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March 30, 2012
00:40 EDTJOY, GWRE, NLY, YUM, AGN, TWX, SLW, EBIX, ARCT, MDT, NG, PAYX, CCL, CAT, CMI, AAPL, RHT, EMC, IBM, TDC, CRM, TIBX, RCL, CSXJim Cramer's "Mad Money"
Jim Cramer said the weakness in many of the market's top stocks was nothing more than hedge funds and money managers locking in their gains after the best quarter we've seen in 14 years. He said the only real movers were stocks betting on interest rate cuts in China. Those stocks, like Joy Global (JOY), Caterpillar (CAT) and Cummins (CMI), all opened lower only to turn higher by the end of the day. Everything else, however, and especially the market leaders like Apple (AAPL), finished sharply lower by the end of Tuesday's trading. Cramer said fortunately the markets are strong enough to absorb all of this big-money selling. But investors can expect to see even more market gyrations tomorrow as Q1 draws to a close. Next, Cramer said if "big data" is the future of technology, then investors better sit up and pay attention. Red Hat (RHT) proved just how large big data is becoming after the company blew away the numbers, sending shares up $10 each, or 19.5%, in a single session. But while Red Hat may be hot, Cramer said that EMC (EMC) remains his favorite. Despite its acquisition shopping spree, EMC shares still trade at just 14.7x earnings, regardless of its 15% growth rate. Cramer also gave the nod to a handful of others in the big data market, including IBM (IBM), Teradata (TDC), Salesforce.com (CRM) and Tibco (TIBX). But no matter which stocks investors choose, Cramer said that big data will be one of the big themes throughout 2012 and beyond. MAD TWEETS: When asked whether now's the time to buy into the cruise lines, mainly Royal Carribean (RCL) and Carnival Cruises (CCL), Cramer gave a resounding "Yes!" Cruise stocks have been under immense pressure since Carnival's ship ran aground off the coast of Italy last year. But now the worst may be over, said Cramer, as he released the group from his "Sell Block" by saying that Carnival may now be worth buying. Carnival, whose shares are down 2% for the year, are attractive given its 3.1% dividend and its opportunities for a comeback. He would be a buyer at current levels and would get more aggressive if shares sink lower. EXECUTIVE DECISION: Cramer spoke with Marty Mucci, president and CEO of Paychex (PAYX), a payroll processor with a 4% yield. Paychex delivered an inline quarter and reaffirmed 2012 guidance. Mucci said that he felt good about the quarter and where Paychex is headed, but remained conservative on the company's conference call. Cramer remained bullish on Paychex, especially given its 4% yield and prospects for growth as the economy improves. LIGHTNING ROUND: (Bullish) GWRE; NLY; YUM; AGN; TWX. (Bearish) SLW; EBIX; ARCT; MDT; NG; CSX. Reference Link
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October 6, 2014
16:20 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street opened in positive territory and appeared ready to ride the wave of optimism from Friday’s jobs report into the new week. However, with little on the economic calendar to sustain the momentum, each of the major equity indexes had given up their gains by noon. The Dow and S&P 500 made it back to flat late in the session, but weakened into the close to end the day slightly lower. The tech-heavy Nasdaq was the laggard throughout and ended the day with the most significant decline. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., no major economic data was reported. COMPANY NEWS: Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) climbed $1.67, or 4.74%, to $36.87 after it confirmed plans to split itself into two publicly traded companies by the end of its fiscal 2015. One company will include HP's technology infrastructure, software and services businesses, to be known as "Hewlett-Packard Enterprise," while the other will include the company's PC and printing businesses and be called "HP Inc." After the announcement, HP shares were upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse, while analysts at Cantor called the split "a bold and smart move" that will give HP the financial flexibility needed to sell off one or both of the PC and printing businesses if an attractive offer emerges for either or both. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Durata Therapeutics (DRTX), which surged $10.36, or 74.64%, to $24.24 after the company agreed to be acquired by larger drugmaker Actavis (ACT) for $23.00 per share in cash, or approximately $675M, and contingent value rights for additional cash payments of up to $5.00 per share if certain regulatory or commercial milestones related to Durata's lead product are achieved. Also higher was CareFusion (CFN), which jumped $10.58, or 22.92%, to $56.75 after agreeing to be acquired by Becton Dickinson (BDX) for $49 in cash and 0.0777 of a share of BD for each share of CareFusion, or about $12.2B. Becton Dickinson rose $9.14, or 7.89%, to $124.98 after its deal, while Actavis slipped $2.12, or 0.86%, to $243.95, after its own, much smaller purchase. GT Advanced Technologies (GTAT) plunged $10.22, or 92.46%, to 83c after the company announced that it and some of its units had commenced voluntary cases under chapter 11 of the bankruptcy code, which Raymond James believes implies a "fundamental, severe breakdown" of the company's relationship with Apple (AAPL). Also lower were shares of Sunesis (SNSS), which dropped $5.18, or 78.01%, to $1.46 and was downgraded at RBC Capital and Wells Fargo after a trial of a combination therapy for patients with first relapsed or refractory acute myeloid leukemia did not meet its primary endpoint. INDEXES: The Dow slid 17.78, or 0.1%, to 16,991.91, the Nasdaq fell 20.82, or 0.47%, to 4,454.80, and the S&P 500 slipped 3.08, or 0.16%, to 1,964.82.
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; October 6, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 46c to 30.08. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN FB NFLX HPQ C RSH CLF PBR according to Track Data.
14:01 EDTAAPLGT Advanced bankruptcy implies breakdown with Apple, says Raymond James
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11:41 EDTAAPLSolar companies sink after GT Advanced declares bankruptcy
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11:15 EDTAGNDurata surges after Actavis takeover
Shares of Durata Therapeutics (DRTX) are surging after the drugmaker agreed to be acquired by its larger industry peer, Actavis (ACT). WHAT'S NEW: Actavis announced it will commence a tender offer to acquire all of the outstanding shares of Durata common stock for $23.00 per share in cash, or approximately $675M in the aggregate, and contingent value rights entitling the holder to receive additional cash payments of up to $5.00 per share if certain regulatory or commercial milestones related to Durata's lead product Dalvance are achieved. If Dalvance is approved in Europe for Acute Bacterial Skin and Skin Structure Infections, or ABSSSI, holders of the CVR will receive $1.00 per share. If Dalvance is approved for single dose administration by the FDA, holders of the CVR will receive $1.00 per share. If a net global Dalvance revenue threshold is met over a designated time period, holders of the CVR will receive $3.00 per share. Actavis expects the acquisition to be accretive by the end of the first year, it stated. WHAT'S NOTABLE: The acquisition comes after Durata Therapeutics was granted a Special Protocol Agreement by the FDA for its Phase 3 study of Dalvance on October 3. The study was designed to study Dalvance for the treatment of patients with community-acquired pneumonia and pediatric osteomyelitis. ANALYST REACTION: BMO Capital views the acquisition as a "good deal" for Actavis that is in line with CEO Brent Saunders' goal of making investments that complement its existing business. BMO believes the acquisition does not extend Actavis' balance sheet too far, and therefore does not prevent the company from doing additional deals. The firm expects there could be more deal-related news ahead for Actavis. The Fly notes Bloomberg reported on October 2 that Salix Pharmaceuticals (SLXP) was discussing selling itself to Actavis after failing to reach a deal with Allergan (AGN). PRICE ACTION: During morning trading, Durata Therapeutics gained $9.93, or 71.5%, to $23.81, Actavis slipped $1.95, or 0.8% to $244.12, and Salix fell $4.02, or 2.6%, to $148.85.
11:02 EDTEMCHP rises as split viewed as potential prelude to deals
Shares of HP (HPQ) are climbing after the company announced that it would split itself into two publicly traded companies. Analysts were mostly upbeat on the news and tech news website Re/code said that the two companies would be "in deal-making mode" following the split. WHAT'S NEW: HP this morning said it would split itself into two companies by the end of its fiscal 2015. One company will include HP's technology infrastructure, software and services businesses, to be known as "Hewlett-Packard Enterprise," while the other will include the company's PC and printing businesses and be called "HP Inc." Meg Whitman, who is currently the CEO of HP, will become CEO of Hewlett-Packard Enterprise and chairman of HP, Inc. ANALYST REACTION: Shareholders will likely view the move positively, as limited synergies exist between HP's enterprise business and its PC and printing business, Deutsche Bank analyst Sherri Scribner wrote. Moreover, the forward price to earnings ratio of the enterprises unit, whose margins are set to expand, are more likely to reach close to 11x following a split, in-line with the multiple of Xerox (XRX) and CSC (CSC), the analyst contended. Noting that HP remains one of the cheapest names in the S&P 500, Scribner kept a $40 price target and Buy rating on the shares. The split is "a bold and smart move" by HP that will give it the financial flexibility needed to sell off one or both of the PC and printing businesses, wrote Cantor analyst Brian White. The shareholders of EMC (EMC), which reportedly had been in discussions about merging with HP, would have difficulty accepting HP's printer and PC business, according to White. The analyst raised his price target on HP to $39 from $34.50 but kept a Hold rating on the stock. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Both Hewlett-Packard Enterprise and HP Inc. will "be in deal-making mode" after the split, Re/code stated. HP Inc. is likely to draw attention from both Dell and China's Lenovo (LNVGY), which were both approached by HP about a possible deal over the last year, the website stated. Meanwhile, Hewlett-Packard Enterprise could restart dormant merger talks with EMC, while Dell and Cisco (CSCO) could emerge as bidders and offer shareholders of both Hewlett-Packard Enterprise and EMC better terms, Re/code stated. However, Cisco has carried out a more conservative M&A strategy lately, while its CEO, John Chambers, who is preparing to retire soon, said the company would not be interested in buying EMC, Re/code noted. PRICE ACTION: In mid-morning trading, HP jumped 4.6% to $36.83, while shares of EMC were down fractionally.
10:39 EDTEMCHP price target raised to $39 from $34.50 at Cantor
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10:38 EDTAAPLApple's iPhone 6, 6 Plus to launch in India on October 17, Times of India says
Apple's iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will be available in India beginning Friday, October 17 through authorized resellers, the Times of India reports. Pre-orders for the devices start on October 7. The 16GB version o the iPhone 6 will be available at Rs 53,500, the 64GB version is priced at Rs 62,500 and the 128GB version of the phone will sell for Rs 71,500; the 16GB version of the iPhone 6 Plus will be available for Rs 62,500, while the 64GB version will cost Rs 71,500 and the 128GB version will sell for Rs 80,500. Reference Link
10:16 EDTTWXNBA confirms new nine-year deal with Turner Broadcasting, Disney
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09:37 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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08:10 EDTIBMArrow Electronics says now authorized distributor of Lenovo enterprise products
Arrow Electronics (RW) announced it is now an authorized North American Lenovo distributor System X and related solutions following the transition of IBM’s (IBM) System X server business to Lenovo (LNVGY) effective Oct. 1. Additionally, Lenovo’s ThinkServer rack servers, tower servers and enterprise storage product lines are available through Arrow. Future offerings from Lenovo through Arrow will include the low-end storage and associated networking products to be announced in the coming weeks.
08:07 EDTAGNSalix slips in pre-market trade after Actavis strikes deal for Durata
Note that Bloomberg reported on October 2, citing people with knowledge of the matter, that Salix Pharmaceuticals (SLXP) was discussing selling itself to Actavis (ACT) after failing to reach a deal with Allergan (AGN). Actavis announced this morning that it has reached a deal to acquire Durata Therapeutics (DRTX) for $675M, or $23.00 per share. In pre-market trading, shares of Salix are down nearly 2% to $150 per share.
07:42 EDTAAPLSkyworks well positioned to benefit from iPhone upgrade cycle, says Canaccord
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07:34 EDTAAPLApple updates software to protect against iWorm bug, MacRumors reports
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07:16 EDTAAPLiOS 8 adoption appear slower than its predecessors, 9to5Mac reports
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07:01 EDTAGNAllergan Q3 results likely to beat expectations, says Bernstein
Bernstein predicts that Allergan's Q3 EPS will exceed expectations by 15c, driven by cost cutting.
06:41 EDTTWX'Gone Girl' leads weekend box office with $38M in sales, WSJ reports
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06:38 EDTEMCSpun off HP companies could be takeover targets, Re/code says
After HP (HPQ) splits into two publicly traded companies, both of those companies could become takeover targets, according to Re/code. The PC and printing unit could interest Dell or Lenovo (LNVGY), while Hewlett-Packard Enterprises could merge with EMC (EMC) and/or become a target for Dell and Cisco (CSCO), the website stated. Reference Link
06:25 EDTAAPLiPhone 6 chip orders to remain high in 1Q15, DigiTimes reports
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06:19 EDTIBMHP facing competition from Lenovo in PCs, servers, WSJ reports
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