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Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ): Current price $43.29

Verizon  has complained to New York City’s Public Service Commission that its attempts to rewire Lower Manhattan with fiber-optic cable subsequent to Hurricane Sandy has been delayed by building landlords, a number of whom are demanding “excessive” compensation, said The New York Times.

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Wal-Mart Stores (NYSE:WMT): Current price $68.58

Wal-Mart is among several competitors affected by Target Corporation’s (NYSE:TGT) holiday pledge to match their prices, which seems now to be a full-year deal, says the Associated Press. Target’s online list includes Amazon.com (NASDAQ:AMZN), Best Buy Co. (NYSE:BBY), Wal-Mart, Toys R Us and Babies R Us.

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Merck & Co. (NYSE:MRK): Current price $42.46

On Monday at the JP Morgan Chase health conference, Chief Executive Kenneth Frazier of Merck said that a potential purchase of Bausch & Lomb would be “something worth thinking about,” according to Bloomberg. Warbug Pincus, which owns Bausch & Lomb, is reportedly seeking first-round bids by the end of January and wants a minimum of $10 billion for the business.

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DISH Network (NASDAQ:DISH): Current price $36.10

DISH has unveiled a number of improvements for its Hopper service at the CES, among which includes one that will allow customers to view any show they have paid to see on any device and at any time, which is similar to the “TV Everywhere” plan the TV industry has been trying to launch, says AllThingsD.  However, DISH asked neither the TV networks nor pay TV providers for buy-in or permission and seems prepared to go to court once again in defense the feature.

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