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April 15, 2012
12:21 EDTC, UBNT, CSX, WDC, GOOG, JPM, WFC, IP, MAR, WYN, HOT, GPRO, TEO, NAT, VOCS, FRT, GS, JNJ, KO, IBM, INTC, QCOM, AXP, MS, SLB, GTLS, LULU, HHC, FWLTJim Cramer's "Mad Money"
Jim Cramer said earnings are likely to be terrific next week. He reminded investors that the headlines are often wrong when it comes to corporate earnings, and the devil is always in the details. Cramer still told viewers to use caution and only buy after they've had time to digest the conference calls. GAME PLAN: (Monday) Citigroup (C ) will be watched to see if that beleaguered bank has anything to say in the way of a dividend, a buyback or anything positive for shareholders. If not, look for the entire banking sector to be weak, he said. (Tuesday) Earnings from Goldman Sachs (GS), Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), Coca-Cola (KO), IBM (IBM) and Intel (INTC). Cramer was bearish on Goldman and J&J, but expected Coke, IBM and Intel to all have bullish things to say. (Wednesday) Cramer said to buy Qualcomm (QCOM) on weakness and also American Express (AXP). American Express always trades lower after earnings, he noted, which is a great time to buy. (Thursday) Earnings for Morgan Stanley (MS), Bank of America (BAC) and Microsoft (MSFT). Cramer said he'd be a buyer of Morgan Stanley if the Spanish bond auction takes the market down. He wasn't excited about BofA, but did express interest in Microsoft on a pullback. (Friday) Reporting: General Electric (GE), Under Armour (UA), Honeywell (HON), Kimberly-Clark (KMB) and Schlumberger (SLB). Cramer was bullish on all these names, except for Schlumberger, which he told investors to just listen to for the latest read on oil and natural gas prices. EXECUTIVE DECISION: Cramer sat down with Sam Thomas, chairman, president and CEO of Chart Industries (GTLS), a gas-to-liquids equipment maker whose shares are just off their 52-week high. Cramer remained bullish on the use of natural gas and on Chart Inds. Closing out his week-long series of world-class growth stocks, Cramer highlighted yoga-inspired apparel maker Lululemon Athletica (LULU), a stock that's just 3pts off its 52-week high. Cramer called Lulu a junior growth company still in the early phases of its expansion. The company is seeing 26% increases in its same-store sales and has a huge runway to expand its store count, as well as potential in its Ivivva children's concept, and more. The balance sheet is pristine, with no debt, and shares trade at just 35x next year's earnings, with a 30% growth rate. Cramer praised management's execution. HOMEWORK: Howard Hughes (HHC) is too expensive at 166x earnings. Cramer prefers Federal Realty Trust (FRT). Cramer was also not a fan of Vocus (VOCS), a cloud software provider that's too speculative. Ubiquiti Networks (UBNT) has run too much and needs to cool before Cramer would be a buyer. TWEETS: Cramer said he still likes Nordic American Tanker (NAT), but fears that railroad CSX (CSX) has too much coal exposure. Western Digital (WDC), Cramer said there is nothing proprietary at the company and he prefers Intel (INTC). NO HUDDLE OFFENSE: Cramer said the weak Chinese GDP means that country will have to engineer the soft landing that everyone wants. Cramer said he's not worried about bank stock earnings, he wants to see revenues, which are finally on the uptick. Cramer said he too was concerned over Google's (GOOG) disappointing results, but then he remembered that the stock trades for just 12.5x earnings, even less if you back out the company's cash on hand. Add it all up and Cramer said the markets were probably ripe for a little profit taking, but it's certainly nothing to panic about. CLOSING COMMENTS: Cramer said that he's still bullish on JPMorgan Chase (JPM) and would be a monster buyer if the stock falls below $40 a share. He was also bullish on Wells Fargo (WFC). LIGHTNING ROUND: (Bullish) IP; MAR; WYN; HOT. (Bearish) GPOR; TEO; FWLT. Reference Link
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September 18, 2014
05:31 EDTJPMVisa to undertake assessment of stake in Monitise
Visa (V) and Monitise entered into an alliance agreement in 2009. At the same time, Visa began investing in Monitise. Given the maturation of Monitise as a company, Visa is considering its options with respect to the investment and has engaged J.P. Morgan Securities (JPM) to assist. Visa will also be lessening its dependence on external mobile development resources. In 2009, in conjunction with its commercial partnership, Visa invested in Monitise as a 14.4% owner of the company in order to provide capital support to a leader in the evolution of the mobile payments sector. Over time, Visa’s holdings have been reduced to its current 5.5% stake in the company. This reduction in ownership and associated influence is consistent with Visa’s investment practice to seed emerging players and, over time, taper that influence as the partner company grows. Under their agreement, Monitise will provide Visa with mobile platform development services through 2016. As both Visa and the payments industry evolve at a rapid pace, Visa intends to continue increasing its investment in its own in-house capabilities and, as a result, reducing its use of external resources.
September 17, 2014
17:48 EDTGOOGNews Corp opposed Google EC settlement offer
Early last week, in a letter to European Commissioner for Competition Joaquín Almunia, News Corp (NWS, NWSA) CEO Robert Thomson opposed Google’s (GOOG) settlement offer with the European Commission, or EC, saying the internet giant is “willing to exploit its dominant market position to stifle competition.” Thomson said News Corp also opposed the proposed five year term of a settlement, noting that “five years is an eternity in internet time.” Citing Google’s “egregious aggregation” of content, Mr. Thomson said that, along with serious commercial damage, there is a “profound social cost” to Google’s actions. “The internet should be a canvas for freedom of expression and for high quality content of enduring value. Undermining the basic business model of professional content creators will lead to a less informed, more vexatious level of dialogue in our society.” "Your decision to reconsider Google's settlement offer comes at a crucial moment in the history of the free flow of information and of a healthy media in Europe and beyond," Mr. Thomson wrote.
16:00 EDTKOOptions Update; September 17, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 24c to 27.63. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA BAC TWTR AMZN X WLT KO PBR according to Track Data.
13:51 EDTJPMJPMorgan to replace some credit cards following Home Depot breach, Reuters says
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13:28 EDTWFCWells Fargo eases lending requirements for buying apartments, Financial Times says
Wells Fargo (WFC) is easing lending requirements for apartment purchases, reports the Financial Times. In an interview, the head of Wells Fargo mortgage production Franklin Codel said, “We’re tweaking our condo approvals to make them more consistent with what Fannie Mae (FNMA) and Freddie Mac (FMCC) allow." Reference Link
13:16 EDTWFC, JPM, GS, MS, CHolder says DOJ looking to charge bank executives, Washington Post says
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12:17 EDTIBMIBM cuts pay by 10% for some employees, ComputerWorld reports
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11:02 EDTLULUOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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10:04 EDTGOOGDiscover rumored to be eyed as target by Apple, Bank Innovation says
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08:36 EDTJNJJanssen-Cilag announces results from post-hoc canagliflozin analysis
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08:23 EDTIBMIBM to hold a meeting
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08:19 EDTWFCNational Press Club holds a luncheon meeting
Wells Fargo & Co. CEO John Stumpf discusses the role of financial services in the real economy at a National Press Club luncheon meeting being held in Washington, D.C. on September 17 at 1 pm. Webcast Link
08:12 EDTJNJJanssen-Cilag announces results from Phase 3 Invokana trial
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07:40 EDTSLBUBS to hold a conference
Houston Energy Bus-less Tour is being held in Houston on September 17-19 with webcasted company presentations to begin on September 17 at 8:30 am; not all company presentations may be webcasted. Webcast Link
07:37 EDTJPMMorningstar to hold a conference
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07:31 EDTFWLTFoster Wheeler unit selected by Plaxica
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06:54 EDTJPMNY Attorney General announces NYC bank identity-theft ring takedown
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06:53 EDTKOWhite House says companies taking steps to reduce HFCs emissions
The Obama Administration yesterday announced new private sector commitments and executive actions to reduce emissions of hydroflourocarbons, or HFCs, powerful greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change, the Shite House stated. Coca-Cola (KO) has set a goal for 100 percent of its newly purchased cold drink equipment to be HFC-free, .while DuPont (DD),, announced that its new products are anticipated to reduce greenhouse gas content of refrigerants by some 90M tons carbon dioxide equivalent in the U.S., and 245M tons worldwide by 2025, the White House noted. Honeywell (HON) plans to transition the majority of its high-GWP HFC production to new low-GWP production, while Johnson Controls (JCI) committed to using the lowest GWP option for each application that best fits the needs of its customers from the standpoint of safety, efficiency, reliability, availability, and economy, according to the White House Johnson Controls also commits to spend $50M over the next three years to develop new products and improve and expand its existing low-GWP portfolio.
06:19 EDTGOOG, QCOMGoogle picks former Qualcomm exec to head Google Fiber, WSJ reports
Google (GOOG) has hired Dennis Kish, a former Qualcomm (QCOM) executive, to head Google Fiber, replacing Milo Medin, the Wall Street Journal reports. A Google spokeswoman confirms that Medin remains a VP for access services and adviser to the Google Fiber team. Reference Link
06:06 EDTKOWal-Mart to pay $66,000 to settle false advertising investigation with NY AG
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