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September 25, 2012
05:00 EDTPQ, LO, ASNA, K, MCD, BAC, CAG, AAPL, TSLA, PN, CAT, GIS, GOOGJim Cramer's "Mad Money"
Jim Cramer said, Google's (GOOG) stock is on a stealth rally. It's an easier buy, he said. Google is a cheaper, better stock. As for Apple (AAPL), the expectations have gone bonkers, Cramer said. After its stock run-up, it's only natural for the stock to come back a bit. UPON FURTHER REVIEW: Cramer says that Kellogg (K) is stealing market share from General Mills (GIS) and Conagra Foods (CAG).Conagra says commodity costs can be moderated and General Mills says it is losing market share. Cramer sees that as a good sign for Kellogg. Cramer says he sees all the ingredients for an upside surprise when Kellogg reports Nov. 1. The new CEO has been working on pricing and new products to turn the company around, and Cramer says it seems to be working. He says, the time to buy Kellogg has arrived. EXECUTIVE DECISION: Cramer looked at the online real estate market with Zillow (Z) CEO Spencer Rascoff. Cramer wondered whether Zillow's stock is too hot to handle. It's up 98% in a year. The online real estate site's stock momentum is holding up, he said. Zillow is clearly the best story in the group, Cramer said. Cramer also looked at retail through the eyes of the Ascena Retail Group (ASNA), or the artist formerly known as Dress Barn. Ascena has been a huge winner for us, Cramer said, and yet remains incredibly inexpensive versus the rest of the group. CLOSING COMMENTS: Cramer said the weakness in Caterpillar (CAT) is buyable, not sellable. LIGHTNING ROUND: (Bullish) BAC at about $9 its worth a buy; LO is fine but Cramer prefers PM; MCD can still go higher; PQ is highly speculative -- if you think oil is going to go up 20% to 30%, you buy it; if you don't think it is, you sell it. (Bearish) TSLA is too dicey. Reference Link
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September 24, 2015
08:57 EDTGOOGGoogle price target raised to $781 from $730 at Citi
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07:32 EDTMCDJack in the Box has reached 'interesting' entry point, says Oppenheimer
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07:31 EDTCATAxiom initiates Caterpillar with a Sell, sees 60% downside potential
Axiom analyst Gordon Johnson II initiated Caterpillar with a Sell rating, saying that two of the company's three core businesses are struggling and he believes near-term strength in the company's Construction business is transient. Johnson thinks China's stimulus measures and near-zero interest rates have allowed Caterpillar to "stuff the channel" for the past five years, but with both tailwinds moderating, the analyst projects that the company's calendar 2016 EPS will fall to $2.79, far below the Street consensus view of $4.53. The analyst set a $28 price target on the stock, which represents about 60% downside from Caterpillar's closing price of $70.20 yesterday.
07:24 EDTGOOGWPP CEO: Google needs to weed out 'fake' online ad views, FT reports
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07:20 EDTAAPL, TSLAApple well positioned to introduce a car, says Jefferies
Jefferies analyst Sundeep Bajikar says his analysis indicates the automobile industry is "ripe for disruption" and that Apple (AAPL) is well positioned to introduce a car, potentially as early as 2019. A car could add 32c to Apple's earnings per share in FY19 under a best-case scenario, Bajikar tells investors in a research note. He assumes a $55,000 car price and an operating margin of 20%, over 1,000 basis points higher than the Street's 2019 margin estimate for electric carmaker Tesla (TSLA). Investors are likely to find the assumptions "highly aggressive," the analyst cautions. Meanwhile, the potential earnings impact is probably not big enough for Apple investors to get excited, Bajikar argues. However, he says he could get more constructive on Apple shares if diversification in earnings were to drive less iPhone risk. Bajikar keeps a Hold rating on the iPhone maker with a $126 price target. Apple closed yesterday up 92c to $114.32.
07:10 EDTBACBanks clash with regulators over energy lending, WSJ reports
Banks are fighting with regulators over loan reviews that might compress the flow of net credit to the oil patch, the Wall Street Journal reports. The disagreement is focused on the narrow issue of loans secured by oil and gas companies' reserves, but it highlights the point of how postcrisis regulation of the financial industry impacts sectors outside of Wall Street, the report says. Caught in between banks and regulators are the small and medium exploration and production companies that rely on credit lines using their energy reserves as collateral, the report says. Publicly traded companies in the space include Bank of America (BAC), Citi (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan (JPM), Morgan Stanley (MS), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC). Reference Link
06:59 EDTGOOGFacebook and Google more 'Yelp-like' than ever, says Northland
Northland analyst Darren Aftahi says Facebook (FB), Google (GOOG, GOOGL) and (AMZN) have recently added new features that focus on improved local search as well as tools enabling easier business-consumer communication. Facebook and Google are now more "Yelp-like" than ever, Aftahi tells investors in a research note. And while Apple's (AAPL) new "swipe right" feature could drive a near-term surge in Yelp (YELP) app downloads, it may translate into lower engagement on the Yelp app over longer term, the analyst argues. He remains cautious on Yelp's growth prospects and cut his price target for the stock to $17.75 from $21.50. Shares of the local business review site closed yesterday down 25c to $23.10. Aftahi has an Underperform rating on the stock, his firm's equivalent of a sell.
06:34 EDTAAPLApple 'A10' processor may switch to six-cores, AppleInsider reports
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06:08 EDTGOOG, AAPLSamsung Pay has over $30M in accumulated transaction volume in first month
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September 23, 2015
20:08 EDTAAPLChinese president visits U.S. amid cybersecurity, copyright worries
As part of his first official U.S. visit, Chinese president Xi Jinping held a meeting with American business leaders on Wednesday to address concerns of copyright infringement and cybersecurity, among numerous topics. In attendance were corporate giants from both nations, including Microsoft (MSFT), Apple (AAPL), Amazon (AMZN), Cisco (CSCO), Alibaba (BABA), Tencent (TCEHY), and Baidu (BIDU), according to media reports. COPYRIGHT CONCERNS: Responding to oft-cited concerns of copyright infringement by Chinese companies, Xi said China will "stand firm to protect" the intellectual property rights of American companies, according to Wall Street Journal coverage of the event. Note that in late 2014, China began establishing specialized courts to deliberate on intellectual property rights cases, and Xi commented Wednesday that "the newly established IPR courts are working smoothly. This means there will be much stronger IPR protection which will serve the interests of foreign businesses as well as Chinese companies." Chinese consumer electronics company Xiaomi is perhaps the most talked-about firm when it comes to the matter, with media outlets frequently criticizing its alleged "copying" of Apple design sensibilities. In mid-July, Xiaomi VP of global operations Hugo Barra told Bloomberg that the company is preparing to enter U.S. markets, though he cautioned that the launch could be "much more" than a year away as it seeks to build up its patent portfolio. CYBERSECURITY TENSIONS: Wednesday's meeting comes in the wake of numerous high-profile "hack attacks," with Sony (SNE), American Airlines (AAL), Anthem (ANTM), United Airlines (UAL), and Target (TGT) all reporting digital security breaches in recent years. Xi has consistently denied the involvement of state-backed hackers, but tensions have nevertheless arisen as cybersecurity firms such as FireEye (FEYE) and Palo Alto Networks (PANW) backtrace connections to the country. Cybersecurity intrusions originating from China have recently slowed ahead of Xi's visit, according to Reuters, with Kevin Mandia of security firm Mandiant telling the publication, "In my gut, I feel like the Chinese and the U.S. over the next couple of years are going to figure this out."
16:00 EDTAAPL, BACOptions Update; September 23, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 53c to 23.81 Option volume leaders: AAPL NFLX BAC FB BABA DOW RIG MU FCX PBR XOM JPM
15:27 EDTAAPLAlibaba unveils low-priced, payments-focused smartwatch, VentureBeat reports
Alibaba (BABA) has unveiled Pay Watch, a smartwatch to be priced at $160 and lower that supports mobile payments through the company's Alipay platform, said VentureBeat, which notes that there is still no official English-language announcement on the device. Some health features are also being advertised and comparisons to Apple's (AAPL) Watch "seem inevitable," though "certainly not on price," the blog added. Reference Link
11:36 EDTTSLAStocks with call strike movement; BABA TSLA
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11:19 EDTAAPLApple security breach larger than first thought, Sky News says
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09:33 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open: AAPL BBRY BIDU BIIB
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09:24 EDTAAPLT-Mobile announces $5 per month offer on iPhone 6s
On the cusp of iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus availability, T-Mobile unveiled a $5 a month for iPhone 6s 16GB and $9 a month for iPhone 6s Plus 16GB with JUMP! On Demand and trade-in of an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus. T-Mobile's new pricing builds on the Un-carrier's straightforward $20 a month for a new iPhone 6s 16GB with JUMP! On Demand without a trade-in.
09:18 EDTAAPLPaulson Institute and CCPIT to co-host U.S.-China Business Roundtable
The Paulson Institute and the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT) provide an opportunity for U.S. and Chinese business leaders to discuss issues facing the two countries in a roundtable being held in Seattle, Washington on September 23.
08:35 EDTCAGConAgra strategic upside remains intact, says Morgan Stanley
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07:33 EDTCAGConAgra added to Analyst Focus List at JPMorgan
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07:28 EDTAAPLApple installment plans may accentuate seasonality, says UBS
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