Stocks to Watch: Apple, Alphabet, Nielsen, JPMorgan Chase, Goldman Sachs, elf Beauty, Advanced Micro Devices – Wall Street Journal

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Apple iPhone X phones displayed at a shop in Istanbul. Apple is expected to announce an updated version Wednesday.


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Here are some of the companies with shares expected to trade actively in Wednesday’s session. Stock movements reflect premarket trading.


AAPL -0.60%

—Up 0.4%: Apple is expected to announce its largest iPhone screens ever Wednesday, as well as an updated version of its iPhone X. The average return between announcement day to release day is 4.85%, according to Dow Jones Market Data.


GOOGL -0.91%

—Down 0.4%: Alphabet shares ended a streak of seven consecutive declines with Tuesday’s 1.3% advance.

Nielsen Holdings

NLSN 3.64%

PLC—Up 4.3%: The board of Nielsen Holdings said that it is open to reviewing more strategic options for the company amid activist pressure to either sell or spin off parts of it.

JPMorgan Chase

JPM 0.10%

& Co.—Down 0.1%: JPMorgan Chase plans to unveil a $500 million project geared toward boosting economic growth in as many as 30 cities across the U.S.

Goldman Sachs Group

GS 0.40%

—Up 0.2%: Goldman shares have fallen in 10 straight sessions for the first time ever. Tuesday’s drop followed a New York Times article about ethics concerns raised by a partner at the Wall Street firm.

e.l.f. Beauty

ELF 2.95%

—Unchanged: Activist investor Marathon Partners Equity Management wants the cosmetics company to sell itself or cut costs, The Journal reported.

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Advanced Micro Devices

AMD -0.73%

—Down 0.4%: Shares of the chip maker closed above $30 Tuesday for the first time since 2006. For the year, they are up 193%.

Gilead Sciences

GILD 3.82%

—Up 4.1%: Gilead and Galapagos NV announced positive trial results for a Rheumatoid Arthritis treatment.

Farmer Bros

FARM 1.23%

—Unchanged: The coffee distributor posted weaker-than-expected sales for the most recent quarter.

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