4 Consumer Stock Stories Deserving Tuesday Attention

The Walt Disney Company (NYSE:DIS): Closing price $63.26

The Walt Disney Studios, Paramount Pictures and Marvel Studios have reached an arrangement through which Disney has purchased all of the distribution rights previously held by Paramount for Marvel Studios’ Iron ManIron Man 2Thor, and Captain America: The First Avenger. Pursuant to the terms of the deal effective June 30th, Paramount was paid for transferring the distribution rights, and will continue to honor and service existing distribution commitments. The remaining distribution activities will be transitioned to Disney during the next several months.

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Aeropostale (NYSE:ARO): Closing price $13.61

The specialty retailer announced on Tuesday plans to debut the Aeropostale brand in Mexico by means of a licensing agreement with Distribuidora Liverpool.  Aeropostale’s expansion plans in Mexico include launching branded shop-in-shops in Liverpool department stores across the country starting in the summer, along with rolling out standalone stores.  The company’s first standalone store is set to open in the Sante Fe Mall in Mexico, D.F., also in the summer.

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Southwest Airlines (NYSE:LUV): Closing price $12.70

Through a partnership with DISH Network Corp., Southwest is offering free live television to fliers’ portable devices, in a step away from other carriers’ strategies, by having a third party pay for in-flight entertainment rather than passengers. Dish will pay for the service in return for running Dish advertisements throughout a Southwest flier’s time on the plane — from confirmation emails, to airport signage, to a 30-second commercial for its satellite-TV service — that passengers will have to watch in order to watch the free TV. A number of airlines sell ad space on their planes, but thus far the practice is not common.

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General Motors Company (NYSE:GM): Closing price $34.14

On Tuesday, GE and Honda Motor Co. (NYSE:HMC) announced a long-term, definitive master accord through which to co-develop next-generation fuel cell systems and hydrogen storage technologies, targeting the 2020 time frame. The partnership expects to succeed via sharing expertise, economies of scale, and like sourcing strategies. The automakers will work in tandem with stakeholders to further advance refueling infrastructure, crucial for the long-term viability and consumer acceptance of fuel cell vehicles. The Clean Energy Patent Growth Index indicates that GM and Honda rank number one and two, respectively, in total fuel cell patents filed between 2002 and 2012, having over 1,200 between them.

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