4 Consumer Stock Stories for Exciting Midweek Investment Shopping

Amazon.com Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN): Closing price $310.53

Bloomberg News on Wednesday make rumors of an HTC-manufactured Amazon smartphone seem more true. A new report says that the two sides have held talks since June for a handset that might be sold to members of Amazon’s Prime subscription service. However, Bloomberg News also reports that a definitive decision on going forward with the project “hasn’t been made,” nor has a release timetable been nailed down. On Tuesday, The Financial Times reported that three distinct Amazon phones are presently in development at HTC, with one of those products nearing completion.

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Starbucks Coffee Corp. (NASDAQ:SBUX): Closing price $78.04

On Wednesday afternoon, Starbucks released the following update concerning its Come Together petition urging elected leaders in Washington to reopen the government, pay our debts on time, and pass a bi-partisan and comprehensive long-term budget deal by the end of 2013. “Petitions are continuing to arrive from Starbucks nearly 7,000 company-operated stores in the U.S. As of 3:00 pm PT the number of signatures is approaching 2 million. Tomorrow, Starbucks will deliver collected petitions to Congress and the President.” At this writing, it does appear that a bill will be passed in both houses tonight, ending the crisis — for a while.

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General Motors Co. (NYSE:GM): Closing price $35.15

GM Chairman and Chief Executive Dan Akerson said Wednesday that his company will start selling a mid-sized sedan next summer that may be powered by either gasoline or compressed natural gas. The 2015 Chevrolet Impala, GM’s first car powered by natural gas, will sport a powertrain that switches from compressed natural gas to gasoline seamlessly, and has a total driving range of up to 500 miles, said Akerson in a speech to be delivered at an energy summit in Washington.

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Lululemon Athletica Inc. (NASDAQ:LULU): Closing price $74.01

The present weakness in shares of lululemon is being blamed upon rumors of a short position taken by Greenlight’s David Einhorn. Shares of lululemon dropped 2 percent, or $1.31, to $73.36 in mid-day trading, but closed down 0.82 percent at $74.05. This retailer is often the target of chatter of short positions by influential investors.

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