Rod Stewart, Intel: Hot Trends

(Information on Rod Stewart's tour with Stevie Nicks and Intel's strong earnings report updated in today's Hot Trends article.)

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Rod Stewart is a trending search topic today after the 66-year-old musician announced he and Stevie Nicks will be touring together this year.
 Rod Stewart
Rod Stewart and Stevie Nicks team up for the 2011 Heart & Soul tour

Today, on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Stewart and Nicks announced they will kick off the "Heart & Soul" tour on March 20 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. and end in Los Angeles on April 16.

Last year, most live entertainment and ticket companies were forced to discount tickets and cancel shows as concert sales for the top 50 tours were down 12% worldwide due to an overall economic weakness. In November Live Nation Entertainment ( LYV) CEO Michael Rapino told analysts that the company will likely continue to cut prices and costs in 2011.


Intel ( INTC) is a hot search topic after the company reported strong fourth-quarter earnings after the market closed today.

The chip giant reported revenue of $11.5 billion, up from $10.6 billion in the same period a year ago, and above analysts' consensus forecast of $11.37 billion.

Excluding items, Intel reported earnings of 59 cents a share, up from 55 cents in the year ago quarter. Analysts had predicted earnings of 53 cents a share. Management vowed the company will continue its momentum into 2011.


BlackBerry Dakota is a hot search topic today after a picture of what is thought to be Research in Motion's ( RIMM) newest smartphone was posted on Boy Genius Report.

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