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The Coming Week's Must-See Stock Events (AAPL, T, VZ, BRK-A, BIG, BGP, CSCO, DVN, DISH, HRL, FLWS, UNTD, JDSU, JPM, EGPT, NYX, HAWK, SIRI)

We have many big events to watch for in the coming week at American Water Works Company, Inc. (NYSE: AWK), Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL), AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T), Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ), Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (NYSE: BRK-A), Big Lots Inc. (NYSE: BIG), Borders Group, Inc. (NYSE: BGP), Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CSCO), Devon Energy Corporation (NYSE: DVN), Dish Network Corporation (NASDAQ: DISH), Hormel Foods Corp. (NYSE: HRL), 1-800-Flowers.com Inc. (NASDAQ: FLWS), United Online, Inc. (NASDAQ: UNTD), JDS Uniphase Corporation (NASDAQ: JDSU), J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM), Market Vectors Egypt Index ETF (NYSE: EGPT), NYSE Euronext, Inc. (NYSE: NYX), Seahawk Drilling, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAWK) and SIRIUS XM Radio Inc. (NASDAQ: SIRI).

American Water Works Company, Inc. (NYSE: AWK) has so far not really pulled back at all since we named it as one of ten stocks to own for the next decade.  Investors want to own the shares but it hasn’t given an opportunity as the $26.62 price is against the 52-week range of $19.41 to $26.88. The company meets investors this coming Tuesday.

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) was a part of the Barron’s cover story as #1 for “The Most Respected Companies.”  The companies behind it, Amazon.com Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) and Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (NYSE: BRK-A).  Speaking of Amazon, Alan Abelson gave the bearish side of the stock of the ecommerce giant.

AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) is losing customers to Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ) probably worse than expected due to the new iPhone launch this last Thursday.   Workers at two different stores locally this weekend during my attempt to upgrade said that over half of the iPhone buys were actually AT&T customer defections who were moving to Verizon.  If that continues, the risks for AT&T may remain higher than some have considered.

Speaking of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (NYSE: BRK-A), it has its latest holdings due this week.  The latest portfolio had many big changes from the prior quarter and this will set what Buffett holds for 2011.

Big Lots Inc. (NYSE: BIG) was up almost 2% on Friday on expectations that a buyer would emerge as early as this coming week.  Shares went from $34 to $39 on the news that it was up for grabs, and closed out the week at $41.57 with a new 52-week range of $27.82 to $41.59.