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November 15, 2012
23:38 EDTAMGN, HD, JCP, CSCO, HPY, PETM, LMTJim 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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May 19, 2015
09:24 EDTHDHome Depot sees FY15 EPS $5.24-$5.27, consensus $5.23
Says if exchange rates remain where they are today, EPS would be approx. $5.24. On currency neutral basis, sees FY15 EPS up 12% to $5.27.
09:19 EDTHDHome Depot sees repurchasing $3.4B of stock for remainder of year
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08:57 EDTAMGNLeerink biotech analyst holds an analyst/industry conference call
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07:51 EDTAMGNFDA PDUFA Date for Amgen's Blinatumomab is May 19, 2015
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07:36 EDTCSCOAutomakers to start V2V car rollouts with spectrum at a premium, WSJ says
General Motors' (GM) upcoming Cadillac CTS is the only car firmly scheduled to launch in the U.S. with vehicle-to-vehicle communications, or V2V, but the industry has promised that V2V will revolutionize safety and Cisco (CSCO) joined automakers earlier this month to brief the FCC on plans to test airwave sharing soon, said The Wall Street Journal. However, cable and telecom companies are pressuring carmakers to give up a part of the airwaves marked for V2V to be available for broader use, the report added. Publicly traded automakers include Fiat Chrysler (FCAU), Ford (F), Honda (HMC), Toyota (TM) and Volkswagen (VLKAY), while cable and telecom companies include Verizon (VZ), AT&T (T), Sprint (S), T-Mobile (TMUS), Comcast (CMCSA), Time Warner Cable (TWC) and Charter (CHTR). Reference Link
06:11 EDTHDHome Depot: Impact of reclassification was increase of $128M to cost of sales
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06:10 EDTHDHome Depot FY15 EPS guidance does not include losses related to data breach
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06:08 EDTHDHome Depot raises FY15 EPS growth to 11%-12%, consensus $5.23
Raises FY15 revenue growth to 4.2%-4.8% from 3.5%-4.7%, consensus $86.87B. Sees FY15 comp sales to be up 4%-4.6%.
06:05 EDTHDHome Depot reports Q1 EPS $1.21, consensus $1.15
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06:04 EDTHDHome Depot reports Q1 comparable store sales up 6.1%
Reports Q1 comparable sales for US stores were up 7.1%.
06:04 EDTHDHome Depot reports Q1 EPS $1.21, consensus $1.15
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May 18, 2015
16:00 EDTHDOptions Update; May 18, 2015
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15:37 EDTHDHome Depot May 114 weekly straddle priced for 3.1% movement into Q1
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15:32 EDTHDHome Depot technical notes ahead of earnings
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15:00 EDTHDNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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13:49 EDTHDEarnings Watch: Home Depot sees FY15 EPS $5.11-$5.17, revenue growth 3.5%-4.7%
Home Depot (HD), a home improvement retailer, is scheduled to report first quarter results before the market opens on Tuesday, May 19, with a conference call scheduled for 9:00 am ET. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $1.15 on revenue of $20.82B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is $1.12-$1.19 on revenue of $20.47B-$21.26B. LAST QUARTER: Home Depot reported fourth quarter adjusted EPS of $1.00 on revenue of $19.16B, beating analysts' consensus estimates for 89c and $18.7B, respectively. The company said same-store sales increased 7.9%, with U.S. SSS up 8.9%. The company forecast fiscal year 2015 EPS of $5.11-$5.17 on revenue growth of 3.5%-4.7%, against estimates at that time for $5.23 and $86.46B, respectively. Home Depot also guided to FY15 SSS growth of 3.3%-4.5% and said it expected FY15 gross margin to be flat, with a tax rate of approximately 37%. Capital expenditures for FY15 were foreseen at $1.6B, with cash flow from business at $9B. In addition to reporting better than expected Q4 earnings, Home Depot also announced an $18B share repurchase program and increased its quarterly dividend by 26% to 59c. NEWS: On its Q4 earnings conference call, Home Depot said it expected moderate GDP growth and housing recovery to drive growth in 2015. The company noted that if foreign currency rates continued as they were in February, sales in 2015 could be negatively impacted by $1B. At March's Raymond James conference, Home Depot backed its guidance for FY15. The company also said it sees FY15 operating margin approximately 60bps to greater than 13%. The company plans to open six new stores in FY15, including five stores in Mexico and one in Canada. The retailer is targeting FY15 share repurchases of $4.5B. On May 5, MacRumors reported that Home Depot may begin phasing out support for Apple Pay (AAPL) at its retail stores. Point72 Asset Management announced that it liquidated its stake during the quarter. STREET RESEARCH: In March, Oppenheimer said it believes that Home Depot has a number of positive catalysts, including solid U.S. consumer spending trends, significant slack in the U.S, housing recovery, improving market sentiment and investors' interest in domestic plays as the dollar strengthens. The firm raised its price target to $133 from $115 and kept an Outperform rating on the stock. On April 26, Barron's said shares of Home Depot could rise towards $124 as the housing market regenerates and demand for renovation grows. BofA/Merrill said the home improvement is one of the more attractive areas within retail and recommended buying Home Depot. During the quarter, Home Depot was initiated with a Hold rating and $108 target at Cantor. PRICE ACTION: Over the last three months, Home Depot shares are up over 1.5%. Ahead of Tuesday's earnings, Home Depot is fractionally higher at $113.77.
11:09 EDTHDHome Depot May weekly volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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10:09 EDTLMTLockheed Martin to provide online flight planning services under FAA contract
The FAA) has selected Lockheed Martin to provide online flight service tools to the general aviation community, helping them to plan and navigate the national airspace Under the Direct User Access Terminal Service II contract, Lockheed Martin expands their current work to provide weather information, flight plan processing and in-flight support to pilots.
09:36 EDTCSCOActive equity options trading on open
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May 17, 2015
15:28 EDTHPYHeartland Payment launches reservation app for U.S. restaurants
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