4 Consumer Stock Stories to Attract Investment Shoppers

Tesla Motors (NASDAQ:TSLA): Closing price $95.36

Late Tuesday afternoon at Tesla’s shareholder meeting at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, Chief Executive Elon Musk took shots at short sellers. When introduced by Tesla’s associate general counsel, Musk drew a robust round of applause to start off the meeting, as the automakers’ shares have soared by 171 percent so far in 2013. Musk remarked that “It’s been a great year. There were many people who thought Tesla would fail. Many of them unwisely choose to short our stock. I presume those people are not here today.” Just in the past month, the stock has skyrocketed by 68 percent due to a huge short squeeze subsequent to the firm’s first-ever quarterly profit, and a top rating for its Model S from Consumer Reports. Musk continued that “People either love us or hate us but they are rarely indifferent. But we have a lot of mind share and I think that’s valuable.”

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The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE:KO): Closing price $40.63

Chief Executive Officer Muhtar Kent commemorated the return of the soda maker to Myanmar following 60 years, by launching a bottling plant and promising added investment in the newly-opened economy. Coke will spend $200 million during the next five years and a second plant will open in a month, Kent said in an interview with Haslinda Amin on Bloomberg Television, remarking, “It’s a great moment in history, just like it used to be when we opened up our business in east and central Europe in the former Soviet Union right after the fall of the Berlin wall. We can retain and grow our leadership that we already have in this market today.”

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Mondelez International (NASDAQ:MDLZ): Closing price $29.46

On Wednesday, the chocolate company with billion-dollar brands like Milka and Cadbury, and worldwide favorites Toblerone and Lacta, announced an accord with the Ivorian government’s Conseil du Cafe Cacao to help farmers boost sustainable cocoa output and create thriving communities in Cote d’Ivoire. The non-governmental organization CARE International will lead Cocoa Life projects in Ivorian cocoa communities through the year 2016.

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Target Corporation (NYSE:TGT): Closing price $70.16

Target Canada is set to meet its goal of opening 124 stores across Canada in 2013, and is presently focusing on its next Canadian conquest: online shopping. Speaking at a national retail conference in Toronto on Tuesday, Chief Executive Tony Fisher said he intends to create a “truly Canadian” online site, however he told Canada Real Time he has not yet set a timeline for its launch. Sales in the brand new bricks-and-mortar Canadian stores outstgripped expectations
in the first quarter, and the retailer says that the Canadian investment should be profitable still by the fourth quarter.

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