5 Thrilling Dow Consumer Stock Rollercoaster Rides

Home Depot (NYSE:HD): Current price $67.52

Home Depot will replace thousands of BlackBerry (NASDAQ:BBRY) smartphones for the use of its managerial and corporate staffers with Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPhone 4S, says Apple Insider. They explained that even though the retailer will displace around 10,000 Blackberry smartphones, this will not yet impact the 60,000 Motorola smartphones used by store employees.

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The Walt Disney Company (NYSE:DIS): Current price $55.16

Disney and Univision said on Monday that they will introduce Fusion, a news and information channel aimed at English-speaking Hispanic viewers late this summer, according to The New York Times, which also reported that the channel will be  available in at least 20 million homes.

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Wal-Mart Stores (NYSE:WMT): Current price $69.30

Back in 2007, Wal-Mart showcased its plans to launch up to 2,000 in-house medical clinics by mid-2012. Presently, there exist fewer than 130 clinics and the company is shutting locations faster than it opens them.

Horse DNA has been found in the beef bolognese sauce sold by Asda, the United Kingdom supermarket arm of Wal-Mart with about 550 shops there. The chain is withdrawing that product and three others from its stores, according to Reuters. In January, Asda withdrew four burger products after they were discovered to contain trace levels of horse DNA. These products were supplied by Silvercrest, a distributor which had also sold Tesco and other grocers beef burgers containing horse meat.

Horse DNA has been found in the beef bolognese sauce sold by Asda, the United Kingdom supermarket arm of Wal-Mart with about 550 shops there. The chain is withdrawing that product and three others from its stores, according to Reuters. In January, Asda withdrew four burger products after they were discovered to contain trace levels of horse DNA. These products were supplied by Silvercrest, a distributor which had also sold Tesco and other grocers beef burgers containing horse meat.

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McDonald’s Corporation (NYSE:MCD): Current price $93.90

Burger King Worldwide (NYSE:BKW) is adding lattes and flavored coffee to its menu on order to better compete with its arch-rival McDonald’s, says the Wall Street Journal. The firm has announced that it is doubling its coffee lineup to include 10 items and also partnering with Seattle’s Best Coffee, which is owned by Starbucks Corporation (NASDAQ:SBUX).

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Procter & Gamble Co. (NYSE:PG): Current price $76.54

General Mills (NYSE:GIS) and Procter & Gamble are utilizing their collaborations with a “crowdfunding” site to learn more about consumer-packaged goods start ups, says the Wall Street Journal. Each firm recently partnered with CircleUp Network, a San Francisco company that links consumer-goods start ups to individual investors on the Web. In addition, CircleUp is supplying trend reports to both parties regarding startups in 18 categories, among which include pet foods, beverages, snack foods and infant products.

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