The 3 Stocks Everybody's Talking About this Week

Breaking down the market's big stories.

Anand Chokkavelu
Anand Chokkavelu, CFA
Sep 14, 2012 at 12:00AM

The market surged this week, helped along by the Fed's announcement of more stimulus today. The Dow (INDEX: ^DJI) was up 2.2%, the S&P 500 (INDEX: ^GSPC) was up 1.9%, and the Nasdaq (INDEX: ^IXIC) was up 1.5%. With that as context, let's look at the stocks thateverybody was talking about.

Although it didn't get named to the Dow, Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL) stole the show this week with its epically awaited  iPhone 5 unveiling on Wednesday. There's been some grumbling that the new iPhone is "boring," but that's the price of amazing us consistently for a good half decade. It seems the only thing that could hold them back is not being able to roll out the donuts fast enough. That's a good problem to have. (For more on Apple's prospects, check out our premium Apple report.)

Meanwhile, Facebook had, maybe, its first nice week since going public in May. Juiced by founder Mark Zuckerberg's first post-IPO interview, shares stormed ahead 16%, to end at $22. That's still a far cry from the IPO price of $38, but even a little sunshine in London is always appreciated.

On the Dow, Bank of America (NYSE: BAC) led the winners. It was up 8.5%, to end the week at $9.55. The Fed's stimulus move especially boosted bank shares,because of the obvious benefit of increased demand for mortgage-backed securities. And any boost to the economy is a boost for banks.

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