Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL): According to NTT DoCoMo (NYSE:DCM) senior EVP Kazuto Tsubouchi, “Docomo is ready but timing is the problem,” in regards to Apple’s rumored launch date for the iPhone 5S, which is said to fall around September 10. ”It would be difficult to start sales on the 10th,” he told Japan’s Sankei Shimbun.
Ford Motor Co. (NYSE:F): Ford is intending to keep the price on its Fusion sedan stable even as output increases with new plants that will be seeing boosted production. The car currently commands a $1,176 premium above the average in the midsize car segment, and analysts expect the company to produce 350,000 and 380,000 Fusions this year.
Lionsgate Entertainment Corp. (NYSE:LGF): A trailer has been released for Lionsgate’s upcoming film Divergent, which is slated for a March 21 release. The company will be paying special attention to early reactions to the trailer, as the movie is based off the novel for young adults.
Disney (NYSE:DIS): The New York Post is reporting that an ESPN decision could be a crucial component to the terms of Nielsen’s proposed $1.26 billion purchase of Arbitron, as the sports network licenses software from the latter that allows it to tell how often viewers are watching the network over television, radio, PCs, smartphones and tablets. However, with that contract due to expire in the near future, “the ability of ESPN to squeeze a promise from Nielsen that it will be able to continue to license the software is likely integral to the merger getting federal approval,” the Post says.