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May 30, 2012
23:13 EDTSFL, QCOM, BUD, PEP, ED, AAPL, FB, HIG, WWW, AIG, ABT, BGS, VZ, RIMM, MPO, CTRP, AMRN, TGT, SHW, WFC, MSJim 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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January 27, 2016
08:11 EDTAAPLApple guidance better than feared, says Morgan Stanley
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08:02 EDTAAPLApple price target lowered to $120 from $140 at Stifel
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07:57 EDTAAPLCiti recommends buying Skyworks on Apple weakness
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07:49 EDTAAPLApple revenue view already factored in Skyworks, Qorvo shares, says Stephens
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07:45 EDTAAPLApple price target lowered to $130 from $145 at Citi
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07:39 EDTAAPLApple price target lowered to $130 from $150 at FBR Capital
FBR Capital analyst Daniel Ives says Apple CEO Tim Cook "finally ripped the band-aid off" and lowered the company's outlook based on softer iPhone 6S demand and a choppy macro environment. Apple has a "few tough quarters ahead" pending the iPhone 7 buildup later this year, Ives tells investors in a post-earnings research note. He lowered his price target for the iPhone maker to $130 from $150 and keeps an Outperform rating on the name.
07:36 EDTAAPLApple price target lowered to $120 from $130 at UBS
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07:33 EDTAAPLApple to remain range bound , says RBC Capital
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07:23 EDTAAPLApple guidance more firm than expected, says Brean Capital
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07:19 EDTQCOMQualcomm volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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07:18 EDTAAPLApple outlook still positive, says Oppenheimer
After Apple's guidance indicated that iPhone sales would decline during the current quarter, Oppenheimer nonetheless believes that the company's "growth potential in China and other emerging markets has not been fully realized." The firm says that patient investors in the stock will be rewarded. It keeps a $120 price target and Outperform rating on the shares.
07:03 EDTAAPLDeutsche still sees limited catalysts for Apple shares
Deutsche Bank analyst Sherri Scribner says Apple's March quarter guidance implies a "significant decline" year-over-year in iPhone units, which likely drives a decline for FY16. The analyst remains concerned about the lack of growth in iPhone units this year, the slowdown in China sales and gross margin pressure following Apple's Q1 results. She sees limited catalysts for the shares in the near term and expects the stock to be range-bound. In a post-earnings research note titled "Is Apple season over?", Scribner keeps a Hold rating on the iPhone maker with a $105 price target.
06:59 EDTFB, AAPLOptions expected to be active: AAPL FB AMZN BIIB GD HES TXT BA UTX X T
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06:59 EDTAIGAIG goals look too optimistic, says Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank analyst Joshua Shanker says that if AIG (AIG) hits its stated goal of 600 basis point reduction in Commercial P&C loss ratio through 2017, its core loss ratio would be better than both Travelers (TRV) and the new Chubb (CB). Shanker views the goal as too optimistic and is not modeling for it entirely in his model. He keeps a Hold rating on AIG with a $60 price target.
06:35 EDTAAPLiPhone 7 Plus may include dual camera system, 9to5Mac reports
Apple's iPhone 7 Plus will likely include a dual-camera system, 9to5Mac reports, citing Apple analyst KGI securities. By using two separate lenses, Apple can use the additional image data to create higher quality pictures, the report says. Reference Link
06:32 EDTFBFacebook volatility increases into Q4 and outlook
Facebook January weekly call option implied volatility is at 94, February is at 46, March is at 40; compared to its 52-week range of 20 to 54, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q4 results today after the market close.
06:28 EDTAAPLApple reported strong Q1 but guided weak for Q2, says JPMorgan
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06:20 EDTAAPLPiper's Munster says Apple remains top pick for 2016
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster believes Apple's "insistence on broader macroeconomic headwinds" during its Q1 earnings conference call "may have spooked investors." He points out shares are trading down 3% despite iPhone guidance coming in above buy-side expectations. If macro headwinds remain an issue for Apple, the entire market would be impacted and the iPhone maker would be a relative winner, Munster tells investors in a post-earnings research note. He believes investors will view the safety of Apple's capital return program as a positive. Munster still predicts multiple expansion for Apple given the iPhone 7 and easier comps at the end of the year. The analyst lowered his price target for the stock to $172 from $179 but says Apple remains his top pick for 2016.
05:47 EDTAAPLTwitter close to hiring Natalie Kerris to run communications unit, Re/code says
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05:44 EDTFBTwitter's Kevin Weil to be named Head of Product at Instagram, Re/code reports
Twitter's (TWTR) former VP of product Kevin Weil is expected to be named Head of Product at Instagram, which is owned by Facebook (FB), Re/code reports, citing multiple sources. According to the sources, Weil was recruited by Instagram "for months" before announcing that he would exit Twitter late Sunday night. Reference Link
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