4 Consumer Stock Stories For Investor Shopper Perusal

Amazon.com (NASDAQ:AMZN): Closing price $267.62

On Wednesday Amazon began fresh grocery delivery in its initial major market outside of Seattle, quietly adding metro Los Angeles to its website as a delivery area for its AmazonFresh arm, implying what might be a wider expansion. In Seattle, Amazon has been running the business for almost six years, which brings produce, dairy, meat, and boxed groceries alongside other items in insulated containers direct to its customers’ doors during appointed one- or three-hour windows.

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Smithfield Foods (NYSE:SFD): Closing price $32.91

Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), the chief of the United States Senate Agriculture Committee said on Wednesday that she was concerned about the food safety implications brought by the proposed acquisition of pork producer Smithfield Foods by the Chinese meat products company Shuanghui International. In her statement, Stabenow said that the federal agencies considering the merger “must take China’s and Shuanghui’s troubling track record on food safety into account, and do everything in their power to ensure our national security and the health of our families is not jeopardized.”

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J.M. Smucker Co. (NYSE: SJM): Closing price $98.14

Smucker shares traded lower on Thursday, after the company’s fourth quarter earning release. Analyst Eric Katzman at Deutsche Bank believes that investors should buy shares on weakness, commenting that “The shares tend to be volatile around results as investors fixated on coffee either feel a caffeine high or overly depressed! F4Q13 offered much of the same with K-cup growth concerns along with a fiscal second half 2014 EPS weighted year. But we see solid execution, high quality 10%+ A&P support arguing for a higher valuation. Although the stock has sold off post fiscal fourth quarter 2103, we retain our BUY opinion. Our long held positive view is based on leading brands, share gains, productivity, and a solid balance sheet. Even with what we see as conservative guidance, valuation seems attractive.”

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Time Warner (NYSE:TWX): Closing price $57.43

Time Warner is partnering with the well-endowed China Media Capital so as to make investments in currently a most important market for entertainment companies. By this move, the firm expects to smooth the way for acquisitions and partnerships in China. Time Warner Chief Executive Jeff Bewkes remarked that “Increasing our global presence is one of Time Warner’s strategic priorities and China is one of the most attractive territories in which we operate, but it is complex. alliance will give all our businesses a savvy and accomplished partner as we strive to bring our leading brands and storytelling to people everywhere, across a wide range of devices.”

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