4 Consumer Stock Stories for Thursday Investment Shopping

The Wendy’s Company (NYSE:WEN): Closing price $5.35

Wendy’s wholly owned subsidiary, Wendy’s International, has reached into an agreement though which to refinance its existing credit facility. The firm expects the transaction to close on May 16 and that this refinancing should bring over $19 million in ongoing yearly interest expense savings, alongside the roughly $30 million in ongoing annual net interest expense savings from the 2012 refinancing. Calculated on current market conditions, the refinancing represents a year-over-year lowering in interest expense of about 175 basis points.

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Amazon.com (NASDAQ:AMZN): Closing price $259.51

Amazon announces the next step in the expansion of its Android Appstore, now advising developers that they may submit their applications for distribution in almost 200 countries. Android device owners in the new regions which include Australia, Brazil, Canada, Mexico, India, South Africa, and South Korea, will be able to download apps “in the coming months.” Before the announcement, Amazon had introduced its Android Appstore in the United States, expanding into Europe to offer applications to customers in the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, and Japan. The firm does not sell its Kindle Fire tablet in its new markets, but users will be able to download the Appstore Android app on their smartphone, permitting Amazon to sell applications outside of Google’s Play Store.

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RadioShack Corporation (NYSE:RSH): Closing price $3.06

The analyst David Schick at Stifel said that he thinks that RadioShack’s management will describe a new strategic blueprint later in April, to help the struggling chain.  Schick believes that weak trends that have pressured RadioShack for some while continued to weigh on it in the first quarter. Electronics retailers have been experiencing tough competition, since more consumers purchase electronics from online merchants such as Amazon.com, while discounters swell their own electronics offerings. Beyond that, RadioShack has also struggled with weaker demand for mobile phones.

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Anheuser-Busch InBev (NYSE:BUD): Closing price $97.56

The world megabrewer declines to comment on chatter that it intends to build breweries in India. On Wednesday, The Times of India reported that A-B is exploring the possibility of a new facility in West Bengal, as one of a “couple” of new facilities in India. An inside sources claimed that “We shall definitely set up a brewery in the east. The place of our choice would depend on government policy, quality of water, availability of land and other incentives.”

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