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5 Things You Need to Know Before the Stock Market Opens

BOSTON ( TheStreet) -- The Moody's downgrade of six European countries leads your quick fix of company, market, economic and investing news for Tuesday, Feb. 14.

Tuesday's 5 Biggest Stories

Moody's downgrades Portugal, Italy and Spain and cuts the outlook for the U.K. and France. The market yawns. [<a href="" target="blank" rel="nofollow">AP via AJC</a>]

Despite the downgrade, Spain easily auctions $7 billion in short-term debt. [<a href="$7.16-bln-in-short-term-debt/" target="blank" rel="nofollow">CBS</a>]

Italy even managed to auction off 12 billion euros as rates declined. [<a href="" target="blank" rel="nofollow">Businessweek</a>]

Even the Germans feel pretty good about things, with investor confidence at a 10-month high. [<a href="" target="blank" rel="nofollow">Bloomberg</a>]

Obama's 2013 budget is out, and it looks like the president is settling in for an election-year tax fight. [<a href="" target="blank" rel="nofollow">Reuters</a>]

Company News

Apple (AAPL - Get Report) is working on a tablet with a smaller screen. [<a href="" target="blank" rel="nofollow">WSJ</a>]

Meanwhile, the IPad 3 is set to launch on March 7 and it will feature 4G LTE wireless speeds. [<a href="" target="blank" rel="nofollow">Mac Rumors</a>]

Rackspace (RAX - Get Report) is trading higher after beating fourth-quarter estimates. [<a href="" target="blank" rel="nofollow">Barron's</a>]

Boeing (BA - Get Report) gets a big Indonesian order for 230 planes. [<a href="'s-230-plane-bonanza-from-indonesia/" target="blank" rel="nofollow">WSJ</a>]


You can't forget about Greece, though, especially with its rapidly shrinking economy, contracting at an annual rate of 7%. [<a href="" target="blank" rel="nofollow">WSJ</a>]

Investment Strategy

Investors should take a look at the best and worst mid-cap growth funds. [<a href="" target="blank" rel="nofollow">MarketWatch</a>]

Odds and Ends

Happy Valentine's Day. Here's a song by U.K. shoegazer legends My Bloody Valentine. [<a href="" target="blank" rel="nofollow">YouTube</a>]

-- Written by Robert Holmes in Boston.

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