4 Consumer Stock Stories for Wednesday Investment Shopping

Wal-Mart Stores (NYSE:WMT): Current price $75.73

It might seem an odd problem for the largest retailer on earth, but Wal-Mart’s restocking challenges are reaching farther than was first admitted. Over 1,000 e-mailed complaints were received from customers from Hawaii to Florida and from Texas to Vermont voicing their frustration after Bloomberg News reported March 26 that there were insufficient workers in the stores to keep shelves stocked, cash registers running and shoppers’ questions answered. Wal-Mart spokeswoman Brooke Buchanan, in response to the original article, commented in part that “the premise of this story, which is based on the comments of a handful of people, is inaccurate and not representative of what is happening in our stores across the country.”

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Toyota Motor Corporation (NYSE:TM): Current price $100.88

Toyota has reported monthly sales of 205,342 units in March, which is up by 1 percent on an unadjusted raw volume basis, and 4.8 percent on a daily selling rate basis. Senior Vice President of Automotive Operations, Toyota Motor Sales, USA Bob Carter remarked that “the auto industry continued its string of impressive monthly results, and at Toyota we had our best month since Cash for Clunkers in August of 2009. A strong first-quarter close and increased consumer confidence continue to position the auto industry as a leader in the economic recovery.”

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The Boeing Company (NYSE:BA): Current price $84.77

Boeing biggest 787 Dreamliner customer, All Nippon Airways, will run its pilots through training before the resumption of flights in June, after Boeing completed over half of its tests to get its new battery system certified, say sources to Reuters.

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General Motors Company (NYSE:GM): Closing price $27.69

Subaru of America and General Motors are recalling a small number of autos in the United States so as to check brake lines and steering wheel problems, according to federal safety officials on Tuesday. Subaru is recalling around 200,000 Legacy and Outback sedans and wagons from model years 2005 to 2009 to examine for corroded brake lines. GM is recalling 144 Buick Encores with heated steering wheels that were built between December 9 and 28 last year because the steering wheel could come loose or separate from the steering column.

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