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March 26, 2012
23:33 EDTCMI, VALE, JAH, FRO, ALLT, VHC, WY, BATS, JDSU, NAT, ET, AIG, F, RIOJim Cramer's "Mad Money"
Jim Cramer argued investors who are overly cautious about the markets aren't bringing their "A" game. He said the market's current rally is broad-based, and it's lasted for weeks. And that, he said, make it prudent not to be scared and to embrace the move. But Cramer finds himself alone in championing the stock market. The president isn't promoting stocks because of high unemployment, despite the fact that stocks are up 58% since he first took office. The Federal Reserve is also cautious and continues to be downbeat on the U.S. economy. Even the brokerages are laying low, noted Cramer. Despite countless calls that earnings estimates are too low for numerous companies, analysts are afraid to upgrade their estimates or to promote stocks in any big way. Corporate executives are fearful of setting expectations too high, even though the Q1 of 2012 is proving to be a blockbuster for many companies, Cramer says. Cramer said he stands alone, telling investors that this rally is for real and now is not the time to step away. Instead he said it's the time to buy into some great companies that are still trading far too cheaply. EXECUTIVE DECISION: Cramer once again sat down with Martin Franklin, the executive chairman of Jarden (JAH), the largest sporting goods company on earth, as well as being a major player in small appliances. Jarden recently conducted a massive stock repurchase program, reducing its overall share count by 13%. Franklin said he's comfortable with Wall Street forecasts for Jarden. Franklin reiterated that diversification is a major strength for Jarden. He was equally bullish on Jarden's technical apparel segment, another aspect of the company that's growing in the double-digits, but still has lots of room to grow. Cramer said that normally he's not a fan of buybacks, but in the case of Jarden, where share prices are rocketing higher, he's willing to make an exception. Cramer also sat down with Bob Benmosche, president and CEO of American International Group (AIG), a company that turned a corner in August, 2009 and has now become one of the greatest turnaround stories, thanks to excellent management, Cramer contends. He told investors to stick with the company. MAD TWEETS: Cramer said that Weyerhaeuser (WY) is still a play on Japanese reconstruction. Cramer said Ford (F) is not a good investment with gas prices going higher and sales still slumping in Europe and Latin America. He said Ford is not the best way to play the 2012 bull market. NO HUDDLE OFFENSE: Cramer said the BATS Global Markets (BATS) fiasco last week exemplifies how electronic trading is fundamentally flawed. He called BATS' claim that it "helps the little guy" totally bogus, noting that high-speed electronic trading actually sucks liquidity out of the markets instead of adding to it. Cramer added that the SEC has clearly lost regulatory control of the markets and is no longer enforcing its mandate of leveling the playing field for all investors. LIGHTNING ROUND: (Bullish) VALE; ET; VHC; CMI; NAT; ALLT. (Bearish) RIO; JDSU; FRO. Reference Link
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March 24, 2015
07:32 EDTJDSUUBS to hold a field trip
Field Trip: Company Meetings at Optical Fiber Communications Conference, OFC 2015, will be held in Los Angeles on March 24-25.
07:02 EDTCMICummins upgraded at RW Baird
Baird upgraded Cummins to Outperform from Neutral and raised its price target to $166 from $155. The firm said expectations have been reset and the company is poised to deliver steady earnings growth and shareholder returns. Baird believes the North American truck cycle can last longer and at higher levels than consensus expectations and thinks Cummins' stable cash flow will likely continue to enhance shareholder value.
06:12 EDTFFord, GM considering asking for lower-paid workers, Bloomberg says
Ford (F) and General Motors (GM) are considering asking the United Auto Workers union to create a lower-pay tier of employee at U.S. auto factories, reports Bloomberg, citing people familiar with the matter. The union, on the other hand, is considering eliminating the existing tier structure altogether, according to a person familiar with the union leadership. The proposed lower tier worker would not assemble cars, said the sources. Reference Link
06:09 EDTCMICummins upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at RW Baird
March 23, 2015
11:26 EDTVALEStocks with call strike movement; VALE RAD
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09:34 EDTRIOIAMGOLD to sell Diavik Diamond royalty to Sandstorm Gold for $56.8M
AMGOLD (IAG) announced that it has completed an agreement with Sandstorm Gold (SAND) to sell the Company's gross proceeds royalty over property in Lac de Gras in the Northwest Territories, Canada, including property constituting the Diavik Diamond Mine. The Diavik Diamond Mine is owned, under an unincorporated joint venture structure, 60% by Diavik Diamond Mines, a subsidiary of Rio Tinto (RIO), and 40% by Dominion Diamond Diavik Limited Partnership, a subsidiary of Dominion Diamond (DDC). The Diavik Diamond Royalty is being sold for total proceeds of $56.8M, comprised of $52.5M cash on closing and three million five-year warrants exercisable after initial production from the Diavik Diamond Mine's A21 pipe at an exercise price of $4.50, valued at $4.3 million based on the Company's internal valuation methodology.
09:33 EDTRIOSandstorm Gold acquires royalty on Diavik diamon mine operated by Rio Tinto
Sandstorm Gold (SAND) announced that the company has acquired a 1% gross proceeds royalty over property in Lac de Gras in the Northwest Territories, Canada, including property constituting the Diavik Diamond Mine operated by Rio Tinto (RIO). Sandstorm acquired the Diavik Mine Royalty from IAMGOLD Corporation for $52.5M in cash and 3M warrants of Sandstorm. The warrants have a 5 year term, a strike price of $4.50 per Sandstorm common share and will be exercisable following initial production from the Diavik Mine's A21 pipe.
March 20, 2015
18:12 EDTAIGU.S. Court approves AIG investors' $970.5M settlement, Reuters reports
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08:01 EDTFStifel says evidence supports Apple moving into electric vehicles
Analysts at Stifel say they see enough evidence to suggest that Apple is internally working on the development of a battery electric vehicle to be sold over the next five-to-ten years. The analysts are "intrigued" by Apple CFO Luca Maestri's background at General Motors (GM). They believe Apple's investments in manufacturing should be a key consideration for investors and point out the $40B spent by the iPhone maker over the past five years, with 80%-plus invested in manufacturing, is similar to GM, Ford (F) and Daimler-Benz and well above Tesla's $1.8B cumulative capex. The analysts say there is a "lot to think about" regarding Apple's move into the car space, including the regulatory environment. They keep a Buy rating on the tech giant with a $150 price target. Shares of Apple closed yesterday down 97c to $127.50.
07:46 EDTAIGAllstate, AIG, others questioned by regulator over pricing method, WSJ says
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March 19, 2015
11:38 EDTCMIGE Marine announces Reinauer purchases two diesel engines, gearboxes
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11:26 EDTVALEVale management to meet with Jefferies
Meetings to be held in Boston/New York on March 25-26 hosted by Jefferies.
06:42 EDTNATNordic American Tankers CEO sends shareholder letter regarding market, dividend
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March 17, 2015
14:13 EDTFMorgan Stanley questions GM capital allocation plan
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09:13 EDTFMSFT announced several partnerships with industry leaders
At Microsoft Convergence 2015, Microsoft (MSFT) announced several new partnerships with industry leaders. Teaming up with Microsoft, Ford Motor (F) will expand connected services for customers around the world with the creation of the Ford Service Delivery Network. Microsoft also announced several partnerships and collaboration agreements with leading companies in sales, field service, digital transaction management and analytics markets. Microsoft and InsideSales.com will offer its complete sales acceleration platform. Microsoft and FieldOne Systems announced their agreement to bring the FieldOne Sky field service management solution into the Microsoft Dynamics global independent software vendor program. DocuSign and Microsoft announced that the two companies will bring DocuSign's Digital Transaction Management platform to Microsoft Dynamics CRM users. Microsoft also announced the acquisition of intellectual property from Fusion Software which will add Voice of the Customer capabilities to Microsoft Dynamics.
07:38 EDTNATNordic American Offshore chairman increases stake, lowers dividend
Nordic American Offshore (NAO) Chairman, Herbjorn Hansson released a letter to shareholders stating that he has increased his stake by 50,000 shares. The letter stated, "A company owned and controlled by my son Alexander and I bought 50,000 NAO shares yesterday at about $7.83 per share, in addition to the stock ownership we have direct and indirect in NAO. Currently the market for our vessels is turbulent - the decline in oil price has led to reductions in exploration activity in the North Sea, in turn lowering the number of working oil rigs and the demand for PSVs. Five vessels in our eight vessel fleet are currently employed on contracts, up from three last quarter. Three of our vessels are operating in the spot market. At the time of this letter to you, we enter a period of greater visibility on earnings and security in the current challenging environment. We have achieved in excess of 80% utilization which is a sound performance in the current market conditions. Rates for the spot ships have been reduced this year as a consequence of the low oil prices." The letter also stated that the company will continue to pay a dividend but at a rate less than the previous quarterly dividend of 45c per share. "In our 2014 start-up year we declared total dividends of $1.80 per share. Going forward we will review the dividend on a quarterly basis in the same way as Nordic American Tankers (NAT) has done in the past. NAO basically employs the same strategy as NAT. A strong balance sheet and low cost breakeven are the key elements of our robust long-term performance. We expect to continue to pay a dividend going forward although, for the time being, at a lower level than for the previous quarters when the dividend was 45c per share."
March 16, 2015
10:02 EDTRIOOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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08:26 EDTAIGAIG to acquire controlling stake in NSM Insurance
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08:25 EDTAIGAIG acquires controlling interest in NSM Insurance Group
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08:10 EDTRIORio Tinto downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at HSBC
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