3 Consumer Stock Stories For May Day Investment Shopping

CBS Corporation (NYSE:CBS): Closing price $46.40

The CBS chief says that his television network might leave the air and become a cable channel if courts fail to stop the Internet startup Aereo from retransmitting shows like NCIS without permission. Chief Executive Les Moonves said that “we’ve spoken to cable operators in New York. We can do it in a few days,” at the Milken Institute Global Conference in Beverly Hills on Tuesday. The remarks from Moonves follow a similar threat in April from News Corp. (NASDAQ:NWSA), which is parent of the Fox broadcast network.

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RadioShack Corporation (NYSE:RSH): Closing price $3.15

Attempting to get to the next generation of electronics users, RadioShack is partnering with one of their favorite accessory brands, Beats by Dr Dre. RadioShack’s Chief Marketing Officer Jennifer Warren told Marketing Daily by email: “As part of our brand transformation, we need to broaden our appeal to be inclusive of Millennials who currently don’t know that they can find the hottest music accessories that they want in their neighborhood Beats is a strong brand, a great partner, and has deep connections in the youth market.”

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 The Walt Disney Company (NYSE:DIS): Closing price $63.21

As Iron Man 3 takes over China, Marvel’s parent company  Disney could be embroiled in a controversy about revenue that threatens a giant trade agreement that was reached in 2012 between Vice President Joe Biden and China’s President Xi Jinping. At first, the studios praised the deal for loosening restrictions on Hollywood films in the Chinese market, but now they claim that China’s efforts to impose a value-added tax would lower their profit, and violates the accord. Should there be no settlement, the Office of the United States Trade Representative could appeal to the World Trade Organization. The current arrangement says that foreign studios retrieve 25 percent of box-office revenue (previously between 13 and 17 percent), Chinese authorities agreed that additional payments, including taxes, would not come out of the 25 percent split.

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