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March 21, 2012
00:06 EDTLFUS, ISRG, MRK, LINE, GLW, LUFK, VIX, LOW, PNRA, CMI, BHP, WES, ROST, HD, WFC, NUE, CLF, AMZN, DRI, STI, JOY, LGFJim Cramer's "Mad Money"
Jim Cramer said with U.S. hiring on the rise, along with commercial construction and the rebuilding of U.S. company inventories, the "USA trade" is one that will likely be with us for some time to come. With the Chinese economy still slowing, stocks like BHP Billiton (BHP), the Australian mining company that supplies China with tons of coal, saw its shares slump, taking mining equipment maker Joy Global (JOY) down with it. Steelmaker Nucor (NUE) also saw its shares shed $1 a share. Likewise with engine maker Cummins (CMI), which also has Chinese exposure. Meanwhile in the U.S., Cramer said regional banks like SunTrust Banks (STI) or banking giant Wells Fargo (WFC), saw no such decline. American restaurants like Panera Bread (PNRA) and Darden Restaurants (DRI) saw shares rally nicely Tuesday. Cramer was also still bullish on the home improvement stocks, mainly Home Depot (HD) and rival Lowes (LOW), as well as American retailers like Ross Stores (ROST) and Amazon.com (AMZN). OFF THE CHARTS: Cramer and colleague Mark Sebastian over the chart of CBOE Volatility Index (VIX), more commonly known as "the VIX." The VIX is often seen as a fear index for the markets, denoting investor confidence. The VIX currently trades at $15.58, well below its historic average of $20. According to Sebastian's assessment, the VIX moves in stages averaging around five years. Our latest period of volatility, from 2008 through 2012, is nearing a close, and we should once again enjoy several years of stability and growth. Cramer concurred. EXECUTIVE DECISION: Cramer spoke with Joseph Carrabba, chairman, president and CEO of Cliffs Natural Resources (CLF), a mining company that recently raised its dividend to 3.5% and left its growth outlook unchanged, despite bearish comments from its rivals regarding slowing growth in China. Cramer said that investors looking for yield and growth, as well as exposure to both China and the red-hot U.S. market, need to consider Cliffs Natural Resources. Cramer also sat down with Don Sinclair, president and CEO of Western Gas Partners (WES), an oil and natural gas master limited partnership that offers both a 14% growth rate and a 4% dividend yield. Cramer said he likes what Sinclair has done for shareholders and continued to recommend the stock. NO HUDDLE OFFENSE: Cramer said investors are already up 34% in Lions Gate Entertainment (LGF) based on his recommendation, but with speculation running rampant that the company could have a colossal flop on their hands, this stock may not be for the squeamish investor. Cramer said he would continue to own Lion's Gate for the long-term and not worry about how big or small opening weekend for "The Hunger Games" turns out to be. LIGHTNING ROUND: (Bullish) LINE; ISRG; LUFK; MRK; LFUS. (Bearish) GLW. Reference Link
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February 19, 2015
08:38 EDTMRKNewLink reports clinical development milestone achieved with Merck for rVSV-EBOV
NewLink Genetics (NLNK) announced that it had received notification from Merck (MRK) that the milestone event specified in the license and collaboration agreement between the two companies relating to the further development of the rVSV-EBOV, Ebola, vaccine candidate had been achieved. Under the terms of the agreement, NewLink Genetics will receive a payment of $20M in connection with the achievement of the milestone. The milestone pertains to the initiation of a key clinical trial for the vaccine.
07:22 EDTLINELINN Energy reports FY15 average daily production up 47% to 1,210 MMcfe/d
07:22 EDTLINELINN Energy reports Q4 average daily production up 53% to 1,358 MMcfe/d
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07:17 EDTAMZNMaxim to hold a bus tour
Internet/Tech Bus Tour travels throughout Seattle, Washington to various with various industry companies on February 19.
07:06 EDTLINELINN Energy sees FY15 average production 1,090 MMcfe/d1,200 MMcfe/d
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07:04 EDTLINELINN Energy reports Q4 EPS (47c), consensus 6c
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06:47 EDTWFCReport shows subprime consumer loans at pre-2007 levels, WSJ says
Equifax (EFX) has released a report stating nearly 40%, or 50M, of auto loans, credit cards, and personal loans during the first 11 months of 2014 were made to subprime customers, the highest levels since the 2007 financial crisis, reports the Wall Street Journal. LendingTree (TREE) Chief Marketing Officer Gabriel Dalporto attributes the growth to nonbank lenders under less regulatory scrutiny than large banks. Publicly traded companies in the space include Bank of America (BAC), Citi (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan (JPM), Morgan Stanley (MS), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC). Reference Link
05:47 EDTAMZNAmazon.com price target raised to $475 from $420 at Piper Jaffray
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February 18, 2015
16:03 EDTWESWestern Gas Partners reports Q4 EPS 42c, consensus 54c
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15:35 EDTLINENotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's market open, with earnings consensus, include Wal-Mart (WMT), consensus $1.54... Priceline (PCLN), consensus $10.10... DIRECTV (DTV), consensus $1.40... Noble Energy (NBL), consensus 35c... Host Hotels & Resorts (HST), consensus 39c... Hormel Foods (HRL), consensus 64c... Discovery Communications (DISCA), consensus 41c... SCANA (SCG), consensus 73c... Quanta Services (PWR), consensus 51c... Patterson (PDCO), consensus 59c... Denbury Resources (DNR), consensus 23c... T-Mobile (TMUS), consensus 5c... Linn Energy (LINE), consensus 6c... Linn Co (LNCO), consensus 39c... Bloomin' Brands (BLMN), consensus 27c... Huntington Ingalls (HII), consensus $1.98.
10:54 EDTJOYJoy Global says reducing cost curve is company's priority for customers
Joy Global says focused on growing service business. Looking to accelerate savings on service business for 2015. Company focuses on life cycle management of equipment. Joy Global developing new products in service sector to allow customers to reduce costs. Sees opportunity in tough market to build service business. Seeing better visibility on rebuilds. Comments taken from Barclays Capital Industrial Select Conference.
10:26 EDTJOYJoy Global backs FY15 EPS view $3.10-$3.50, consensus $3.21
Backs FY15 revenue view $3.6B$3.8B, consensus $3.65B. Guidance taken from slides prepared for Barclays Industrial Select Conference.
09:09 EDTLGFLionsgate and Samsung launch exclusive virtual reality experience
Lionsgate (LGF) and Samsung (SSNLF) have teamed up to create the exclusive virtual reality experience "Insurgent- Shatter Reality". The four-minute visual work of art is a fully-immersive, 360-degree narrative experience set in the world of the upcoming feature film The Divergent Series: Insurgent.
09:02 EDTAMZNAmazon says has greenlit five new Amazon Original Series
Amazon announced it has greenlit five new Amazon Original Series, including The Man in the High Castle, which is based on the Philip K. Dick alternative history novel; an hour-long dark comedy Mad Dogs; docu-series The New Yorker Presents; along with kids shows Just Add Magic, and The Stinky & Dirty Show.
08:43 EDTAMZNIAC, Qualcomm, Amazon seen as breakup candidates, Bloomberg says
Website holding company IAC/InterActiveCorp (IACI), chipmaker Qualcomm (QCOM), and e-commerce giant Amazon.com (AMZN) are all see by analysts as potential candidates for breakups or spin-offs, according to Bloomberg's "Real M&A" column. Reference Link
07:21 EDTWFCJPMorgan, Citi top government report of riskiest banks, Reuters reports
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07:17 EDTCLFCliffs Natural finalizes energy agreement with We Energies in U.P. of Michigan
Cliffs Natural (CLF) has finalized an interim power agreement with Wisconsin Energy's (WEC) utility energy segment We Energies for its Michigan operations. The company stated that this is "one key step in a series of contemplated short and long-term agreements that are essential to the viability of its iron ore mines in the Upper Peninsula".
07:07 EDTJOYBarclays to hold a conference
Industrial Select Conference is being held in Miami on February 18-19.
February 17, 2015
16:00 EDTAMZNOptions Update; February 17, 2015
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09:40 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading on open
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