4 Consumer Stock Stories For Monday Investment Shopping

Macy’s (NYSE:M): Current price $43.46

In the court case between Macy’s and J.C. Penney & Co. (NYSE:JCP), Friday’s ruling was a major victory for Penney’s, which will now be permitted to sell a line of products known as “JCP Everyday,” designed by Martha Stewart’s company, that will be sold in Martha Stewart “stores within stores” at most Penney locations, for now. Macy’s had requested that those JCP Everyday products be added to the list of items that JCP is disallowed from selling. Losing that motion to Macy’s would have cost Penney’s millions of dollars, and forced it to throw out the products it intends to fill the shelves of the Stewart sections set to open in April.

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Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F): Current price $13.02

Ford said that it will introduce a 1.5-liter version of its turbo-charged “EcoBoost” engine in April. The new four-cylinder version will initially be included in a the Mondeo sedan to be sold in China. The smaller EcoBoost engine in the Mondeo will enable Chinese consumers to be eligible for a tax break when buying the car, according to Raj Nair, chief of product development for Ford. Back in 2009, Ford debuted EcoBoost, which gives smaller engines the power of bigger ones, while lowering fuel use through turbocharging, direct fuel injection and variable valve timing. The Mondeo with the 1.5-liter EcoBoost engine will be launched at an auto show in Shanghai later in April.

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Time Warner (NYSE:TWX): Current price $58.80

Time is not only searching for a new chief executive, at the same time, it is trying to find candidates for a new board of directors while it is spun off from Time Warner, said one source who added that “it’s a parallel process.” Mounting chatter has it that one of the future board seats will go to a legacy player from the past, and that former editor-in-chief Norman Pearlstine’s name has been prominently mentioned. Such a legacy list also includes former Time Chief Executive Don Logan, who now owns the Birmingham Barons, a White Sox Double-A farm team; the current chief of the Aspen Institute and author of the best-selling Steve Jobs biography Walter Isaacson; and another former Time editor-in-chief, John Huey, now concluding a fellowship at Harvard.

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Tesla Motors (NASDAQ:TSLA): Current price $43.01

Chief Executive Elon Musk commented to Automotive News last week that ”if we’re seeing nonstop battles at the state level, rather than fight 20 different state battles, I’d rather fight one federal battle.” The problem, is that auto dealers contend that Tesla’s factory-store model violates franchise and consumer laws in a number of states — Texas being the current at battle location — and are pressing Tesla to market its cars via a traditional franchised dealership network. However, Musk said that Tesla should have the freedom to sell directly to consumers, if his fledgling car firm is to survive, and added that his options include lobbying for federal legislation or a federal court lawsuit alleging restraint of interstate commerce.

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