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March 24, 2012
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 (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
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September 28, 2015
16:23 EDTAGNAllergan sees 10% branded revenue growth after divestiture of generics unit
Following the close of the divestiture of the Generics business to Teva (TEVA), New Allergan (AGN) expects to have a powerful financial profile to drive continued long-term growth: 10% branded revenue growth; Non-GAAP gross margins of 77% to 79% with additional long-term expansion anticipated; Non-GAAP SG&A as a percentage of revenue between 21-24%, declining within that range over time; Non-GAAP tax rate of ~15%; Interest expense for New Allergan will be largely dependent on capital deployment decisions following the close of the transaction; Commitment to investment grade ratings. "New Allergan will have strong double-digit revenue growth and will be a development powerhouse stacked with 70 mid-to-late stage R&D projects to address customer and patient needs," said Brent Saunders, CEO and President. "The New Allergan will be lean and nimble with an expanded margin profile driven by leading brands in seven therapeutic categories, a streamlined operating model with one of the most efficient SG&A as a percentage of sales in the industry, a non-GAAP tax rate of approximately 15 percent, and a simplified manufacturing network globally. The continued robust performance of our overall business and strong mid-to-late stage pipeline puts Allergan in a strong position to meet our growth targets for the remainder of the year and over the long-term."
16:21 EDTAGNAllergan sees 2H15 adjusted EPS $6.25-$6.65
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16:05 EDTIBMIBM annnounces plans to buy Workday services partner Meteorix
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16:00 EDTNFLXOptions Update; September 28, 2015
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12:13 EDTMDPOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks on Wall Street were lower at midday after more weak data from China and a warning from noted investor Carl Icahn gave the already-shaky market some additional worries at the outset of a new week. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., personal income grew 0.3% in August, versus expectations for it to rise 0.4%. Personal spending rose 0.4% last month, versus expectations for growth of 0.3%. The pending home sales index fell 1.4% in August, missing expectations for it to have risen 0.4%. The Dallas Fed manufacturing outlook survey for September had a reading of -9.5, versus expectations for a reading of -10.0. In China, industrial profits plunged 8.8% in August, adding to the recent string of weak data from the Asian giant. COMPANY NEWS: Apple (AAPL) announced that it set a record by selling more than 13M new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus models in the first three days after launch of the devices. Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster said Apple's report, paired with the firm's read on sell-through, makes him think the 6S cycle is off to a good start, but shares of the tech giant slid about 1.5% near noon... Alcoa (AA) shares advanced about 3% after the company announced that its board has unanimously approved a plan to separate into two independent, publicly-traded companies - an Upstream company that will operate under the Alcoa name and a new "Value-Add company" that will provide high-performance, multi-material products whose name will be announced at a later date. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Media General (MEG), which jumped 24% after Nexstar (NXST) proposed to acquire the company for cash and Nexstar shares currently valued at $14.50 per Media General share. Media General (MEG), which previously agreed to acquire Meredith (MDP) in a cash and stock transaction that was valued at approximately $2.4B when it was announced about three weeks ago, said it will "carefully review and consider" Nexstar's proposal. Also higher was Knowles (KN), which gained 8% after FBR Capital analyst Christopher Rolland upgraded it shares to Market Perform, saying Chipworks identified a fourth mic made by the company in Apple's iPhone 6S, up from three in the previous version of the smartphone. Among the noteworthy losers was Verastem (VSTM), which plunged 68% after the biopharmaceutical company said it would stop enrollment in a Phase 2 study of VS-6063 for patients with mesothelioma. Also lower were shares of both Energy Transfer Equity (ETE) and Williams (WMB), which fell 9% and 9.5%, respectively, after they announced a business combination transaction valued at approximately $37.7B, including the assumption of debt and other liabilities. Under the terms of their deal, an affiliate of ETE will acquire Williams at an implied current price of $43.50 per Williams share, the companies said. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 241.02, or 1.48%, to 16,073.65, the Nasdaq was down 105.73, or 2.26%, to 4,580.77, and the S&P 500 was down 37.17, or 1.92%, to 1,894.17.
10:50 EDTINTCAnalyst more upbeat on Intel, downgrades Qorvo following trip to Asia
After traveling to Asia, Pacific Crest analyst Michael McConenell was more upbeat on the outlook for Intel (INTC), as well as smartphone chip makers Avago (AVGO) and Skyworks (SWKS). The analyst downgraded another smartphone chip maker, Qorvo (QRVO), to Sector Weight from Overweight, warning that the company's results may miss expectations down the road. BULLISH: Shipments of notebook computers appear set to exceed expectations by 5%-10% this month, after more of the devices seem to have been manufactured in August and September than in previous months, according to McConnell. Meanwhile, cloud customers are sparking a significant rebound in data centers' semiconductor demand, the analyst stated. Moreover, motherboard manufacturers say they are seeing increased demand for their products from desktop PC makers, the analyst stated. All of these trends bode well for Intel, indicated McConnell, who kept a $35 price target and Overweight rating on the shares. Demand for Avago's products appears to have remained healthy, given the company's low exposure to China and the strong demand for Apple's (AAPL) iPhone 6S devices, the analyst stated. Another research firm, Craig-Hallum, recently estimated that Avago generates $6.75 of revenue per iPhone 6S sold, up from the $6.50 it obtained from the previous generation of iPhones. Pacific Crest's McConnell kept a $180 price target and Overweight rating on the shares of Avago. Skyworks should benefit from strong near-term demand trends, driven by a shift to module architectures, McConnell contended. According to the analyst, the company's 2016 outlook is also strong. BEARISH: Analysts' "out-quarter estimates" for Qorvo are too high, as they expect the company to grow 8.4% each quarter, versus only 5.9% for Skyworks, McConnell stated. Qorvo is facing several headwinds, including struggles with a key customer, Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi, and its inability to obtain more revenue per each iPhone sold, the analyst stated. These headwinds will probably prevent Qorvo from meeting analysts' expectations, warned McConnell. Additionally, the company will be hurt by the slowdown in the growth of the Chinese smartphone market, predicted the analyst, who cut his rating on the stock to Sector Weight from Overweight. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, Intel rose 1.2% to $29.16, Avago dropped 1.7% to $124.56, Skyworks fell 3.6% to $84.58 and Qorvo declined 8.5% to $43.61.
10:08 EDTCRMTableau price target lowered to $75 at Summit Research on competition concerns
Summit Research analyst Srini Nandury said the firm's channel checks indicate that Tableau's (DATA) software competition will intensify from Salesforce (CRM), Qlik (QLIK) and PowerBI. The analyst thinks Tableau's string of large "beat and raise" quarters will come to an end since most of the "low-hanging fruit" seems to have been picked and the company will need to work harder to acquire new customers. Nandury keeps a Hold rating on Tableau and cut the firm's price target on the stock to $75 from $80.
10:02 EDTNFLXNetflix licenses global streaming rights for 'Colony'
Netflix, Inc., Legendary Television and Universal Cable Productions announced that Netflix has acquired subscription video on demand rights on a global basis to COLONY, a highly anticipated new drama from Carlton Cuse and Ryan Condal, which premieres on USA January 14, 2016. COLONY is a co-production between Legendary Television and Universal Cable Productions.
09:10 EDTMDPMedia General confirms receipt of unsolicited proposal from Nexstar
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08:15 EDTLENLennar pullback provides a buying opportunity, says Morgan Stanley
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07:56 EDTNFLXNetflix appears to have a hit with Narcos, says UBS
UBS analyst Doug Mitchelson said the firm's "Evidence Lab" found that Netflix' Narcos is already among the top four most liked of the company's original shows on Facebook in less than 1 month after premiering, adding that the reception of the show has been particularly strong in Latin America. The apparent hit increases the firm's confidence in Q3 subscriber growth estimates for both the U.S. and international markets, Mitchelson told investors in a research note. The analyst also noted that Netflix ranked sixth in week 1 and 24th in week 2 in terms of iOS app downloads for Japan after launching there. Though the launch is the weakest internationally since 2013, the size of the market should still let it contribute to Q3, wrote Mitchelson who keeps a Buy rating and $143 price target on Netflix shares.
07:52 EDTAGNIIR Holdings to hold a conference
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07:39 EDTINTCIntel fundamentals improving, says Pacific Crest
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07:38 EDTOXMBox to hold a user conference
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07:25 EDTFINLFinish Line selloff Friday overdone, says FBR Capital
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06:42 EDTPVHPerfume makers look to Wal-Mart, Target, WSJ reports
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06:35 EDTMDPNexstar Broadcasting offers to buy Media General for $14.50 per share, WSJ says
Nexstar Broadcasting (NXST) Chairman and CEO Perry Sook has sent a letter to the board of Media General (MEG) offering to buy the local-television station owner for $14.50 per share, The Wall Street Journal reports. According to the letter, which was seen by the publication, includes $10.50 in cash and 0.0898 Nexstar shares for each Media General share. Media General previously announced a deal to buy Meredith Corp (MDP). Reference Link
06:27 EDTNFLXNetflix acquires rights to three more TV shows, Variety reports
Netflix has acquired the global streaming rights to CW's "Jane the Virgin," USA's "Colony" and CBS's "Zoo," sources confirm to Variety. Netflix previously announced the acquisition of exclusive global rights to ABC's "How to Get Away with Murder." Reference Link
05:30 EDTIBMIBM expands portfolio of cloud business solutions
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September 27, 2015
14:04 EDTIBMCybersecurity firms look prime for takeover, Barron's says
Cybersecurity companies like Palo Alto Networks (PANW), Fortinet (FTNT), and FireEye (FEYE) are becoming increasingly-attractive takeover targets for a Cisco (CSCO) or IBM (IBM), and any future dip in their stocks could represent a buying opportunity, Barron's contends in its 'Technology Trader' column. Reference Link
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