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Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F): Closing price $12.84

Ford spokeswoman Kelli Felker said on Thursday that the automaker is recalling roughly 230,000 older minivans worldwide to fix a corrosion problem that might prevent the fold-down third-row seats from locking into place. This recall affects 196,500 Ford Freestar and Mercury Monterey minivans from the model years 2004 through 2007 in the United States, and another 33,500 in other countries, mostly Canada.

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The Fresh Market (NASDAQ:TFM): Closing price $39.21

The high-end grocer anticipates between 19 and 22 new store openings in its fiscal year 2013, weighted towards the second half, impacting earnings growth. Also, the company predicts capital expenditures between $130 and $150 million, and an increase of comparable store sales of 2 to 4 percent.

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Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (NASDAQ:GMCR): Closing price $51.51

Green Mountain, and Unilever North America have reached an agreement to offer Lipton hot and iced teas in K-Cup and Vue packs for Keurig single cup brewing systems. Presdient and Chief executive of the former commented that “We’re happy to welcome Lipton — one of the world’s great refreshment brands — to our family of Keurig Brewed beverages. It’s natural to think of Keurig as being synonymous with coffee, and now consumers are also turning to their Keurig brewing systems for the freshest tasting hot and iced tea, prepared simply and quickly at home and in the office. Our strategy to partner with world-class beverage brands like Lipton further broadens the consumer choice in the Keurig system and helps us meet a wide range of consumer taste and beverage preferences.”

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Nielsen Holdings (NYSE:NLSN): Closing price $34.29

The United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit upheld the dismissal of Sunbeam Television Corporation’s antitrust lawsuit against Nielsen on March 4th. The District Court found that Sunbeam failed to show that Nielsen blocked any competitor from establishing a syndicated television audience measurement service in the Miami market, and thus lacked antitrust standing to assert its Sherman Act and Florida Antitrust Act claims against Nielsen. Beyond that, the court found that Nielsen was justified in introducing its Local People Meter service in Miami, supplanting the previous Meter-Diary system.

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