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March 8, 2012
02:12 EDTCY, CHKM, CHK, GE, EOG, GLD, HEI, IBKR, AVP, HES, ABX, DELL, DE, IACI, GRPN, QCOM, BRCM, CIEN, CSCO, ESV, BHI, LULU, DECK, AAPL, RIMM, P, YELP, GLWJim Cramer's "Mad Money"
Jim Cramer said its still not too late to take some money off the table. He told investors to forget about how the major averages are fairing and instead focus on individual stocks, some of which are doing well while others are imploding. Cramer said that in the markets of old, stocks tended to trade together, but not in today's market. In today's market, companies like Cypress Semiconductor (CY) announced seriously disappointing earnings, while rivals like Qualcomm (QCOM) and Broadcom (BRCM) were both up sharply. In the telco equipment space, shares of Ciena (CIEN) rallied while rival Cisco (CSCO) saw its shares slide south. The oil service sector was also mixed, with Ensco (ESV) heading higher and Baker Hughes (BHI) heading lower. Cramer said this pattern is repeating in sector after sector. The price of oil was up, but oil stocks were down. Gold was up, gold stocks were down. Apparel maker Lululemon Athletica (LULU) rallied, while Deckers Outdoor (DECK), a sector favorite, was down sharply. Cramer said with all this volatility in everything from the rails to the drugs to the industrials, investors need to lighten up on their winners and swap out of their losers. He said all of the major risk factors, including Greece, Iran and China, are still in play. Next, on the heels of the companyís big iPad announcement, Cramer said "It's getting difficult to trade Apple." He said the better strategy, "invest in Apple." Cramer said that many pundits are weighing in on whether Apple (AAPL) is worth owning after the stocks' big run ahead of the announcement. Traditionally, Apple shares have run up ahead of new products, only to sell of afterwards. But Cramer said he's done trying to trade Apple, he'd just rather own it for the long haul. Cramer said the new iPad is making major in-roads in the corporate world as Research In Motion's (RIMM) Blackberry is riding off into the sunset. Cramer said no matter how you look at it, shares of Apple are still cheap and are still worth owning for the long haul.Looking for an Internet stock? Cramer said "forget about the dot-com IPOs" like Pandora (P), Yelp (YELP) and Groupon (GRPN). What investors really need is a seasoned dot-com that's been around the block a few times. Cramer said that IAC Interactive (IACI) is the polar opposite of a stock like Yelp. This company has no hype, but a ton of earnings and a share huge buyback program. EXECUTIVE DECISION: Cramer sat down with Mike Stice, president and CEO of Chesapeake Midstream Partners (CHKM), a natural gas gathering master limited partnership with a 12% growth rate and a juicy 5.4% dividend yield. Stice started off by saying that he's encouraged by the Obama administration's recent support for natural gas vehicles. He was also equally excited about a recently announced partnership between Chesapeake Energy (CHK) and General Electric (GE) to offer home fueling stations for natural cars. Cramer said that Chesapeake Midstream is one of only a few companies that offer growth plus yield. LIGHTNING ROUND: (Bullish) EOG; GLD; HEI; IBKR. (Bearish) AVP; HES; ABX; DELL; DE; GLW.
News For CY;QCOM;BRCM;CIEN;CSCO;ESV;BHI;LULU;DECK;AAPL;RIMM;P;YELP;GRPN;IACI;CHKM;CHK;GE;EOG;GLD;HEI;IBKR;AVP;HES;ABX;DELL;DE;GLW From The Last 14 Days
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September 2, 2014
12:56 EDTIBKRInteractive Brokers reports August DARTs of 495,000
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12:09 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed at midday, with the Nasdaq clinging to narrow gains and the Dow and S&P both down about 0.25%. Stocks began the session basically unchanged but turned mixed within minutes of the open. The volume has been light and the market has moved in a narrow range, continuing the type of pattern that was seen all of last week ahead of the holiday. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., Markit's final manufacturing PMI for August dipped slightly from the flash print of 58.0 to 57.9, but that was up from July's 55.8 reading. ISM's manufacturing index for August climbed to 59.0 from 57.1 in July, beating expectations. Construction spending bounced back 1.8% in July, beating expectations for it to have risen 1.0% after declining in the prior month. In Asia, HSBC's final manufacturing PMI for China edged down to 50.2 from the preliminary 50.3 August reading, which was already down from the 51.7 report in July. The Chinese government's official purchasing managers index came in at 51.1 for August, which was down from its 51.7 reading in July. In Europe, the Eurozone's final manufacturing PMI for August was revised down to 50.7 from 51.8 in the preliminary reading. COMPANY NEWS: Apple (AAPL) was in the headlines following a celebrity photo hack involving several of its iCloud accounts. Despite the negative publicity from those events, the stock gained nearly 1% after noted Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster raised his price target on the tech giant's shares to $120 from $105, citing the upcoming launch of new products and services. Another firm, Cantor, said in its own note to investors that it believes that Apple will have its most exciting product launches "in many years" over the next few months... In M&A news, Dollar General (DG) rose almost 1% after increasing its all-cash proposal to buy Family Dollar (FDO) to $80.00 per share and also increasing the number of stores that it would be willing to agree to divest to 1,500 if ordered by the FTC. Shares of Family Dollar, which previously rejected Dollar General's prior proposal on the basis of antitrust regulatory concerns, traded above the new offer price, while Dollar Tree (DLTR), which currently has a merger agreement deal in place with Family Dollar, also gained 1.5%. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were two other companies involved in M&A, one which was a buyer and one which was bought. Norwegian Cruise Line (NCLH) advanced 12% after agreeing to acquire upscale peer Prestige Cruises for $3.03B, while Compuware (CPWR) rose over 12% after the company confirmed it agreed to be acquired by private equity investment firm Thoma Bravo in a transaction valued at approximately $2.5B. Among the noteworthy losers was Exelixis (EXEL), which plunged 53% after its phase 3 pivotal trial of cabozantinib in certain men with metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer did not meet its primary endpoint and the stock was downgraded by at least three Street research firms. Also lower was lease-to-own retailer CONN'S (CONN), which dropped 30% and was downgraded at Piper Jaffray after weakness in its credit operations prompted a Q2 earnings miss and caused the company to cut its fiscal year guidance. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 43.58, or 0.25%, to 17,054.87, the Nasdaq was up 2.97, or 0.06%, to 4,583.24, and the S&P 500 was down 4.83, or 0.24%, to 1,998.54.
11:27 EDTGRPNStocks with call strike movement; GRPN SCTY
Groupon (GRPN) January 8 call option implied volatility increased 3% to 54, SolarCity (SCTY) January 82.5 call option implied volatility increased 6% to 52 according to IVolatility.
11:03 EDTAAPLApple hits another fresh life high, levels to watch
Despite headlines concerning a high-level iCloud security breach targeting celebrity accounts, the stock is edging to a fresh life high this morning. Traders appear more focused on the upcoming product announcement on September 9th. At the current price of $103.65, there is no overhead resistance. A new upside objective for the bulls would potentially be at $105 or $107, both typical and currently active options strike prices. Support is at $102.50, the prior closing price.
11:01 EDTGEGE Intelligent Platforms receives $1.5M order from Sainsel
GE Intelligent Platforms announced that it has received orders from Sainsel Sistemas Navales of Madrid, Spain for a range of GEís rugged embedded computing systems that will be deployed as part of Sainselís aeronautics program. GEís boards will be used in new equipment developed by Sainsel as part of a mission system. Initial value of the order is $1.5M; long term value is expected to be $7M.
10:33 EDTAAPLApple price target raised by noted analyst ahead of launches
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10:02 EDTGRPNOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Cabot Oil & Gas (COG) upgraded at Stifel... Century Aluminum (CENX) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Groupon (GRPN) upgraded at RBC Capital... Hawaiian Electric (HE) upgraded to Neutral from Cautious at ISI Group... Life Time Fitness (LTM) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Live Nation (LYV) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Northcoast... Northrop Grumman (NOC) upgraded at RBC Capital... Panasonic (PCRFY) upgraded to Buy from Sell at CLSA... Progressive (PGR) upgraded at Goldman... RCS Capital (RCAP) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... SandRidge Energy (SD) upgraded at Stifel... Staples (SPLS) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Statoil (STO) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Tenaris (TS) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at UBS... Tesla (TSLA) upgraded at Stifel... Ultratech (UTEK) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Barrington... Volkswagen (VLKAY) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Exane BNP Paribas... Waddell & Reed (WDR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Willis Group (WSH) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... zulily (ZU) upgraded to Buy from Fair Value at CRT Capital.
09:41 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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07:35 EDTCIENCiena recent pullback leads to better set-up for shares, says UBS
UBS believes the recent pullback in Ciena has led to a better set-up for the shares as expectations have been reduced. The firm sees limited downside risk, although some caution is warranted given concerns over softer Tier-1 capital expenditures. UBS keeps its Buy rating and $27 price target on Ciena.
07:14 EDTCIENCiena September volatility elevated into Q3 and guidance
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07:14 EDTGRPNGroupon upgraded at RBC Capital
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07:09 EDTAAPLApple new product launch to be most exciting in years, says Cantor
Cantor believes that over the next few months Apple will have its most exciting product launch "in many years." The firm thinks the 4.7 inch and 5.5 inch iPhones may not be made available for purchase simultaneously, while the company's watch could be announced next week but not be made available immediately. The firm keeps a $123 price target and Buy rating on the shares.
06:34 EDTAAPLApple cuts iPad mini prices as non-Apple vendors may follow, DigiTimes says
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06:34 EDTAAPLApple's iWatch still under EVT stage, DigiTimes reports
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06:14 EDTAAPLT-Mobile planning September 10 'Uncarrier' event, Re/code reports
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06:13 EDTAAPLApple has discussed $400 price tag for wearable device, Re/code reports
Apple has considered putting a $400 price tag on its new wearable device, Re/code reports. It is not clear whether the price will be firmed up before its September 9 press conference. Reference Link
06:09 EDTGRPNGroupon upgraded to Sector Perform from Underperform at RBC Capital
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06:05 EDTAAPLApple investigating hack relating to violation of iCloud accounts, Re/code says
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06:03 EDTGLDSPDR Gold Trust overall implied volatility at 12; 26-week average is 15
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05:54 EDTAAPLApple price target raised to $120 from $105 at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster raised his price target on Apple shares to $120 from $105 citing the company's upcoming launch of new products and services. Munster expects Apple to unveil the iPhone 6 with two new screen sizes at the September 9 event, and he sees a 70% chance of an announcement around payments. Munster pegs at the chances of an iWatch announcement at 50%. He expects Apple shares to move higher through year-end and keeps an Overweight rating on the stock.
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