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May 30, 2012
23:13 EDTBGS, VZ, RIMM, MPO, CTRP, AMRN, TGT, SHW, WFC, MS, SFL, QCOM, BUD, PEP, ED, AAPL, FB, HIG, WWW, AIG, ABTJim 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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February 23, 2015
05:29 EDTAAPLApple to invest EUR 1.6B in new European data centers
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05:27 EDTAAPLApple to invest EUR 1.6B in new European data centers
February 22, 2015
17:25 EDTQCOMChip designer CEVA takes on Qualcomm in China, Bloomberg says
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17:11 EDTAAPLApple could reach $160 in a year, Barron's says
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15:11 EDTAAPLApple increases capabilities in industrial lithium-ion batteries, Reuters says
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February 20, 2015
16:48 EDTAAPLDow, S&P 500 finish week at record highs after Greek deal reached
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16:03 EDTAMRN, AAPL, FBOptions Update; February 20, 2015
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13:56 EDTVZAT&T VP critical of Dish auction tactics
AT&T (T) VP of Federal Regulatory Joan Marsh stated in a post to a corporate blog that FCC Auction 97 represents "hard evidence that there is significant continuing interest in licensed spectrum... It didn't matter that it was mid-band spectrum. It mattered only that it was broadband spectrum." Marsh notes that Dish (DISH) won more licenses than any other bidder though "none of that spectrum is currently supporting commercial wireless services," with her suggestion being that "auctions should be designed to ensure that licenses go to those willing to deploy networks not speculators or stockpilers...The government should continue to place a high priority on allocating new licensed bands to the wireless industry." Marsh continues her analysis of Dish, claiming the double and triple-bidding activity carried out by its two designated entities "circumvented auction activity rules, masked actual demand and distorted the auction," as they were able to win significant allocations while enjoying a 25% small business discount. In response to Dish claims that all companies use DEs, Marsh replies that "in more recent auctions... bidders like AT&T, Verizon (VZ) and T-Mobile (TMUS) had no DE relationships, participated directly and paid full price for their licenses." Reference Link
11:47 EDTQCOMQualcomm mentioned positively at Pacific Crest
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11:02 EDTAAPLApple electric car could be 'iPhone of the Future,' says Cantor
Cantor Fitzgerald analyst Brian White says he believes an electric car from Apple has the potential to be the "iPhone of the Future." White, in a note to investors today, added that he doubts Apple's reach will stop there. He believes the personal robot category offers "great potential over the next decade and fits well with Apple's skill set." White thinks the reports of an electric car show innovation at the tech giant continues. He keeps a Buy rating Apple shares with a $160 price target. The stock is up 30c it morning trading to $128.71.
11:00 EDTAAPLApple electric car could be 'iPhone of the Future,' sys Cantor
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10:20 EDTAMRNHigh option volume stocks
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09:38 EDTAAPL, AMRN, FBActive equity options trading on open
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07:46 EDTEDConsolidated Edison sees FY15 ongoing ops EPS $3.80-$4.00, consensus $3.93
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07:20 EDTTGTWal-Mart wage increase may pressure Target, Staples, Reuters says
Wal-Mart's (WMT) wage increase announcement will likely pressure the retail, fast-food, and restaurant sectors to potentially follow suit, reports Reuters, citing an Edward Jones analyst and the managing director of consultancy firm Strategic Resource Group. The analysts specifically named Target (TGT) and Staples (SPLS). Reference Link
07:08 EDTABTAmerican Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology to hold annual meeting
2015 Annual Meeting of AAAAI is being held in Houston, Texas on February 20-24.
06:41 EDTAAPLApple pushing for 2020 production of its electric car, Bloomberg says
Apple (AAPL) is pushing to begin production of its electric vehicle as soon as 2020, reports Bloomberg, citing people with knowledge of the matter. Bloomberg notes that the move could put Apple into direct competition with Tesla (TSLA) and General Motors (GM), both of which are targeting a 2017 release for next-generation electric vehicles. Apple may still cancel the project if it becomes unhappy with progress, the sources said, though its vehicle team is already 200-people strong. Reference Link
06:20 EDTAAPLApple price target raised to $145 on increasingly bullish outlook at Goldman
Goldman raised Buy rated Apple's price target to $145 from $130 based on increased confidence in platform momentum, sustained iPhone growth, and the potential for the Apple Watch. The firm believes risk/reward is more balanced following the recent 20% upside move but sees further upside given the aforementioned factors and the near-term catalysts from the April watch launch, updates on capital allocation, and a likely March quarter beat.
05:21 EDTFBFacebook implied volatility of 25 at lower end of index mean range
04:50 EDTQCOMStocks with implied volatility movement; QCOM KO
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