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March 5, 2012
21:30 EDTWPRT, ASNA, CLNE, GM, DD, NAV, TECD, PEP, NOV, BBBY, AA, AAPL, HNZJim 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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January 12, 2015
13:52 EDTAAAlcoa technical comments ahead of results
The trend for the shares is a shallow bullish one. Ahead of earnings there are a few notable levels to watch. On strong bullish news and outlook, upside levels to note would be at resistance at $16.93 and $17.75, the 52-week high. A breakout above the 52-week high would be bullish, with next resistance at $18.47. On negative news and a disappointing outlook, there are a number of pivot lows to watch as tests of support: $14.89, $14.41, and $13.71 which is the pivot low from October of last year.
13:11 EDTAAAlcoa volatility increases into Q4 and outlook
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12:53 EDTAAPLApple falls, levels to watch
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12:02 EDTDDUSDA cuts 2014 corn output estmate on lower yields
In its latest World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates, or WASDE, report, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said its U.S. feed grain supplies for 2014/15 are now projected lower, with a reduction in corn production more than offsetting an increase in sorghum. Corn production is estimated 191M bushels lower, though yield and production both remain records, USDA noted. Publicly traded companies in the space include Agrium (AGU), Andersons (ANDE), Archer Daniels (ADM), Bunge (BG), CF Industries (CF), Compass Minerals (CMP), DuPont (DD), Intrepid Potash (IPI), Monsanto (MON), Mosaic (MOS), Potash (POT) and Syngenta (SYT). Reference Link
11:58 EDTGMAlly Financial could see 20% of originations hit by GM changes, says Jefferies
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11:05 EDTGMGM receives 141 more claims for faulty ignition switch compensation, Reuters say
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10:34 EDTPEPFood makers slip as Citi highlights headwinds with downgrades in space
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10:15 EDTBBBYOptions with decreasing implied volatility
Options with decreasing implied volatility: NBIX APOL NPSP BBBY INFY JCP MU TIF
10:00 EDTAAOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Agnico-Eagle (AEM) upgraded at BMO Capital... Aimco (AIV) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Alaska Air (ALK) upgraded at Evercore ISI... Alcoa (AA) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura... Alon USA Energy (ALJ) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... AvalonBay (AVB) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... BASF (BASFY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... C.H. Robinson (CHRW) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... CBS (CBS) upgraded to Outperform at Cowen... Chesapeake (CHK) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... China Mobile (CHL) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Chunghwa Telecom (CHT) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at ... D.R. Horton (DHI) upgraded at KeyBanc... Daimler AG (DDAIF) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Diamond Resorts (DRII) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... FMC Corporation (FMC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... First Cash Financial (FCFS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Janney Capital... Frontier Communications (FTR) upgraded at BofA/Merrill... HomeAway (AWAY) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Ingersoll-Rand (IR) upgraded at Morgan Stanley... KB Home (KBH) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Knight Transportation (KNX) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... LabCorp (LH) upgraded to Outperform at RW Baird... M.D.C. Holdings (MDC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Mid-America Apartment (MAA) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... PACCAR (PCAR) upgraded at RBC Capital... Parsley Energy (PE) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Peugeot (PUGOY) upgraded to Buy from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Radware (RDWR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Buckingham... Rush Enterprises (RUSHA) upgraded at BB&T... Ryland Group (RYL) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... SL Green Realty (SLG) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Solera (SLH) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Standard Pacific (SPF) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at JPMorgan... Statoil (STO) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Syngenta (SYT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Miller Tabak... VMware (VMW) upgraded to Positive from Mixed at OTR Global... Vale (VALE) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at Scotia Capital... Volvo (VOLVY) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Windstream (WIN) upgraded at BofA/Merrill... lululemon (LULU) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Sterne Agee.
09:34 EDTAA, AAPLActive equity options trading
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09:30 EDTASNAOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Foundation Medicine (FMI) up 138.9% following transaction with Roche (RHHBY)... Celator Pharmaceuticals (CPXX), up 19.1% after announcing promising Phase 2 data for CPX-351... Second Sight (EYES), up 16.7% after Health Canada approves Argus II retinal prosthesis system... Aegerion (AEGR), up 7.8% after reporting preliminary fourth quarter results and guidance... Express (EXPR), up 4.5% after reporting preliminary fourth quarter results. NOTABLE: NPS Pharmaceuticals (NPSP), up 8.5% following acquisition by Shire (SHPG)... Shire is down 1.1% in pre-market trading. LOWER: Arrowhead (ARWR), down 20.9% after FDA clears company to begin modified study of ARC-520 in a preliminary call of a partial clinical hold... Tiffany (TIF), down 10.4% after lowering fiscal 2014 net EPS guidance... SanDisk (SNDK), down 10.1% after lowering fourth quarter outlook... Ascena Retail (ASNA), down 5.8% after lowering fiscal 2015 adjusted EPS view... Sarepta Therapeutics (SRPT), down 5.9% after reporting long-term outcomes from Phase IIb Eteplirsen study... Loral Space & Communications (LORL), down 3.6% following a NY Post article that reported that talks to sell itself to the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan have ended... Southwestern Energy (SWN), down 4.2% after filing to sell 20.3M shares of stock and 26M depository shares.
08:22 EDTASNAAscena Retail cuts FY15 adjusted EPS view to 70c-75c from prior 90c-$1.00 view
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08:21 EDTASNAAscena Retail reports holiday sales SSS up 2%
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08:21 EDTAAPLApple poised to gain market share, says JMP Securities
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07:54 EDTAAAlcoa volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
Alcoa January call option implied volatility is at 49, February is at 36, April is at 33, July is at 34; compared to its 26-week average of 32 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q4 results after the market close today.
07:20 EDTASNAICR to hold a conference
17th Annual ICR XChange Conference is being held in Orlando, Florida on January 12-14.
07:12 EDTAAAlcoa upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura
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06:24 EDTGMGM plans to use lending arm for subsized leases in the U.S., WSJ reports
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January 11, 2015
20:52 EDTGMGM Opel unit to build Buick models to sell in U.S., Reuters says
General Motors will announce that its Opel unit will manufacture a Buick version of the Opel Cascada for sale in the U.S., reports Reuters. Reference Link
17:59 EDTGMGeneral Motors plans to launch $30K EV rival to Tesla, WSJ says
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