3 Consumer Stock Stories for Monday Investment Shopping

Honda Motor Co. (NYSE:HMC): Closing price $40.71

On Monday, Honda announced that it is recalling almost 46,000 Fit Sport vehicles in the United States and Canada to repair a problem with their electronic stability control systems, which the automaker said could cause the vehicles to tilt excessively on sharp turns and lose tire traction, increasing the risk of an accident. The problem was discovered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In the United States, the recall affects 43,782 Fit Sport cars from model years 2012 and 2013, with another 2,000 to be recalled in Canada. Honda will start notifying owners on May 17. Dealers will update the ESC software at no charge.

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The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE:KO): Closing price $42.24

The bottler Coca-Cola HBC transferred its primary listing to the London Stock Exchange Monday, and expects profitability to return in 2013, as sugar and oil prices climb more slowly than previous years. Chief Executive Dimitris Lois remarked in an interview at the London bourse that commodity costs will rise at a “low single-digit” pace, after jumping by 14 percent in 2011 and by 6 percent in 2012. Beyond that, cost reduction measures like consolidating some office processes will also swell margins, helping to outweigh a slowdown in revenue growth, according to Lois. Coca-Cola HBC’s operating margin fell to 6.4 percent of sales in its 2012 fiscal year from 10.8 percent in 2007.

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Sears Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ:SHLD): Closing price $49.92

Sears has reported initiating its sixth annual Heroes at Home spring renovation and fundraising campaign, with Rebuilding Together to rebuild and revive the homes of veterans across the United States. Because of donations by Shop Your Way Rewards Members, customers and associates, the program has generated in excess of $17 million over the past six years, paying for over 1,300 home rebuilds for America’s military heroes. This spring, over 75 military family homes will be rebuilt, and to launch the Heroes at Home campaign, the focus will be on a cluster of homes in Red Hook, New York that Sears and Rebuilding Together committed to rebuild last fall after Hurricane Sandy.

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