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April 2, 2012
21:30 EDTBNNY, MDRX, SHLD, TWI, CSCO, GOOG, CERN, APC, MGA, AVP, RHT, IMAX, HAIN, ARLPJim Cramer's "Mad Money"
Jim Cramer said in 2012 the U.S. markets are behind the wheel and it's Europe that's alone in the back seat. He said it was strong U.S. economic data Monday that set the tone for the markets. And with the U.S. economy taking center stage, that bodes well for U.S stocks, including retail, housing, technology, autos and restaurants, he concluded. Only the commodity related stocks, like mining and minerals, along with copper and metals, will hinge on news from China, said Cramer. IPOs: Cramer explained that sometimes, an IPO's high share price is actually warranted. He often highlights deals that are good investments only if investors can get in on the IPO shares themselves. Cramer always recommends selling those same shares immediately after they pop on their first day of trading. Such was the case with Annie's (BNNY), the makers of healthy, organic foods that came public last Wednesday. Cramer said he initially panned the IPO, giving his usual "take the money and run" advice. But after taking some time to analyze the company, he said that Annie's is one of only a few companies actually worth holding for the long run. Investors should think of the company as a younger sibling to Hain Celestial (HAIN). Hain trades at 25x earnings with a 13% growth rate, but Annie's is trading at just 23x earnings, despite it's likely to be growing around 22% if it follows last year's trends. Even at its current levels around $34 a share, Annie's is still inexpensive if it can maintain its growth targets. EXECUTIVE DECISION: Cramer sat down with Richard Gelfond, CEO of big-screen theater purveyor IMAX (IMAX), a company Cramer said may finally be poised for substantial growth. Gelfond said that IMAX has been growing 30% a year for the past three years and now has a backlog of 250 theaters. He called the company's recent growth "meteoric," noting that IMAX only has 225 theaters in China, a country with enormous growth potential. Cramer is a fan of IMAX, especially given the company's growth prospects and the fact that its earnings are no longer dependent on Hollywood's next blockbuster release. Cramer also spoke with Jim Whitehurst, president and CEO of Red Hat (RHT), the software maker that saw its shares jump 20% when it reported a surprise 31% increase in its billings. Shares of Red Hat are now up 47% so far this year and 56% since Cramer last spoke with Whitehurst last October. Whitehurst explained the 20% jump in Red Hat shares by saying that Wall Street analysts continue to underestimate the company's business model. Cramer said while shares of Red Hat are red hot at the moment, someday soon there will be a big down day in the markets, which will create the perfect time to buy in. NO HUDDLE OFFENSE: Cramer opined on Avon Products' (AVP) decision to decline a takeover bid that valued the company 20% higher than where it was currently trading. Cramer said Avon was right to decline the deal, as it merely valued the company to where it should have been had the Avon's board of directors given former-CEO Andrea Jung the boot years ago instead of only in last December. He said that under new management, Avon should be able to reclaim a lot of its lost value and may someday be strong enough to buy its proposed suitor, instead of the other way around. LIGHTNING ROUND: (Bullish) MGA; APC; CERN; GOOG; CSCO. (Bearish) TWI; SHLD; MDRX; ARLP. Reference Link
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October 6, 2014
17:01 EDTBNNYGeneral Mills confirms antitrust clearance for Annie's acquisition
General Mills (GIS) announced that on October 3, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission granted early termination of the required waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended. With the receipt of this clearance, the condition of the announced tender offer for all issued and outstanding shares of common stock of Annie's (BNNY) at a price of $46.00 per share with respect to clearance under applicable antitrust and competition laws has been completely satisfied. The Offer remains subject to the satisfaction of certain other conditions. The Offer is scheduled to expire at 12:00 midnight, New York City time, at the end of the day on Monday, October 20, unless extended.
16:49 EDTBNNYGeneral Mills receives antitrust clearance for acquisition of Annie's
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16:24 EDTBNNYGabelli reports 8.95% stake in Annie's
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11:02 EDTCSCOHP rises as split viewed as potential prelude to deals
Shares of HP (HPQ) are climbing after the company announced that it would split itself into two publicly traded companies. Analysts were mostly upbeat on the news and tech news website Re/code said that the two companies would be "in deal-making mode" following the split. WHAT'S NEW: HP this morning said it would split itself into two companies by the end of its fiscal 2015. One company will include HP's technology infrastructure, software and services businesses, to be known as "Hewlett-Packard Enterprise," while the other will include the company's PC and printing businesses and be called "HP Inc." Meg Whitman, who is currently the CEO of HP, will become CEO of Hewlett-Packard Enterprise and chairman of HP, Inc. ANALYST REACTION: Shareholders will likely view the move positively, as limited synergies exist between HP's enterprise business and its PC and printing business, Deutsche Bank analyst Sherri Scribner wrote. Moreover, the forward price to earnings ratio of the enterprises unit, whose margins are set to expand, are more likely to reach close to 11x following a split, in-line with the multiple of Xerox (XRX) and CSC (CSC), the analyst contended. Noting that HP remains one of the cheapest names in the S&P 500, Scribner kept a $40 price target and Buy rating on the shares. The split is "a bold and smart move" by HP that will give it the financial flexibility needed to sell off one or both of the PC and printing businesses, wrote Cantor analyst Brian White. The shareholders of EMC (EMC), which reportedly had been in discussions about merging with HP, would have difficulty accepting HP's printer and PC business, according to White. The analyst raised his price target on HP to $39 from $34.50 but kept a Hold rating on the stock. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Both Hewlett-Packard Enterprise and HP Inc. will "be in deal-making mode" after the split, Re/code stated. HP Inc. is likely to draw attention from both Dell and China's Lenovo (LNVGY), which were both approached by HP about a possible deal over the last year, the website stated. Meanwhile, Hewlett-Packard Enterprise could restart dormant merger talks with EMC, while Dell and Cisco (CSCO) could emerge as bidders and offer shareholders of both Hewlett-Packard Enterprise and EMC better terms, Re/code stated. However, Cisco has carried out a more conservative M&A strategy lately, while its CEO, John Chambers, who is preparing to retire soon, said the company would not be interested in buying EMC, Re/code noted. PRICE ACTION: In mid-morning trading, HP jumped 4.6% to $36.83, while shares of EMC were down fractionally.
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