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April 4, 2012
22:28 EDTINTC, VZ, BBBY, XOM, SLV, ECA, AAPL, CCI, T, COP, BIDU, LINE, MSFT, AMT, SBAC, GLD, SINA, TMJim Cramer's "Mad Money"
Jim Cramer said, when investors are ready to sell at the drop of a hat; that's a clear sign you're in a bull market. He said that Europe no longer has a strangle hold over U.S. markets and if the Fed isn't willing to help out the markets, then the U.S. economy must be even better than we expected. Cramer said there are still many positives in the markets, including a resurgence in real estate and strong retail sales, as evidenced by Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY). All of these facts point to Wednesday's sell-off being just a pause, said Cramer, and not a top in the markets. Oil prices are still high, noted Cramer, but this time it's due to real global demand and not rampant speculation. Gold stocks are in decline, but that's only because they can't find enough gold to take advantage of record-high prices, he said. Investors looking for a way to play on the wireless data explosion should look no further than SBA Communications (SBAC), Cramer told viewers. With over 300 million wireless subscribers in the U.S. and new data-hungry devices like the iPad on the way, Cramer said the tower companies are among the least risky ways to play the wireless data revolution. With the need for more wireless data growing by the day, Cramer said it's no wonder that wireless carriers like AT&T (T) and Verizon (VZ) are beginning to invest in infrastructure after a multi-year hiatus. So why SBA over rivals American Tower (AMT) and Crown Castle (CCI)? Cramer said that both SBA and American Tower are superior to Crown Castle, but among the two, he likes SBA more because of its superior portfolio of towers and its growth potential. Cramer said the economics at SBA are superb. SBA recently closed a secondary offering of stock, noted Cramer, which is giving investors a rare opportunity to buy shares at a discount to where they would normally trade. He told viewers to use this weakness to buy in. OFF THE CHARTS: Cramer outlined the fundamental reasons why he's bullish on both Intel (INTC) and Microsoft (MSFT). He said while these tech titans were the heart and soul of the PC revolution of the '80s and '90s, new product cycles are breathing new life into these all but forgotten companies. Cramer said of course he likes Apple (AAPL) more than either of these two names, but with Intel and Microsoft paying a 3% and 2.5% dividend, respectively, "how can investors go wrong?" LIGHTNING ROUND: Toyota Motor (TM) the auto companies have had a big move - Cramer is a seller. Cramer likes Linn Energy (LINE), but is not about to dump Encana (ECA) here. He is not a believer in the Chinese market so he is only recommending Baidu.com (BIDU), not Sina Corp (SINA). Cramer is ringing the register on silver and iShares Silver Trust (SLV). He likes the SPDR Gold Shares (GLD). ConocoPhillips (COP) is splitting itself up -- he likes that better than Exxon Mobil (XOM). He would trim positions in XOM. Reference Link
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April 6, 2015
10:39 EDTINTCQualcomm falls amid uncertainty about content in flagship Samsung phone
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10:23 EDTAAPLApple Maps searches no longer showing just Yelp, AppleInsider reports
Searches on Apple (AAPL) Maps, which previously relied solely on Yelp (YELP) to provide reviews for local search, are now pulling results from TripAdvisor (TRIP) and Priceline's (PCLN) Booking.com, AppleInsider reported yesterday. Neither TripAdvisor or Booking.com are listed as sources on Apple's official Maps attribution webpage, but reviews with links to their respective webpages and apps are now appearing in Maps queries, the blog added. Shares of Yelp are down 1% to $46.67 in early trading. Reference Link
10:02 EDTMSFTOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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10:01 EDTVZWeather Channel's core buiness facing 'major' threat, WSJ reports
The Weather Channel, which is owned by a consortium made up of NBCUniversal (CMCSA) and private equity firms Bain Capital and The Blackstone Group (BX), was dropped last month from Verizon's (VZ) FiOS TV service, and now the channel's backers are preparing for the possibility of being dropped by Dish Network (DISH), sources tell The Wall Street Journal. Though The Weather Channel is facing a "major" threat to its core business, the fees it collects from the pay-TV providers, the sources say that no formal sale by the company's owners is under way. Reference Link
09:36 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:33 EDTGLDSPDR Gold Trust rallies on weaker Jobs Report, dollar
The ETF is up 1.7% to $117.23 At that price next resistance is at $117.79. The move up in early trading puts price back above the 50-day moving average at $116.29, which is bullish price behavior.
07:45 EDTMSFTMicrosoft upgraded at Wells Fargo
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07:34 EDTMSFTWells Fargo upgrades Microsoft on improved strategic position
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07:29 EDTAAPLApple Watch cannot launch in Switzerland due to patent issue, Reuters says
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06:45 EDTVZ, TQualcomm downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at FBR Capital
FBR Capital downgraded Qualcomm (QCOM) to Market Perform, removed the stock from its Top Picks list and dropped its price target for shares to $72 from $80. FBR said the moves were prompted by a posting on AT&T's (T) website which said the carrier’s version of the GS6 smarphone is powered by the Samsung Exynos 7420 processor with a Shannon 333 modem as opposed to Qualcomm's Snapdragon platform. FBR still expects the Verizon (VZ) and Sprint (S) GS6 versions to sport Qualcomm modems, but it believes the change at AT&T signals Samsung’s "clear intent to utilize proprietary baseband whenever and wherever possible." Shares of chip maker Qualcomm closed Thursday down $1.46 to $67.97.
06:41 EDTXOM, COPOil up after Saudi Arabia increases prices for Asia, Reuters says
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06:31 EDTMSFTMicrosoft upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo
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06:28 EDTMSFTMicrosoft completes latest round of layoffs, Business Insider reports
Microsoft has completed its latest round of layoffs in a move to "remove role overlap, optimize activities and functions, align disciplines with the rest of Microsoft, and, perhaps most importantly, reshape IT for the skills we need to transform," Business Insider reports, citing an email from Chief Information Officer Jim DuBois. A company spokesperson commented that the company believes this will be the "last of the anticipated broad cuts as part of the restructuring plan announced last July." Though it is unclear how many employees were laid off in this round, affected workers are coming from Microsoft's divisions and not focused on former Nokia employees. Reference Link
06:20 EDTAAPLGarmin downgraded to Sell from Buy at Citigroup
Citigroup analyst Jeremy David downgraded Garmin two notches to Sell from Buy saying competitive pressures are likely to stall the growth of the company's GPS fitness watch business. He also thinks revenue trends in Garmin's Outdoor segment could disappoint as the year progresses. David expects Garmin to miss consensus earnings and revenue expectations in Q1 and views the Apple (AAPL) Watch launch as another potential negative catalyst for shares. He cut his price target for the stock to $42 from $68. Shares of the navigation and information device maker closed Thursday down 58c to $46.49 after Goldman Sachs downgraded the stock Neutral from Buy.
06:11 EDTAAPLSamsung expected to win A9 chip orders for next iPhone, Bloomberg reports
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05:54 EDTTMToyota to open plants in Mexico and China, Financial Times reports
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April 5, 2015
18:12 EDTXOM, COPOil falls after tentative nuclear deal for Iran, Reuters says
After a preliminary pact between Iran and world powers on Tehran's nuclear program the price of Brent oil fell nearly 4% on Thursday, says Reuters. Publicly traded companies in the space include BP (BP), Chevron (CVX), ConocoPhillips (COP), Exxon Mobil (XOM), Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A) and Total (TOT). Reference Link
16:56 EDTAAPLEU considers major probe into Internet platforms, WSJ says
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09:10 EDTAAPLApple Watch to be sold by appointment only, Barron's says
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08:43 EDTT, VZAT&T, Philip Morris, eight others have reliable yields up to 5.7%, Barron's says
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