4 Consumer Stock Stories for Savvy Investment Shopping

Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F): Current price $13.13

Ford says that it anticipates operating margins of around 10 percent in North America in 2013, which would be down slightly from 2012, since the company expects that a greater portion of its sales this year will come from smaller cars that are less profitable than are trucks. Additionally, higher costs linked with growing volumes also pressured margins, according to a presentation prepared for an investor conference on Wednesday. In 2012, Ford’s operating margin in North America stood at 10.4 percent.

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Safeway (NYSE:SWY): Current price $26.22

SoloHealth announced this week that Safeway will install SoloHealth Station kiosks throughout nearly 700 stores as a part of a multiyear agreement. The latter’s Chief Commercial Officer Stephen Kendig stated that “Safeway shares our commitment of empowering consumers to take charge of their health. We believe that access, awareness and education are keys to a healthy lifestyle, and we’re bringing comprehensive health and wellness services directly to Safeway’s customers.” The SoloHealth Stations will be installed starting in April. They are presently located in almost 2,500 retail locations across the United States, to be expanding to over 4,000 by 2014.

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Anheuser-Busch InBev (NYSE:BUD): Current price $99.07

The Small Brew Act, which would effectively give small brewers a federal excise tax break, is said to be dividing the beer industry, but is that the main reason the proposed legislation is being actively opposed by the Beer Institute, which members includes such giants as Anherser-Busch? On the other side of the divide is the the Brewers Association, essentially the trade group for craft brewers, is lobbying for the bill; Vice President of Communications Chris Thorne, for the latter organization, says his trade group has dropped its neutral stance on the legislation because it divides the industry. The Beer Institute opposes the bill because it feels that it would amount to a ‘giveaway’ to small brewers, many of whom are actually well capitalized.

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General Motors Company (NYSE:GM): Current price $27.66

GM North American Chief Financial Officer Chuck Stevens said that his company is getting set for 10-percent margins over the next several years via “a fairly significant improvement” in both revenue and cost structure. Stevens added that the iconic automaker needs an additional $2.5 billion to $3.5 billion in earnings against its current revenue base to reach that goal, on Wednesday during an investor conference held concurrently with the New York auto show.

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