Know Before the Bell: Amazon’s Phone, Apple Earnings and Flights to Israel Halted

By Stocks FOXBusiness

Airlines halt flights to Israel, and (AMZN) is bringing “Fire” to your fingers.

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Strong earnings, strong home sales and tepid inflation sent stocks higher on Tuesday as the Dow and S&P 500 closed at their second-highest levels of the year.

For the first time since the Gulf War, U.S. airlines suspended service in Israel. Delta Air Lines (DAL), United Continental (UAL) and US Airways (LCC) scrapped flights to Tel Aviv, with the Federal Aviation Administration banning flights until around noon Wednesday. This after a rocket landed near Tel Aviv’s airport.

Gadget lovers still love their iPhones. Apple (AAPL) sold more than 35 million of them between in the company’s third quarter. And some folks may be holding back for the bigger-screen iPhones expected soon.

Apple’s quarterly revenue hit a record of nearly $37.5 billion. However, iPad sales were weak.

Amazon’s first smartphone, the Fire Phone, hits store shelves on Friday. We’re getting some mixed reviews about the third phone available for $200 at AT&T (T) with a two-year contract.

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According to reviews, the pros of the phone include: it can scan millions of Amazon items, the screen holds up well in sunlight, and it comes with a free year of Amazon Prime. The cons: it’s missing key apps, the battery doesn’t last a full day and the learning curve is steep.

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