AT&T Wins J.D. Power Customer Care Study and 2 Other Hot Stocks to Watch

AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T): Current price $35.70

AT&T wins the recently-completed J.D. Power 2013 U.S. Wireless Customer Care Full-Service Performance Study, which is coveted in its industry as an important prize and an opportunity for sell-promotion. AT&T spends millions of dollars promoting its network’s superiority over the ones built and operated by Verizon Communications Inc., Sprint Corp., and smaller rivals MetroPCS and T-Mobile. The manner in which J.D. Power measures customer care satisfaction is relatively complicated, but firms that win top honors in these studies are able promote their victories, typically for the one-year cycle between when survey results are released.

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Alpha Natural Resources Inc. (NYSE:ANR): Current price $4.96

Production at Alpha’s Cumberland mine in Pennsylvania was shut down in July, due to repairs needed for its roof, and now the company has declared force majeure However, Chief Executive Kevin Crutchfield said on a call with analysts and investors on Friday that mining is expected to resume in the second half of August, reporting, “We’ve issued force majeure notices to our Cumberland customers for the time being.”

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ON Semiconductor Corp. (NASDAQ:ONNN): Current price $7.79

ON Semiconductor debuts a new MP3 device that is capable of supporting both record and playback in portable MP3 audio applications, where there exists a strong requirement for miniaturization, reduced bill of materials, and cost. The LC823430TA audio processing system allows a single-chip solution, by integrating digital signal processing circuitry for MP3 encoding and decoding, along with analog blocks like audio analog-to-digital conversion, and digital-to-analog conversion. The LC823430TA is housed in a space-saving 128-pin TQFP package, with an overall height of only 1.2 mm maximum.

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