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March 1, 2012
22:59 EDTVE, EXC, MGA, IPGP, LGF, HOG, TDC, JDSU, FHN, STI, JPM, APOL, WYNN, GPS, GS, STRA, JOY, FNSR, BAC, CECO, BGCP, LIZJim Cramer's "Mad Money"
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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January 26, 2016
13:17 EDTJOYJoy Global calls active after Terex receives takeover proposal from Zoomlion
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13:14 EDTJOYJoy Global up 12% after Terex receives takeover proposal from Zoomlion
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11:13 EDTBACActive options; AAPL BAC FB NFLX C MSFT TWTR VALE FCX COH XOM AMZN
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11:01 EDTBACStocks with call strike movement; COH BAC
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10:01 EDTCECOHigh option volume stocks
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09:39 EDTCECOCareer Education mentioned cautiously at MOXReports
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06:55 EDTAPOLApollo could be worth $17/share if taken private, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Peter Appert says Apollo Education Group could be worth $13-$17 per share in a go-private transaction. The stock has "meaningful" upside potential if the company can overcome the legal, regulatory and financial hurdles to complete a sale transaction, Appert tells investors in a research note. He says there is "considerable uncertainty" as to whether Apollo can overcome such challenges. The analyst keeps a Neutral rating on the stock with a $9 price target.
06:11 EDTJPMJPMorgan reaches $1.42B settlement agreement in Lehman case, Bloomberg says
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January 25, 2016
16:00 EDTBACOptions Update; January 25, 2016
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15:03 EDTEXCPJM-linked energy generators crash after Supreme Court upholds 'demand response'
Shares of Dynegy (DYN) and select peers are trading lower after the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and its so-called demand response, an industry practice that seeks to encourage lower energy usage. The rule, which pays customers for not using power, effectively boosts supply and increases pressure on prices in the PJM power grid, the nation's biggest merchant power market. Dynegy, Talen (TLN), Exelon (EXC) and FirstEnergy (FE) are the largest merchant generators in PJM, according to Bloomberg data. PRICE ACTION: Dynegy has fallen roughly 11.2% to $9.92. Exelon, NRG Energy (NRG), Talen and Calpine (CPN) have slipped 2.8%, 7.8%, 5.2%, and 7.7%, respectively, while energy savings firm EnerNOC (ENOC) jumped nearly 78% in the wake of the ruling.
11:18 EDTJOYGoldman says sell Caterpillar with more pain to come from commodity slump
The shares of Caterpillar (CAT) are dropping after Goldman Sachs downgraded the stock to Sell from Neutral. Demand for machinery will probably drop as commodity producers continue to lower their capital expenditures going forward, the firm believes. WHAT'S NEW: Commodity producers are likely to reduce their capital spending, including their expenditures on machinery, according to Goldman analyst Jerry Revich. These trends will be driven by the producers' "challenging returns" and weak balance sheets, he believes. The commodity producers' slump will affect Caterpillar in two ways, the analyst explained. Specifically, 30% of Caterpillar's revenue is derived from commodity producers, while it obtains 25% of its revenue from countries that export commodities, where overall demand for machinery will probably fall, explained Revich. Moreover, although analysts' consensus estimates indicate that they expect Caterpillar's profit to bottom this year, capital spending in Caterpillar's main end markets appears to be above average levels, said Revich, who expects the company's 2017 EPS to come in 15% below the consensus outlook. The analyst cut his price target on the shares to $51 from $67. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, Caterpillar dropped 4% to $58.54. Other machinery makers also declined, with Deere (DE) falling 2.8% to $72.54, AGCO Corporation (AGCO) slumping 3.6% to $44.28 and Joy Global (JOY) giving back 3.2% to $8.73.
10:21 EDTEXCSupreme Court upholds FERC 'demand response' rule
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10:00 EDTJPMOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: American Eagle (AEO) downgraded to Hold from Buy at BB&T... American Express (AXP) downgraded on weak revenue outlook at Argus... Bristol-Myers (BMY) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at BMO Capital... Caterpillar (CAT) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Crestwood Equity (CEQP) downgraded to Neutral on potential distribution cut at Baird... Cummins (CMI) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citi... Federal Realty (FRT) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Evercore ISI... GKN PLC (GKNLY) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Galapagos NV (GLPG) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at GoldmanvHortonworks (HDP) downgraded to Perform from Outperform at Oppenheimer... International Flavors (IFF) downgraded on headwinds at Stifel... International Paper (IP) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citi... JPMorgan (JPM) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Nomura... KapStone (KS) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Mosaic (MOS) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... NetSuite (N) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Stephens... ONEOK Partners (OKS) downgraded to Neutral at Baird... OvaScience (OVAS) downgraded to Perform from Outperform at Oppenheimer... Packaging Corp. (PKG) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citi... Potash (POT) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Power Solutions (PSIX) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Raymond James (RJF) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Nomura... Regeneron (REGN) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Chardan... SanDisk (SNDK) downgraded to Underperform from Outperform at CLSA... Toll Brothers (TOL) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at JMP Securities... Twitter (TWTR) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel... WPX Energy (WPX) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at Iberia... WestRock (WRK) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Whole Foods (WFM) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... Zurich Insurance (ZURVY) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Exane BNP Paribas.
10:00 EDTMGA, GSOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: American Express (AXP) upgraded to Perform from Underperform at Oppenheimer... BankMutual (BKMU) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Hovde Group... Black Hills (BKH) upgraded on acquisition at BMO Capital... Bruker (BRKR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Cantor... Cedar Fair (FUN) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman... Charles Schwab (SCHW) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura... Corporate Office Properties (OFC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Mizuho... Entegris (ENTG) upgraded on valuation, outlook at Pacific Crest... First Financial upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... Goldman Sachs (GS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura... Graphic Packaging (GPK) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Home Depot (HD) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Intel (INTC) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... J.B. Hunt (JBHT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at BB&T... Magna (MGA) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citi... Masco (MAS) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore ISI... Mattel (MAT) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman... O'Reilly Automotive (ORLY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... PACCAR (PCAR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citi... People's United (PBCT) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at Piper Jaffray... Quality Systems (QSII) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... RadiSys (RSYS) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Needham... Standard Motor (SMP) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at CL King... Swedbank (SWDBY) upgraded to Hold from Underperform at Jefferies... Toll Brothers (TOL) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James... Voyager Therapeutics (VYGR) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Chardan... Yahoo (YHOO) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Pivotal Research.
09:53 EDTWYNNWynn Resorts rises after Steve Wynn buys shares
Shares of Wynn Resorts are rising in early trading after a regulatory filing from late Friday night showed that Chairman and CEO Steve Wynn, via the Wynn Family Limited Partnership, acquired 572,850 shares of the company's common stock at average prices between $53.21 and $59.19 in multiple transactions on January 20-22. In early trading Monday morning, Wynn Resorts shares gained 6.5% to $63.01.
07:55 EDTMGAMagna upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citi
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07:03 EDTJPMJPMorgan downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Nomura
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07:03 EDTGSGoldman Sachs upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura
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January 24, 2016
17:55 EDTLGF'The Revenant' tops box office as 'Ride Along 2' sags
"The Revenant" clawed past "Ride Along 2" as this weekend's snow storm left several box office newcomers grasping for ticket sales. WEEKEND LEADER: Fox's (FOX, FOXA) "The Revenant" grossed $16M domestically for the weekend of January 24. The Leonardo DiCaprio-led survival Western was expected to take $19M-$21.6M, though results may have been dampened by the East Coast winter storm. BOX OFFICE RUNNERS-UP: Disney's (DIS) "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" earned $14.3M and now stands at $1.94B globally. Comcast (CMCSA, CMCSK) subsidiary Universal's "Ride Along 2" dipped to $13M against expectations for $18M-$18.7M, with critics and audiences generally lukewarm on the film despite its $34M open last weekend. Rounding out the weekend's top five were Lionsgate's (LGF) "Dirty Grandpa" and STX Entertainment's "The Boy," with the two newcomers debuting at a respective $11.5M and $11.3M.
11:02 EDTBACStocks post weekly gain after oil rebounds
Stocks recovered late in the week to post their first weekly gain of the new year as equities continue to be correlated closely with the oil market. A plunge in oil led equities lower early in the holiday shortened week, but as oil prices rebounded to close the week out, the major averages followed suit. MACRO NEWS: In the U.S., the consumer price index fell 0.1% during December, versus expectations for a flat reading. The core reading, which excludes food and energy, showed prices rose 0.1% from the prior month, versus expectations for an increase of 0.2%. Initial jobless claims rose to 293,000 last week, topping the expectation for 278,000 first-time claims. Markit's flash manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index for January rose 1.5 points to 52.7, better than the 51.0 reading that was expected. Existing home sales climbed 14.7% to a 5.46M rate in December, topping the 5.2M rate that was forecast... In Asia, China's national bureau of statistics estimated that GDP growth slowed to 6.8% in the last quarter of the year, dipping from 6.9% growth in the previous quarter. China's industrial output rose 5.9% from a year earlier in December, compared with the consensus forecast for a 6% increase. Japan's Nikkei average was down early in the week, even falling into bear market territory, but rallied nearly 6% on Friday after the Nikkei Asian Review said that the Bank of Japan is taking a "serious look" at additional easing... In Europe, the European Central Bank left its key interest rates unchanged. However, at an associated press conference, ECB President Mario Draghi acknowledged downside risks were increasing again, meaning the bank may need to "review and possibly reconsider" its monetary policy stance at its next meeting in March. Markit's flash PMI for the euro zone slid to an 11-month low of 53.5, missing expectations for a more modest dip to a 54.2 reading. The International Monetary Fund cut its global growth forecasts for the third time in less than a year. The IMF now estimates that the world economy will grow 3.4% this year and 3.6% next year, down from its prior forecasts of 3.6% and 3.8% growth, respectively. COMPANY NEWS: On Tuesday, Morgan Stanley (MS) advanced 1% after its earnings and revenue topped analysts' consensus forecast. Big bank peer Bank of America (BAC) slid 1% after its earnings also beat expectations but its revenue narrowly missed the consensus estimate... On Wednesday, IBM (IBM) slid nearly 5% after reporting better than expected earnings and revenue for the fourth quarter, but forecasting below-consensus profits for the new year... On Thursday, Verizon (VZ) was among the best performers on the Dow, advancing over 3% after its earnings, revenue and wireless subscriber additions all topped expectations. Conversely, fellow Dow member Travelers (TRV) slid almost 1% after releasing its own quarterly results... On Friday, American Express (AXP) sunk more than 12% after the card issuer reported stronger than expected quarterly results but its 2017 profit guidance came in below the consensus outlook. The company's pledge to take out $1B in costs by the end of 2017 did little to change the mood of analysts or investors. Fellow Dow member GE (GE) slid a bit more than 1% after reporting better than expected earnings but lower than expected quarterly revenue... Schlumberger (SLB) shares gained 6% after the oil services giant reported earnings that topped expectations, approved a quarterly dividend of 50c per share and a new share repurchase program of $10B and said it plans to cut 10,000 more jobs... Netflix (NFLX) reported fourth quarter earnings that beat analyst estimates, powered by better than expected international subscriber growth. The numbers were met with positive commentary by several research firms, though decelerating U.S. subscriber growth was highlighted by bears as a warning sign for the company... Deutsche Bank (DB) disclosed that it expects a EUR2.1B net loss for the quarter due to a number of charges, including expected litigation costs of EUR1.2B... Xilinx (XLNX) advanced after reporting its third quarter numbers. The news may have been overshadowed, however, by a regulatory filing showing new agreements with its top executives, with several analysts highlighting that the change could signal a takeover is in the cards in the future... Alkermes (ALKS) plunged more than 44% after disclosing that two of three Phase 3 studies of its experimental depression disorder treatment did not meet their primary efficacy endpoints. INDEXES: For the four-day week, the Dow gained about 0.67% to close at 16,093.51, the S&P 500 rose about 1.4% to close at 1,906.90, and the Nasdaq increased about 2.3% to close at 4,591.18.
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