Microsoft REQUEST Import Ban and 3 Dow Movers to Watch

The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE:KO) shares are not particularly a bargain, but Barron’s says they could serve as a “safe haven” and also bring investors some “pop”. The name, Coca-Cola, is attractive for investors who are willing to pay for a great brand with defensive characteristics, which offers a 2.6 percent dividend yield.

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Microsoft Corporation’s (NASDAQ:MSFT) requested import ban on Android products made by Google’s (NASDAQ:GOOG) Motorola is scheduled to take effect Wednesday, but the firm says it has an undisclosed scheme to ensure that its products remain available to domestic consumers, said Ars Technica Tuesday afternoon. The ban is in place because Microsoft alleges that Motorola is violating a patent for generating meeting requests and group scheduling from a mobile device.

AT&T, Inc. (NYSE:T) Chief Executive Randall Stephenson confirmed that his company is in discussions with Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) regarding Facetime, but he says the current talks are to “work out stabilizing,” according to CNet. At a Forbes conference, Stephenson commented that it’s “too early” to talk about pricing.

Verizon Communications Inc.’s (NYSE:VZ) domestic mobile phone partnership with Vodafone Group (NASDAQ:VOD) began more than a decade ago, but payments from the venture are still uncertain, and investors are not happy, says Bloomberg. In 2011, Verizon Wireless announced a $10 billion dividend, marking the first since 2005; sources say that the venture’s board will soon make a decision concerning this year’s payout.

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