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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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March 17, 2015
07:12 EDTMSFTDeutsche Messe to hold a conference
CeBIT 2015 is being held in Hannover, Germany on March 15-20.
06:50 EDTAAPLBanks unhappy with high Apple Pay fraud rates, NY Times says
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06:37 EDTAAPLAfter losing marketshare, Google now asks Firefox users to switch, BI says
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06:13 EDTTMToyota to offer biggest pay increase for workers in 13 years, WSJ reports
Toyota will raise wages for its workers by the most in 13 years, The Wall Street Journal reports. According to a source, the automaker will raise the monthly pay for a unionized worker in Japan by about 3.2% on average beginning in April; workers will be offered a Y4,000 raise in monthly base pay and a Y7,300 raise in seniority pay, the source adds. Reference Link
06:10 EDTVZSpherix announces Markman hearing held as scheduled in Verizon case
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06:03 EDTSLViShares Silver Trust overall implied volatility at 30; 26-week average is 28
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06:03 EDTGLDSPDR Gold Trust overall implied volatility at 18; 26-week average is 18
05:57 EDTAAPLChina vendors to ship 50M Androids with fingerprint sensors, DigiTimes reports
China vendors is expected to ship 50M Android (GOOG) smartphones with fingerprint sensors in 2015, reports DigiTimes. According to sources at Taiwan-based IC backend service companies, Android smartphone vendors have adopted sliding-type fingerprint sensors, which are more competitive in pricing compared to press-type sensors used by Apple (AAPL). Reference Link
05:46 EDTAAPLApple set to launch online TV service this year, Financial Times reports
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March 16, 2015
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; March 16, 2015
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15:24 EDTAAPLCablevision to provide HBO NOW via Optimum Online
Cablevision (CVC) and Time Warner's (TWX) Home Box Office announced that they have reached an agreement to offer standalone streaming service HBO NOW to Optimum Online customers via the internet. Optimum is the first cable provider to partner with HBO to offer the new service, which is expected to launch in April in time for the fifth season of Game of Thrones, the companies said. Cablevision plans to provide pricing and other particulars for HBO NOW in the coming weeks. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed. Apple (AAPL) and Time Warner announced on March 9 that HBO NOW will premier on Apple devices in April.
14:13 EDTAAPLApple to offer Android users rebates to switch to iPhones, 9to5Mac says
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11:11 EDTXOM, COPOPEC sees oil prices to hit U.S. oil output by late 2015, Reuters says
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10:44 EDTAAPLNetflix retreats after cut to sell on competition, cost concerns
The shares of Netflix (NFLX) are falling after research firm Evercore ISI downgraded the stock to Sell from Hold. Increased competition will force the company to increase its investments and the return from those investments is uncertain, the firm contends. WHAT'S NEW: In the U.S., technological advancements are enabling content providers to sell their programming to a wider range of Internet video distributors, Evercore ISI analyst Ken Sena wrote in a note to investors earlier today. Moreover, content providers themselves are now able to stream more of their programming online and obtain higher profits from doing so, Sena reported. The analyst noted that Apple (AAPL) recently obtained a three month exclusive deal to stream content form Time Warner's (TWX) HBO Now, while Yahoo (YHOO), Amazon (AMZN), and Hulu (DIS, CMCSA, NWSA) are all reportedly interested in obtaining streaming rights to "Seinfeld." Netflix's international expansion will not be sufficient to offset the increased competition, especially because foreign viewers are likely to watch less TV and be less interested in paying for TV content, the analyst believes. Furthermore, Netflix will face more competition from other Internet TV services overseas than in the U.S., according to Sena, who cut his 2015 consolidated operating income estimate for the company by 26% to $381M from $517M previously. In addition to cutting his rating, Sena lowered his price target on the shares to $380 from $450. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Netflix sank $16, or 3.7%, to $422.
09:37 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:03 EDTMSFTMicrosoft price target lowered to $49 from $52 at UBS
UBS lowered its price target on Microsoft to $49 from $52 citing lower PC demand and foreign exchange headwinds. UBS reiterated its Buy rating on Microsoft shares.
07:32 EDTMSFTUBM Tech to hold a conference
Enterprise Connect 2015 is being held in Orlando, Florida on March 16-19.
05:57 EDTSLViShares Silver Trust overall implied volatility at 31; 26-week average is 28
05:57 EDTGLDSPDR Gold Trust overall implied volatility at 17; 26-week average is 18
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March 15, 2015
18:20 EDTAAPLApple's $17,000 watch looks over-priced, Barron's says
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