Apple shares were lower on not only the Google map news, but also reports that the company has been accused of violating certain patents. Bloomberg News tweeted that a U.S. court has ruled that Apple's iPhone infringes upon three patents from MobileMedia, a company which owns a slew of technology-related patents. Apple shares were off 1.88% to $529.11 in Thursday trading.
Facebook ( FB) shares jumped 1.04% to $27.87 on rumors the social network would be included in the S&P 500, as Topeka Capital Markets analyst Victor Anthony speculated in a research note. "We see three catalysts for Facebook in 2013: 1) monetizing Instagram; 2) launch of the search engine; and 3) potential S&P 500 inclusion. We assign a greater than 50% probability to each occurring at various points in 2013, with the first two, positively impacting 2014 estimates," Anthony wrote in the note. Facebook recently joined the Nasdaq 100, with the social network replacing Infosys ( INFY) in the index. -- Written by Chris Ciaccia in New York >Contact by Email. Follow @Commodity_Bull