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March 5, 2012
21:30 EDTNAV, TECD, WPRT, ASNA, CLNE, GM, DD, AAPL, HNZ, PEP, NOV, BBBY, AAJim Cramer's "Mad Money"
Jim Cramer told viewers that while the health of the Chinese economy is a factor for U.S. stocks, the recent weakness is a blessing in disguise, giving some of our overblown stocks a chance to rest and recharge. Cramer said that while China is important, U.S. markets are strong enough now that they no longer have to follow the Chinese in lock-step. "If oil calms down, the Chinese can engineer a soft landing," he said. So which stocks will be most affected by China? Cramer said the materials stocks, like Alcoa (AA), will continue to be weak, as will the oil stocks, led by National Oilwell Varco (NOV) which has cratered 8% in the past two weeks. But on the plus side, Cramer said opportunities are being created in the defensive stocks, names like Heinz (HNZ) and also the drug stocks. Cramer said he likes Bed Bath and Beyond (BBBY) and Pepsico (PEP) on weakness. Cramer said the tech sector likely won't rally without the help of Apple (AAPL). But with Apple scheduling a product announcement on Wednesday, even the tech sector should be ready to rally again by mid-week. Next, Cramer said when people think of DuPont (DD), they see a big industrial conglomerate, but in reality, DuPont is the world's second largest chemical company which has its hands in everything from agriculture to personal safety products. DuPont's agriculture division will introduce 154 new corn products this year alone. It's performance chemicals business is also on fire. DuPont also has emerging market exposure. DuPont shares trade at a scant 11x earnings,below the average S&P 500 multiple of 14x. Cramer said the shares deserve a higher multiple. WHAT THE HECK: Ascena Retail Group (ASNA) is the new name of Dress Barn, which now includes the Maurice's and Justice store chains. This all-but-forgotten retail stock shocked analysts with a 16c earnings beat on a 14% rise in revenues, and a raise in guidance. Shares are up 38% so far this year and over 53% since Cramer last spoke to the company's CEO just six months ago. Trading at just 13x earnings with a 15% growth rate, Ascena shares are a steal and are worthy of a place in every investor's portfolio, Cramer said. EXECUTIVE DECISION: Cramer spoke with Robert Dutkowsky, CEO of Tech Data (TECD). Dutkowsky said that Tech Data just had the best Q4 in 11 years, with strength across the board. The company continues to be bullish about tech spending in Europe. Tech Data is now focused on the hottest areas of technology, such as data centers and cloud computing. Cramer said there are two takeaways from Tech Data. First, technology spending is still strong and second, this is one cheap stock. NO HUDDLE OFFENSE: Cramer proclaimed that the natural gas revolution is here, thanks in part to the General Motors (GM) announcement of a natural gas powered Chevy pickup. Cramer continued to be bullish on Westport Innovations (WPRT), Navistar (NAV) and Clean Energy Fuels (CLNE). Reference Link
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06:04 EDTAAPLApple to publicly beta test iOS update, Re/code says
Apple plans to allow consumers to test the next update for its iOS mobile operating system, reports Re/code. The beta test will be available mid-March through the company's Apple Seed program. Reference Link
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February 22, 2015
17:11 EDTAAPLApple could reach $160 in a year, Barron's says
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15:11 EDTAAPLApple increases capabilities in industrial lithium-ion batteries, Reuters says
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14:20 EDTGMUAW chief says GM buyback proposal too much, premature, Reuters says
Dennis Williams, the president of the UAW, said that an investor groupís proposal that GM buy back $8B of its stock is premature, and the amount too high for the companyís long-term health, says Reuters. The UAW indirectly controls the largest single block of General Motors shares, added Reuters. Reference Link
February 20, 2015
16:48 EDTAAPLDow, S&P 500 finish week at record highs after Greek deal reached
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16:03 EDTAAPLOptions Update; February 20, 2015
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12:53 EDTNAVCitigroup sees truck carrier stocks poised to outperform
With the U.S. economy growing quickly, the stocks of truck carriers are likely to outperform the S&P 500, Citigroup believes. WHAT'S NEW: Truck transportation prices and truck carrier stocks "respond most directly to economic growth," Citigroup analyst Christian Wetherbee wrote in a note to investors today. After carriers' truckload rates rose 4% last year, the rates should rise by a similar amount this year, Wetherbee predicted. Economic growth, along with the difficulties the carriers are experiencing with recruiting drivers, should be supportive of additional rate increases, the analyst stated. Wetherbee warned that the stocks of truck builders usually underperform during periods such as the current one, when a large amounts of U.S. class 8 trucks are being built. Consequently, truck carrier stocks present investors with an opportunity, while investors should be cautious on truck builders and parts suppliers, he wrote. Among truck carriers, Swift (SWFT) is particularly attractive, since it has underperformed its peers over the last year, Wetherbee stated. Additionally, the company's results appear likely to at least meet consensus estimates, the analyst predicted. He also kept a Buy rating on another truck carrier, Knight Transportation (KNX) and maintained a Buy rating on Cummins (CMI), which builds truck engines. The analyst kept a Hold rating on truck builder PACCAR (PCAR). OTHERS TO WATCH: Navistar (NAV) builds trucks and Celadon (CGI) is another truck carrier. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, Swift rose 1%, Knight Transportation gained 1.3%, Cummins added 0.7%, and PACCAR lost 0.5%.
11:02 EDTAAPLApple electric car could be 'iPhone of the Future,' says Cantor
Cantor Fitzgerald analyst Brian White says he believes an electric car from Apple has the potential to be the "iPhone of the Future." White, in a note to investors today, added that he doubts Apple's reach will stop there. He believes the personal robot category offers "great potential over the next decade and fits well with Apple's skill set." White thinks the reports of an electric car show innovation at the tech giant continues. He keeps a Buy rating Apple shares with a $160 price target. The stock is up 30c it morning trading to $128.71.
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08:11 EDTGMAlly CEO exploring subprime lending, sees loss of GM business, Detroit News says
Ally (ALLY) CEO Jeffrey Brown stated in a Thursday interview with The Detroit News that the company may return to offering credit cards and home mortgages, and currently plans to expand auto lending to subprime customers. The CEO said he expects to decide within 30-60 days whether Ally will consolidate its five locations to a single headquarters in the Detroit suburbs. Brown added that he expects GM (GM) to shift its $4.1B subsidized leasing program for Chevrolet from Ally to GM Financial, which the Ally CEO wants to offset by increasing subprime lending from 9% of total lending to 12%-15%. Reference Link
07:04 EDTGMAlly CEO assuming company will lose all of GM's leasing business, Reuters says
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06:41 EDTAAPL, GMApple pushing for 2020 production of its electric car, Bloomberg says
Apple (AAPL) is pushing to begin production of its electric vehicle as soon as 2020, reports Bloomberg, citing people with knowledge of the matter. Bloomberg notes that the move could put Apple into direct competition with Tesla (TSLA) and General Motors (GM), both of which are targeting a 2017 release for next-generation electric vehicles. Apple may still cancel the project if it becomes unhappy with progress, the sources said, though its vehicle team is already 200-people strong. Reference Link
06:20 EDTAAPLApple price target raised to $145 on increasingly bullish outlook at Goldman
Goldman raised Buy rated Apple's price target to $145 from $130 based on increased confidence in platform momentum, sustained iPhone growth, and the potential for the Apple Watch. The firm believes risk/reward is more balanced following the recent 20% upside move but sees further upside given the aforementioned factors and the near-term catalysts from the April watch launch, updates on capital allocation, and a likely March quarter beat.
06:06 EDTGMGeneral Motors names Craig Glidden as new general counsel
General Motors (GM) announced yesterday that Craig B. Glidden has been appointed executive VP and general counsel, effective March 1. Glidden will lead a team of staff attorneys who are integrated into all of GMís regional and functional teams in more than 30 countries. Glidden succeeds Michael Millikin, who is retiring in July after a nearly four-decade legal career, including five years as GMís general counsel. Before joining GM, Glidden was executive VP and chief legal officer for LyondellBasell Industries (LYB).
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