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March 24, 2012
23:30 EDTPAYX, CVS, MKC, SWHC, IRWD, BRCM, MCD, VALE, AGN, CRM, RIMM, DLTR, WAG, HL, LEN, IBM, MHR, INTC, CSTR, CALL, MAPP, CSOD, BBY, FDO, PVH, TPLM, LGF, NFLX, CRZO, CLH, CLF, OXM, MDP, FINLJim 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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17:19 EDTAGNAmerican Airlines to replace Allergan in S&P 500 as of 3/20 close
16:42 EDTCALLmagicJack reports estimated 2.75M active MJ subscribers as of Dec. 31, 2014
magicJack activated 169,000 subscribers during the fourth quarter of 2014. Activations are defined as devices that become activated on to a subscription contract during a given period. During the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2014, magicJack's average monthly churn was 3.3%. magicJack APP had 3.4M monthly active unique APP users as of December 31, 2014.
16:41 EDTCALLmagicJack reports Q4 adjusted EPS 15c, consensus 12c
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16:40 EDTCALLmagicJack announces new $20M stock repurchase program
magicJack VocalTec Ltd. announced that its Board of Directors has authorized a new share repurchase program under which the company may repurchase up to $20M of its outstanding common stock from time to time on the open market or in privately negotiated transactions. The company's prior $100M repurchase program, pursuant to which $91.3M of its outstanding common stock was repurchased and $8.7M remained authorized for repurchases has been terminated.
16:28 EDTNFLXOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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16:26 EDTCRMSalesforce.com initiated with a Hold at Brean Capital
Target $70.
16:23 EDTCRZOCarrizo Oil & Gas files to sell 4.5M shares of common stock
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12:56 EDTIBMIBM protest of Army contract an incremental negative for CACI, says Maxim
According to a Washington Technology article, IBM (IBM) successfully protested a $158M Army-payroll contract awarded to CACI (CACI). Maxim expects the contract to be re-evaluated and for CACI to still prevail and win, but the revenue ramp will take longer than previously anticipated. The firm rates CACI a Buy with a $101 price target.
12:54 EDTIBMContract awarded to CACI protested by IBM, Washington Technology reports
A $158M Army payroll and personnel contract that was awarded to CACI (CACI) has been successfully protested by IBM (IBM) and the contract has been dismissed, Washington Technology reports. Reference Link
10:44 EDTNFLXNetflix retreats after cut to sell on competition, cost concerns
The shares of Netflix (NFLX) are falling after research firm Evercore ISI downgraded the stock to Sell from Hold. Increased competition will force the company to increase its investments and the return from those investments is uncertain, the firm contends. WHAT'S NEW: In the U.S., technological advancements are enabling content providers to sell their programming to a wider range of Internet video distributors, Evercore ISI analyst Ken Sena wrote in a note to investors earlier today. Moreover, content providers themselves are now able to stream more of their programming online and obtain higher profits from doing so, Sena reported. The analyst noted that Apple (AAPL) recently obtained a three month exclusive deal to stream content form Time Warner's (TWX) HBO Now, while Yahoo (YHOO), Amazon (AMZN), and Hulu (DIS, CMCSA, NWSA) are all reportedly interested in obtaining streaming rights to "Seinfeld." Netflix's international expansion will not be sufficient to offset the increased competition, especially because foreign viewers are likely to watch less TV and be less interested in paying for TV content, the analyst believes. Furthermore, Netflix will face more competition from other Internet TV services overseas than in the U.S., according to Sena, who cut his 2015 consolidated operating income estimate for the company by 26% to $381M from $517M previously. In addition to cutting his rating, Sena lowered his price target on the shares to $380 from $450. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Netflix sank $16, or 3.7%, to $422.
10:28 EDTNFLXOptions with increasing implied volatility
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10:22 EDTAGNEuropean Commission clears Actavis' pending acquisition of Allergan
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10:14 EDTAGNOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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10:02 EDTNFLXOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:37 EDTNFLXActive equity options trading on open
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08:52 EDTPAYXTriNet opportunity meaningful, improving, says Stifel
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08:39 EDTPVHPVH Corp. price target lowered to $130 from $144 at Piper Jaffray
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07:52 EDTNFLXNetflix downgraded at Evercore ISI
As previously reported, Evercore ISI downgraded Netflix to Sell from Hold. The firm downgraded shares and reduced its price target to $380 from $450 due to increasing competition among existing and emerging distributors combined with content providers who are becoming increasingly leveraged to new channels through OTT offerings of their own. Evercore ISI believes intensifying competition will necessitate increased investment with uncertain returns and lowered estimates.
07:23 EDTMHRMagnum Hunter announces Eureka Hunter throughput volume of 623,713 MMBtu per day
Eureka Hunter Pipeline, in which Magnum Hunter owns a substantial equity interest, announced that throughput volumes on Eureka Hunter's gas gathering pipeline system located in West Virginia and Ohio, have now reached a new record of approximately 623,713 MMBtu per day on Friday, March 13.
06:16 EDTNFLXNetflix downgraded to Sell from Hold at Evercore ISI
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