(Google trends article updated with Qwest merger with CenturyTel, PNC Financial, "mass save" and US Airways news.)
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The chatter on Main Street (a.k.a. Google) is always of interest to investors on Wall Street. Thus, each day, TheStreet compiles the stories that are trending on Google, and highlights the news that could make stocks move
is a hot search term this afternoon on Google, after
announced plans to buy the company in a stock swap valued at $10.6 billion. The deal must be reviewed and approved by regulators.
is a popular search term after the airline carrier said it halted merger talks with
US Airways said it is waiting to see if United and
reach a deal of their own.
posted a 28% drop in its first-quarter profit as it paid back government loans, launching it as one of the hot topics on Google today.
The company reported a profit of $333 million, or 66 cents per share, but would have earned $1.31 a share excluding its repayment of its loan under the Troubled Asset Relief Program.
"Mass save" is a "volcanic" search term, as Massachusetts residents are eligible for savings on energy-efficient appliances in honor of Earth Day. To get the rebate residents must go to www.masssave.com/residential.
President Barack Obama is speaking in New York Thursday at Cooper Union to argue for stronger government oversight of the financial sector and urge Congress to finish a regulatory bill for such regulation.
continues to be a trending topic after the
Securities and Exchange Commission
accused the investment bank on Friday of failing to disclose conflicts of interest in mortgage investments it sold to investors as the housing market collapsed, costing its own clients $1 billion.
is also linked to the allegations, as the SEC is alleging that his hedge fund, Paulson & Co., another Goldman client, helped select the mortgages inside the vehicles -- vehicles that he wanted to short.
Since the accusations were made, a German state bank severed ties with Goldman Sachs, and France is looking into launching its own investigation.
PlayStation3 update is a hot search term on Thursday. The 3.30 update is available today for download and includes Trophy improvements, as well as support for 3D HDTV that will allow for 3D gaming.
The oil rig explosion that occurred Wednesday off the Gulf of Mexico is still making headlines, as 11 workers remain missing and fires are still burning.
The oil rig is owned by
and operated by
is creating some buzz after it posted better-than-expected first-quarter profit, but its revenue missed expectations.
During the quarter, the beverage maker posted adjusted earnings $1.43 billion, or 89 cents a share, on revenue of $9.37 billion. Excluding one-time items, Pepsi earned 76 cents a share. Analysts were calling for a profit of 75 cents on revenue of $9.57 billion.
Tech blog Gizmodo continues to make headlines after it said it found and disassembled
new iPhone that is set to launch this summer. Since then, some market observers have been questioning whether or not the iPhone was legit.
( MFE) is a popular search term on Google, after its new antivirus program forced the rebooting of computers at companies, hospitals and schools on Wednesday.
The company said the new software misidentified a harmless file and posted a new replacement update to download.
-- Reported by Jeanine Poggi in New York.
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