4 Consumer Stock Stories Making a Commotion on Thursday

Amazon.com Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN): Closing price $286.47

The market research firm Mintel believes that online retail sales in Europe could double by 2018 to $428.51 billion, with Amazon.com expected to grow even more quickly than that. In a survey of 19 markets in Europe made exclusively available to Reuters, Mintel projected that online sales would swell to 188 billion euros in 2013 from 166 billion euros in 2012, and that Germany, the United Kingdom, and France would remain by far the largest markets for online retail by 2018 — although, The Netherlands, Spain, and Poland might grow at a faster rate. Norway and Sweden, Mintel reported, have the highest online per-capita spending.

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Penn National Gaming, Inc. (NASDAQ:PENN): Closing price $53.19

Penn said Thursday that it has obtained approvals from four more regulatory agencies of the steps needed to implement the previously reported planned separation of its operating assets and real property assets. The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission, Louisiana Gaming Control Board, and Mississippi Gaming Commission on Thursday approved the steps. Prior to this, on August 2, the Pennsylvania State Racing Commission okayed the necessary steps.

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General Motors Co. (NYSE:GM): Closing price $34.55

General Motors announced on Thursday it had shut down production at its Egyptian assembly facility outside of Cairo and closed its local office following deadly clashes between security forces and supporters of the ousted president Mohamed Mursi. Daimler’s Mercedes also operates an assembly factory in a city near Cairo, that is called 6th of October City.

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J.C. Penney & Co. (NYSE:JCP): Closing price $13.83

According to Geoff Foster at Daily Mail, branches of J.C. Penney could open on High Streets in London. Subsequent to the hedge fund billionaire Bill Ackman’s stepping down from its board after vitriolic fight for power, chatter has it that the 17-percent shareholder will “climb into bed” with either the cash-rich United Kingdom and American private equity firms, taking the group private at a substantial premium to the present price.

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