Market Minute: SeaWorld Stock Set to Dive; Apple Shares Defy Gravity

Apple is hot again, but SeaWorld does a belly-flop. Those stocks and more are what's making business news Wednesday.

The Dow Jones industrial average (^DJI) rose 31 points Tuesday, the Standard & Poor's 500 index (^GPSC) added 4, and the Nasdaq composite index (^IXIC) gained 14.

Apple (AAPL) shares jumped nearly 5 percent Tuesday, and the rally could continue today. Billionaire Carl Icahn has acquired a billion dollar plus stake in Apple, and he's calling on the company to make a large share buyback. He believes the stock could once again trade at $700 a share.

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Investors in SeaWorld (SEAS) might feel as though they just got tossed in the tank with Shamu the killer whale. The theme park operator posted a quarterly loss, hurt by a drop in attendance, as well as expenses tied to its initial public offering back in April. SeaWorld shares are set to tumble.

Retailer Macy's (M) also reported disappointing quarterly results.

But farm equipment maker Deere (DE) is set to rally after plowing past expectations and raising its forecast for the full year.

Brocade Communications (BRCD), a networking equipment maker, is poised to soar after posting better-than-expected results.

Wendy's (WEN) has sold 30 restaurants in the St. Louis area, part of a broader plan to sell hundreds of its outlets across the country. The buyers of the St. Louis stores are former NBA player Junior Bridgeman and current player Chauncey Billups.

Coca-Cola (KO) is set to run newspaper ads defending the safety of aspartame and other low-and-no calorie sugar substitutes as part of healthy diet. According to Ad Age, Coke says the sweeteners used in diet sodas are "safe, high-quality alternatives to sugar."

Last month, online game maker Zynga appointed a new chairman -- former Microsoft (MSFT) executive Don Mattrick. He's wasting no time in shaking up the management team. Three top executives, including the chief operating officer, are leaving the company. Zynga's (ZNGA) stock has lost 70 percent of its value since going public in late 2011.

And Eli Lilly & Co. (LLY) says an experimental drug to treat patients with a form of lung cancer showed improved survival rates in a late-stage clinical trial.

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The economy has had an impact on the sluggish sales at Seaworld. But, it's the negative publicity surrounding the conditions the Orcas in captivity live in that have really influenced the steady decline in ticket sales.

They are owned by BlackRock. So, the care of their marine life shouldn't be an issue if ticket sales plummet. If they want to turn their business around however, they need to address the issue around the Orcas. My guess, release the Orcas in the wild..I think the risks outweight the current situtation.

Seaworld need to change public opinion no matter what. With Free Willy and Blackfish out there, they have no other alternative but to address these issues

August 14 2013 at 3:22 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Seaworld is too expensive. Don't see how many people can afford to go there.
I went once about 12 - 14 years ago. Will probably never return due to cost.

August 14 2013 at 2:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I hope that SeaWorld doesnt go belly up, they do such important and wonderful work with sealife in thier rescue and rehabilitation and education. But I do think that a lot of amusement parks like this and Disney etc are pricing themselves out of the affordable market in this abysmal economy and most families of average means find it hard to cover the daily cost to attend these parks, with it running over four or five hundred dollars just to get in for a family of four or five., Maybe SeaWorld can generate income by offering more educational programs adn be certified to teach or certify others in the handling and caring for the sea life, and maybe if they lowerd their entrance costs for visitors to a more reasonable rate they would generate more visitors as well more often

August 14 2013 at 2:13 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

All of these theme parks are like casinos for children. They are nothing more than a money pit you pour your hard earned cash in to for the joy of standing in a line in the hot sun. They allow too many people in the parks at the same time (this is especially true over a holiday) then after you have paid for your overpriced ticket and they know they have you there is another sneaky way they jerk you around for even more cash called a "fast pass" which means you pay more money to get in a shorter line but it is yet another line. Save your cash don't go to these places and watch the prices come down and they will begging for your business.

August 14 2013 at 10:03 AM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to cla.connie's comment

You don't have to go.

August 14 2013 at 10:21 AM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply

Again, stupidity in the making. Who will suffer if people don't attend these parks?
The animals stupid! They need care, food, and so much more and this all costs huge sums of money. Go to the park when its later in the afternoon. Go to the park when it's not a holiday or when school is in. The tickets are not overpriced, your just cheap!

August 14 2013 at 1:20 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

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August 14 2013 at 9:42 AM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply

If SeaWorld does the right thing, and begins a return to the wild release program for ALL it's whales, then they will see public support again. But people have now become aware that it is wrong to keep these animals in captivity for cruel human entertainment. There is NO pool big enough for a WHALE of any kind without causing stress and insanity. They NEED to be FREE.

August 14 2013 at 9:40 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to scary91457's comment

Right On!

August 14 2013 at 10:00 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Ok you liberal idiot. If a whale or two bring pleasure to people seeking entertainment and in the process helps hundreds or thousands of people have a job not to mention bring awareness to the whale's needs, then there should be support for Sea World and people should support their program. If a whale should die in captavity we all feel bad about that but dam it, get another one so that people will continue to see this incredible animal and support it.

August 14 2013 at 1:17 PM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply

you gota be some kind of sucker to buy stock in sea world !

August 14 2013 at 9:05 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply