Nielsen Moves Up to the Majors: 6 Stocks in 60 Seconds

by Alyssa Oursler | July 3, 2013 7:00 am

Nielsen Holdings (NLSN[1]) gained 2% yesterday[2] after the Standard & Poor’s announced the stock would replace Sprint (S[3]) in the S&P 500. Sprint is getting the boot because Japan’s SoftBank (SFTBF[4]) is acquiring a 78% stake in the company, which will make it ineligible under one of the index’s many criteria[5].

Linn Energy (LINE[6]) shed 15% yesterday amid news that the company is facing an SEC probe[7] of its Berry Petroleum deal.

The spun-off publishing arm[8] of the new News Corp (NWSA[9]) began trading this week. It kept the News Corp name, while the entertainment arm of the company is going by 21st Century Fox (FOXA[10]).

Mark Pincus, the founder of online gaming company Zynga (ZNGA[11]), announced that he is stepping aside as CEO and handing the reins over to Microsoft’s (MSFT[12]) Don Mattrick. Zynga’s stock jumped on the news, and InvestorPlace expert Tom Taulli is a huge supporter of the move[13].

Next, let’s check in with our Best Stocks of 2013 contest[14]. Jeff Reeves’ slow-and-steady tech pick Intel (INTC[15]) snagged the first-place spot at halftime with a total return of 20% so far this year.

Last but not least, aluminum giant Alcoa (AA[16]) — who Jeff actually picked for the contest last year — will kick off Q2 earnings season Monday. However, the season looks set to be another stinker[17].

Check out past “6 Stocks in 60 Seconds” clips here.[18]

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  1. NLSN:
  2. gained 2% yesterday:
  3. S:
  4. SFTBF:
  5. many criteria:
  6. LINE:
  7. facing an SEC probe:
  8. spun-off publishing arm:
  9. NWSA:
  10. FOXA:
  11. ZNGA:
  12. MSFT:
  13. huge supporter of the move:
  14. Best Stocks of 2013 contest:
  15. INTC:
  16. AA:
  17. set to be another stinker:
  18. Check out past “6 Stocks in 60 Seconds” clips here.:
  19. like us on Facebook:
  20. follow us on Twitter:
  21. @alyssaoursler:

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