4 Consumer Stock Stories For Wednesday Investment Shopping

Cablevision (NYSE:CVC): Current price $14.54

This week, the National Labor Relations Board will issue a federal complaint against the cable TV operator Cablevision for allegedly employing illegal intimidation, harassment and bribery in its endeavors to restrain its Bronx-based employees for pursuing unionization activities. NLRB reported that it is giving Cablevision a few days to reach a settlement. The Bronx complaint comes after a similar controversy connected to Cablevision’s alleged treatment of workers in Brooklyn who have been pursuing union activities since voting to join the Communications Workers of America union early last year. CWA Local 1109, which represents Cablevision employee union efforts in Brooklyn, claimed that Cablevision illegally sacked 22 workers who tried to meet with management regarding the slow pace of bargaining on January 30, which then led to the filing of charges of unfair labor practices now pending before the NLRB. However, the union said that all 22 workers have been returned to their jobs as a result of massive community and political pressure.

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Pandora Media (NYSE:P): Current price $13.23

Pandora reports that it has reached the 200 million registered users level in the United States, says USA Today. In a Tuesday statement, the company said that it doubled its number of domestic registered users without taking two years, topping the 100 million mark in 2011. Pandora founder Tim Westergren commented in a statement that “we started this company to help people discover and enjoy music they love, and to help artists reach and grow their audiences. Only in our wildest dreams did we imagine what it would become.” The Pandora milestone comes as more competitors are moving into the market, like Spotify and Rdio.

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Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F): Current price $13.08

Some new data from R.L. Polk & Company indicate that the Ford Focus was the number-one-selling automobile in the world overall in 2012. The compact model brought over 1 million sales on 2012, representing nearly 17 percent more volume than Toyota (NYSE:TM) posted for its traditional sales leader, the compact Corolla model. Beyond that, Ford scored at the other extreme with its big F-Series pickups collectively ranking third on the worldwide sales list. All told, Ford placed three different models in the Top 10, including its sixth-ranked Fiesta subcompact.

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Monster Beverage Corporation (NASDAQ:MNST): Current price $54.78

On Tuesday the corporation announced that its board has okayed a new share buyback program for the repurchase of as much as $200 million of its outstanding common stock, since there was no availability remaining under the previously authorized $250 million share repurchase program. Monster expects the share repurchases to be made periodically in the open market or via privately negotiated transactions. Share repurchases may be suspended or discontinued at any time.

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