News Review: Verizon Communications, Vodafone Group Plc, Wal-Mart Stores, Starbucks Corporation

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News Review: Verizon Communications, Vodafone Group Plc, Wal-Mart Stores, Starbucks Corporation

NEW YORK, March 06, 2013 -, one of the leaders in providing investment alerts on U.S. stocks are announcing Investment Highlights on Verizon Communications, Vodafone Group Plc, Wal-Mart Stores, Starbucks Corporation.

Network carriers Verizon Communications Inc.(NYSE:VZ) and Vodafone Group Plc (ADR)(NASDAQ:VOD) are trying to resolve their association with each other, with options ranging from ending their wireless venture to a full merger. 

Bloomberg, which is tracking developments, said that the two big phone companies had discussed the feasibility of a full merger in December last year.

"Those talks stumbled over disagreements on leadership and the location of the new headquarters, making a buyout or partial sale of Vodafone’s 45 percent stake in the Verizon Wireless subsidiary a likelier outcome, the Bloomberg report said citing sources.

That stake is worth about $115 billion, according to analysts. Verizon Wireless is a profitable entity and the parent company would be only too eager to gain full control of it. This would consolidate its hold over the wireless business, which has now acquired pace.  

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Vodafone seems to be also eager to get rid of the unit, though it has spoken about valuations and how to utilise the proceeds of the sale.

According to the report, the U.U. phone operator is most likely to use money raised from the sale to make more acquisitions in Europe rather than return it to shareholders.

Analysts are of the opinion that the two companies have reached a stage where they would like to call it quits and go their separate ways.

Bloomberg said that at the moment the two companies are not discussing anything about a merger, nor are they close to taking a decision on a sale by Vodafone of Verizon's wireless unit.  However, talks on this are expected to start again this year.

Verizon shares advanced 1.2 percent to close at $47.69 in New York after Bloomberg’s report. The stock has risen for 12 straight days, the longest stretch since 1985. Vodafone’s U.S. shares climbed 5.2 percent to $26.68.  

The world's largest retailer Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.(NYSE:WMT)’s smaller stores are gaining market share vis a vis competition from dollar stores, supermarkets and pharmacies.  

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Head of Wal-Mart's U.S. division, Bill Simon told an industry conference on Tuesday that the company is slowly moving towards smaller formats, which are better able to compete with other formats.

This fiscal year, Wal-Mart will open its largest amount of smaller format stores to date, about 115. The Neighbourhood Market and Express locations will account for about 40% of stores the retailer opens.

Starbucks Corporation(NASDAQ:SBUX) launches new espresso line:  

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Coffee chain Starbucks on Tuesday announced the launch of its new espresso beverage Hazelnut Macchiato. This is part of the company's strategy to strengthen its product line and provide more variety.

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