4 Consumer Stock Stories for Wednesday Investment Shopping

General Motors Company (NYSE:GM): Current price $28.06

GM sacked 598 workers on Tuesday at a plant in São Paulo state in which the firm has drawn political heat for trying to close what it calls an uncompetitive assembly line. The move was subsequent to negotiations with union officials in January, when GM agreed to spend around $249 million and keep the assembly line, which manufactures its 10-year-old Classic sedan, operating at its São Jose dos Campos factory. These  layoffs showcase carmakers’ struggles in the country with escalating labor costs and stalling demand, which caused local auto output to shrink in 2012 for the first time in a decade.

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Wal-Mart Stores (NYSE:WMT): Current price $74.75

The giant retailer is accelerating plans to unite its physical stores with online tech, testing the use of lockers in which to store goods ordered on the Internet until shoppers pick them up, as it attempts to catch up with e-commerce leader Amazon.com. Wal-Mart may well be the leading retailer overall with $466.1 billion in annual sales, it lags Amazon and a few other retailers when it comes to selling products online.

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Facebook (NASDAQ:FB): Current price $26.08

The number of persons paying to play games on Facebook, which remains the largest social networking service, has grown by 24 percent year-over-year, the firm said at an event in San Francisco, according to Bloomberg, without divulging the number. Also, the number of people who play games generally has risen to some 250 million, marking an increase from 2012. Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg is going forward with ramping up gaming among users of the site and lessen its dependence on Zynga to entice gamers.

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Toyota Motor Corporation (NYSE:TM): Current price $102.91

Toyota’s Senior Vice President for United States Auto Operations Bob Carter said Tuesday that his company is very optimistic” about the economy in 2013, pointing to a jobs recovery, increasing consumer confidence and an improving housing market. Domestic industry sales in March have been impressive, with the annual sales rate setting a rate that would top 15 million for the fifth straight month. Speaking to industry executives at a conference prior to of the New York auto show, Carter remarked that “so far, this month of March looks to be very good for all manufacturers.”

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