4 Consumer Stock Stories Luring Investment Shoppers Thursday

Chipotle Mexican Grill (NYSE:CMG): Closing price $371.02

Those eagerly awaiting the opening of ShopHouse Southeast Asian Kitchen in Los Angeles just have to get through the weekend, as the restaurant is set for a Monday debut, which will be the second location opened and the first of three West Coast locations planned for 2013 by parent company Chipotle Mexican Grill. Media members were invited for a preview of the premises on Wednesday. The unit is located in the center of Hollywood, close by the iconic intersection of Sunset and Vine. ShopHouse was introduced in late 2011 in Washington, D.C., after the company spent over a year tweaking the menu and concept. A second ShopHouse was originally supposed to open in Washington’s upscale Georgetown neighborhood, but construction delays there caused the Los Angeles restaurant to open first.

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Revlon (NYSE:REV): Closing price $20.70

The cosmetics firm will pay an $850,000 penalty to resolve federal charges that it withheld key information from shareholders in regards to a “going-private” transaction. Such transactions typically take place when a company attempts to cash out shareholders so that it, or a private equity firm, can purchase all outstanding shares. The Securities and Exchange Commission found that during such a voluntary exchange offer to pay a $107 million debt to a controlling shareholder, Revlon gave investors misleading cues by not telling them that an outside adviser had decided that the terms of the deal were inadequate.

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Honda Motor Co. (NYSE:HMC): Closing price $37.40

Honda is recalling 104,500 cars in 49 countries globally to repair problems with the brakes. Domestically, the recall covers over 18,000 Acura RSX compact cars from model year 2006 and the Honda S2000 sports car from both the 2006 and 2007 model years. Some 70,000 of the recalled vehicles were sold in Japan. The automaker says that some power brake booster parts were not manufactured to specifications, which might lead to a decrease in braking power over time and could thus increase the risk of a crash. However, Honda says it is unaware of any accidents or injuries from the problem.

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FedEx Corporation (NYSE:FDX): Closing price $99.63

The operator of the world’s number-one cargo airline pledges to fight any charges that may rise from a federal inquiry into drug shipments by illegal online pharmacies, in effect opposing both government investigators and its competitor United Parcel Service (NYSE:UPS), which settled similar allegations. FedEx is itself a target of a criminal investigation, following decades of collaborating with law enforcement agencies to fight attempts to use its network nefariously. The company says that an indictment or prosecution would threaten a basic tenet of the shipping business, which is not opening customers’ packages to inspect the contents.

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