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March 24, 2012
23:30 EDTLGF, CALL, VALE, CLF, CSTR, MCD, CLH, INTC, BRCM, CRZO, MHR, IRWD, NFLX, IBM, SWHC, TPLM, OXM, AGN, LEN, MKC, PVH, WAG, CVS, FDO, DLTR, PAYX, BBY, RIMM, FINL, CSOD, CRM, MDP, MAPP, HLJim 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
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October 10, 2014
17:14 EDTAGNMarket ends week lower amid global growth worries
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16:22 EDTINTCOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street had a bit of a see-saw trading day, but ended the session in the red once again. The Nasdaq took the brunt of the losses, falling over 2%, while the Dow's slide erased its gains for the year. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the import price index fell 0.5% in September, versus expectations for a 0.7% decline. Oil slumped to a four-year low during the session, as brent crude touched $88.11 intra-day, its lowest level since December 2010. COMPANY NEWS: The semiconductor sector was weak across the board after one of the companies in the space, Microchip Technology (MCHP), warned that it believes the sector has entered a correction. Microchip President and CEO Steve Sanghi claimed his company often sees the turn of the semiconductor industry ahead of others, noting that it does business with over 80,000 customers and that it built a significant amount of inventory in the distribution channel in the September quarter. Sanghi stated, "We believe that another industry correction has begun and that this correction will be seen more broadly across the industry in the near future.” Microchip, which also pre-announced weaker than expected second quarter revenue, dropped $5.58, or 12.26%, to $39.96. Intel (INTC) fell $1.71, or 5.09%, to $31.91, Avago (AVGO) declined $9.24, or 11.46%, to $71.36, Texas Instruments (TXN) slipped $3.28, or 7.13%, to $42.74 and Micron (MU) dropped $2.71, or 8.86%, to $27.93. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Exact Sciences (EXAS), which rallied $6.48, or 35.76%, to $24.60 after the company announced last night that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, or CMS, had agreed to cover the company's colorectal cancer and pre-cancer test through Medicare. Also higher was Dave & Buster (PLAY), which gained $1.28 to $17.28 after commencing trading on the Nasdaq following its initial public offering. Among the noteworthy losers was Procera Networks (PKT), which was downgraded by at least four research firms and plunged $2.85, or 33.33%, to $5.70 after the company warned its Q3 revenue will miss expectations. Also lower were shares of Caesars (CZR), which dropped $1.92, or 17.36%, to $9.14 after disclosing in a regulatory filing that its Chief Accounting Officer resigned to accept a position with another company. INDEXES: The Dow fell 115.15, or 0.69%, to 16,544.10, the Nasdaq plunged 102.10, or 2.33%, to 4,276.24, and the S&P 500 dropped 22.08, or 1.15%, to 1,906.13.
16:17 EDTFDODollar General receives second request from FTC
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16:02 EDTNFLXActionable Options for Friday, October, 10
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15:27 EDTCLFCliffs held preliminary talks on iron ore assets with Glencore, WSJ says
Glencore had talks that were described as "very preliminary" with Cliffs Natural Resources about its Australian iron ore assets, according to The Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter. Shares of Cliffs spiked higher following the first headlines from the report, but are now down about 1% in late afternoon trading. Reference Link
15:16 EDTCLFCliffs Natural held preliminary talks on iron ore assets with Glencore, DJ says
13:08 EDTINTCOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street opened in negative territory and saw several swings throughout the morning. Near midday the averages were mixed, with the Dow a bit higher and the Nasdaq weighed down by weakness across the semiconductor sector. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the import price index fell 0.5% in September, versus expectations for a 0.7% decline. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of a number of semiconductor makers, including industry giant Intel (INTC), were sharply lower after one of the companies in the space, Microchip Technology (MCHP), warned that it believes the sector has entered a correction. Microchip President and CEO Steve Sanghi claimed his company often sees the turn of the semiconductor industry ahead of others, noting that it does business with over 80,000 customers and that it built a significant amount of inventory in the distribution channel in the September quarter. Sanghi stated, "We believe that another industry correction has begun and that this correction will be seen more broadly across the industry in the near future.” Near noon, Microchip dropped 11%, Intel fell almost 4%, Texas Instruments (TXN) slipped over 6%, Micron (MU) dropped 6% and Fairchild (FCS) declined 12%. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Exact Sciences (EXAS), which rallied 35% after the company announced last night that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, or CMS, had agreed to cover the company's colorectal cancer and pre-cancer test through Medicare. Among the noteworthy losers were a number of companies that, similarly to Microchip, warned that their quarterly results will likely miss expectations, including Procera Networks (PKT), which plunged 34%, Manitowoc (MTW), which fell 9%, and Sizmek (SZMK), which dropped 21%. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 38.02, or 0.23%, to 16,697.27, the Nasdaq was down 35.89, or 0.82%, to 4,342.45, and the S&P 500 was up 0.42, or 0.02%, to 1,928.63.
10:29 EDTINTCMicrochip CEO warning on industry correction sinks semiconductors
Shares of a number of semiconductor makers are falling sharply after one of the companies in the space, Microchip Technology (MCHP), warned that it believes the sector had entered a correction. In a note to investors today, research firm FBR Capital said Microchip's comments "could be worrisome, " and the firm responded by taking a more defensive stance on the space. WHAT'S NEW: Microchip, which develops microcontroller and analog semiconductors, estimated that its second quarter revenue would come in at $546.2M, versus its previous guidance of $560.0M-$575.9M and analysts' consensus estimate of $568M. The company said that it had experienced a number of negative trends during the quarter, including a weaker than usual September, weakness in China, and significant inventory builds at its distributor customers. Microchip President and CEO Steve Sanghi claimed his company often sees the turn of the semiconductor industry ahead of others, noting that it reports sales from distribution on a sell-through basis and built a significant amount of inventory in the distribution channel in the September quarter and that it does business with over 80,000 customers. Sanghi stated, "We believe that another industry correction has begun and that this correction will be seen more broadly across the industry in the near future.” ANALYST REACTION: In a note to investors today, FBR Capital analyst Christopher Rolland said that Microchip's statements come in the wake of other negative signs for the sector. In August and September, lead times for the sector fell versus the month before, the analyst stated. Additionally, revenue trends at Taiwanese chip makers weakened in August, Rolland stated. The analyst said that Microchip's statements pushed him over the fence, causing him to take a more defensive stance on the sector. He removed ON Semiconductor (ONNN) from FBR's Top Picks list but kept an Outperform rating on the stock, as he believes that its valuation is "very reasonable." Rolland maintained Market Perform ratings on Atmel (ATML), Texas Instruments (TXN), Fairchild (FCS), AMD (AMD), and Applied Micro Circuits (AMCC). Sterne Agee also attributed weakness in the sector to Microchip's warnings, but the firm recommended buying NXP Semiconductors (NXPI), Avago (AVGO), and Skyworks (SWKS) due to their strong product cycles with EMV and upcoming iPhone-iPad launches from Apple (AAPL). In addition, the firm said it would buy Micron (MU) and SanDisk (SNDK) given tight supply, below normal inventory levels, and tailwinds from China. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Microchip dropped nearly 14% to $39.29, Intel (INTC) fell almost 6% to $31.67, On Semiconductor slid 10% to $7.53, Atmel tumbled 11.5% to $6.61, Texas Instruments slipped 8% to $42.16, Fairchild slumped 10.6% to $12.95, AMD dropped 6% to $2.77, Applied Micro declined 10% to $6.19, and NXP Semiconductors was 14% lower to $55.27.
10:22 EDTLENLennar management to meet with JPMorgan
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10:20 EDTAGNFidelity supports potential merger between Actavis and Allergan, Reuters reports
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10:16 EDTINTCIntel falls with semiconductor peers, levels to watch
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10:01 EDTIBMOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: 2U (TWOU) initiated with an Outperform at Pacific Crest... Bloomin' Brands (BLMN) initiated with an Outperform at BMO Capital... Brinker (EAT) initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital... Buffalo Wild Wings (BWLD) initiated with an Outperform at BMO Capital... Chipotle (CMG) initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital... Chuy's (CHUY) initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital... Darden (DRI) initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital... EMC (EMC) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... EPR Properties (EPR) initiated with a Buy at BofA/Merrill... HP (HPQ) initiated with a Hold at Jefferies... IBM (IBM) initiated with an Underperform at Jefferies... McDermott (MDR) initiated with an In-Line at Imperial Capital... NetApp (NTAP) initiated with a Hold at Jefferies... New Residential (NRZ) initiated with a Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Nimble Storage (NMBL) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... Noodles & Company (NDLS) initiated with an Outperform at BMO Capital... PDC Energy (PDCE) initiated with an Overweight at Stephens... Panera Bread (PNRA) initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital... Pioneer Natural (PXD) initiated with an Outperform at Imperial Capital... Resource America (REXI) initiated with a Buy at MLV & Co.... Rex Energy (REXX) initiated with an Overweight at Stephens... Seagate (STX) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... Silicon Motion (SIMO) initiated with a Buy at Brean Capital... Texas Roadhouse (TXRH) initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital... W.P. Carey (WPC) initiated with a Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Wayfair (W) initiated with a Buy at Janney Capital...Western Digital (WDC) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... Yelp (YELP) initiated with a Buy at Sterne Agee.
09:38 EDTINTCActive equity options trading on open
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08:11 EDTDLTR, FDOFamily Dollar Q4 bad enough to justify merger, says FBR Capital
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07:56 EDTINTCIntel Q3 results may be near-term catalyst, says Stifel
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07:37 EDTAGNActavis more likely partner than Valeant if Allergan merges, says UBS
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07:35 EDTAGNAllergan price target raised to $224-$225, from $198-$199 at Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo increased its price target on Allergan after the company pre-released better-than-expected revenue and EPS, and raised its 2014-2016 EPS guidance. The firm keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
07:16 EDTAGNAmerican Society of Plastic Surgeons to hold annual meeting
Annual Meeting of ASPS is being held in Chicago on October 10-14.
06:39 EDTNFLXNetflix spends $150M annually on content recommendations, Gigaom reports
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06:04 EDTWAGWalgreen implied volatility of 24 at lower end of index mean range
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