'Call of Duty: Black Ops II' Is Released: Hot Trends

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Popular searches on the Internet include Call of Duty: Black Ops II as the highly anticipated Activision Blizzard ( ATVI) game went on sale at midnight.

Gamers from around the world lined up outside stores to buy the game, which hit 16,000 retailers globally.

The game is available for PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. It will also be available on Nintendo's Wii U console, which is set to be released in the U.S. next week.

Activision announced last week that the game also features the ability for players to live stream their gameplay. It will also feature audio commentary and Webcam footage on YouTube.

Black Ops II centers on a Cold War taking place in the year 2025. It is the sequel to the world's best-selling console game, which was released in 2010.


Home Depot ( HD) is trending as the retailer reported third-quarter profit that beat expectations as the U.S. housing market improved.

Net earnings climbed to $947 million, or 63 cents a share, compared to $934 million, or 60 cents a share, a year earlier. Excluding a charge tied to closing stores in China, the company said earnings were 74 cents a share, beating analysts' expectations of 70 cents.

Sales also beat expectations, rising nearly 5% to $18.13 billion. Analysts had been looking for sales of $17.93 billion.

Home Depot raised its full-year outlook as well. It now expects a fiscal-year profit of $3.03 a share, excluding charges. Its prior forecast was $2.95 a share.

The company has benefited from the improvement in the housing market as consumers buy more home improvement and construction products. Home Depot itself has also focused on cutting costs, localizing marketing and merchandising, as well as improving distribution. The company is the world's largest home-improvement chain.


Pepsi ( PEP) is another popular search. Pepsi-Cola in Japan is coming out with a new soda that claims to block fat in the body.

"Pepsi Special" features the ingredient dextrin, which is said to help reduce fat levels, according to distributor Suntory. The new beverage goes on sale in the country Tuesday. Bottles will sell for 150 yen, or about $1.87, in Japan.

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