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Record World Cup ratings for Disney, CarMax in reverse, Bed Bath ready to report

Jeff Macke
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Time for your daily dose of trending tickers, the stocks that you're tracking as measured by Yahoo finance ticker searches.

Disney (DIS) making news today after ratings for the World Cup set records on ESPN and ABC. Just six days after the U.S. / Ghana match set a record for the most-watched men's soccer game ever, yesterday's heartbreaking tie against heavily-favored Portugal set a new mark. The game scored a stunning 9.1 rating which doesn't include streaming viewers. That will work out to about 15 million viewers; comparable to the ratings for Game 7 of the 2012 NBA Finals. FIFA says worldwide ratings are the highest ever for the Group round of any World Cup. This is ABC/ESPN's last dance with the tournament which will be seen on Fox and Telemundo in 2018. The U.S. will play Germany on Thursday afternoon in what be the least productive workday in U.S. history.

CarMax (KMX) used-car chain franchise dipping lower  in what's looking like a "sell the news" trade as the retailer actually reported higher first quarter profit. Carmax reported used vehicle sales increased 9.8% in the quarter, and same-store used-car sales rose 3.4%, driven by improved traffic. In addition, the company originated more auto loans, even to subprime borrowers, as Carmax looked to quench pent-up demand for cars. Another good sign that things are improving in 'Murica.

Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY) is trading slightly higher ahead of earnings later this week. The company is expected to report EPS of 95 cents on $2.7 billion in revenue. Investors would likely settle for anything near those levels after the bloodletting experienced thus far in 2014. Bed Bath & Beyond shares have lost more than one-fifth of their value after its growth rate hit an abrupt wall over the holiday quarter. Short interest in the stock rose by nearly twenty-five percent in the last two weeks of May. Keep an eye on these shares as a proxy for fallen angel consumer names this week.

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