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Monster Beverage Corp. confesses about a probe regarding their flagship product

Monster Beverage Corp., a U.S. maker of energy drinks, disclosed Thursday that it received a court order from an unnamed state attorney general in July as part of an investigation into its flagship product.

Pepsi's new vending machines let you socialize, gift drinks

Ever imagined buying a drink to a friend living on the other side of the globe? Well, you will soon be able to with PepsiCo's Social Vending System that will enable users gift beverages to friends anywhere in the world.

Pepsico makes PET bottles from plant waste

Pepsico announced on Tuesday that it has achieved success in creating what according to it is a plastic bottle made fully from plant based, organic material and completely renewable resources.

The Most-Wanted Interviews for 2011

As the chief instigator on The Motley Fool's wildly popular radio show, Chris Hill has the opportunity to talk with some of the brightest minds in the world of finance and economics. Today, he provides the seven guests (in no particular order) that he would most like to interview in 2011 on Motley Fool Money, the one-hour weekly business radio show syndicated to radio stations across America and available on iTunes. If you happen to know any of these potential guests, let me know.

Profit on a Flat Stock

Since its bottom on March 6, 2009, the S&P 500 has made a historic rally -- over 80% -- rivaling what we saw coming out of the Great Depression in 1938. However, if you take a gander at the years following 1938, you see -- after that big market rebound -- that stocks were relatively flat for a handful of years, including about 10% declines in both 1940 and 1941.

9 Consumer Stocks to Anchor Your Portfolio

Have you been buying junk? Have you been thumbing your nose at default risk and chasing after companies that have shown more red than the Philadelphia Phillies? If you have, you've probably been pretty happy with the results. As a recent Bloomberg article highlighted, the seemingly lowest-quality companies have watched their stocks outperform so far this year. Bloomberg notes:

8 Stocks That Let You Sleep at Night

Some stocks have such powerful management teams, brands, and histories of innovation that you can buy 'em without worrying you're going to lose too much sleep at night. Although no stock's without risk, these eight companies possess such strong positive attributes it seems silly to agonize too much over short-term concerns.

2011's Top Dividend Aristocrats

Yes, dividend investing is popular. And it may become even more popular, now that Congress has extended legislation that maintains the low tax rate on corporate payouts for next year. You can find many great dividend stalwarts among the companies that have successfully paid out cash for decades.

5 Holiday Gifts for the Investor on Your List

 It's the holiday season, and that means scrambling to figure out what presents to buy for everyone on your list. As we all know, the process can get a bit tiring and some people on that list can end up getting a little shortchanged as holiday-shopping exhaustion gets the best of you.


National Beverage Shares Dropped: What You Need to Know

Although we don't believe in timing the market or panicking over market movements, we do like to keep an eye on big changes -- just in case they're material to our investing thesis.