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March 1, 2012
Jim Cramer said the reactions to news of individual stocks is what defines a market. Back in 2011, good news didn't matter and stocks sank lower no matter how good the news. In today's market however, all of that has changed. Cramer cited Gap Stores (GPS), which reported a big turn in same-tore sales. That news sent the stock up big, even though it had already run up in anticipation of the release. Even a company like Liz Claiborne (LIZ), which reported a miss on both earnings and revenues, still saw its shares rise. Finisar (FNSR) rebounded after offering investors a bleak outlook to finish in the bull camp by the end of the day. Investors used the momentary weakness in Wynn Resorts (WYNN) as a buying opportunity, sending those shares up 3% by the close. While some skeptics cite multiple expansion as evidence of a bubble in the markets, Cramer said that multiple expansion based on positive news and rising earnings is not a bubble, it's the fuel for a sustainable rally. EXECUTIVE DECISION: Cramer once again welcomed Mike Sutherlin, president and CEO of mining equipment maker Joy Global (JOY), a stock that's returned an impressive 400% gain since Cramer first recommended it in March 2009. Cramer said that Joy Global's earnings aren't about slowing U.S. demand for coal, but rather the insatiable appetite for coal in the rest of the world. He remained bullish on the stock. Cramer also sat down with Howard Lutnick, chairman and CEO of BGC Partners (BGCP), a speculative $7 financial stock that offers a hefty 9.7% dividend yield. Cramer said he's a fan of the BGC model and would be a buyer of this little known stock. SELL BLOCK: Cramer put the entire for-profit education sector into solitary confinement. He explained that fellow CNBC colleague Herb Greenberg raised concerns that the entire business model of for-profit colleges like Apollo Group (APOL), Career Education (CECO) and Strayer Education (STRA) may indeed be broken, prompting a "major reset" of stock prices across the board. After doing additional research, Cramer said his conclusions confirmed Greenberg's fears. He sees three major headwinds for the group: the labor market is getting better; the competitive landscape is getting a lot tougher with aggressive sale tactics and limited benefits. The risks far outweigh the potential rewards, Cramer concluded. NO HUDDLE OFFENSE: Cramer said it's time to stop selling the banks, as there might finally be some hope on the horizon for this beleaguered sector. Cramer said he saw a number of positive things happen in the banking group Thursday, causing the sector to show some real firepower for the first time in many years. JPMorgan (JPM) received an upgrade thanks to the company controlling expenses. Bank of America (BAC) announced some new fees for customers and didn't immediately receive national outrage. And, Goldman Sachs (GS) received notice of a civil investigation and instead of the stock plummeting, it actually rallied. Couple these three data points to improving commercial loan growth and some positive housing data and Cramer said even the regional banks like SunTrust Bank (STI) and First Horizon (FHN), become attractive. LIGHTNING ROUND: (Bullish) HOG; MGA; JDSU; LGF; EXC; TDC. (Bearish) IPGP; VE. Reference Link
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September 23, 2015
16:00 EDTJPM, 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
15:44 EDTWYNN52-week low stocks with active options: WYNN SNCR PX MON MOS DECK
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14:14 EDTMGAVolkswagen shares jump as CEO Winterkorn departs
Shares of Volkswagen (VLKAY) trading in New York have jumped following the resignation of Chief Executive Officer Martin Winterkorn, with the company's supervisory board subsequently praising the decision and saying it will consider his replacement at a meeting Friday. Prior to the news, several analysts made their own arguments regarding the stock, appearing quite bearish but saying long-term value still remains for Volkswagen even as it grapples with what could be years of fallout from its recent emissions failure. ANALYST OPINION: Several research firms weighed in on Volkswagen's ongoing emissions scandal this morning prior to Winterkorn announcing his resignation as CEO. Credit Suisse analyst Dan Galves commented more broadly that the events surrounding the emissions violations "will likely impact all OEM's that sell vehicles in Europe," explaining that European air pollution tests are "very misleading" and feature notable loopholes. The Volkswagen scandal could accelerate stricter testing standards, resulting in higher compliance costs for automakers as well as weakened appeal for diesel engines, according to Galves. Autoparts suppliers with exposure to diesel vehicles like BorgWarner (BWA) and Delphi (DLPH) may see a "modest drag" if consumer sentiment shifts, though Magna (MGA) could benefit from increased compliance spending, added the analyst. Meanwhile, JPMorgan's Jose Asumendi downgraded Volkswagen to Neutral from Overweight. The analyst noted that the North American engine recall is not his primary worry, but rather the company's European exposure, especially given the potential for additional investigations and the lack of clarity on the company's total liability. Separately, Deutsche Bank analyst Tim Rokossa downgraded the stock to Hold and cut his price target to EUR130 from EUR260. Though the stock's recent slip may look like a buying opportunity, the complete impact of the scandal will likely take "much longer" to unfold, stressed Rokossa. Beyond "very painful" legal fees, the scandal's impact on Volkswagen operations is the more key concern as damage to the Volkswagen and Audi brands pressures pricing, argued Rokossa. Volkswagen was also downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Nataxis this morning. In addition to the downgrades, Fitch Ratings placed Volkswagen's ratings, including its 'A' Long-term Issuer Default Rating, on Rating Watch Negative, reflecting "the reputational damage" on the group's brands the emission test scandal and the expected multi-billion euros financial impact from potential fines, recall costs, lawsuits and legal claims. CEO EXIT: Martin Winterkorn stepped down as CEO of Volkswagen on Wednesday as the company's emissions scandal continued to unfold. The former Chief Executive stated, "I am stunned that misconduct on such a scale was possible in the Volkswagen Group. As CEO I accept responsibility for the irregularities that have been found in diesel engines and have therefore requested the supervisory board to agree on terminating my function as CEO... I am doing this in the interests of the company even though I am not aware of any wrong doing on my part...The process of clarification and transparency must continue. This is the only way to win back trust." Winterkorn's announcement was quickly followed by a statement from the supervisory board itself, saying its executive committee "recognizes not only the economic damage caused, but also the loss of trust among many customers worldwide." The executive committee explained that recommendations for new personnel will be presented at an upcoming board meeting this Friday, but cautioned that it is expecting "further personnel consequences in the next days" as its internal investigations continue "at a high tempo." Importantly, the board also stated that it will voluntarily submit a complaint to the State Prosecutors' office in Brunswick, remarking that "criminal proceedings may be relevant." Possible replacements for Winterkorn include Matthias Mueller, head of the Porsche brand who has the support of the family that controls a majority stake of VW, and Herbert Diess, who recently joined from BMW (BAMXY), said Bloomberg, citing a person familiar with the matter. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Volkswagen trading in New York have advanced 8.3% to $27.55 in afternoon trading following Winterkorn's departure, though the company's American Depository Receipts have crashed nearly 28% since the emissions failure became public. Fellow German automakers BMW and Daimler (DDAIF) have also suffered double digit percentage declines in their New York listed shares since news of the scandal.
10:00 EDTMGAOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Baytex Energy (BTE) downgraded to Sector Performer from Outperformer at CIBC... CarMax (KMX) downgraded to Perform from Outperform at Oppenheimer... Cytec Industries (CYT) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... LG Display (LPL) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Magna (MGA) downgraded to Sector Performer from Outperformer at CIBC... Norilsk Nickel (NILSY) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Sherwin-Williams (SHW) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Longbow... Volkswagen (VLKAY) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank.
08:50 EDTMGAWeakness in auto suppliers could create opportunities, says RBC Capital
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08:20 EDTMGAMagna downgraded to Sector Performer from Outperformer at CIBC
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07:10 EDTEXCExelon weakness creates buying opportunity, says SunTrust
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September 22, 2015
16:36 EDTBAC, GSOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Tuesday
Stocks on Wall Street began the session sharply lower and remained that way throughout the session. There was little in the way of buying as each of the major equity indexes slid over 1% and the market internals were decidedly negative. The auto industry and biotech sector were both notably weak, after the French government called for an investigation into the entire auto industry in the wake of the Volkswagen (VLKAY) emissions scandal and Democratic Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton presented a plan to limit the cost of drugs for consumers. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the FHFA home price index rose 0.6% to 224.5 in July, which was better than the 0.4% rise that was expected. The Richmond Fed factory index fell to -5 in September, versus the reading of 2 that was expected. In Asia, the Asian Development Bank cut its growth forecast for the region, citing a weaker outlook for China and India and a delayed recovery in the world's advanced economies. The bank now sees the Chinese economy growing 6.8% this year and 6.7% next year, down from its previous forecasts of 7.2% and 7%, respectively. COMPANY NEWS: Lloyd Blankfein, Goldman Sachs (GS) Chairman and CEO, disclosed that he was diagnosed with lymphoma. "Fortunately, my form of lymphoma is highly curable and my doctors' and my own expectation is that I will be cured," Blankfein stated in an open letter that was shared by the bank... Bank of America (BAC) shareholders approved a proposal to ratify the 2014 amendments to the company's bylaws that permitted the board of directors to determine its leadership structure, meaning Brian Moynihan can retain his dual role as both Chairman and CEO... Shares of several fertilizer companies slid after Mosaic (MOS) announced it will reduce its potash production in response to current crop nutrient market conditions, primarily related to delayed fertilizer purchases in Brazil and North America. Shares of Mosaic finished the day down 7% at $33.87 following last night's announcement, while Potash (POT) fell 6.5% and Agrium (AGU) dropped 3.5%. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Ashland (ASH), which advanced $2.78, or 2.6%, to $108.50 after announcing it will proceed with a plan to separate into two independent, publicly traded companies. Also higher was Weatherford (WFT), which gained 90c, or 10.7%, to $9.31 after cancelling plans for a public share offering, after which research firms Jefferies and Iberia both reiterated Buy-equivalent ratings on the stock. Among the noteworthy losers were Office Depot (ODP) and Staples (SPLS), which declined a respective 4% and 5.8% after the New York Post quoted a source as saying the FTC may move to block their merger plan. Also lower was Groupon (GRPN), which slipped 2.2% to $4.08 after announcing plans to cut 1,100 jobs related primarily to its international operations. ConAgra (CAG), Carnival (CCL), and CarMax (KMX) fell 7%, 5.5%, and 4.65%, respectively, following their quarterly earnings reports. INDEXES: The Dow fell 179.72, or 1.09%, to 16,330.47, the Nasdaq lost 72.23, or 1.5%, to 4,756.72, and the S&P 500 dropped 24.23, or 1.23%, to 1,942.74.
16:00 EDTBAC, JPMOptions Update; September 22, 2015
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12:53 EDTWYNNWynn Interactive withdraws license application for NJ online gambling, AP says
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12:14 EDTGSOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks began the session deep in negative territory and have remained there throughout the morning. There has been little in the way of buying as the downward pressure in the market has not shown any sign of letting up. There is also little in the way of explanation as to why the market is so weak other than continued disappointment in the Fed's interest rate decision and the ongoing concern over China's economic growth. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the FHFA home price index rose 0.6% to 224.5 in July, which was better than the 0.4% rise that was expected. The Richmond Fed factory index fell to -5 in September, versus the reading of 2 that was expected. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Groupon (GRPN) slumped 2.5% after the online and mobile deal provider said it plans to cut more than 1,000 jobs relating primarily to the company's international operations. The news is the latest in a recent run of job cut announcements, after HP Enterprise said last week that it expects 25,000-30,000 people to leave the company and Johnson Controls (JCI) recently announced plans to reduce its global salaried workforce by as many as 3,000 people... Lloyd Blankfein, Goldman Sachs (GS) chairman and CEO, disclosed that he was told by doctors that he has lymphoma. "Fortunately, my form of lymphoma is highly curable and my doctors' and my own expectation is that I will be cured," Blankfein stated in an open letter that was shared by the bank. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Weatherford (WFT), which rose 9.6% after stating that it has decided not to pursue its previously announced concurrent public offerings of ordinary shares of the company and mandatorily exchangeable subordinated notes. Also higher was Vascular Biogenics (VBLT), which gained 15% to around $9.30 per share after the stock was initiated with a Buy rating and $25 price target at Chardan. Among the noteworthy losers following their earnings reports were ConAgra (CAG) and Carnival (CCL), which each fell more than 5%, and Red Hat (RHT), which slid 2%. Also lower were shares of Staples (SPLS) and Office Depot (ODP), which fell 7% and 8%, respectively, after the New York Post said a top FTC regulator may be leaning toward recommending against approving their merger agreement. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 263.77, or 1.6%, to 16,246.42, the Nasdaq was down 99.52, or 2.06%, to 4,729.44, and the S&P 500 was down 32.51, or 1.65%, to 1,934.46.
10:36 EDTBACBank of America shareholders approve resolution on board leadership structure
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10:15 EDTBACBank of America shareholders vote to retain Brian Moynihan as both Chairman, CEO
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10:08 EDTGSGoldman Sachs trades down, levels to watch
Shares were last off over 1.8% to $179.98. At that price next support is at $179.13. Resistance is at $180.55.
08:47 EDTGSGoldman Sachs' empy sixth floor illustrates lower expectations, NYT says
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08:15 EDTGSGoldman Sachs volatility flat, CEO Lloyd Blankfein says he has lymphoma
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08:11 EDTGSGoldman Sachs CEO says he has 'highly curable' lymphoma
In a message from Lloyd Blankfein publicly shared by Goldman Sachs, the executive stated: "Late this summer after several weeks of not feeling well, I underwent a series of tests, which culminated in a biopsy last week. After the biopsy, I was told by my doctors that I have lymphoma. Fortunately, my form of lymphoma is highly curable and my doctors' and my own expectation is that I will be cured. My treatment plan will include chemotherapy over the next several months in New York. My doctors have advised me that during the treatment, I will be able to work substantially as normal, leading the firm. I will, however, reduce some of my previously planned travel during the treatment period. I have discussed this approach with our Board of Directors and they are supportive. There are many people who are dealing with cancer every day. I draw on their experiences as I begin my own. I have a lot of energy and I'm anxious to begin the treatment. I appreciate your support and good wishes."
07:51 EDTHOGExecutives' Club of Chicago to hold a luncheon discussion
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07:34 EDTBACDenver Gold Group to hold a forum
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06:51 EDTGSGoldman to likely keep DONG stake after listing, Reuters says
Goldman Sachs will likely maintain a stake in DONG Energy after the company's shares are listed in the next year and a half, Reuters reports, citing a quote from a company investment banker in Borsen. The Danish government sold 18% to DONG to a consortium of investors led by Goldman in January last year, the report says. Reference Link
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