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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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September 8, 2014
11:15 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney volatility at 27-month low
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08:45 EDTCSCONimble Storage, Arista, CommVault recommnded on M&A at Pacific Crest
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07:15 EDTAMGNIBC Life Sciences to hold a conference
10th Annual Cell Line Development & Engineering Conference to be held in Berkeley, California on September 8-10.
06:49 EDTAMGNAmgen shares to trend higher, price target to $150 at RBC Capital
RBC expects shares of Amgen to trend higher due to evolving sentiment around the 2015 pipeline and low multiple. Some investors want a break-up of the company to increase shareholder value but the analyst does not expect it to occur given the concentrated portfolio, tax reasons, and a commercial infrastructure that can not be split off. Shares are Outperform rated with a $150 price target, raised from $135.
September 5, 2014
16:45 EDTHDMarket ends week little changed after mixed economic data
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12:43 EDTLMTLockheed Martin JLTV program completes government review
The Lockheed Martin Team's Joint Light Tactical Vehicle, or JLTV, program successfully completed the government's Production Readiness Review at the company's Ground Vehicle Assembly facility.
06:40 EDTLMTCanada to presumably purchase fighter jets from U.S. firms, Reuters says
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06:27 EDTHDHealthCare.gov insurance site breached by hacker in July, WSJ reports
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September 4, 2014
15:26 EDTCSCOCisco UCS update further strengthens portfolio, says Cantor
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15:20 EDTCSCOCisco expands Unified Computing System portfolio
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11:07 EDTHDHome Depot believes we are in 'moderate stage' of housing recovery
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11:05 EDTHDHome Depot says it has no plans to expand in Brazil or going back to China
Home Depot said it has no plans to go back to China because it has not figured out how to make money there. It also said it has no plans in expanding into Brazil even though he has looked into opportunities there. Home Depot said it sees the most opportunities in North America, and will focus its resources there.
11:02 EDTHDHome Depot maintains 2H14 outlook that it will be better than 1H14
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10:57 EDTHDHome Depot seeing high-spend pro customers are growing higher than others
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10:43 EDTHDHome Depot CEO: 3rd parties 'working around the clock' on breach investigation
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10:42 EDTHDHome Depot CEO: We have told everybody what we know on breach
CEO Frank Blake said the company found out Tuesday morning and chose the path of communicating the facts as they know them. Blake said the company felt it was best to communicate the facts quickly and transparently, but cannot answer all of the questions. He added that the company will continue to investigate the breach "intensely." Comments taken from Goldman Sachs Annual Global Retailing Conference.
10:32 EDTCSCOCisco, Red Hat expand relationship, launch solution for OpenStack
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10:30 EDTHDHome Depot in contact with Secret Service over alleged breach, Reuters reports
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08:25 EDTHDHome Depot could see less impact than Target from data breach, says BMO Capital
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07:28 EDTLMTPentagon official says close to F-35 engine fix, Reuters says
Pentagon chief arms purchaser Frank Kendall said that the U.S. military is getting closer in figuring out how to fix the engine that fuels Lockheed Martin's (LMT) F-35 fighter jet, while Pratt & Whitney said it will pay to retrofit the 156 engines which were already delivered, according to Reuters, citing comments from Kendall. Pratt & Whitney is the United Technologies (UTX) division that manufacturers the engine. Reference Link
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