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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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April 7, 2014
10:00 EDTVOCSVocus rises 46.9%
Vocus is up 46.9%, or $5.71, to $17.89
09:10 EDTVOCSOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Questcor (QCOR), up 27% after agreeing to be bought by Mallinckrodt (MNK) for cash, stock valued at $86.10 per Questcor share... Agios Pharmaceuticals (AGIO), up 25% after program shows "promising clinical activity" for advanced blood cancers, shares upgraded at JPMorgan... Vocus (VOCS), up 47% after agreeing to be acquired by GTCR for $446.5M, or $18.00 per share... Pandora (P), up 1.3% following upgrade at Wedbush. LOWER: MannKind (MNKD), down 13% after announcing FDA extension of PDUFA date for Afrezza... American Eagle (AEO), down 2.2% following downgrade at Cowen... Pfizer (PFE), down 2.8% after announcing data for palbociclib in metastatic breast cancer... Mattel (MAT), down 3% following downgrade at BMO Capital... WWE (WWE), down 1.2% after cautious mention in Barron's, company announcing WrestleMania 30 grossed $10.9M.
09:00 EDTVOCSVocus rises 47.4%
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08:56 EDTJPMJPMorgan, U.K.'S DFID, CDC to invest $20M combined in Novastar Ventures
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08:32 EDTVOCSVocus agrees to be acquired by GTCR for $446.5M, or $18.00 per share
Vocus announced it has entered into a definitive merger agreement to be acquired by an affiliate of GTCR, in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $446.5M. Upon the terms and subject to the conditions of the agreement, GTCR Valor Merger Sub, Inc. will commence a tender offer to acquire all of the outstanding shares of Vocusís common stock for $18.00 per share, net to the holder of such share of Vocus common stock, in cash, without interest and subject to any applicable tax withholding. The offer price per share for common stock represents a premium of 48% over Vocusís closing share price on April 4, the last trading day prior to announcement, and a premium of approximately 79% over the twelve-month volume weighted average share price for the period ended April 4. As part of the transaction, GTCR Valor Merger Sub, Inc. will also acquire all outstanding shares of Vocusís Series A Convertible Preferred Stock for its stated value of $77.3 million. The Vocus board of directors approved the transactions with the unanimous vote of those voting, with one director abstaining, and recommends the companyís stockholders tender their shares in the offer. Concurrently with entering into the merger agreement, GTCR entered into separate tender and support agreements with Okumus Fund Management Ltd., Rudman and Stephen Vintz, the companyís Executive Vice President, CFO and Treasurer, pursuant to which they have each agreed, subject to the terms and conditions thereof, to tender their respective shares of Vocusís common stock in the offer, which together represent 27.7% of the currently outstanding shares of Vocusís common stock. Also concurrently with entering into the merger agreement, GTCR entered into a separate stock purchase, non-tender and support agreement with JMI Equity, pursuant to which GTCR agreed to purchase, following its acceptance of shares tendered in the offer, and subject to the terms and conditions thereof, all of JMIís shares of Vocusís Series A Convertible Preferred Stock, representing all of the companyís outstanding shares of Series A Convertible Preferred Stock. Once the transaction is complete, Vocus will become a private company. Vocus currently expects the transaction to close before the end of the second quarter of 2014.
08:29 EDTVOCSVocus agrees to be acquired by GTCR for $446.5M, or $18.00 per share
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08:18 EDTCSXCSX downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Buckingham
Buckingham downgraded CSX due to valuation. Price target is $29.
08:15 EDTMARMarriott sees opening 30 new South African hotels, Reuters reports
Marriott, which aims to triple its revenue and rooms across Africa and the Middle East within six years, plans to open 30 new hotels in South Africa by 2020, reported Reuters, citing Marriott's Middle East and Africa head Alex Kyriakidis. Reference Link
07:55 EDTGOOGGoogle looks to appeal YouTube blackout in Turkey, WSJ says
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07:55 EDTVOCSVocus trading halted, pending news
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07:38 EDTLULUlululemon reiterated as a Buy ahead of Analyst Day at Topeka
Topeka expects lululemon's April 17 Analyst Day to be a "very positive" event and reiterates its Buy rating and $70 price target ahead of the event. The analyst said the new CEO is on a marketing offensive as the store base expands worldwide and new heads of merchandising and sourcing are working to maintain a high quality, innovative product.
07:31 EDTFWLTFoster Wheeler, Eni SpA renew frame agreement
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07:31 EDTFWLTFoster Wheeler receives contract for two pulverized coal steam generators
Foster Wheeler AG announced that a subsidiary of its Global Power Group has been awarded a contract by Marubeni Corporation for the design and supply of two pulverized coal arch fired steam generators to be installed at the Thai Binh Thermal Power Station for Vietnam Electricity. The project is located in Thai Binh Province in Vietnam. Foster Wheeler has received a full notice to proceed on this contract. The terms of the agreement were not disclosed, and the contract value will be included in the companyís bookings for the first-quarter of 2014. Commercial operation of unit 1 is scheduled for October 2017 and unit 2 is scheduled for April 2018. Foster Wheeler will design and supply two 300 MWe steam generators and auxiliary equipment for the boiler islands. The boilers will be designed to burn local Vietnamese anthracite coal while meeting applicable environmental requirements.
07:16 EDTGOOGRetailers muscle into competitive mobile payment market, Reuters says
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06:58 EDTMS, CDark markets could cause more harm than high-frequency trading, Reuters says
After a book by financial author Michael Lewis sparked worries that high-speed traders have been rigging the U.S. stock market, former regulators and academics say a more serious threat to investors could be the increasing amount of trading that happens outside of exchanges, reported Reuters. Top internalizers include units of KCG Holdings (KCG), Citadel, UBS (UBS), and Citigroup (C). Dark pool operators include Credit Suisse (CS) and Morgan Stanley (MS). In an attempt to earn back some of the retail orders, exchanges such as IntercontinentalExchange Group's (ICE) New York Stock Exchange, Nasdaq (NDAQ), and BATS Global Markets, have allowed brokerages to place dark pool-style orders on their platforms, with the trade hidden until after it is executed. Reference Link
06:36 EDTGOOGApple's sales force worried about iPhone outlook, Re/code reports
Apple's (AAPL) sales force has been worried about weakness in the iPhone's market share, amid strong competition from Google's (GOOG) Android operating system, a document presented in a court case showed, Re/code reported on Friday. According to the internal Apple document, the only portions of the smartphone market showing growth were large devices costing more than $300 or devices that cost less than $300, the website stated. Reference Link
06:28 EDTGSGoldman sees opportunity to slice China junk debt after gains, Bloomberg says
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06:05 EDTCCitigroup upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at HSBC
HSBC upgraded Citigroup to Neutral citing the recent underperformance of shares. The firm raised its price target for the stock to $51 from $48.
05:56 EDTGOOGStocks with implied volatility movement; GOOG XLK
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05:55 EDTINTCIntel upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at Pacific Crest
Pacific Crest upgraded its rating on Intel (INTC) shares to Outperform with a $31 price target citing improving corporate PC demand and expectations the company's Grantley server platform will drive spending at traditional IT customers in 2015. Shares of Intel closed Friday down 25c to $26.16.
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