PepsiCo ( PEP) is trending as the company is planning the release of its "Next" cola brand in the U.S. later this month. Pepsi Next has 60% less sugar and fewer calories than Pepsi-Cola; it will be sweetened with a combination of both high-fructose corn syrup and artificial sweeteners. Pepsi Next will target consumers who are not fans of diet soda but don't want all of the sugar found in regular cola. PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi revealed a plan last month to improve the North American business through spending $500 million to $600 million in marketing and advertising this year. The marketing will focus on 12 brands, including Pepsi. Two of Pepsi's previous attempts at mid-calorie drinks, Pepsi XL and Pepsi Edge, were both discontinued. Pepsi Next will launch nationwide on March 26.
BMW is another popular search after the automaker forecast it will sell more than 2 million cars in 2016, four years earlier than it had planned. BMW said it predicts growth in China and a spending recovery in the U.S. will drive sales. Despite its advance towards its 2-million car sales target, BMW stuck with a conservative guidance for its 2012 operating profit margin. BMW predicts its full-year operating profit margin to be at the upper end of its 8% to 10% target range this year, compared to 11.8% in 2011.
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