerages to track your 401(k), IRA, and stock market investments.
You can also see charts breaking down your asset allocation and risk level.
What really sets SigFig apart from other investing tools, though, is that the service checks your portfolio weekly for hidden fees, overcharges, and underperforming funds, and suggests alternatives.
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Best for investing and budget
By combining money management tools with a full listing of your investment accounts, Personal Capital provides a broad financial picture in a single application, says Jim Breune, editor of NetBanker.com, which covers online financial tools.
Personal Capital offers fee-based financial advice, but you don't need to buy in to use its website and mobile app.
Follow your investments in real time with an app.
Mobile offerings vary by brokerage (Fidelity's version is still the most downloaded), but most also let you check news and quotes, says Brett DiDonato of OnlineBrokerRev.com.
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A treasure trove of financial info. Track your investments in real time or use interactive charts to get more detailed data about their performance.