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May 30, 2012
23:13 EDTAMRN, TGT, SHW, WFC, MS, SFL, QCOM, BUD, PEP, ED, AAPL, FB, HIG, WWW, AIG, ABT, BGS, VZ, RIMM, MPO, CTRPJim 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 20, 2015
10:58 EDTMSMorgan Stanley reports 6.1% passive stake in Madison Square Garden
09:44 EDTTGTSupreme Court denies appeal of 'swipe fee' ruling, Reuters reports
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09:38 EDTVZ, AAPLActive equity options trading
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09:14 EDTMSMorgan Stanley does not see lower oil hurting physical oil business sale process
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09:11 EDTMSOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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09:03 EDTMSMorgan Stanley says still committed to sale of oil and gas commodities business
08:50 EDTMSMorgan Stanley sees 'clear path' to ROE of 10%
Morgan Stanley sees driving ROE above 10% in Fixed Income and Commodities. On reduction and optimization of Risk-Weighted Assets in Fixed Income and Commodities, the firm said it is on track to achieve year end 2015 target of below $180B and sees additional capital opportunity through passive roll-down of $25B of RWAs by year-end 2018. Morgan Stanley sees a "meaningful reduction" in funding costs due to spread tightening and roll-off of older more expensive debt. For target Compensation/Net Revenue ratios, Morgan Stanley sees Institutional Securities 39% in 2015 in a flat revenue environment; sees Wealth Management 55% over time in a flat interest rate environment; and sees Investment Management 40% over time. Morgan Stanley intends to continue to increase its capital return to shareholders over time, subject to regulatory approval, the company noted. Comments and guidance from Q4 earnings conference call and slides.
08:41 EDTMPOMidstates Petroleum downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust
SunTrust downgraded Midstates Petroleum to Neutral to reflect a lower commodity price deck forecast, lack of hedges, and impact from lower spending. Price target lowered to $1.50 from $9.
08:05 EDTAIGAerCap may consider stock buyback from AIG, Reuters says
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07:08 EDTMSMorgan Stanley says Q4 affected by 'choppy market conditions'
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07:07 EDTMSMorgan Stanley reports Q4 book value of $34.62
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07:07 EDTMSMorgan Stanley Common Equity Tier 1 risk-based capital ratio 14.2%
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07:05 EDTMSMorgan Stanley reports Q4 continuing ops EPS 47c, consensus 48c
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07:02 EDTMSMorgan Stanley reports Q4 EPS ex-DVA 40c, consensus 48c
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06:57 EDTFBFacebook to upgrade Messenger app, experiment with revenue generation, WSJ says
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06:38 EDTAAPLApple stops developers in Crimea from creating App Store apps, TechCrunch says
Apple has sent out emails to app developers in Crimea telling them that they can no longer develop iPhone apps, TechCrunch reports. The move is based on new U.S. sanctions against Crimea, the Russian-annexed area of Ukraine. Reference Link
06:24 EDTVZT-Mobile warns of unsustainable costs against cellphone giants, Re/code says
T-Mobile (TMUS) owner Deutsche Telekom (DTEGY) claims Verizon (VZ) and AT&T's (T) wealth makes true competition difficult, reports Re/code, citing statements made at Germany's DLD conference. Deutsche Telekom CEO Tim Hoettges stated the dominance of AT&T and Verizon allowed them to make huge bids at the latest midband spectrum auction to further their market lead. Hoettges also stated he was "intrigued" by last year's unsuccessful merger talks with Sprint (S), and warned that T-Mobile's $4B-$5B investment requirements per year are unsustainable. Reference Link
06:02 EDTFBFacebook acquires boutique firm Teehan+Lax, terms not disclosed
Toronto-based boutique firm Teehan+Lax announced in a blog post on Friday that the company will join Facebook's design team in California. T+L said "In a few weeks we will be moving to the San Francisco Bay Area. This will mean saying goodbye to family, friends, Toronto, and Teehan+Lax." Terms of the deal have not been disclosed. Reference Link
January 18, 2015
16:34 EDTFBFacebook job listings hint at push into virtual reality, Reuters says
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13:45 EDTAAPL, VZGoogle in talks to acquire mobile-pay platform Softcard, WSJ says
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