4 Consumer Stock Stories For Happy Monday Investment Shopping

General Motors Co. (NYSE:GM): Closing price $36.56

On Monday, GM announced that its refreshed 2014 Buick Regal will start at $30,615, which is around $700 more than the 2013 model, although with a different standard powertrain. The 2014 Regal now comes standard with a higher fuel-efficient 2-liter, four-cylinder turbo engine that provides 259 horsepower. The engine supplies 18 percent more power than the turbo engine in the 2013 model, and city highway fuel economy also is enhanced by 17 percent to 21 mpg city. A 2-4-liter four-cylinder engine with eAssist, GM’s light-hybrid system that employs a small electric motor and lithium-ion battery to boost fuel economy, is also available beginning at $32,485.

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The Walt Disney Co. (NYSE:DIS): Closing price $61.59

China’s number-one Internet firm Tencent, has reached an arrangement with Disney Media Distribution to bring a collection of Disney, Pixar, and Marvel Studios titles to the firm’s streaming movie service, Hollywood VIP. The number and names of films purchased, together with the financial terms, were not reported. Prior to this, Tencent’s Hollywood VIP previously has made similar deals with Warner Bros., Universal, Miramax, and Lionsgate, of which Sun Zhong said “has been a huge success, with hundreds of thousands of repeat customers enjoying millions of movies views on our film service since we launched.”

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Tesla Motors Inc. (NASDAQ:TSLA): Closing price $160.79

Tesla has the remainder of the auto industry’s attention, as it mulls whether to take its fight to Washington over the method through which it sells its cars. A federal challenge, via legislation or a lawsuit, could be a long shot, but some dealers profess to fear for the future of the franchise system if Tesla wins. Tesla’s Vice President of business development Diarmuid O’Connell says that “If responding to these dealers associations’ actions becomes too much of a  distraction, then it would be natural to pursue a federal solution. It doesn’t  mean that would be easy to obtain.” He continued, “We’re very realistic about that — but I certainly think it would be a  lively debate in Washington.”

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Procter & Gamble Co. (NYSE:PG): Closing price $78.18

Next week, the iconic maker of consumer goods will begin the use of an old trick to increase the bottom line for its Pampers and Luvs diapers. P&G will raise prices by an average of between 5 and 7 percent, but buyers will not see it at the checkout. Rather, the pricing will become apparent when the diapers run out sooner than expected; the company will use the practice of downsizing, placing fewer diapers in each box so the retail price stays the same.

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