Microsoft Corporation (MSFT), The Walt Disney Company (DIS): Dow Floats Higher, Goosed by Tech and Debt

After an upbeat opening, the Dow Industrial Average dipped a bit this morning, but gained ground later — even as concerns over an imminent attack on Syria fade amid political squabbling over a chemical weapons search-and-destroy strategy.

Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT)

New gains for two former losers
Both Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) and The Walt Disney Company (NYSE:DIS) are flying high today, both garnering gains of more than 1% so far.

Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) has been in the dumps lately, and Mr. Softy just might be getting a lift from Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)‘s big announcements regarding its newest iPhones. The much-anticipated unveiling of its pricey 5S model and its cheaper 5C smartphone has spawned disappointment, however, rather than appreciation.

Reactions from the smartphone-hungry Chinese market have been tepid, as many voice concern over the higher-than-expected cost of the 5C model. So far today, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has suffered downgrades from three separate banks since the unveiling, and the stock was down nearly 6% by late morning.

For Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT), Apple’s stumble could help its new plan to infiltrate the mobile phone market through its $7 billion Nokia buyout — something that investors seem to be slowly embracing.

The Walt Disney Company (NYSE:DIS) hasn’t been dinged by the news that its latest Pirates of the Caribbean extravaganza won’t be in theaters by July 2015, as previously planned. The film is now expected to debut in mid-2016, due to availability issues surrounding its star, Johnny Depp. Perhaps the delay will give fans time to forget the disappointing turn the star’s Lone Ranger film took at the box office earlier this summer.

Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ) perks up in late-morning trading
Telecommunications giant Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ) was looking poorly earlier today — a big day, as its $49 billion bond deal begins. The company’s $130 billion acquisition of its 45% Vodafone stake has rattled investors, but the $90 billion worth of ordersthe offering has garnered shows just how hungry the market has become for such deals. Verizon’s 10-year bonds, for example, are expected to sport yields approximately 2.25 percentage points more than comparable Treasury bonds, according to The Wall Street Journal.

The article Dow Floats Higher, Goosed by Tech and Debt originally appeared on and is written by Amanda Alix.

Fool contributor Amanda Alix has no position in any stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool recommends Apple, Vodafone Group, and Walt Disney (NYSE:DIS). The Motley Fool owns shares of Apple, Microsoft, and Walt Disney.

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