4 Consumer Stock Stories For Savvy Tuesday Investment

Wal-Mart Stores (NYSE:WMT): Closing price $77.32

The retail behemoth will pay $81 million following its pleading guilty to criminal charges that it dumped hazardous waste across California, according to the company spokeswoman Brooke Buchanan on Tuesday. Wal-Mart entered the plea in the San Francisco federal court to misdemeanor counts of negligently dumping pollutants from its stores into sanitation drains across the state, said Buchanan. Through the settlement terms, Wal-Mart will pay the substantial fine that also will cover charges in Missouri.

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General Motors Company (NYSE:GM): Closing price $33.96

The traditional summer auto plant shutdown is no longer viable, with sparse inventories, jumping sales, and customers crowding into big, high-margin vehicles, the Detroit automakers can not afford to shut plants for as long as two weeks. Raised demand for pickups, SUVs and crossovers is primarily behind the decisions to skip or curtail the downtime that has up until now coincided with the start of the new model year. Automakers, at least for now, must rapidly expand their capacity  to keep up when the market is on an upswing like this.

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McDonald’s Corporation (NYSE:MCD): Closing price $101.24

McDonald’s and the pasta maker Barilla are now working jointly to put a Mediterranean accent on a Big Mac and fries. Starting on Friday, some McDonald’s restaurants in Italy will offer a 4.90 euro pasta salad described as pennette pasta with “a balanced and skillful mix of tuna, tomatoes, peppers, capers and olives, seasoned with a pinch of oregano and salt.” For the fast-food giant, which in Italy has previously touched base with local produce like parmesan, mozzarella and speck, the partnership targets moving away from world standardized menus and “Italianizing” itself. For the 136-year-old pasta maker, the move is a fresh indication of its desire to expand into new markets.

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 R. R. Donnelley & Sons Company (NASDAQ:RRD): Closing price $13.07

On Tuesday, R.R. Donnelley said that it has won a multi-year multi-million dollar accord by Williams-Sonoma, that renews and importantly expands the firm’s relationship. Through the terms, RR Donnelley will supply printing, sophisticated co-mailing, and mailing logistics services for all of Williams-Sonoma catalogs. Alongside catalogs and mailing logistics, RR Donnelley also supplies Williams-Sonoma, Inc. with commercial printing, direct mail, labels and financial printing.

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