AT&T (NYSE:T): Well, that didn’t take long. In response to T-Mobile US’s (NYSE:TMUS) Jump upgrade plan, AT&T has rolled out its own monthly installment with an early upgrade offering, called Next. The program allows users to pay for their devices in 20 monthly installments and with no activation or upgrade fees. However, unlike Jump — which costs $10 per month, requires no contract, and allows two upgrades per year — there’s no additional monthly fee, but there is a service contract requirement and a 12-month wait between upgrades.
McDonald’s (NYSE:MCD): The fast food giant will be entering Vietnam for the first time in early 2014, according to an announcement made Monday evening. Local businessman Henry Nguyen will open the location in Ho Chi Minh City following the approval of the development license. McDonald’s, usually one of the first brands in an emerging economy, will join KFC, Pizza Hut, South Korea’s Lotteria, and the Filipino chain Jollibee, as well as Burger King, all of which have already set up shop in the Asian country.
HCA Holdings Inc. (NYSE:HCA): Optimistic second-quarter guidance has helped lift shares Tuesday, as the firm now expects earnings per share of 91 cents versus 85 cents from last year and a consensus for adjusted EPS of 78 cents. Revenue is expected to reach $8.45 billion compared to $8.11 billion last year and a $8.43-billion consensus, with a pretax profit of $806 million contrasted with $699 million a year ago. The adjusted Ebitda is projected at $1.69 billion versus $1.57 billion year-over-year.
Liquidity Services Inc. (NASDAQ:LQDT): Shares are off sharply near its 52-week lows in the wake of the company’s fourth-quarter expectations for gross merchandise volume at $228 million to $231 million, below the guidance set at $250 million to $275 million, and EPS of 43 cents to 45 cents, below guidance of 49 cents to 54 cents and a consensus projection of 51 cents.