President Obama is likely to give a nod to the fitful economic recovery in his State of the Union speech with Apple CEO Tim Cook in attendance. But analysts don't expect major statements on contentious issues like taxes and the budget.
Apple pushed back against fund manager David Einhorn's accusations that it adhered to a Depression-like mentality of hoarding its excess cash.
Several BlackBerry watchers are honing in on a potential problem -- the absence of several big apps may spell trouble for the company's new smartphone.
Stocks fell, as a batch of disappointing corporate earnings and a rise in first time jobless claims eventually overtook investors' impulse to buy.
Impressive quarterly earnings from Facebook did little to keep analysts at bay or placate investors, with the stock sinking in pre-market action on Thursday.