Sector Update: Consumer Shares Mixed Pre-Market; Darden Finds Buyer for Red Lobster

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Top Consumer Shares:

WMT: +0.22%

MCD: +0.07%

DIS: +0.01%

CVS: flat

KO: flat

GE: +0.53%

Consumer shares were generally mixed in pre-market trade Friday.

In consumer sector news, Darden Restaurants ( DRI ) said it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its Red Lobster business and certain other related assets and assumed liabilities to Golden Gate Capital for $2.1 billion in cash.

Darden expects to receive net cash proceeds, after tax and transaction costs, of approximately$1.6 billion, of which approximately $1.0 billion will be used to retire outstanding debt.

DRI trades in a 52-week range of $44.78 to $55.25.

And, Hyatt Hotels Corporation ( H ) authorized the repurchase of up to an additional $300 million of the Company's common stock. The company has approximately $385 million remaining under its repurchase authorization.

Finally, SORL Auto Parts ( SORL ) says Q1 sales were $50 million, up 21.1% from a year ago. Net income was $0.14 per share, up from $0.06 last year.

For the year, it sees sales of approximately $225.0 million and net income of approximately $12.5 million.

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This article appears in: Investing Commodities
Referenced Stocks: DRI , H , SORL

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