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

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

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

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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Endnotes:
  1. NLSN: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=NLSN
  2. gained 2% yesterday: http://investorplace.com/2013/07/sp-500-sprint-is-out-nielsen-is-in/
  3. S: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=S
  4. SFTBF: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=SFTBF
  5. many criteria: http://investorplace.com/2013/07/5-things-you-didnt-know-about-the-sp-500/
  6. LINE: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=LINE
  7. facing an SEC probe: http://investorplace.com/2013/07/linn-energy-faces-sec-inquiry/
  8. spun-off publishing arm: http://investorplace.com/2013/07/stay-away-from-the-new-news-corp/
  9. NWSA: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=NWSAV
  10. FOXA: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=FOXA
  11. ZNGA: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=ZNGA
  12. MSFT: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=MSFT
  13. huge supporter of the move: http://investorplace.com/2013/07/zyngas-back-in-the-game/
  14. Best Stocks of 2013 contest: http://investorplace.com/best-stocks-for-2013/
  15. INTC: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=INTC
  16. AA: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=AA
  17. set to be another stinker: http://investorplace.com/2013/07/earnings-season-set-to-be-another-stinker/
  18. Check out past “6 Stocks in 60 Seconds” clips here.: http://investorplace.com/hot-topics/6-stocks-in-60-seconds/
  19. like us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/investorplace
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