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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
News For LMT;CSCO;HD;PETM;JCP;AMGN;HPY From The Last 14 Days
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September 18, 2014
16:26 EDTHDHome Depot reports cyber attack put 56M unique payment cards information at risk
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16:23 EDTHDHome Depot completes malware elimination, enhanced encryption of payment data
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16:22 EDTHDHome Depot completes malware elimination, enhanced encryption of payment data
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12:07 EDTJCPStocks with call strike movement; JCP FB
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10:40 EDTHDPier 1 Imports falls to 12-month low after weak Q2, lowered outlook
Shares of home furnishings retailer Pier 1 Imports (PIR) hit a 12-month low after the company's second quarter results fell below analysts' consensus estimates and it reduced its fiscal 2015 earnings per share outlook. WHAT'S NEW: Pier 1 Imports reported Q2 EPS of 10c on revenue of $418.6M, missing analysts' consensus estimates of 14c and $426.02M, respectively. Same-store-sales for the quarter were up 4.5%. The retailer lowered its FY15 EPS outlook to 95c-$1.05 from $1.14-$1.22. Analysts' consensus estimates for FY15 EPS prior to the earnings report was $1.13. The company sees FY15 SSS in the mid-to-high single digits and gross profit, as a percentage of sales, are expected to be 40.5%-41.5%. Pier 1 Imports CEO Alex Smith said that he foresees online sales to surpass $400M in 2016. WHAT'S NOTABLE: During the company's conference call, Pier 1 Imports said that it expects to see improving merchandise margins in coming quarters with fewer coupons. The company noted plans to continue returning cash to shareholders in the form of dividends and share buybacks. ANALYST REACTION: This morning, Wells Fargo analyst Matt Neemer downgraded Pier 1 Imports to Market Perform from Outperform. He feels that the stock will be a difficult one to own in the medium term as the retailer moves towards a multi-channel approach. Neemer believes that the company has a difficult journey ahead as it cuts broad-based discounters, and he feels that consumers will take time to get accustomed to the new messaging. He cut his price target range to $15-$16 from $19-$20 for the company. Barclays analyst Alan Rifkin downgraded Pier 1 Imports to Equal Weight from Overweight due to slow revenue growth and heightened promotions. He feels that that the "soft" revenues could continue. He believes that the company's elongated online profitability pipeline and increased promotions are certain to be a burden on the business in ways that the company had not initially thought. Rifkin said that growing the top line will be even harder in the absence of promotions. He reduced his price target for shares to $14 from $18. Argus analyst Christopher Graja downgraded Pier 1 Imports to Hold from Buy due to the company's lower than anticipated Q2 earnings. He feels that in terms of the home furnishings market, companies such as Williams-Sonoma (WSM), Home Depot (HD) and Lowe's (LOW) are more "resilient" for shareholders. Pier 1 Imports was also downgraded to Hold from Buy at BB&T. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, Pier 1 Imports fell $2.63, or 16.99%, to $12.90. Including today's pull back, the stock is down approximately 45.2% over the past 12 months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies in the home furnishings space include Restoration Hardware (RH), and Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY).
08:09 EDTLMTLockheed Martin awarded $18M maintenance contract by U.S. Marine Corps
Lockheed Martin has been awarded a contract for maintenance of the battle command system used by the Marines to manage and monitor airborne platforms, including fighters, bombers, tankers, unmanned aerial vehicles, and helicopters. Under a contract worth approximately $18M, Lockheed Martin will upgrade and sustain the USMC's Virtualized Theater Battle Management Core Systems.
September 17, 2014
18:13 EDTLMTBoeing, Lockheed Martin to team with Bezos firm on rocket engine, WSJ reports
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13:51 EDTHDJPMorgan to replace some credit cards following Home Depot breach, Reuters says
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08:05 EDTCSCOCisco announces intent to acquire Metacloud
Cisco announced its intent to acquire privately held Metacloud. Upon completion of the acquisition, Metacloud employees will join Cisco's Cloud Infrastructure and Managed Services organization led by Faiyaz Shahpurwala, senior vice president. The acquisition of Metacloud is expected to be complete in 1Q15, subject to customary closing conditions.
08:03 EDTAMGNAmgen price target raised to $151 from $143 at Morgan Stanley
Morgan Stanley raised Amgen's price target to $151 based on increased brodalumab and AMG 416 expectations. Shares are Overweight rated.
07:57 EDTLMTSenate Finance Committee to hold a hearing
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September 16, 2014
17:22 EDTLMTUnited Launch Services awarded $938.37M government contract modification
United Launch Services, a 50-50 joint venture owned by Lockheed Martin (LMT) and Boeing (BA), has been awarded a $938.37M modification to previously awarded FA8811-13-C-0003 cost-plus-incentive-fee contract for FY15 EELV launch capability for the Delta IV and Atlas V families of launch vehicles. This contract provides for mission assurance, program management, systems engineering, integration of the space vehicle with the launch vehicle, launch site and range operations, and launch infrastructure maintenance and sustainment. Work will be performed at Littleton, Colorado; Vandenberg Air Force Base, California; and Cape Canaveral Air Station, Florida, with an expected completion date of Sept. 30, 2015.
11:57 EDTLMTPentagon to most likely approve Musk's Falcon rockets, WSJ says
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11:16 EDTCSCOVirnetX plunges after appeals court vacates jury award in suit with Apple
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09:04 EDTLMTLockheed Martin's meteorological satellite accepted for operations by USSTRATCOM
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08:18 EDTCSCOFCC to hold a roundtable
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07:19 EDTHD, CSCOCompanies' share buybacks at fasttest clip since 2007, WSJ reports
Companies are buying back their own shares at its fastest pace since the financial crisis to fuel a stock rally, reports the Wall Street Journal. According to Birinyi Associates, companies have bought back $338.3B of stock in 1H14, the most since 2007. Citing an analysis by Barclays, companies with the largest buyback programs by dollar value have outperformed the broader market by 20% since 2008. Reference Link
07:15 EDTLMTPratt expects upcoming F-35 agreements to reduce espenses, Reuters says
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06:34 EDTLMTBoeing, Lockheed ally with Amazon CEO on rocket engine, Reuters says
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06:29 EDTLMTPratt & Whitney close to engine supply deal with Pentagon, WSJ reports
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