The Big 4: These Stocks Want You to Stand Up and Take Notice

JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE:JPM): Among other results from JPMorgan’s high-risk bets on corporate debt might be unplanned damage in the shape of up and down behavior in a barometer that takes account of the financial well-being of blue chip U.S. companies, says Reuters. The bets employed credit default swaps that are meant to allow bondholders, banks and hedge funds to purchase protection against drops in the value of corporate debt, and guarding against a default. However, Reuters elaborates, the bets ended up like pawns in a game between JPMorgan and the hedge funds on the bets’ other sides. This war so engaged a sector of the market that it resulted in false negative signals about the credit quality of some main companies whose essential finances were mostly unchanged, according to market experts. Two examples noted by Reuters analysis might have raised the cost of default insurance for CSX Corp (NYSE:CSX) and McDonald’s (NYSE:MCD).

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Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT): According to Skype’s blog, the service will make available Conversation Ads. The company writes: “These new display ad units will appear within the calling window of users who do not have Skype Credit or subscriptions when they’re making 1:1 Skype-to-Skype audio calls using Skype for Windows. We’re excited to introduce Conversations Ads as an opportunity for marketers to reach our hundreds of millions of connected users in a place where they can have meaningful conversations about brands in a highly engaging environment. Skype is already at the center of meaningful conversations, where families, friends, and colleagues spend time together.”

Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F): Technology required to allow cars to drive themselves isn’t far away, with automakers dealing with what extent of loss of driver control to allow. Beyond just alerting drivers or parking, Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) is already testing auto-driving cars on actual roads. Automakers such as General Motors (NYSE:GM) and Ford must consider how to steer clear of insurance liability when responsibility moves from drivers to manufacturers.

Sprint (NYSE:S) is upping the capacity of high-speed fiber links that join major areas of its network as part of a modernization effort that includes the rollout of LTE at the same time as the decomissioning of its iDEN network.

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