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April 9, 2012
21:45 EDTPCLN, LVS, CBS, MTW, CZR, MGM, SBUX, PRAA, CONN, DLPH, SHW, AAPL, CLDJim Cramer's "Mad Money"
Jim Cramer responded to critics who have been complaining that he's been too bullish on the markets and is too confident that stocks are heading higher. The critics want Cramer to recommend selling everything, based on the old adage "sell in May, and go away." But Cramer reminded viewers that things are simply better now, which is why being complacent is the reckless strategy. He said if investors truly feel that the Fed controls stock prices, by all means, sell. But, he said, that decision will keep investors out of stocks like Apple (AAPL) and others like Starbucks (SBUX) and Las Vegas Sands (LVS), all of which are markedly higher. Cramer said, in his view, if the Fed stops stimulating the economy, then that means things are getting better, and if not, they'll still continue to assist the markets. A win either way. There's a lot to like in these markets, said Cramer, which is why a more positive outlook is the prudent one, one that can capitalize on the market's 20% move so far this year. Next, Cramer kicked off a week-long series featuring great American growth companies. He said the era of mindlessly trading sectors or ETFs based on meaningless metrics like "risk on" is over. Once again, investors want solid companies with solid growth. Cramer identified 10 characteristics to look for in a growth stock. Taking into account all of the 10 metrics, Apple tops this list. He said Apple is still in the early innings with many of its products, yet the company has solid plans and all of the resources it needs to execute them. Apple is also not held hostage to global economic whims nor higher costs. Cramer also highlighted another spectacular growth stock, Starbucks (SBUX). Starbucks is expanding into the single-serve coffee market as well as internationally. The company's end markets are certainly big enough to support its growth, said Cramer, and Starbucks has become a fierce competitor around the globe. Starbucks also returns capital to shareholders via its dividend. It has international growth and the shares are not expensive. Starbucks also has a solid balance sheet. Then, Cramer said the shares of CBS (CBS) simply shouldn't be selling for as little a price as they're fetching. WHAT THE HECK: Cramer said now that spring is here and home prices are slowly building, home-improvement stocks like Sherwin-Williams (SHW) make perfect sense. No wonder the company had same-store sales increase by 20% and was able to pre-announce gigantic earnings, Cramer concluded. LIGHTNING ROUND: (Bullish) MGM; LVS; DLPH; CZR; PCLN. (Bearish) CONN; MTW; CLD; PRAA. Reference Link
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December 9, 2014
07:09 EDTCONNConn's announces departure of CFO Brian Taylor
Connís announced the departure of Brian Taylor, the companyís CFO. Effective immediately, the company has appointed Mark Haley as Interim CFO. Prior to joining Connís as VP and Chief Accounting Officer in October 2014, Haley was Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer at Coldwater Creek, Inc. for four years. The company has engaged an executive search firm to identify qualified candidates for the permanent CFO position. The search process will include both internal and external candidates.
07:05 EDTCONNConn's sees Q4 SSS flat to up 3%
The following are the companyís expectations for its business for the fourth quarter: Same stores sales flat to up 3%; Retail gross margin between 39.0% and 40.0%; Opening of 2 new stores during the quarter; and Closure of 1 store during the quarter. Beginning with December results, the company will release, shortly after the end of the month, same store sales and greater than 60 days delinquency performance. The company believes this will provide investors with timely, relevant information about business trends and expects to continue this practice until the company experiences more stability in its results.
07:04 EDTCONNConn's withdraws FY15 guidance
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07:04 EDTCONNConn's says no timetable set for completion of strategic alternatives process
In October, the Company announced that its Board of Directors authorized management to explore a full range of strategic alternatives for the Company to potentially enhance value for stockholders. The Company has engaged an independent financial advisor to assist in this process and is actively engaged in preliminary discussions with multiple parties about a range of potential strategic alternatives. No timetable has been set for the completion of the process. Conn's does not expect to comment further or update the market with any further information on the process unless and until its Board of Directors has approved a specific transaction or otherwise deems disclosure appropriate or necessary. There can be no assurance that this strategic alternatives review will result in the Company changing its current business plan, pursuing a particular transaction or completing any such transaction.
07:03 EDTCONNConn's says initiating search for president
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07:03 EDTCONNConn's reports Q3 EPS (8c), may not compare to consensus 68c
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06:48 EDTCBSAnalysts say Netflix undermining TV ad revenue, NY Times reports
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06:20 EDTAAPLJudge denies Apple's efforts to throw out iPod pricing suit, WSJ reports
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06:09 EDTPCLNStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; PCLN WFM
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; Priceline (PCLN) 20, Whole Foods (WFM) 20 according to iVolatility.
December 8, 2014
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; December 8, 2014
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13:16 EDTAAPLApple trades off session lows, levels to watch
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10:00 EDTCBSOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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07:52 EDTSBUXStarbucks price target raised to $97 from $88 at Jefferies
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07:23 EDTCBSUBS to hold a conference
42nd Annual Global Media & Communications Conference is being held in New York on December 8-10 with webcasted company presentations to begin on December 8 at 8 am; not all presentations may be webcasted. Webcast Link
06:47 EDTSBUXStarbucks coverage resumed with a Conviction Buy at Goldman
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06:37 EDTAAPLApple rumored to be launching 4-inch iPhone in 2015, Times of India reports
Apple is rumored to be developing a new iPhone with a 4-inch display, The Times of India reports, citing a report from The Electronic Times of Taiwan. According to supply chain sources, the device will launch in 2H15. Reference Link
06:22 EDTAAPLApple price target raised to $135 from $120 at Citigroup
Citigroup raised its earnings estimates for Apple after its field work indicated consumers are increasingly buying the higher memory iPhone 6 and 6+. Citi expects purchasing trends towards higher memory devices to drive stronger sales and margins. It believes consensus estimates are yet to factor in this development. The firm raised its price target for Apple shares to $135 from $120 and keeps a Buy rating on the name. Shares of phone maker closed Friday down 49c to $115.
06:15 EDTAAPLLenovo shipments expected to lead Samsung by 9M in 2015, DigiTimes reports
Lenovo (LNVGY) is estimated to beat Samsung (SSNLF) in mobile device shipments in 2015 by about 9M units, reports DigiTimes Research. Lenovo is set to beat Samsung by about 1M units in 2014 and become the second largest mobile computing device brand vendor worldwide behind Apple (AAPL). DigiTimes Research says Lenovo and Samsung plan to focus on maintaining tablet shipments as demand weakens in 2015. Reference Link
December 7, 2014
18:15 EDTCZRCaesar's REIT plan faces creditor resistance, WSJ says
Caesar's plan to convert its largest unit into a real-estate investment trust or REIT is facing some objections from creditors, muddling the casino operators ambition of reducing the unitís $18.4B debt, says the Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
12:26 EDTCBSCBS, DISH reach content carriage agreement
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