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April 8, 2012
22:20 EDTP, CQP, RYN, PVH, AVP, RNDY, AAPL, JPM, SVU, ELY, DKS, BBBY, PPG, SNDK, INVN, DVN, GOOG, AA, BVSN, SLB, PCL, VFC, BAC, NOK, IMOS, WFC, TITNJim Cramer's "Mad Money"
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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13:21 EDTAAPLApple July weekly 131 straddle priced for 4.7% movement into Q3
12:59 EDTGOOGEarnings Watch: Tax questions linger into Yahoo Q2 report
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12:09 EDTSLBSchlumberger upgraded to Buy from Hold at Societe Generale
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11:39 EDTAAPLApple experiencing issues with App Store, iTunes Store, CNBC reports
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10:05 EDTAAPLApple technical notes ahead of results
The stock has been trading in a range since February of this year that is bound by a low at $120 and a high at $133. There have been three touches at the range high since then and two tests at the low suggesting the bias is for a breakout. If the news is strongly bullish, notably around China sales and guidance, a breakout above $133 and the brief life high at $134.54 would be highly probable. Based on the height of the range the upside potential would be to $147 to $150. Without overhead resistance, price could continue to drift beyond that objective depending on the strength of the news. If the news is a bearish surprise, which very few expect, the low of the range would likely be tested for a third time. A breakdown below $120 would have the same range expectations as on the upside, with a downside target potential to $107 to $105 implied from the range height. Such a move would break the 10-month moving average at $122.16 which has been a good proxy for the uptrend that began off lows in August 2013. The last time this average was broken was during the downturn in price in late 2012 which then ended in August 2013.
10:01 EDTAVPOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:35 EDTBAC, AAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:06 EDTGOOGADT Corp. announces partnership with Nest Labs
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08:35 EDTJPMVarian Medical signs agreement to operate first proton facility in New York
Varian Medical Systems (VAR) announced that it has entered into an agreement with New York Proton Management, a consortium of leading New York healthcare institutions including Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Mount Sinai Health System, Montefiore Health System, and ProHEALTH Medical Management formed to operate The New York Proton Center, the first proton facility in New York State. Varian will provide the center, which will have four treatment rooms and a research room, with its ProBeam system, as well as 10 years of service for approximately $115M. The center, which will be located in Manhattan, is expected to open for treatment in the first half of 2018. Varian expects to book the equipment portion of the order in Q4 with the remainder of the order to be booked in accordance with the company's policies over the term of the agreement. Under an agreement with MM Proton I, LLC, the project developer, Varian's international subsidiary in Switzerland will provide $91.5M in project financing, including a six-and-half-year $73M senior first lien loan at 9% interest and a six-and-half-year $18.5M subordinate loan at up to 13.5% interest. Other lenders for the $242.7M in total project loans include JPMorgan Chase Bank (JPM) and an affiliate of The Goldman Sachs Group (GS). The project facility is managed by Murphy & McManus, a Boston-based developer of healthcare and life science facilities and Norton Travis of NLT Advisors served as project coordinator on behalf of the consortium.
07:50 EDTVFCVF Corp. among best potential 2H earnings revision stories, says UBS
UBS said VF Corp. should be able to raise its 2015 guidance as the firm's channel checks show accelerating tailwinds and positive industry trends. The firm feels the company has one of the highest potential positive second half earnings revision stories in the group. UBS reiterated its Buy rating and $83 price target on VF Corp. shares.
07:45 EDTGOOG, AAPLSell PayPal amid mounting payments competition, Piper says
Shares of PayPal (PYPL) advanced over 5% yesterday in the stock's first day of trading following a split from eBay (EBAY), with the majority of research firms issuing optimistic notes on its prospects. This morning, however, analyst Gene Munster of Piper Jaffray recommends selling the share as competition grows in the digital payments space. BEARS: Munster started shares of PayPal with an Underweight rating, the firm's equivalent of a "Sell," saying increased competition could pressure the stock's multiple over the next 6-24 months. Google's (GOOG) Android Pay and Apple's (AAPL) Apple Pay will give consumers a "real alternative to PayPal" for the first time, Munster tells investors in his research note. In addition, interest in payments from Amazon.com (AMZN) and Facebook (FB) bring potential for more digital wallet offerings, the analyst notes. Munster set a $30 price target for PayPal. Of note, Evercore ISI also started coverage of PayPal shares yesterday with a Sell rating. BULLS: Wells Fargo initiated coverage of PayPal yesterday with an Outperform rating, saying the company's unique assets will enable it to maintain its leadership role in digital payments and benefit from the growth of e-commerce. Also upbeat was Robert W. Baird analyst Colin Sebastian, who contends that PayPal has the top pure play online payment system and is continuing to grow its share of the Internet payment market. PayPal should be able to innovate more effectively after its spin-off, added the analyst, who set a $45 price target on the shares. PRICE ACTION: Shares of PayPal are pointing toward further gains in their second day of standalone trading, with the stock up about 2.7% to $41.55 in pre-market trading.
07:38 EDTAAPLApple July weekly volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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07:36 EDTGOOGGoogle shutting down Google+ Photos beginning August 1
Google said in a blog post, "In May, we launched Google Photos as the home for all your photos and videos. With Google Photos you can store unlimited high quality photos and videos for free, find photos fast, and see them organized by what matters to you. Plus, you can bring moments to life and share anywhere with anyone. In an effort to ensure everyone has the best photos experience we can deliver, on August 1st we’ll start to shut down Google+ Photos -- initially on Android, and soon thereafter on the Web and iOS. If you’re still using Google+ Photos, now is a great time to make the switch. You may have seen a prompt in Google+ Photos on Android with a link to download the new Google Photos. Don’t worry, all your photos and videos will still be saved and available after you switch to the new, stand-alone Google Photos app. With the new app you’ll still be able to backup, edit, and share your photos and videos, with unlimited storage, automatic organization, and more." Reference Link
07:00 EDTAAPLApple granted patent for 'fine tuning' input taps, AppleInsider reports
A patent granted to Apple by the USPTO involves a method of highly granular user interface manipulations by tapping on the side of an iPhone to "nudge" onscreen items with great precision, reported AppleInsider. Reference Link
06:46 EDTAAPLApple July weekly 132 straddle priced for 4.7% movement into Q3
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06:42 EDTNOKNokia close to selling HERE to German auto makers, Bloomberg reports
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06:23 EDTAAPLApple's iPhone 6s will cut 16GB version, M.I.C. Gadget reports
Apple's (AAPL) new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus will not come with a 16GB edition yet will have a 32GB edition with more capacity, M.I.C. Gadget reports, citing "some Foxconn (FXCNY) insiders." Reference Link
06:19 EDTAAPL, GOOGSilicon Valley giants side with Samsung in battle with Apple, InsideSources says
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05:34 EDTAAPL, GOOGPayPal initiated with an Underweight at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster started shares of PayPal (PYPL) with an Underweight rating saying increased competition could pressure the stock's multiple over the next 6-24 months. Underweight is Piper's equivalent of a sell rating. Google's (GOOG) Android Pay and Apple's (AAPL) Apple Pay will give consumers a "real alternative to PayPal" for the first time, Munster tells investors in a research note. In addition, interest in payments from Amazon.com (AMZN) and Facebook (FB) bring potential for more digital wallet offerings, the analyst notes. Munster set a $30 price target for PayPal, which began trading yesterday following a spinoff from parent company eBay (EBAY). Shares of the online payment system closed Monday up $2.08 to $40.47.
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