DirecTV Falls Short of a Touchdown, Take-Two Releases GTA V, and 3 More Hot Stocks

DirecTV (NASDAQ:DTV): For two consecutive Sundays now, DirecTV’s Sunday Ticket subscribers have experienced several outages on its website during critical times on Sunday afternoon, prompting comments calling for the company to reimburse the subscribers who have paid about $75 more for the online abilities. However, it gets a bit tricky, as the subscribers also have access to the same program on TV, the broadcasting of which was not disrupted.

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Take-Two Interactive Software (NASDAQ:TTWO): Take-Two’s Grand Theft Auto V, the latest video game of the enormously popular franchise, launched on Tuesday. Expectations are calling for more than $1 billion in sales a year. The game’s budget and development costs are pegged at around $270 million. Grand Theft Auto IV sold 25 million copies, and the fifth iteration is expected to surpass that.

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NYSE Euronext (NYSE:NYX): Twitter’s announcement of a pending IPO may as well have been a starting gun for NYSE Euronext and Nasdaq OMX (NASDAQ:NDAQ), both of which are competing for Twitter’s listing. For the NYSE, it would reaffirm that the company has done well in drawing in more youthful tech companies, something that the Nasdaq has excelled at. For Nasdaq, it would be a shot at redemption for the massive Facebook fiasco that went down last year.

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Dendreon Corp. (NASDAQ:DNDN): A much-needed boost for Dendreon shares has come in the form of European Commission approval for Dendreon’s Provenge treatment for prostate cancer with the approval also including Norway, Iceland, and Liechtenstein. Wall Street has become increasingly dishenchanted with Dendreon, as Wedbush maintains that even with European approval, Provenge has little chance of succeeding.

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