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.

While the device has not been officially confirmed by RIM, BGR claims that it will feature a design similar to that of the Bold model, with improved hardware.

The gadget is expected to come with a full QWERTY keyboard and a 2.8-inch touch screen. It will likely feature a 3G mobile hotspot, support Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connections, and run on the BlackBerry 6.1 operating system.


"Acid tanker" is a heavily searched topic today following news that a German-owned tanker carrying 2,400 tons sulphuric acid capsized on the Rhine river near St. Goarshausen in Germany.

Authorities closed the river while rescuers searched for two crew members.

Shipping officials said that the tanker is floating on its side and there are no indications of a leak.


Jared Loughner is a heavily searched name after the 22-year-old Arizona man tried to assassinate Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D., Ariz.) and killed others in a Jan. 8 shooting rampage in Tucson, Ariz.

Loughner will be charged in federal court with two counts of murder, two counts of attempted murder and a count of attempting to kill a member of Congress. The shooting killed a federal judge, a congressional aide, a young girl and three others. More than a dozen others, including Giffords, were injured.

The case against Loughner will be heard in Arizona by a judge from San Diego, Judge Larry Alan Burns, after the federal judges in Arizona declined to take the case.

Giffords is recovering in an intensive care unit at a Tucson hospital.


Marathon Oil ( MRO) is a trending search topic after the company announced it is moving forward with plans to spin off its refining and sales operations.

In July 2008, Marathon management considered a split, but by February 2009 the company had decided against it due to the financial crisis.

The split will create a new, independent energy company called Marathon Petroleum, which expects to trade on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "MPC."


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.

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