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March 12, 2012
21:36 EDTS, SE, ABT, HPQ, DWRE, UA, KMP, ETP, KLAC, AEC, YELP, CMG, RIG, MSFT, SAP, CLH, GRPN, AAPLJim Cramer's "Mad Money"
Many bears complain that the markets have risen too far, too fast. However, Jim Cramer reminded viewers that stocks are still cheap when compared to various other points in history. Cramer put Apple's (AAPL) parabolic rise into context. He divided its share price by ten. Using that arithmetic, Apple was a $40 stock that's risen to $55. "That's not a big move," declared Cramer. Apple still has a P/E ratio of just 13x, while the average stock in the S&P 500 is trading at 14x. He also compared Apple to similar high-growth names, like Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG) and Under Armour (UA). Both of these stocks have price earnings multiples of 40x. Cramer also discounted fears about the retail sector, noting that job growth trumps any rise in gasoline prices and will keep this sector humming along. His only true worry are the transports. But even here, a case can be made that weak coal demand is hurting the rails while higher fuel prices is crimping the airlines. Cramer said that stocks will slip and slide from time to time, but added that if investors get too negative, they will miss brilliant moves by Apple and others. KNOW YOUR IPO: Cramer said unlike Groupon (GRPN) and Yelp (YELP), average investors can actually get shares of the Demandware (DWRE) IPO, and the company actually has a good subscription based business model to boot. Demandware expects to come public trading around 5.5x its sales, but Cramer said the company deserves a premium multiple around 7x sales given its potential for growth. That would make Demandware IPO shares a steal up to $16 a share. EXECUTIVE DECISION: Cramer once again welcomed Alan McKim, president and CEO of Clean Harbors (CLH), which is in the business of making dirty industries cleaner. The company on Feb. 22 beat earnings by 24c on higher revenue and raised full-year guidance. McKim was bullish on Clean Harbors' outlook on the manufacturing sector. Cramer continued his recommendation. Cramer also spoke with Jeffrey Friedman, chairman, president and CEO of Associated Estates Realty (AEC), an apartment real estate REIT that operates 52 apartment properties in 8 states and has a 4% dividend yield. Friedman was all to eager to offer a different perspective to Cramer's recent pan of the entire apartment REIT sector. Cramer said he was wrong to put the entire sector into the same boat. He said that Associated Estates has a good yield and good growth, and the apartment REITs should be considered on a company by company basis. NO HUDDLE OFFENSE: Cramer said he sees no area where Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) has a dominant position, except maybe in printers. But even there, customers would love to be freed from confusing, over-priced ink cartridge refills. Cramer said he seeing rivals like SAP (SAP) cherry-picking HP's consulting business, while Apple continues to dominate in phones, tablets, notebooks and desktops. LIGHTNING ROUND: (Bullish) KLAC; ABT; MSFT; ETP; SE. (Bearish) RIG; KMP; S. Reference Link
News For AAPL;CMG;UA;GRPN;YELP;DWRE;CLH;AEC;HPQ;SAP;KLAC;ABT;MSFT;ETP;SE;RIG;KMP;S From The Last 14 Days
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January 31, 2016
19:04 EDTMSFT, AAPLApple acquires Flyby, assembles 'secret' virtual reality team, FT says
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14:12 EDTMSFT, AAPLApple should avoid 'dubious' M&A, focus on cloud, AI development, Barron's says
"Impatient" investors encouraging Apple (AAPL) to become a mere dividend payer or make "dubious" acquisitions are not making much sense, Barron's contends in its 'Technology Trader' column. Apple continues to innovate and its iPhone franchise "will endure," though the one area where Apple lags behind peers and "can and should" make progress is cloud computing, according to the publication. Alphabet (GOOG), Facebook (FB) and Microsoft (MSFT) are making large strides in cloud and artificial intelligence, but the company still has "plenty of opportunity" to catch up given its product install base, Barron's says. Reference Link
11:39 EDTAAPL, MSFT, UA, SS&P falls 5% in January despite second straight winning week to close month
Stocks finished the month of January with two straight winning weeks, but investors are still glad to see the calendar flip as those winners only cut the S&P's loss to 5% for the month. With growth worries abounding amid troubling signs from China and as oil languishes below $35 per barrel, the manufacturing readings from China, Europe, and the U.S. due out on Monday will be essential to whether the new month continues the uptrend of the end of January or the dour tone that dominated the early half of the month. MACRO NEWS: The Federal Reserve kept interest rates unchanged following its policy meeting this week, as almost universally expected. In its accompanying statement, the central bank said its committee members expect that economic conditions will "evolve in a manner that will warrant only gradual increases in the federal funds rate." The group added that inflation is expected to "remain low in the near term, in part because of the further declines in energy prices, but to rise to 2% over the medium term as the transitory effects of declines in energy and import prices dissipate and the labor market strengthens further"... In other domestic economic news, the Commerce Department's first read on fourth quarter gross domestic product came in at 0.7% annualized growth, below the already anemic 0.8% growth forecast. The S&P/Case-Shiller 20-city home price index rose 5.8% from the prior year in November, topping expectations for a 5.7% year-over-year increase. The separate FHFA house price index showed a monthly gain of 0.5% in November, matching the consensus forecast. Markit's services PMI for January came in at 53.7, missing the 54.0 forecast. The preliminary reading of the Conference Board's consumer confidence index for January came in at 98.1, topping the 96.5 reading that was expected. New home sales surged 10.8% to a 544,000 annualized pace in December, topping expectations and hitting their highest level in 10 months. Initial jobless claims fell to 278,000 last week, versus the expected 281,000 first-time claims. Durable goods orders dropped 5.1% in December, versus expectations for a decrease of 0.7%. The core reading, which removes transportation items, was down 1.2%, versus expectations for a decline of 0.1%. The University of Michigan consumer sentiment index slipped to 92.0 in the final January print, missing the 93.0 reading that was forecast... In a surprising move in Asia, the Bank of Japan introduced a rate of minus 0.1% on certain excess holdings of cash while maintaining the pace of its asset purchases. Japan also reported data pointing to a softening economy, as total CPI grew 0.2% year-over-year in December, core CPI rose at only a 0.1% pace and industrial production fell a preliminary 1.4% month-over-month in December. COMPANY NEWS: McDonald's (MCD) advanced Monday after the fast food giant reported better than expected earnings and comparable sales growth for the fourth quarter, powered by the launch of All Day Breakfast in the U.S.... Earnings season accelerated Tuesday as four members of the bluechip Dow Jones Industrial Average posted results before the opening bell. 3M (MMM) was the top advanced on the index with a gain of over 5%, while Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), Procter & Gamble (PG) and DuPont (DD) all notched gains that day following their reports as well... Apple (AAPL) declined more than 6.5% on Wednesday after the tech giant reported first quarter earnings that topped consensus estimates, but also issued revenue guidance for the new quarter that missed expectations. The company was noted by several analysts as taking a particularly downbeat tone in its earnings conference call, invoking the difficult macroeconomic environment and weakness it has recently seen in China. Apple was not the worst performer in the Dow that day, as Boeing (BA) shares plummeted nearly 9% after its profit outlook for the new fiscal year fell far short of the Street's consensus forecast... Facebook (FB) surged 15.5% on Thursday after the social media giant's fourth quarter earnings and revenue beat expectations. A number of Wall Street analysts increased their price targets for the stock following the report, including Piper Jaffray's Gene Munster, who hiked his target to a "Street-high" $170 per share. The same day, Caterpillar (CAT) reported better than expected quarterly earnings, excluding certain items, but its revenue came in below the consensus forecast and the heavy equipment maker warned that it does not anticipate an improvement in the world economy or commodity prices in 2016. The stock, which had declined almost 20% in the last three months prior to this morning's report, rebounded almost 5% after the company jumped over the lowered bar that had been set by bearish analysts... On Friday, shares of Amazon (AMZN) declined more than 7.5% after the company's fourth quarter results came in below expectations. Meanwhile, Microsoft (MSFT), which reported better than expected earnings, gained almost 6%. Chevron (CVX) reported a quarterly loss due to taking impairments and other charges of $1.1B. The company, which also reported that its average sales price per barrel of crude oil and natural gas liquids in the U.S. was $35 in fourth quarter, down from $66 a year ago, edged up 0.7% to $86.44... Among the many others reporting earnings this week, Visa (V), Mastercard (MA), Under Armour (UA), Sprint (S) and Biogen (BIIB) gained immediately following their reports, while Qualcomm (QCOM), eBay (EBAY), U.S. Steel (X), VMware (VMW) and Anthem (ANTM) all slid following their own... Xerox (XRX) announced plans to separate into two independent publicly-traded companies: one focused on Document Technology and another Business Process Outsourcing company. Xerox also announced an agreement related to the governance of the Business Process Outsourcing company under which six directors of the new company will be selected by Xerox and three will be selected by current Xerox shareholder Carl Icahn... Terex (TEX) surged more than 36% higher on Tuesday after receiving a $30 per share acquisition offer from China's Zoomlion. Terex peers Manitowoc (MTW), Joy Global (JOY) and Oshkosh (OSK) also gained after the offer was disclosed... Weight Watchers (WTW) shares soared nearly 20% Tuesday after noted shareholder and partner Oprah Winfrey tweeted a video detailing her progress using the company's program, indicating that she'd already lost 26 pounds thanks to its plan... AIG (AIG) provided its much-anticipated strategy update, committing to return at least $25B to shareholders over the next two years and announcing the sale of AIG Advisor Group to Lightyear Capital and PSP Investments. The company, under ongoing pressure from activist investors including Carl Icahn, also said it will publicly offer a portion of its United Guaranty unit, though it expressly rejected a full company breakup... SunEdison (SUNE) gained 18% during the week after agreeing to new corporate governance initiatives with David Einhorn's Greenlight Capital, including amending its bylaws to restrict equity issuances for two years without a supermajority board vote... Twitter (TWTR) slumped nearly 6% this week after CEO Jack Dorsey confirmed the departure of four company executives, leading research firm Stifel to downgrade the shares. INDEXES: The Dow gained about 2.2% to close at 16,466.30; the S&P 500 rose about 1.6% to close at 1,940.24; the Nasdaq advanced about 0.4% to close at 4,613.95.
January 29, 2016
16:00 EDTMSFT, AAPLOptions Update; January 29, 2016
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10:36 EDTAAPLActive puts @ CBOE: IWM VMW NEM SPY XRT AAPL
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10:27 EDTAAPL, ABTActive calls: IWM F DXJ ABT FXI AAPL EEM COP
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10:15 EDTAAPLApple may look into developing original shows for i Tunes, The Street reports
Apple is talking to TV producers and Hollywood studios about investing and developing original TV shows, reports The Street. According to two people with knowledge of the overtures, Apple has begun sounding out studios although it has yet to sign any agreements. One deal would have Apple announcing exclusive content as part of a cable-like offering in September. Reference Link
10:05 EDTABTOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Abbott (ABT) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at William Blair... Chuy's (CHUY) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James... Cypress Semiconductor (CY) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Sterne Agee CRT... Darden (DRI) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Dominion (D) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS... Ensco (ESV) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citi... First Financial (FFIN) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Sandler O'Neill... Global Partners (GLP) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Mitsubishi UFJ... Investors Bancorp (ISBC) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Compass Point... NetScout (NTCT) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Needham... Precision Castparts (PCP) downgraded to Sell from Buy at Gabelli... Spirit AeroSystems (SPR) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Synaptics (SYNA) downgraded to Buy from Strong Buy at Needham... Terex (TEX) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Avondale... UniCredit (UNCFF) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Berenberg... United Rentals (URI) downgraded to Neutral from Positive at Susquehanna... Xcel Energy (XEL) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie.
09:34 EDTAAPL, MSFTActive equity options trading on open: AMZN MSFT FB AAPL GILD GE
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09:21 EDTMSFTOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Gigamon (GIMO), up 17.7%... Fortinet (FTNT), up 10%... Flextronics (FLEX), up 10%... Skyworks (SWKS), up 5.7%... Seagate Technology (STX), up 4.9%.. Microsoft (MSFT), up 4.6%. ALSO HIGHER: Inovio Pharmaceuticals (INO), up 8.1% after CEO says Zika vaccine could enter human testing this year... J.C. Penney (JCP), up 2.1% after being upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... BRF S.A. (BRFS), up 3.1% after being upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Axiall (AXLL), up 83.4% after rejecting $20 per share acquisition proposal from Westlake Chemical (WLK)... Energous (WATT), up 12% after Bloomberg reported that Apple (AAPL) is working with partners in the U.S. and Asia to develop new wireless charging technology. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Amazon.com (AMZN), down 10.1%... Electronic Arts (EA), down 6.2%... AbbVie (ABBV), down 4%... American Airlines (AAL), down 1.3%. ALSO LOWER: Gilead Sciences (GILD), down 5.5% after CEO John Martin to assume role of executive chairman and COO John Milligan will be promoted to CEO.
08:28 EDTAAPLEnergous rises after Apple said to be at work on wireless charging
A Bloomberg report that said Apple (AAPL) is working with partners in the U.S. and Asia to develop new wireless charging technology did not mention Energous (WATT), which is a development-stage company exploring technology that can enable wire-free charging for electronic devices. In pre-market trading, Energous shares rose 10% to $5.25.
08:26 EDTUAUnder Armour remains a top pick at Sterne Agee CRT
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07:16 EDTUAUnder Armour guidance likely conservative, says SunTrust
SunTrust believes that Under Armour reported "solid" Q4 results, and the firm says that the company is executing well. Noting that Under Armour usually surpasses its guidance, the firm thinks that the company's fiscal 2016 guidance will likely prove to be conservative. It says that the company has "momentum across all categories," and reiterates a $110 price target and Buy rating on the shares.
07:10 EDTUAUnder Armour should be bought aggressively on pullbacks, says Brean Capital
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06:45 EDTCMGChipotle February weekly 455 straddle priced for 9.4% movement into Q4
06:37 EDTABTAbbott downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at William Blair
William Blair analyst Margaret Kaczor downgraded Abbott Laboratories to Market Perform citing a more bearish outlook on the potential for near-term transformative or accretive transactions due to management's comments on the earnings call. The analyst also sees risk of further downside to the company's emerging market businesses.
06:29 EDTMSFTOptions expected to be active: AMZN EA MSFT EWJ FLEX SWKS GOOG GOOGL FB
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06:28 EDTAAPLApple working on wireless-charged phone, Bloomberg says
Apple is working with partners in the U.S. and Asia to create new wireless charging technology that could work on mobile devices possibly as soon as next year, Bloomberg reports, citing people familiar with the plans. Apple is eyeing new technologies that would allow iPhones and ipads to be powered from further away than charging mats, the report says. Reference Link
06:04 EDTMSFTJefferies keeps Microsoft at Underperform following Q2 results
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05:11 EDTUAStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; UA FB
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; Under Armour (UA) 37, Facebook (FB) 32 according to iVolatility.
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