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March 21, 2012
00:06 EDTGLW, LINE, ISRG, LUFK, MRK, LFUS, LGF, WES, CLF, VIX, ROST, AMZN, JOY, NUE, CMI, STI, WFC, PNRA, DRI, HD, LOW, BHPJim 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
News For BHP;JOY;NUE;CMI;STI;WFC;PNRA;DRI;HD;LOW;AMZN;ROST;VIX;CLF;WES;LGF;LINE;ISRG;LUFK;MRK;LFUS;GLW From The Last 14 Days
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October 13, 2014
12:33 EDTLINEOptions with increasing implied volatility
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12:16 EDTHDOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were slightly lower at midday amid light trading volume. Banks and bond markets are closed in observance of the Columbus Day holiday, though equity markets remain open. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., no major economic data was reported. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of a number of freight train operators rose after The Wall Street Journal reported that one of the companies in the sector, CSX (CSX), was approached by a larger rival, Canadian Pacific (CP), about a possible merger. Following the Journal's report, CSX rose 10% and Canadian Pacific advanced 1%, while Norfolk Southern (NSC) and Kansas City Southern (KSU) both climbed about 3%... Chrysler returned to the U.S. stock market, as shares of Fiat Chrysler began trading on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "FCAU." MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was J.C. Penney (JCP), which rose 3% after the company selected Marvin Ellison, who is currently executive vice president of stores at Home Depot (HD), to become its next CEO. Also higher were Atlas Energy (ATLS), which rose 20%, and Atlas Pipeline Partners (APL), which advanced 6%, after Targa Resources Partners (NGLS) and Targa Resources (TRGP) agreed to acquire Atlas Pipeline Partners for cash and stock valued at $38.66 per APL common unit and agreed to buy Atlas Energy following the company's spin-off of its non-midstream assets. Among the noteworthy losers was Aerohive Networks (HIVE), which plunged 30% after the company lowered its guidance for the third quarter, citing weaker-than-expected order volume near the quarter's end. Also lower were shares of GoPro (GPRO), which fell over 8% after a French journalist reported that the son of racing legend Michael Schumacher attributed the severity of his father's brain injury following a skiing accident on the GoPro camera mounted to his helmet. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 32.14, or 0.19%, to 16,511.96, the Nasdaq was down 7.97, or 0.19%, to 4,268.27, and the S&P 500 was down 6.85, or 0.36%, to 1,899.28.
11:24 EDTAMZNAmazon to create 1,000 new permanent jobs at UK fulfillment centers
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10:22 EDTHDHome Depot falls, levels to watch
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10:12 EDTHDHome Depot bench deep, Ellison departure not surprising, says RW Baird
RW Baird said it is not surprised to see Marvin Ellison leaving Home Depot (HD) since he was likely in the running for the CEO post that went to someone else, but the firm expects a smooth internal transition and noted that it views the company's management bench as deep. Baird, which maintains its Outperform rating on Home Depot, believes J.C. Penney (JCP) is getting a strong leader with extensive retail experience in hiring Ellison.
10:08 EDTDRI, CLFOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Bankrate (RATE) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Stephens... CME Group (CME) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Cliffs Natural (CLF) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Dana Holding (DAN) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... Darden (DRI) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Dover (DOV) downgraded to Neutral at RW Baird... DryShips (DRYS) downgraded to Underperform from Outperform at Imperial Capital... Infineon (IFNNY) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... J.C. Penney (JCP) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at UBS... Johnson Controls (JCI) downgraded to Outperform from Top Pick at RBC Capital... Juniper (JNPR) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Argus... Kennametal (KMT) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Masco (MAS) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... New Gold (NGD) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... ON Semiconductor (ONNN) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at Pacific Crest... PBF Energy (PBF) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Parker-Hannifin (PH) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... STMicroelectronics (STM) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Silicon Laboratories (SLAB) downgraded to Sector Perform at Pacific Crest... VOXX International (VOXX) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Cowen.
10:06 EDTHDJ.C. Penney rises after selecting Home Depot executive as next CEO
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09:39 EDTCLFActive equity options trading on open
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09:03 EDTAMZNAmazon says Prime members to get early access to select Lightning Deals
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08:46 EDTLOWSpeed Commerce partners with Lowe's for e-commerce platform in Monterrey, Mexico
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08:38 EDTHDJ.C. Penney names Marvin Ellison CEO-Designee
The board of J. C. Penney (JCP) announced the appointment of Marvin Ellison, currently executive vice president of stores at Home Depot (HD), as president and CEO-Designee, effective November 1. Ellison will also join the board. He will then succeed Myron E. Ullman, III as CEO of JCPenney on August 1, 2015. At that time, Ullman will become executive chairman of the board for a period of one year.
08:31 EDTAMZNAmazon, Future Group in online sales pact, Economic Times reports
India's largest listed retailer, Future Group, has signed a deal to jointly sell items over the Internet with Amazon, reported Economic Times, which noted that Future will begin by selling apparel and then expand to in-house brands in the home, electronics and food categories. Reference Link
07:37 EDTMRKAmerican Society of Anesthesiologists to hold annual meeting
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07:19 EDTWFCAmEx, Capital One profits seen boosted by credit card 'sweet spot,' WSJ says
Credit card players such as American Express (AXP) and Capital One (COF), as well as banks with significant card units like JPMorgan (JPM), stand to benefit from the U.S. card industry's "sweet spot" of moderate economic growth, low interest rates and consumers who are better managing payments while growing their spending, said The Wall Street Journal, which noted that consulting firm R.K. Hammer estimates U.S. card issuers' revenue will grow 9% this year to $158.6B. Other U.S. banks with credit card units include Bank of America (BAC), Citigroup (C), and Wells Fargo (WFC) and other card companies include Visa (V) and MasterCard (MA). Reference Link
06:49 EDTCLFCliffs Natural downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan
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06:44 EDTWFCRegulators seeking banks' auto loan data, Reuters reports
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06:05 EDTDRIDarden downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray downgraded Darden to Neutral citing a lack of leadership clarity after Starboard ousted the company's entire board of directors.
00:04 EDTWFCBanking regulators want more disclosure on auto loans, Reuters says
Banking regulators are requesting that banks provide more details on their auto loan portfolios, says Reuters. Balances remaining on auto loans are rising and about a fifth of the loans are subprime, added Reuters. Publicly traded companies in the space include Bank of America (BAC), Citigroup (C), Capital One (COF), JPMorgan (JPM), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC). Reference Link
October 12, 2014
17:20 EDTAMZNGE, Splunk, Cisco, others could benefit from Internet of Things, Barron's says
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13:03 EDTWFCBanks agree on derivatives procedures for future crisis scenario, WSJ says
Meeting at the Federal Reserve in Washington, top banking executives from 18 large U.S., European and Japanese banks agreed in principle to wait up to 48 hours before seeking to terminate derivatives contracts and collect associated payments from a troubled financial institution, says the Wall Street Journal. Publicly traded companies in the space include Bank of America (BAC), Citigroup (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan (JPM), Morgan Stanley (MS), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC). Reference Link
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