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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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September 24, 2015
07:24 EDTGOOGWPP CEO: Google needs to weed out 'fake' online ad views, FT reports
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07:20 EDTAAPLApple well positioned to introduce a car, says Jefferies
Jefferies analyst Sundeep Bajikar says his analysis indicates the automobile industry is "ripe for disruption" and that Apple (AAPL) is well positioned to introduce a car, potentially as early as 2019. A car could add 32c to Apple's earnings per share in FY19 under a best-case scenario, Bajikar tells investors in a research note. He assumes a $55,000 car price and an operating margin of 20%, over 1,000 basis points higher than the Street's 2019 margin estimate for electric carmaker Tesla (TSLA). Investors are likely to find the assumptions "highly aggressive," the analyst cautions. Meanwhile, the potential earnings impact is probably not big enough for Apple investors to get excited, Bajikar argues. However, he says he could get more constructive on Apple shares if diversification in earnings were to drive less iPhone risk. Bajikar keeps a Hold rating on the iPhone maker with a $126 price target. Apple closed yesterday up 92c to $114.32.
07:10 EDTBAC, WFC, JPMBanks clash with regulators over energy lending, WSJ reports
Banks are fighting with regulators over loan reviews that might compress the flow of net credit to the oil patch, the Wall Street Journal reports. The disagreement is focused on the narrow issue of loans secured by oil and gas companies' reserves, but it highlights the point of how postcrisis regulation of the financial industry impacts sectors outside of Wall Street, the report says. Caught in between banks and regulators are the small and medium exploration and production companies that rely on credit lines using their energy reserves as collateral, the report says. Publicly traded companies in the space include Bank of America (BAC), Citi (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan (JPM), Morgan Stanley (MS), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC). Reference Link
06:59 EDTGOOGFacebook and Google more 'Yelp-like' than ever, says Northland
Northland analyst Darren Aftahi says Facebook (FB), Google (GOOG, GOOGL) and (AMZN) have recently added new features that focus on improved local search as well as tools enabling easier business-consumer communication. Facebook and Google are now more "Yelp-like" than ever, Aftahi tells investors in a research note. And while Apple's (AAPL) new "swipe right" feature could drive a near-term surge in Yelp (YELP) app downloads, it may translate into lower engagement on the Yelp app over longer term, the analyst argues. He remains cautious on Yelp's growth prospects and cut his price target for the stock to $17.75 from $21.50. Shares of the local business review site closed yesterday down 25c to $23.10. Aftahi has an Underperform rating on the stock, his firm's equivalent of a sell.
06:52 EDTSLBFracking companies see bankruptcies, closures, WSJ reports
A series of bankruptcies and closures has swept across the oil industry, with dozens of mostly small, privately owned fracking companies at risk, the Wall Street Journal reports. Most companies that help oil and gas explorers drill and frack wells are small, privately owned and fairly young, the report says. The fall in oil prices has played a large role in the failures of many of these companies, the report says. Companies in the space include Key Energy Services (KEG), Basic Energy Services (BAS), Schlumberger (SLB), and Halliburton (HAL). Reference Link
06:34 EDTAAPLApple 'A10' processor may switch to six-cores, AppleInsider reports
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06:08 EDTAAPL, GOOGSamsung Pay has over $30M in accumulated transaction volume in first month
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September 23, 2015
20:08 EDTAAPLChinese president visits U.S. amid cybersecurity, copyright worries
As part of his first official U.S. visit, Chinese president Xi Jinping held a meeting with American business leaders on Wednesday to address concerns of copyright infringement and cybersecurity, among numerous topics. In attendance were corporate giants from both nations, including Microsoft (MSFT), Apple (AAPL), Amazon (AMZN), Cisco (CSCO), Alibaba (BABA), Tencent (TCEHY), and Baidu (BIDU), according to media reports. COPYRIGHT CONCERNS: Responding to oft-cited concerns of copyright infringement by Chinese companies, Xi said China will "stand firm to protect" the intellectual property rights of American companies, according to Wall Street Journal coverage of the event. Note that in late 2014, China began establishing specialized courts to deliberate on intellectual property rights cases, and Xi commented Wednesday that "the newly established IPR courts are working smoothly. This means there will be much stronger IPR protection which will serve the interests of foreign businesses as well as Chinese companies." Chinese consumer electronics company Xiaomi is perhaps the most talked-about firm when it comes to the matter, with media outlets frequently criticizing its alleged "copying" of Apple design sensibilities. In mid-July, Xiaomi VP of global operations Hugo Barra told Bloomberg that the company is preparing to enter U.S. markets, though he cautioned that the launch could be "much more" than a year away as it seeks to build up its patent portfolio. CYBERSECURITY TENSIONS: Wednesday's meeting comes in the wake of numerous high-profile "hack attacks," with Sony (SNE), American Airlines (AAL), Anthem (ANTM), United Airlines (UAL), and Target (TGT) all reporting digital security breaches in recent years. Xi has consistently denied the involvement of state-backed hackers, but tensions have nevertheless arisen as cybersecurity firms such as FireEye (FEYE) and Palo Alto Networks (PANW) backtrace connections to the country. Cybersecurity intrusions originating from China have recently slowed ahead of Xi's visit, according to Reuters, with Kevin Mandia of security firm Mandiant telling the publication, "In my gut, I feel like the Chinese and the U.S. over the next couple of years are going to figure this out."
16:00 EDTAAPL, JPM, BACOptions Update; September 23, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 53c to 23.81 Option volume leaders: AAPL NFLX BAC FB BABA DOW RIG MU FCX PBR XOM JPM
15:27 EDTAAPLAlibaba unveils low-priced, payments-focused smartwatch, VentureBeat reports
Alibaba (BABA) has unveiled Pay Watch, a smartwatch to be priced at $160 and lower that supports mobile payments through the company's Alipay platform, said VentureBeat, which notes that there is still no official English-language announcement on the device. Some health features are also being advertised and comparisons to Apple's (AAPL) Watch "seem inevitable," though "certainly not on price," the blog added. Reference Link
15:05 EDTBBBYBed Bath & Beyond volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
Bed Bath & Beyond September weekly call option implied volatility is at 92, October is at 37, November is at 30; compared to its 52-week range of 15 to 40, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on September 24.
11:19 EDTAAPLApple security breach larger than first thought, Sky News says
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10:24 EDTSNDKOptions with increasing implied volatility
Options with increasing implied volatility: SNCR PTCT SRPT AMZN CREE CMG ISRG QLIK SNKD BIIB JNPR
09:33 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open: AAPL BBRY BIDU BIIB
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09:24 EDTAAPLT-Mobile announces $5 per month offer on iPhone 6s
On the cusp of iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus availability, T-Mobile unveiled a $5 a month for iPhone 6s 16GB and $9 a month for iPhone 6s Plus 16GB with JUMP! On Demand and trade-in of an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus. T-Mobile's new pricing builds on the Un-carrier's straightforward $20 a month for a new iPhone 6s 16GB with JUMP! On Demand without a trade-in.
09:18 EDTAAPLPaulson Institute and CCPIT to co-host U.S.-China Business Roundtable
The Paulson Institute and the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT) provide an opportunity for U.S. and Chinese business leaders to discuss issues facing the two countries in a roundtable being held in Seattle, Washington on September 23.
09:11 EDTNOKNokia's HERE selected by Georgia, Alabama, Missouri transportation departments
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09:01 EDTPPandora says has generated over $1.5B in all-time royalties for music makers
Pandora announced that it has generated more than $1.5B in all-time royalties for music makers, marking a major milestone for ad-supported music streaming. Pandora has nearly 80 million active monthly users tuning in to its service for more than 20 hours every month on average. Pandora achieved this milestone due to joint revenue streams flowing from ad-supported and paying subscribers.
08:12 EDTPPGPPG Industries lifts Fresno glass manufacturing force majeure
PPG Industries announced that it has restored normal operations at its Fresno, California, glass manufacturing facility and lifted the force majeure on architectural, residential and specialty glass products for customers located in the western U.S. and western Canada. The company also announced plans to invest $20M in upgrades for the Fresno facility, which will begin in January 2016. PPG plans to rebuild the glass tank and enhance other manufacturing equipment at the plant. The investment will upgrade equipment to meet continued demand for PPG flat glass products manufactured at the facility.
07:28 EDTAAPLApple installment plans may accentuate seasonality, says UBS
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