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May 30, 2012
23:13 EDTQCOM, BUD, PEP, ED, AAPL, FB, HIG, WWW, AIG, ABT, BGS, VZ, RIMM, MPO, CTRP, AMRN, TGT, SHW, WFC, MS, SFLJim Cramer's "Mad Money"
Jim Cramer told his "Mad Money" viewers Wednesday they'd better avoid stocks steeped in high drama and stick with those boring names that simply make you money. Case in point, Research In Motion (RIMM has seen the love affair with its users wither and die. Cramer said after years of under-investing in new technology and a string of service outages, RIM is now in a tailspin from which few companies ever recover. The possibility of a takeover is promising, but he fundamentals are in decline, Cramer concluded. Another high-drama stock is Facebook (FB), which hit a new low again Wednesday. Cramer said investors need to wait for at least a full quarter of results from the company or for the lockup period to expire to really know how low this stock can go. Finally, there's Morgan Stanley (MS). which is a constant battle between the bulls and the bears. Cramer questions if the balance sheet is OK? And if ratings cuts are looming based on European exposure. Cramer said with so many betting against this firm, it's simply too hard to call. Cramer said that Instead of these high-drama names, investors should consider Verizon (VZ), a wireless company that sells all types of handsets, not just one. They should also consider Apple (AAPL), which offers a low multiple and high growth as well as products that continue to dazzle. In the banking sector, Cramer gave the nod to Wells Fargo (WFC), a far safer and less dramatic alternative to Morgan Stanley.EXECUTIVE DECISION: Cramer sat down with David Wenner, president and CEO of B&G Foods (BGS), a stock that's up 95% since Cramer first recommended it in October 2010. Shares of B&G rose 83% last year and currently sport a 4.6% dividend yield. Wenner said B&G is up to the challenge with all its acquisitions and the company's balance sheet remains in great shape. Wenner noted that B&G's acquisitions are always accretive to earnings. B&G is in a rare position of not having a lot of commodity exposure, and the company hedges its bets when necessary. Cramer continued his recommendation of B&G Foods as a great, non-European stock for investors' portfolios. In a turbulent market, investors need dividend protection, Cramer said, unveiling a new group of "Dividend Royalty" stocks that fit that bill perfectly. He reminded viewers that nearly 40% of all the gains from the S&P's 500 come from reinvested dividends, which makes a strong, diversified dividend portfolio one that's worthwhile to have. Cramer said he chose these five names from a list of companies that have raised their dividend every year since 1980. After accounting for diversification, these stocks rose to the top of the list: ConEd (ED), Sherwin-Williams (SHW), Abbott Labs (ABT), pepsico (PEP), Target (TGT). LIGHTNING ROUND: (Bullish) AIG; BUD; AMRN; WWW. (Bearish) QCOM; CTRP; HIG; SFL; MPO. Reference Link
News For RIMM;FB;MS;VZ;AAPL;WFC;BGS;ED;SHW;ABT;PEP;TGT;AIG;BUD;AMRN;WWW;QCOM;CTRP;HIG;SFL;MPO From The Last 14 Days
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April 8, 2015
09:00 EDTMPOMidstates Petroleum initiated with a Buy at Noble Financial
Target $2.65.
08:42 EDTFBLivePerson should benefit from Facebook move, says Roth Capital
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06:47 EDTAAPLGoogle could benefit from losing Safari default status, Business Insider says
Google's (GOOG) revenue could actually rise if Apple (AAPL) decides to drop Google as the default search engine on its Safari web browser, according to Business Insider, which cited a note from Goldman Sachs. If Apple drops Google, 48% of Safari users polled by Goldman said they would utilize Google's search engine anyway, Business Insider quoted Goldman as saying. If Google is able to retain 50%-70% of the ad revenue generated by Safari users after being removed as Safari's default search engine, Google's profits will rise about 5%-10%, since Google pays Apple for its default status, Business Insider quoted Goldman as saying. Reference Link
06:18 EDTAAPLApple downgraded to Hold from Buy at Societe Generale
Societe Generale analysts Andy Perkins and Peter Knox downgraded shares of Apple to Hold from Buy after their work indicated iPhone average selling prices dropped in the March quarter. Due to lower share of 128GB models, the analysts estimate the March quarter average selling price dropped to $651 from $687 in the December quarter. Further, Perkins and Knox believe currency headwinds are likely to adversely impact sales and that Apple will struggle to replicate the huge success of the iPhone 6 launch. They keep a $130 price target on the Apple. The stock closed yesterday down $1.34 to $126.01.
April 7, 2015
16:55 EDTAAPLXerox upgraded to Buy ahead of Q1 results at Citigroup
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16:00 EDTFB, AAPL, VZOptions Update; April 7, 2015
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15:13 EDTHIGAmerican Realty appoints Hugh Frater as non-executive chairman
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12:50 EDTAAPLHBO NOW available to Apple and Optimum Online customers
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11:06 EDTAAPLApple Watch reservations limited to one per customer, MacRumors reports
Apple Watch reservations will be limited to one per customer through the company's Reserve and Pickup service, reports MacRumors. Apple's one-per-customer reservation limit has been confirmed to be in place in the United States and United Kingdom, and likely other launch countries. Reference Link
10:05 EDTCTRPOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Carnival (CCL) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Crown Castle (CCI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore ISI... Ctrip.com (CTRP) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Demandware (DWRE) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman... FirstEnergy (FE) upgraded at BofA/Merrill... Frontier Communications (FTR) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at DA Davidson... JPMorgan (JPM) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Bernstein... Pattern Energy (PEGI) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Ralph Lauren (RL) upgraded to Buy from Outperform at CLSA... ResMed (RMD) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Ryanair (RYAAY) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Splunk (SPLK) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Total (TOT) upgraded at RBC Capital... Verifone (PAY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel... XL Group (XL) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS.
09:52 EDTAAPLApple retail chief instructs staff to push Apple Store shoppers online, BI says
Apple retail chief Angela Ahrendts wants staff at Apple Stores to push customers to order the Apple Watch and the new MacBook online instead of buying in physical stores, Business Insider reports, citing a memo. The memo notes that "This is a significant change in mindset" and will help ensure guaranteed delivery of the Apple products. Reference Link
09:35 EDTVZ, AAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:23 EDTTGTFreshpet dry food product launched at Target, says Baird
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08:11 EDTMSGoldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley estimates raised at Susquehanna
Susquehanna raised its estimates for both Goldman Sachs (GS) and Morgan Stanley (MS) to reflect a strong quarter for FICC driven by interest rate and currency volatility and more stable credit markets as well as better I&L. Susquehanna maintains Neutral ratings on both Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley shares.
06:46 EDTAAPLApple Pay, Google Wallet could see competition from CurrentC, Macworld says
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06:25 EDTAAPLMicrosoft close to have alternative to Apple Pay, Business Insider reports
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06:20 EDTQCOMQualcomm likely to get back into Galaxy phones, says Citigroup
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06:19 EDTAAPLApple quietly acquired Ottocat 'some time ago,' TechCrunch reports
Apple quietly bought Ottocat, a startup that has developed a system to organize apps on its app store based on "nested" categories, TechCrunch reports. Terms of the acquisition, which is said to have closed "some time ago," have not been disclosed. A version of Ottocat's system currently powers the "explore" tab in Apple's App Store, TechCrunch says. Reference Link
06:00 EDTFBTurkey restores access to YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, FT reports
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05:36 EDTCTRPCtrip.com upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Michael Olson upgraded Ctrip.com to Overweight saying the company is making the right investments to take further share of the Chinese travel market. Olson believes Ctrip.com's is positioned for margin expansion and that long-term investors should own the stock. He raised his price target for the name to $90 from $54. Shares of the hotel accommodations and airline tickets consolidator closed Monday at $61.17.
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