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November 15, 2012
23:38 EDTLMT, CSCO, HD, PETM, JCP, AMGN, HPYJim Cramer's "Mad Money"
Cramer said it's downright infuriating, just when the housing market was beginning to recover, autos were getting stronger, retail sales were growing and banks looked like they were finally finding their footing, Congress has been able to undo it all and send our markets sharply lower. We're now facing the first congressionally mandated bear market we've ever seen, said Cramer, all because 536 people couldn't agree. For the year, U.S. stocks are now up just half of their counterparts in Europe, and Europe is in a recession. Cramer came up with three indicators to help investors figure out whether the effects of the fiscal cliff are baked into the markets and whether its time to begin buying back in. First: "Washington on TV" indicator. Anytime the president or member of Congress gets on the air, expect the markets to go lower. Second: Lockheed Martin (LMT), the defense contractor with a 5% dividend yield. If the U.S. falls over the fiscal cliff, Lockheed will get hurt by both defense spending cuts and a rise in dividend taxes, Cramer noted, making this stock uniquely positioned to feel the blow. Third: Investors can use Cisco (CSCO), Home Depot (HD) and Petsmart (PETM) as gauges for Washington's damage. Cramer said all three of these companies posted stellar earnings, so if they can't hold onto their gains, no one can. SELL BLOCK: Cramer reminded viewers some stocks go down because they deserve to, and that's certainly the case with J.C. Penney (JCP). The company remains a value trap and is showing no signs of improving. Penney has had three disappointing quarters in a row, Cramer noted, and sales still continue to decline, dramatically so, and the company's balance sheet is weakening. Then, continuing with his "Upside Surprise Party" series of stocks to buy as the markets continue to fall on fiscal cliff worries, Cramer recommended drug maker Amgen (AMGN). The company has a huge pipeline of new drugs on the way and a 1.7% yield. Trading at just 12x earnings with a 10.5% long-term growth rate, Cramer said he's never seen Amgen trade as low as it is right now. EXECUTIVE DECISION: Cramer sat down with Robert Carr, chairman and CEO of Heartland Payment Systems (HPY), our nation's fifth-largest payment processor. Heartland's most recent quarterly results included a 5c earnings beat on better-than-expected revenue with upside guidance. Cramer continued his recommendation and said Heartland Payment Systems is a great story. NO HUDDLE OFFENSE: Cramer offered his quick "Top 5" reasons why they shouldn't be sellers in Friday's market. First: stocks are already very oversold -- there will be a better time to sell later. Second: while many stocks will be impacted by the fiscal cliff, others, like international names, will not, which is why it's prudent to buy, not sell, into weakness. Third: everything gets baked into stock prices eventually, and stocks often bottom before big events occur, not after. Fourth: the higher taxes and spending cuts of the fiscal cliff won't be the end of the world for certain sectors, like health care and those that offer consumers a bargain. And, Fifth: companies with big dividends will likely be able to raise those dividends to cover, at least partially, any higher tax rates from the fiscal cliff. Reference Link
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August 18, 2014
11:57 EDTJCPStocks with call strike movement; JCP GPRO
J.C. Penney (JCP) November 11 call option implied volatility decreased 4% to 43, GoPro (GPRO) January 48 call option implied volatility decreased 8% to 45 according to IVolatility.
11:39 EDTHDHome Depot weekly volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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11:30 EDTPETMJANA says anonymous package shows PetSmart missing targets
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11:25 EDTHDEarnings Preview: Home Depot shares up nearly 9% since last earnings report
Home Depot (HD), a home improvement retailer, is scheduled to report second quarter results before the market opens on Tuesday, August 19, with a conference call scheduled for 9:00 am ET. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $1.45 on revenue of $23.62B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is $1.41-$1.49 on revenue of $22.9B-$24.08B. LAST QUARTER: Home Depot reported first quarter EPS of $1.00 against estimates for 99c on revenue of $19.69B against estimates of $19.95B. The company said same-store sales increased 2.6%, with U.S. SSS up 3.3%. The company raised its fiscal year 2014 EPS view to $4.42 from $4.38 against estimates at that time for $4.42. The retailer also backed its FY14 sales growth view of up 4.8% from fiscal year 2013. On its Q4 earnings conference call, Home Depot forecast gross margins for FY14 would be "about the same" as last year. For the remainder of the year, the company said its view on the housing market recovery had not changed. NEWS: At Oppenheimer's 14th Annual Consumer Conference in June, Home Depot reaffirmed its 4.8% sales growth view for the year and said SSS growth would be 4.6%. The company also said it expected $7B in share repurchases for FY14. The retailer also said it intends to increase its dividend every year. The Wall Street Journal said Home Depot is among the retailers betting that consumer basics, like toilet paper or detergent, will increase sales and lure shoppers into stores. STREET RESEARCH: Citigroup expects Home Depot shares will continue outperforming Lowe's (LOW) in the near-term given its store base concentration and better merchandising effort on the Pro side. Deutsche Bank lowered its estimates for both Home Depot after Tractor Supply (TSCO) and Lumber Liquidators (LL) pre-announced Q2 comp misses. The firm, which noted that the negative earnings revision is "relatively minor," said that while the business models are different, Tractor Supply and Lumber Liquidators have historically correlated positively with Home Depot and Lowe's on comps. PRICE ACTION: Over the last three months, Home Depot shares are up almost 9%. Year-to-date, shares are up over 2%.
10:46 EDTPETMJANA discloses receipt of anonymous PetSmart presentation
JANA Partners disclosed that on August 14, it received in the mail an anonymous, unsolicited package containing a presentation prepared by PetSmart, setting forth certain business plans relating to improving third and fourth quarter results and a cover letter noting that the company "has missed internal projections and criticizing the Issuer’s actions including those described in the Presentation as not being in the long-term best interests of shareholders." JANA believes that in the interest of full disclosure such materials should be shared with all shareholders. However, given that certain portions of such materials may be deemed to be competitively sensitive, on August 18, it sent a copy of such materials to PetSmart, together with a letter asking the company to "promptly release such materials after redacting any such competitively sensitive information." JANA says it does not have any knowledge regarding who may have sent this material, and has not independently verified the authenticity of any statements made therein.
09:31 EDTLMTLockheed Martin receives contract from US Navy to test FROTIS exoskeletons
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06:24 EDTHDOptions expected to be active
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August 15, 2014
18:06 EDTLMTLockheed Martin awarded $232.8M government contract modification
Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $232,794,734 cost-plus-incentive-fee modification to the previously awarded F-35 Lightning II Low Rate Initial Production Lot VI contract. This modification provides for non-recurring sustainment activities, to include procurement of 19 training devices and 69 items of complex support equipment. Work is expected to be completed in June 2017. Fiscal 2012 aircraft procurement funds and international partner funds in the amount of $232,794,734 will be obligated at time of award, $190,999,120 of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity
17:02 EDTJCP, CSCOStocks end week slightly higher despite flare-up in Russian tensions
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16:38 EDTJCPOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street began the session in positive territory despite some soft economic data points, including a weaker than expected report on manufacturing in the New York area and a lower than expected consumer confidence reading. The market short circuited following reports of a skirmish in the Ukraine where a Russian convoy was supposedly fired upon when it crossed the border. The averages quickly dropped and were only able to partially recover, as investors moved to the sidelines to avoid additional geopolitical risk over the weekend. ECONOMIC EVENTS: The NY Fed's Empire manufacturing survey had a reading of 14.69, versus expectations for a 20.0 reading. The Producer Price Index increased 0.1% overall, matching expectations. The core reading was up 0.2%, which was also in-line with the consensus forecast. Industrial production increased 0.4% in July, beating the consensus 0.2% growth forecast. That nudged up capacity utilization to 79.2%, versus 79.1% previously. The first University of Michigan consumer confidence reading for August fell 2.6 points to 79.2, versus expectations for it to have edged up to 82.0. Treasury international capital data showed foreigners dumped $153.5B in total U.S. assets in July after buying a revised $33.1B in June. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Monster Beverage (MNST) surged $21.84, or 30.48%, to $93.49 after Coca-Cola (KO) bought a stake in the energy drink maker and the companies announced a long-term strategic partnership and asset swap. Coca-Cola will pay $2.15B for a 16.7% stake in Monster, the companies announced last night. Under the terms of their agreement, Coca-Cola will add two directors to Monster's board. Coke will transfer ownership of its worldwide energy business including brands like NOS, Full Throttle, Burn, Mother, Play and Power Play, and Relentless to Monster, in trade for which Monster will transfer its non-energy business to Coke. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Achillion Pharmaceuticals (ACHN), which rose 81c, or 9.6%, to $9.25 after the company announced interim results from an ongoing Phase 2 proxy study of a potential chronic hepatitis C virus regimen that analysts at Piper Jaffray called "impressive." Also higher was Paylocity (PCTY), which advanced $2.17, or 9.79%, to $24.34 after reporting better than expected fourth quarter revenue and guiding to higher than expected sales in its first quarter. Among the noteworthy losers was retailer J.C. Penney (JCP), which fell 24c, or 2.46%, to $9.50 despite posting a narrower than expected loss for the second quarter. Also lower were shares of another department store owner, Dillard's (DDS), which dropped $9.49, or 8.21%, to $106.11 after reporting quarterly results that missed expectations. INDEXES: The Dow dropped 50.67, or 0.3%, to 16,662.91, the Nasdaq gained 11.92, or 0.27%, to 4,464.93, and the S&P 500 slipped 0.12, or 0.01%, to 1,955.06.
12:53 EDTJCPStocks with call strike movement; JCP SINA
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12:39 EDTJCPOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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10:30 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney falls despite posting a narrower than expected Q2 loss
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09:35 EDTJCPActive equity options trading on open
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09:10 EDTJCPOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:48 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney comps get more difficult from here, says Maxim
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08:47 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney comp run rates does not support quick recovery, says Morgan Stanley
Morgan Stanley said J.C. Penney's underlying comp run-rate of 4% does not support a quick turnaround and believes comps will decelerate from current levels. The firm trimmed its 2015-2017 base assumptions and believes the company will struggle to reach +6% comps. Shares are Underweight rated with a reduced price target of $7 from $7.50.
07:19 EDTJCPWells says 'no reason to get too excited' about J.C. Penney
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06:54 EDTAMGNAmgen shares should 'grind higher' this year, says RBC Capital
RBC Capital expects Amgen shares to "grind higher" this year driven by a greater appreciation of pipeline programs, the Analyst Day on October 28, an expected filing of the PCSK-9 program soon, and positive Ph iiB anti-CGRP migraine data expected year-end. Shares are Outperform rated.
06:41 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney turnaround 'very much underway,' says Piper Jaffray
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