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March 24, 2012
23:30 EDTMKC, SWHC, IRWD, BRCM, MCD, VALE, AGN, CRM, RIMM, DLTR, WAG, LEN, HL, IBM, MHR, INTC, CSTR, CALL, MAPP, CSOD, BBY, FDO, PVH, LGF, TPLM, NFLX, CRZO, CLH, CLF, OXM, MDP, FINL, PAYX, CVSJim Cramer's "Mad Money"
Jim Cramer once again reminded his "Mad Money" viewers that we're in a stock picker's market. That's why his game plan for next week's trading is all about individual companies and their earnings reports. (Monday) Cramer will be watching Lions Gate Entertainment (LGF) to see how opening weekend goes for "The Hunger Games." He said anything less than $120M in ticket sales and investors need to sell. (Tuesday) Lennar (LEN) needs to post a strong number, or all of the gains in the home-related stocks will be at risk. Cramer was bullish on both McCormick (MKC) and PVH Corp (PVH) ahead of their reports. Walgreens (WAG) is a sell according to Cramer - he would pick up CVS Caremark (CVS) instead. (Wednesday) Expectations are high for Family Dollar (FDO) and he would use any weakness in the group to buy Dollar Tree (DLTR). He remained bullish on Paychex (PAYX) with its 4% yield. He was also bullish on cloud software purveyor Red Hat (RHT), which is up 25% for the year. (Thursday) Cramer is not a buyer of Best Buy (BBY) and said using the April 25 call options would be a better play for investors looking to gamble on earnings. He had nothing good to say about Blackberry maker Research in Motion (RIMM). (Friday) Cramer said with so much great news coming from the footwear segment, he'd be a buyer of Finish Line (FINL) on any weakness. SPECULATION FRIDAY: Cramer highlighted Cornerstone OnDemand (CSOD), a stock he said has been on his radar for many weeks. He said with shares now 10% off their highs, now is the right time to consider the company. Cramer likes Cornerstone for two reasons, first as a takeover target, and second as a stand-alone company.Similar companies have been bought at 15% higher than where Cornerstone trades. Potential competition from Salesforce.com (CRM) coming into the HR space is already baked into Cornerstones stock price, Cramer says. In his "What The Heck" segment, Cramer explained why magazine publisher Meredith (MDP) has seen its shares rally 60% since last October, despite calls that print magazines are all but dead and buried. Reasons: Meredith is not a pure-play on magazines. The company has been taking market share and increasing ad revenues. And, the company’s recent dividend boost and meaningful stock buyback program. HOMEWORK: Cramer opined on Map Pharmaceuticals (MAPP), a biotech company working with Allergan (AGN) in the treatment of migraines. Cramer said that Map is likely to be volatile and he still prefers Allergan. Cramer was bullish on Oxford Industries (OXM), a retail lifestyle brand that trades at 17x earnings with a 15% growth rate. He was bearish on MagicJack (CALL), a stock that's already run up 80% so far this year. When asked about Vale (VALE), Cramer said he prefers Cliffs Natural Resources (CLF). Cramer was not a buyer of Coinstar (CSTR). Rounding up the emails, Cramer said he's a buyer of McDonald's (MCD), he likes Clean Harbors (CLH) and investors looking for semiconductor names should consider Intel (INTC) for safety or Broadcom (BRCM) for growth. NO HUDDLE OFFENSE: Cramer followed up on Carrizo Oil & Gas (CRZO) after Thursday's interview with the company's CEO. Cramer reiterated that he thinks the stock is a buy at $30, especially given that the company's Eagle Ford assets alone are worth more than that figure. LIGHTNING ROUND: (Bullish) MHR; IRWD; NFLX; IBM. (Bearish) SWHC; TPLM; HL. Reference Link
News For LGF;LEN;MKC;PVH;WAG;CVS;FDO;DLTR;PAYX;BBY;RIMM;FINL;CSOD;CRM;MDP;MAPP;AGN;OXM;CALL;VALE;CLF;CSTR;MCD;CLH;INTC;BRCM;CRZO;MHR;IRWD;NFLX;IBM;SWHC;TPLM;HL From The Last 14 Days
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February 17, 2015
18:43 EDTPVHApparel stocks lower after Perry Ellis warns of West Coast port disruption
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18:06 EDTAGN, FDOPaulson & Co gives quarterly update on stakes
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17:29 EDTIBMBerkshire Hathaway gives quarterly update on stakes, exits Exxon Mobil
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17:18 EDTAGNPershing Square gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: Restaurant Brands International (QSR). INCREASED STAKES: Zoetis (ZTS), and Platform Specialty Products (PAH). DECREASED STAKES: Allergan (AGN). LIQUIDATED STAKES: None.
17:02 EDTAGN, INTCSoros Fund Management gives quarterly update on stakes
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15:32 EDTHLNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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13:52 EDTAGNEarnings Preview: Actavis near 52-week high ahead of Q4 earnings report
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12:26 EDTIBMIBM launches new storage software
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10:01 EDTCVSCVS says PCSK9 inhibitors could cost system $150B annually
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09:19 EDTINTCDocument Security files patent infringement claims against Intel, others
DSS Technology Management, a subsidiary of Document Security (DSS), announced the filing of a patent infringement lawsuit against the Intel (INTC); Dell; GameStop (GME); Conn's Inc. (CONN) and Conn Appliances; NEC Corporation of America; Wal-Mart Stores (WMT) and Wal-Mart Stores Texas, and AT&T (T) in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Tyler Division. DSS's complaint alleges infringement by Intel, Dell, GameStop (GME), Conn's, NEC, Wal-Mart, and AT&T of US Patents 5,965,924 and 6,784,552, which relate to semiconductor manufacturing.
07:24 EDTMCDExecutives' Club of Chicago to hold a breakfast meeting
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07:23 EDTDLTRDollar Tree Q4 results likely to beat expectations, says Stifel
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07:22 EDTINTCMitsubishi UFJ to hold a tour
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07:18 EDTMHRMagnum Hunter approves $100M upstream capital expenditure budget for FY15
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05:55 EDTINTCIntel to delay launch of 14nm Skylake desktop CPUs, DigiTimes reports
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February 16, 2015
17:24 EDTIBMFIS, Oracle among those exploring Monitise bid, Sky News reports
FIS (FIS) is among the U.S. companies considering a takeover bid for Monitise, the UK mobile banking software manufacturer which put itself up for sale last month, Mark Kleinman of Sky News reports. Other possible bidders include Oracle (ORCL) and IBM (IBM), Kleinman added. He pointed out that all of the takeover discussions are said to be at an early stage. Reference Link
February 13, 2015
18:21 EDTMCDMcDonald's holder CtW Investment Group seeks board changes, WSJ reports
McDonald's shareholder CtW Investment Group is seeking a “robust refreshment of the board’s membership and leadership,” The Wall Street Journal reports. Reference Link
16:35 EDTMCDS&P closes at all-time high as stocks run winning streak to second week
The major stock averages gained for the second week in a row, sending the S&P 500 to a new all-time high in the process. With the weekly advance, the major averages wiped out all their losses since the beginning of the year and moved into the green for 2015. MACRO NEWS: The U.S. economic calendar was relatively quiet during this week. Retail sales decreased 0.8% in January, versus expectations for a 0.4% decline. Initial jobless claims rose 25K to 304K in the week ended January 7. Consumer sentiment fell to 93.6 in the preliminary February release from the University of Michigan survey, versus expectations for the reading to hold at the 98.1 it achieved in January... In Europe, Russian, Ukrainian, German and French leaders came to terms on a cease-fire to begin Sunday. Eurozone GDP grew by 0.3% in the last three months of 2014, which was a bit faster than expected, largely due to strong upside in Germany. A Eurogroup meeting failed to reach a final bailout deal for Greece, but reports afterward seemed to have an optimistic tone about the continuation of talks. Sweden’s Riksbank became the latest central bank to cut interest rates and said it would undertake a program of sovereign bond buying... In China, foreign trade volume declined 10.8% year-on-year in January, with exports dropping 3.2% and imports slumping 19.7%. COMPANY NEWS: Coca-Cola (KO), PepsiCo (PEP), Zoetis (ZTS), Mondelez (MDLZ), and Groupon (GRPN) were among the companies whose stocks reacted positively to their quarterly earning reports. Conversely, the shares of Pier 1 Imports (PIR), AOL (AOL) and Zynga (ZNGA) fell after they reported their results... Dow member American Express (AXP) fell sharply after the company announced that its U.S. co-brand and merchant acceptance agreements with Costco (COST) are set to end in March of next year. Costco has been one of the few big U.S. merchants that to-date had accepted AmEx cards exclusively. Afterward, American Express said that the company now expects that overall earnings growth in 2015 will likely be "flat to down modestly" year-over-year... Another member of the blue chip index, McDonald's (MCD), dropped after reporting that its comparable sales declined 1.8% in January. As part of the overall results, U.S. same-store sales grew 0.4%, but Asia/Pacific, Middle East and Africa comparable sales dropped 12.6%... General Motors (GM) shares rose after the company confirmed that Harry Wilson intends to nominate himself as candidate for the GM board and bring before the annual meeting a proposal that the company commit to completing $8B of share repurchases... On the M&A front, Interxion (INXN) advanced after the company agreed to an all-share merger with U.K. peer TelecityGroup, after which Interxion shareholders will owning approximately 45% of the combined group. Rite Aid (RAD) rose after the pharmacy retail chain agreed to buy EnvisionRx from TPG for $2B and re-enter the pharmacy benefit management space it had previously exited. INDEXES: For the week, the Dow rose 1.09% to 18,019.35, the Nasdaq gained 3.14% to 4,893.84, and the S&P rose 2% to 2,096.99.
08:19 EDTMCDAckman noncommittal on McDonald's rumors, Bloomberg reports
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07:41 EDTMCDGlenview buys small stake in McDonald’s, suggests real estate sale, WSJ says
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