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Stocks To Watch: DISH Network Corp (NASDAQ:DISH), Whole Foods Market, Inc. (NASDAQ:WFM), McDonald’s Corporation (NYSE:MCD)

Posted in Business, Technology8 months ago • Written by Bruce OdomNo Comments

Dallas, Texas, 09/17/2014 (ustrademedia) – DISH Network Corp (NASDAQ:DISH) recently announced that in the long-term deal with Scripps Networks Interactive Inc., the company has added channels like HGTV and Food Network to its planned online-TV service. As per the agreement, DISH Network Corp (NASDAQ:DISH) clients will be able to get shows through an online service called as OTT (over-the-top). The agreement also includes renewed company’s use of Scripps channels through satellite, like Travel Channel, the Cooking Channel, Great American Country and DIY Network. Financial terms weren’t disclosed in the agreement. The company is in a race with other “pay-TV” providers like Verizon Communications Inc. and Sony Corp., to deliver television via the Internet.

Whole Foods Market, Inc. (NASDAQ:WFM) recently announced that due to growing competition it is planning to test reward programs. Company’s spokesman Mr. Michael Silverman said in an e-mail that the company is going to test the plan in its stores in Princeton, New Jersey, during this September and will further expand the trial to Philadelphia later this year. Mr. Silverman also further added that by late 2015, the company expects to introduce a national rewards program. The customers of the company can download reward cards or mobile-phone application from Apple’s App Store and can earn points that can be used for discounts and store experiences like cooking classes.

McDonald’s Corporation (NYSE:MCD) recently announced that its “build-your-own-burger” experiment, which is ongoing at Southern California restaurants, could be coming to more places as it seeks to stop the worst sales fall in a decade. A spokeswoman for the company, Lisa McComb stated that the test that allows customers pick out burger toppings like tortilla strips and jalapenos on a touch screen could be taken to more markets depending on how the trial goes. The “build-your-own-burger” program started at the Orange County restaurant during the previous year and then it extended to three more McDonald’s Corporation (NYSE:MCD) in August.

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