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March 12, 2012
21:36 EDTUA, KMP, ETP, KLAC, AEC, YELP, CMG, RIG, MSFT, SAP, CLH, GRPN, AAPL, S, SE, ABT, HPQ, DWREJim 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
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July 20, 2015
10:07 EDTAAPLApple rallies ahead of earnings
Shares are up over 1.3% to $131.41 at time of writing. At that price next resistance is at $134.54, the life high. Support is at $130.50.
10:00 EDTYELPOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:52 EDTYELPYelp August volatility elevated as shares trend lower
Yelp July weekly call option implied volatility is at 49, August is at 69; compared to its 52-week range of 38 to 81, suggesting large August price movement.
09:42 EDTYELPYelp hits a new 52-week low, levels to watch
Shares are down over 3.8% to $33.62 at time of writing. At that price next support is at $33.35, the new low, and then at $32.88. Resistance is at $34.62. Barclays downgraded the stock to Equal Weight and cut its price target to $36.
09:34 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:22 EDTYELPOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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09:04 EDTMSFTGE chooses Microsoft Office 365 fro employee collaboration and productivity
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09:02 EDTABTAbbott receives FDA approval and launches iDesign Advanced WaveScan system
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08:38 EDTABTAnalyst predicts Zoetis merges with Bayer unit, not Valeant
Zoetis (ZTS) in recent months has been the subject of takeover speculation, possibly for Valeant (VRX), but a Jefferies analyst told investors today in a research note that he views a deal with a unit of healthcare giant Bayer (BAYRY) as "highly likely" for the animal medicine company. BACKGROUND: Bill Ackman of Pershing Square, who owns stakes in both Zoetis and Valeant, said in early May while speaking on CNBC that Zoetis is a "great business on a standalone basis, but he also spoke of the company's strategic value. Ackman added, however, that he was "not sure" that Valeant was the best acquirer of Zoetis. Subsequently, in late June, The Wall Street Journal reported that Valeant made a preliminary approach regarding a potential deal to buy Zoetis. CNBC's David Faber said the next day, citing his own sources, that Valeant reached out to Zoetis as a courtesy to common shareholder Ackman and was unlikely to pursue an acquisition of the company, though he cautioned then Valeant could change its approach and pursue a deal. BAYER: Jefferies analyst Jeffrey Holford said in a note today that he views a tie-up between Zoetis and Bayer's Animal Health business in 2016 as "highly likely." He sees Mylan's (MYL) acquisition of Abbott's (ABT) non‑U.S. developed markets specialty and branded generics business as a potential proxy for how a transaction could be structured, adding that such a "spinversion" could achieve up to 36% long-term earnings accretion for Zoetis. Holford reiterated a Buy rating on Zoetis with a $60 price target, while downgrading Bayer to Hold, citing valuation following the recent outperformance of its shares. IDEXX: While being discussed as a target, some analysts have also opined on companies that Zoetis could pursue as a buyer. On June 29, Canaccord said that in investor meetings with IDEXX (IDXX) executives declined to comment on Zoetis' potential interest in scaling up its animal health diagnostics business. Canaccord added that it thought Zoetis could make a bid for IDEXX. The firm reiterated its Buy rating and $80 price target on IDEXX shares at that time. PRICE ACTION: Since June 25, the day the Journal first reported on Valeant's preliminary takeover approach to Zoetis, the animal health company's shares have dropped nearly 4%. Zoetis closed down 20c to $47.80 on Friday.
07:33 EDTABTInternational AIDS Society to hold a conference
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07:30 EDTABTZoetis 'highly likely' to merge with Bayer unit in 2016, says Jefferies
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06:48 EDTAAPLApple in talks to create free streaming TV channel, NY Post reports
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06:39 EDTAAPLNew iPods won't run Apple Music to prevent piracy, 9to5Mac reports
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06:31 EDTAAPLAnalysts down on Apple Watch sales, AFP reports
Certain analysts have said that Apple's new smartwatch is not a mainstream hit due its disappointingly low sales figures, AFP reports. A study from Slice Intelligence suggests that Apple Watch orders have decreased 90% since the week the device made its debut, the report says. In response, BMO Capital Markets said it told investors that they were "disappointed" and reduced their estimate for Apple Watch sales in the upcoming year, the report adds. Richard Windsor at Edison Investment Research said that even if Slice is off the mark about the plunge in Apple Watch orders, it was evident that the wearable has sold way less than even conservative expectations, AFP says. Reference Link
06:22 EDTAAPLApple July weekly volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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05:57 EDTAAPLApple iPhone momentum to continue in June quarter, says Piper Jaffray
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05:44 EDTYELPZillow Group downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays
Barclays analyst Christopher Merwin downgraded Zillow Group (Z) to Underweight saying competition is increasing in local. Underweight is Barclays' equivalent to a sell rating. The real estate and rental marketplace owner closed Friday at $83.27. Merwin believes consensus growth estimates are likely too high heading into Zillow's Q2 results and cut his price target for the stock to $70 from $90. The analyst this morning also downgraded Yelp (YELP) to Equal Weight for similar reasons. His top U.S. Internet picks heading into Q2 earnings season are IAC (IACI), Activision Blizzard (ATVI) and Electronic Arts (EA). Merwin thinks Activision and Electronic Arts will receive more than half of their 2015 revenue from digital.
05:37 EDTYELPYelp downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays
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July 19, 2015
19:04 EDTMSFTMicrosoft to buy Adallom for $320M, Globes says
Microsoft has agreed to acquire cyber security firm Adallom for roughly $320M, reports Globes, without naming sources. Reference Link
14:09 EDTAAPLIntel chip delay could spell opportunity or disaster, Barron's says
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