3 Consumer Stock Stories For Weekend Investment Shopping

Spirit Airlines (NASDAQ: SAVE): Current price $25.92

The carrier has posted its preliminary traffic results for March, and year-to-date 2013. Traffic — revenue passenger miles — in March rose by 19.1 percent year-over-year from 2012 on a capacity (available seat miles) increase of 16.5 percent. Load factor was 87.9 percent, a rise of 2 percent over the same period. Spirit’s preliminary completion factor for March was 99.6 percent. As for its first quarter guidance, the company estimates its total revenue per ASM will increase between 0.5 and 1.5 percent year-over-year.

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Wal-Mart Stores (NYSE:WMT): Current Price $78.53

Wal-Mart confirmed on Wednesday that the mid-level Wal-Mart executive Jerry Murray, who called the retailer’s early February sales “a total disaster” in an email made public by Bloomberg, has exited the company. On Wednesday, Bloomberg said that Murray had left on April 5t, while Wal-Mart told Reuters that it was Murray’s decision to leave and that his last day was Friday, and that a replacement has not yet been chosen. Murray, who was a Wal-Mart vice president who worked on finance in the domestic logistics division, said in a February 12th email to other executives that “In case you haven’t seen a sales report these days, February (month-to-date) sales are a total disaster. The worst start to a month I have seen in my (about) seven years with the company.”

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Dunkin’ Donuts (NASDAQ:DNKN): Current price $39.40

Presently, the company has 1,748 restaurants in South Korea and the Philippines, but only one in California, located at a Marine Corps base near Oceanside that opened last year. However, Chief Executive Nigel Travis wants to spread the chain up and down the West Coast, with 150 stores in southern California for starters. This marks the third time in the past 30 years that Dunkin’ Donuts will try to hook Californians into its sugary baked goods and coffee drinks, as the chain actually had around a dozen stores in California until it pulled out in the late 1990s. Then in 2002, it made a short-lived attempt to reenter Sacramento. It now plans to have in excess of 1,000 restaurants eventually throughout the state.

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