4 Consumer Stock Stories For Weekend Investment Shopping

United Airlines (NYSE:UAL): Closing price $34.75

On Friday, United introduced the MileagePlus Small Business Network, representing the first domestic travel loyalty program that permits businesses to earn and redeem miles. Participating firms earn award miles by buying products from over a dozen of the program’s vendor partners, among which include top suppliers of printing, credit card payment processing, shipping, office supplies, and computing services. United also debut a bonus offer in which companies can get 1,000 bonus miles for enrolling in the MileagePlus Small Business Network, and conducting transactions that earn a minimum of 100 miles.

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General Motors Company (NYSE:GM): Closing price $33.42

According to the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine of China, General Motors Co.’s main Chinese joint venture is recalling Cadillac SUVs in order to correct a problem with the nuts that hold their wheels in place. Shanghai GM will recall 2,653 imported Cadillac SRXs, said the agency, which explained that torque might cause nuts on the wheels to loosen.  In the recall, the nuts will be adjusted and tightened. However, it was unclear if the problem was limited only to the models in China.

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Anheuser-Busch InBev (NYSE:BUD): Closing price $96.37

The brewing behemoth is purchasing C&G Distributing Co., a distributor in Lima, Ohio. The sale should close within the next 90 days, prior to a new state law becoming effective that bars brewers from owning distributors. Financials of the acquisition were not reported. C&G has been owned by the Cecala and Guagenti families for over 60 years and has sold A-B products in a 9-county area in west-central Ohio since 1967.

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Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F): Closing price $15.08

Ford intends to free up much-needed output capacity in North America by transferring the manufacturing of its Fiesta subcompact auto to Thailand in 2016, said sources familiar with the firm’s plans, who also said that the iconic automaker will move Fiesta manufacturing from its Cuautitlán Assembly Plant in Mexico, along with its Chennai Assembly Plant in India, to a centralized facility in Thailand. A Ford factory in Rayong, Thailand, is presently a manufacturing site for the Fiesta but the model is also is being made at seven other plants worldwide. Ford spokeswoman Kristina Adamski said in an email, “We can’t divulge our future product plans, but we’re always looking for ways to optimize our global manufacturing capability,”

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