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April 8, 2012
Jim Cramer told his "Mad Money" TV show viewers Thursday, that when it comes to next week's trading, earnings will be the only thing that matters. Cramer told viewers to take a deep breath, because next week kicks off another important earnings season for the markets. (Monday) the markets will be digesting Friday's unemployment data. (Tuesday) will be a tough day for the markets, said Cramer, as both Alcoa (AA) and grocery chain Supervalu (SVU) kick off earnings season. Cramer told viewers to stay away from Supervalu, a serial underperformer that's just off its 52-week low. Alcoa, however, is tougher, as there's still too much aluminum being produced worldwide, despite continued cuts at Alcoa, he said. (Wednesday) Titan Machinery's (TITN) report will offer an early look into the agriculture and construction industries. Also, the Federal Reserve beige book report, another non-event, said Cramer. (Thursday) Google (GOOG) in the spotlight. Cramer said this company is inexpensive, but does have many moving parts that investors like to pick apart. He told investors that Google is not a buy because of these many skeptics, but he still likes the company. (Friday) JP Morgan Chase (JPM) and Wells Fargo (WFC) close out the week. Cramer said that while he likes JP Morgan, Wells Fargo has no ties to Europe and may perform better in the short term. EXECUTIVE DECISION: Cramer once again spoke with John Richels, president and CEO of Devon Energy (DVN) which is expected to grow its production between 22% and 24% this year as the company continues to move away from natural gas into more lucrative oil drilling. Richels said that Devon has no interest in making a dilutive acquisition with its $7.1B in cash on hand. He said that Devon would rather grow organically and the cash is a huge advantage that allows it to do just that. Cramer remained bullish on Devon. With shares of Apple (AAPL) on a tear this year, up 56%, Cramer asked, does Apple have too much influence in the S&P 500? Using the help of his colleague Tim Collins, he dove into the numbers to find out. Apple accounts for 4% of the index and has 20x more pull than the average S&P 500 stock. Collins concluded that most of the S&P 500's performance this year has come from Apple. His analysis showed that the S&P 500 would still be up for the year, even without Apple, but Apple single-handedly canceled out the lackluster performance of all nine of the remaining top 10 largest companies in the index. MAD MAIL: Cramer said that it's time to take profits in Chipsmos Technology (IMOS), a supplier to Apple, and time to wait for InvenSense (INVN), a provider of motion-based controllers for gaming, to give up some of its recent gains. Cramer is still a buyer of Roundy's (RNDY), but he would not be a buyer of Nokia (NOK) on the heels of its new Lumia 900 smartphone launch. NO HUDDLE OFFENSE: Cramer explained what he means when he says a company has "good execution" and why companies like Sandisk (SNDK), Avon Products (AVP) and Bank of America (BAC) simply don't have it. Cramer said that good execution comes from not only a coherent strategy for success, but also the effective use of tactics to make that strategy a reality. Case in point, PPG (PPG), who's CEO Chuck Bunch used terrific execution to steer PPG away from commodities and into proprietary businesses that have high margins.CLOSING COMMENTS: Cramer was bullish on apparel makers PVH Corp (PVH) and VF Corp (VFC) and retailer Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY). LIGHTNING ROUND: (Bullish) RYN; PCL; DKS; CQP; SLB. (Bearish) ELY; P; BVSN. Reference Link
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16:00 EDTBAC, AAPLOptions Update; November 10, 2015
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15:59 EDTGOOGGoogle considering producing Android phone, The Information says
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13:33 EDTAAPL, SNDKApple, suppliers fall after analyst calls out reduced iPhone component orders
Apple (AAPL) shares, as well as those of a number of its chip suppliers, are dropping following a bearish note by Credit Suisse, whose checks pointed to reduced iPhone component orders heading into 2016. DECLINING IPHONE ORDERS: Following checks on Apple's Asian supply chain over the weekend, Credit Suisse analyst John Pitzer and his team cut estimates for iPhone shipments going forward into 2016. The research firm now sees first quarter units down 10.4% year-over-year to just 55M, and calendar year 2016 unit shipments down 5.5% to 222M. The team had previously forecast a respective 63M and 242M for those periods, but cut expectations in the face of apparently reduced supplier orders from Apple for the iPhone 6s. Credit Suisse notes that chip suppliers with greater than 10% exposure to Apple include Avago (AVGO), SanDisk (SNDK), Analog Devices (ADI), Broadcom (BRCM), Texas Instruments (TXN), NXP Semiconductors (NXPI) and Fairchild (FCS). Already cautious on Apple and other smartphone plays, the research firm reiterated its bearish view on the sector due to high market penetration, saying it instead prefers chip names levered to industrial, auto, and infrastructure applications, such as Linear Technology (LLTC), Maxim (MXIM), Cypress (CY) and ON Semiconductor (ON). IVES SAYS BUY: The Credit Suisse research note comes on the heels of a more bullish take by FBR yesterday, with the firm's Daniel Ives saying many investors "are not seeing the forest through the trees" when it comes to Apple. He characterized supply chain worries as "chatter" and lackluster Apple Watch sales as "bumps in the roads." More important, said Ives, is the "major inflection point period" which the company is entering, with streaming TV, iPad Pro, the $100B iPhone market opportunity in China, and a "blockbuster" iPhone 7 all approaching on the horizon, leading Ives to reiterate an Outperform rating and $175 price target on the shares. SUPPLIER PRICE ACTION: Despite FBR's confidence in Apple, smartphone component suppliers moved broadly lower after Tuesday's note from the Credit Suisse team. Avago has declined 3.8% to $121.67, while Broadcom, Skyworks (SWKS), and Qorvo (QRVO) lost a respective 2.1%, 5.1%, and 4.2%. Meanwhile, Apple shares are down 3.3% to $116.63.
13:30 EDTWFCWells Fargo reports 10.46% passive stake in Boot Barn
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13:18 EDTAAPLVW brings in self-driving cars expert from Apple, NY Times says
Volkswagen (VLKAY) has hired a former Apple (AAPL) technology expert specializing in self-driving car technology, the New York Times reports. Johann Jungwirth, the expert in question, is set to lead the car maker's new Digitalization Strategy Department and will report to CEO Matthias Mueller, the report says. Jungwirth was formerly director of Mac systems engineering and also served as an executive at Daimler (DDAIF), the report says. Reference Link
12:25 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks on Wall Street opened in negative territory and drifted throughout the morning, with the Dow and S&P recovering more quickly than the Nasdaq. The Nasdaq remains down by about 0.5% amid a slide in Apple (AAPL) following cautious analyst comments around weakness seen in its supply chain. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., import prices fell 0.5% in October and export prices slipped 0.2%. Wholesale sales rose 0.5% in September, with inventories rising 0.5% in the month as well. In China, the consumer inflation rate fell to an annual 1.3% in October, which was down from 1.6% the month before and below the 1.5% consensus forecast. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Apple declined nearly 3% after Credit Suisse analyst Kulbinder Garcha and the firm's Asia Technology Team said that iPhone supply chain orders have weakened recently. Garcha reduced his calendar year 2016 iPhone estimate to 222M from 242M units, but believes weakness in the stock creates an attractive entry point, given the scope of the iPhone installed base and its ability to drive future upgrades... Gap (GPS) tumbled about 4% after the apparel retailer reported that its same-store sales declined last month and gave lower than expected profit guidance for its just completed quarter... Shares of Valeant (VRX) were down about 5% near noon after the company held another call this morning with investors to update on the impact of recent negative press and the termination of its relationship with specialty pharmacy Phillidor on its business. Shares of Mallinckrodt (MNK), which was mentioned cautiously yesterday by the same short-seller that has previously targeted Valeant, are also down 5% near midday. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the noteworthy gainers was D.R. Horton (DHI), which rallied 7% after it reported quarterly earnings and provided an outlook for fiscal 2016. Also higher was Liongate (LGF), which gained 4.5% after reporting Q2 earnings and stating that Discovery (DISCA) and Liberty Global (LBTYA) each agreed to take 3.4% stakes in the company. Among the notable losers was Wayfair (W), which fell nearly 12% after it reported better than expected Q3 earnings but was also mentioned by investor Whitney Tilson as his largest short position. Also lower was Flotek (FTK), which dropped 33% after it said, in response to a cautious report yesterday, that an analysis of its FracMax database suggested that certain production data was misinterpreted by the company and understated the production of a small subset of wells. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 4.24, or 0.02%, to 17,734.72, the Nasdaq was down 22.14, or 0.43%, to 5,073.16, and the S&P 500 was up 0.34, or 0.02%, to 2,078.92.
12:00 EDTGOOGAb InBev, HSBC, Google, among firms to testify at EU tax hearing, Reuters says
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10:10 EDTAAPLVIX methodology for Apple VXAPL up 10.8% to 30.11
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10:07 EDTAAPLApple November volatility increases
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10:06 EDTPCLOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: AngioDynamics (ANGO) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James... Arch Coal (ACI) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Sterne Agee CRT... Autodesk (ADSK) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Bitauto (BITA) downgraded to Underperform from Outperform at CLSA... Black Knight Financial (BKFS) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Monness Crespi... CEVA (CEVA) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Wunderlich... CIRCOR (CIR) downgraded to Accumulate from Speculative Buy at Seaport Global... Compania Cervecerias (CCU) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... CyberArk (CYBR) downgraded to Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Dean Foods (DF) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Dollar General (DG) downgraded to Peer Perform from Outperform at Wolfe Research... Dr. Reddy's Labs (RDY) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citi... EnerSys (ENS) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at CL King... Ensco (ESV) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Clarksons Platou... Evercore Partners (EVR) downgraded to Neutral from Positive at Susquehanna... Fidelity & Guaranty Life (FGL) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie... Foot Locker (FL) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Buckingham... GulfMark Offshore (GLF) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at Iberia... Jamba (JMBA) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Dougherty... Jazz Pharmaceuticals (JAZZ) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Mizuho... King Digital (KING) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... MRC Global (MRC) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Maxim... Plum Creek Timber (PCL) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Popeyes (PLKI) downgraded to Neutral following checks at Longbow... Provident Financial (PFS) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray... RigNet (RNET) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Sidoti... SMART Technologies (SMT) downgraded to Underperformer from Sector Performer at CIBC... Sealed Air (SEE) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie... Tesco (TSCDY) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Textura (TXTR) downgraded on guidance cut, investment profile change at Oppenheimer... WM Morrison (MRWSY) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Deutsche Bank... WidePoint (WYY) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Craig-Hallum.
10:02 EDTJPMHackers linked to JPMorgan breach indicted in U.S., Reuters reports
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09:37 EDTAAPL, BACActive equity options trading on open
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08:48 EDTAAPLApple heads lower in pre-market
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07:46 EDTAAJacobs wins contract from Alcoa of Australia to sustain capital projects
Jacobs Engineering (JEC) announced its appointment as engineering service provider for Alcoa (AA) of Australia's baseload sustaining capital projects at the Kwinana and Pinjarra alumina refineries in Western Australia. Under the multi-year contract, Jacobs is providing engineering and project management services to these refineries. The program of work aims to leverage Jacobs' High Value Engineering Center in India, providing cost effective design services.
07:23 EDTAAPLApple's Asia supply chain weakens, says Credit Suisse
Credit Suisse's Asia Technology Team has noted that iPhone supply chain orders have weakened recently. Analyst Kulbinder Garcha said the weak supply chain news could weigh on shares for the next few weeks or quarters. Garcha lowered Apple's FY16 earnings estimate by 6% to $9.81 from $10.40 and reduced his CY16 iPhone estimate to 222M from 242M, and introduced a a CY17 unit estimate of 235M. While Garcia believes shares could be range bound near-term, he continues to believe weakness creates an attractive entry point given the scope of the iPhone installed base and its ability to drive future upgrades, and the increasing probability that Apple will launch a 4-inch "iPhone 6c." Apple shares remain Outperform rated with a $140 price target.
07:12 EDTNOKCisco partnership positive, says SunTrust
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06:36 EDTWFC, BAC, JPMBank of America cuts info flow from data to certain financial sites, WSJ reports
Bank of America (BAC) is on a list of banks that will temporarily cut off the flow of information to certain websites and mobile applications that collect consumer financial data, the Wall Street Journal reports, citing people familiar with the matter. The Journal previously reported that JP Morgan (JPM) and Wells Fargo (WFC) have engaged in similar practices. The move reflects the tension between big banks and tech firms over these services, the report says. Reference Link
06:19 EDTPCLPlum Creek Timber downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan
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06:07 EDTIMOSChipMOS reports Oct. revenue down 17.4% to $49.4M
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05:42 EDTPPandora implied volatility of 77 at upper end of index mean range
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