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March 12, 2012
21:36 EDTAAPL, KMP, RIG, SE, ETP, MSFT, ABT, KLAC, SAP, HPQ, AEC, CLH, DWRE, YELP, GRPN, UA, CMG, SJim 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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October 8, 2014
14:54 EDTAAPLApple volatility flat, Icahn says to send open letter to CEO Tim Cook tomorrow
Apple October weekly call option implied volatility is at 23, October is at 20, November is at 26, December is at 24, January is at 23; compared to its 26-week average of 25 according to Track Data, suggesting non-directional price movement on Carl Icahn says to send open letter to CEO Tim Cook tomorrow.
14:36 EDTAAPLIcahn says to send open letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook tomorrow
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12:08 EDTAAPLApple sends out invites for October 16 event, 9to5Mac reports
Apple has sent out invitations for its October 16 event that is expected to introduce new iPads and Macs, 9to5Mac reports. The event will take place at the Town Hall auditorium on its Infinite Loop Campus in Cupertino, California and begin at 1pm ET. Reference Link
11:45 EDTAAPLApple 'surprised' by GT Advanced's Chapter 11 filing, WSJ reports
Apple (AAPL) says it was "surprised" by GT Advanced's (GTAT) Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing on Monday, the Wall Street Journal reports. Apple says it is focused on preserving jobs in Arizona and will continue to work with state and local officials "as we consider our next steps." GT Advanced is a partner for Apple's sapphire initiative. Reference Link
11:41 EDTAAPLJ.C. Penney says store base count 'roughly' where it needs to be
Says evaluating stores to see if EBITDA accretive. Says "disciplined" regarding promotions. Says won't risk margin over promotions. Says Apple (AAPL), Samsung (SSNLF), Amazon (AMZN) taking "chunk" out of consumer spending. Sees returning to 37%-39% gross margins over time.
11:04 EDTHPQEMC advances after activist letter, report on HP merger talks
Shares of EMC (EMC) are rising slightly in a down market after activist investor Elliott Management disclosed that it wrote in a letter to the company's board that it had heard of "acquisition interest in EMC's assets on the part of several large companies." The firm called on EMC to pursue M&A opportunities and spin off its VMware (VMW) subsidiary. WHAT'S NEW: Since July, several large companies have expressed "acquisition interest" in EMC's assets, Eliiott wrote. Acquisitions of EMC's assets by these companies would be logical from a strategic perspective, the firm added. The parties that have expressed interest could afford to buy all of EMC or a number of its assets, according to Elliott. EMC should look to spin off VMware because owning VMware is holding down the value of EMC's stock and damaging its relationship with its customers, the investor stated. VMware is hurting EMC by competing with EMC's customers, Elliott explained. Elliott Management noted that is affiliates collectively own or have economic exposure to about 2.2% of the common stock and equivalents of EMC. WHAT'S NOTABLE: HP (HPQ) and EMC are still conducting due diligence on a potential merger, CNBC's David Faber reported this morning, citing sources. A deal is unlikely, but still possible, and would include a buy-in of VMware, Faber added. PRICE ACTION: In mid-morning trading, EMC rose 0.3% to $28.20, VMware slid 0.9% to $90.59 and HP dropped 1.2% to $34.80.
10:46 EDTHPQOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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10:44 EDTAAPLFitbit said it has no plans to integrate with iOS 8 Heath app, 9to5Mac says
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09:57 EDTAAPLBlog reveals next-generation Apple iPad Air, 9to5Mac says
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09:53 EDTHPQHP, EMC still doing due diligence on potential deal, CNBC reports
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09:49 EDTHPQHP, EMC merger unlikely but still possible, CNBC's Faber says
09:48 EDTHPQHP, EMC still doing work on potential deal, CNBC reports
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09:38 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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08:20 EDTAAPLQualcomm opportunity at Xiaomi almost rivals iPhone, says FBR Capital
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07:20 EDTSAPSAP orders hiring freeze until end of year, analyst says, Bloomberg reports
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07:09 EDTSSprint to shut down WiMAX network around November 6, 2015, FierceWireless says
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06:57 EDTAAPLApple's iPhone 6 Plus more popular than iPhone 6, WantChinaTimes says
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06:13 EDTHPQ, MSFT, AAPLNon-Apple notebook, tablet demand to be weak till 2Q15, DigiTimes reports
Demand for non-Apple (AAPL) notebooks and tablets may remain weak until the second quarter of 2015, reports DigiTimes. Citing Taiwan makers, the pressure due to booming sales from Apple products may decrease sales until Microsoft (MSFT) launches Windows 10 next year. Demand for Samsung (SSNLF), Sony (SNE) , And HTC smartphones have also dropped worldwide recently. Reference Link
06:10 EDTAAPLQuantom begins small-volume production of 12-inch Macbook Air, DigiTimes says
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05:54 EDTAAPLTeen interest in Apple Watch 'tepid,' says Piper Jaffray
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