Today’s Best Market Rumors (9/14/2009) (WMT)(S)(RBS)(MSFT)(AIG)(LINTA)

October 14, 2009 by Douglas A. McIntyre

newspaperUpdated throughout the day.

Updated 12.02 PM EST:  Wal-Mart (NYSE:WMT) will have a national roll-out of its “no contract” cellular service which could put sales pressure on Sprint (NYSE:S) (Reuters)

Updated 9.23 AM EST:  Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp (NYSE:NWS) and John Malone’s Liberty Media (NASDAQ:LINTA) are interested in GE’s NBCU  (Reuters & CNBC)

Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) is shipping versions of its 3Gs iPhone with alterations to fight back at hackers.  (iClarified)

RBS (NYSE:RBS) may sell 300 branches.  (FT)

The head of AIG’s (NYSE:AIG) International Lease Finance aircraft leasing firm, Steven Udvar-Hazy, may buy $2 billion in planes from the huge insurance firm to start his own company.  (Bloomberg)

Comcast (NASDAQ:CMCSA) in interested in NBC Universal because it thinks it can buy the company well below its value because of GE’s (NYSE:GE) desperation to exit the business. Vivendi is playing hardball on the price of its 20% stake in NBCU (NYPost).

Net neutrality and the rise in the transfer of large data files will make the internet collapse (Ars Technica)

Former employees of Citadel Investment Group will start their own hedge fund  (WSJ)

The release of Microsoft’s (NASDAQ:MSFT) Windows 7 could push up Apple’s Mac sales.  (Fortune)

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Douglas A. McIntyre