BofA Falls Short of Revenue Estimates and 3 Hot Stocks Demanding Attention

Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE:BKS): Current Price $13.16

Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE:BKS) subsidiary NOOK Media LLC announced a free $20 gift card on all purchases of a Nook HD or a Nook HD + using a MasterCard card. The offer, open while supplies last, is available across the nearly 700 Barnes & Noble stores across the country and on online purchases during the period January 17-21 only.

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Blackrock (NYSE:BLK): Current Price $230.33

Blackrock (NYSE:BLK) reports fourth quarter EPS of $3.96 and revenue of $2.5 billion which beats by $0.26 and $0.02 billion, respectively. The board approves a 12% increase in quarterly dividend $1.68. Share repurchase authority is expanded by 7.5 million shares to 10.2 million shares. Assets under management as at end 2012 are $3.792 trillion, up 8%. Adjusted operating margin was 42.6% for the quarter, up by 260 bps.

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Bank of America (NYSE:BAC): Current Price $11.41

Fourth quarter EPS of $0.03 at Bank of America (NYSE:BAC) beats estimates by $0.01. However revenue of $18.89 billion misses consensus by $3.51 billion. Net interest margin 2.35%, with loans growing 2% quarter on quarter to $186 billion, most of that being accounted by commercial lending. Non-performing assets declined 6% to $3.8 billion compared to the previous quarter. Deposits increased to $213 billion compared to $206 billion in the September quarter. Tier 1 common capital ratio improved to 9.6% from 9.5% in September.

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United Health (NYSE:UNH): Current Price $53.90

United Health (NYSE:UNH) reports fourth quarter EPS of $1.2 and revenue of $28.8 billion which beats by $0.01 and $0.67 billion, respectively.

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