4 Consumer Stock Stories To Enhance Midweek Investment Shopping

J.C. Penney & Co. (NYSE:JCP): Closing price $16.56

Credit Suisse says that J.C. Penney’s home introduction may be contributing to challenges instead of its intended role as a catalyst, as home merchandise pricing has been edged down by a minimum of 30 percent, while clearance items in other departments seem elevated.  Analysts expect the second-quarter gross margins to be lower than anticipated, and lowered their earnings per share estimate to $1.22 from 94 cents. Shares are rated Underperform with a $15 price target.

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The Boeing Co. (NYSE:BA): Closing price $101.87

Boeing and Asiana Airlines Inc. might see potential legal action by passengers who were on board a flight that crashed in San Francisco on July 6, killing three and injuring over 180, according to United States court filings. The Asiana Airlines Boeing 777 contained in excess of 300 passengers and crew members when it crashed while landing at San Francisco International Airport. At this time, the National Transportation Safety Board is looking into the causes of the crash. Meanwhile, a petition for discovery has been filed against Boeing in a Chicago court, in the city where the airplane maker is headquartered.

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Time Warner Inc. (NYSE:TWX): Closing price $61.63

On Wednesday, Time Warner Chairman and Chief Executive Jeff Bewkes announced that John K. Martin will be the next chief executive of Turner Broadcasting System Inc. Martin will assume the role effective January 1, succeeding Phil Kent, who will serve as chairman for a transition period in 2014.

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Nike Inc. (NYSE:NKE): Closing price $63.33

Tiger Woods has signed a new endorsement agreement, marking his fourth with the world’s number-one sporting-goods entity. Financials of the deal were not disclosed in an e-mailed statement from Nike. Woods’s agent, Mark Steinberg, said in June that he expected the next contract to keep the 14-time major tournament winner with the firm for the life of his career and leave him as Nike’s highest-compensated golf endorser.

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