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November 9, 2012
05:04 EDTSBUX, CYS, CYOU, GNRC, AGNC, PPL, AAPL, HSIC, AFCE, ABT, SWKSJim Cramer's "Mad Money"
Jim Cramer said, "There are a few silver linings in the market." He reviewed the pros and cons of the market right now. Cons: The most obvious is the fiscal cliff. Disappointing earnings -- and expectations are still too high given the environment. Take Starbucks (SBUX). The company was trading in the low $50s when it reported over the summer, when expectations were too high. Shares pummeled into the mid $40s. It reported again with inline expectations and shares rallied back into the low $50s. Europe is another con against the market, said Cramer, but here, too, that's old news. Hurricane Sandy put a damper on the markets as well. But, after devastation come rebuilding. Cramer said the markets are clearly ratcheting down ahead of the fiscal cliff, but soon there will be capitulation, and that will be the time to buy, buy, buy. Looking for a stock that's both recession-proof and doesn't have anything to do with the fiscal cliff? Cramer said investors need to consider Abbott Labs (ABT), which has two catalysts helping to drive shares higher. Abbott will be splitting itself into two companies as of Jan. 1, 2013. Shares have already posted a 21% return since that news was announced, but Cramer said there's more to come now that the split is only 53 days away. Abbott Labs will have faster growth with a lower yield, while the new pharma company will have slower growth but a juicy 4% yield. Add those two companies together and they're worth $74/sh, said Cramer. The second catalyst is positive data on it's Hepatitis C treatment. That news will be relayed at an upcoming conference and should also help send shares higher. Cramer said with Abbott Labs trading at just 12.2x earnings with a 9% growth rate, he'd be a buyer through the end of the year. EXECUTIVE DECISION: Cramer once again spoke with Cheryl Bachelder, president and CEO of AFC Enterprises (AFCE), purveyors of the Popeye's Louisiana Kitchen chain of quick-serve restaurants. Shares of AFC are up 85% for the year and 14% since Cramer last spoke with Bachelder in August. Popeye's new flavorful menu is bringing excitement to the stores and is part reason for a 2c earnings beat on a 6.3% rise in same-store sales. Cramer once again praised Bachelder for a remarkable turnaround and growth story. He continues to recommend the stock. Cramer also sat down with Stanley Bergman, chairman and CEO of Henry Schein (HSIC), a medical products supplier to doctors, dentists and veterinarians. Henry Schein is active in acquisitions. The company does about 20 deals a year and currently has a full pipeline of deals in the works. Cramer reiterated his recommendation of Henry Schein, another recession-proof business he said will not be falling off the fiscal cliff in 2013. NO HUDDLE OFFENSE: Cramer said Apple (AAPL) is among those companies he's dubbed the "FCS" or fiscal cliff stocks, stocks that just make too much sense to sell now ahead of what will most likely be higher capital gains tax rates next year. Cramer said it would be greedy not to take something off the table now given Apple's big gains, which is why he's been taking profits in his trust of late. Once we get some clarity on the fiscal cliff, then we will know how to value Apple's growth. LIGHTNING ROUND: (Bullish) PPL; AGNC. (Bearish) GNRC; CYOU; CYS; SWKS. Reference Link
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October 20, 2014
09:27 EDTAAPLDexCom announces Dexcom SHARE FDA approval
Dexcom (DXCM) announced that it has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval for its CGM remote mobile communications device, Dexcom SHARE. With Dexcom SHARE, parents and personal caregivers can monitor a person's glucose data from a remote location via an Apple (AAPL) iPhone, or iPod touch.
09:01 EDTAAPLOffice Depot stores now accept Apple Pay
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08:44 EDTAAPLIBM CEO says recent Apple, SAP deals represent change in partnering strategy
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08:32 EDTAAPLFirst Tennessee to offer Apple Pay
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08:00 EDTAAPLApple Pay now available to Whole Foods Market customers
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06:37 EDTAAPLApple not planning to make touchscreen desktop computers, CNet reports
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06:21 EDTAGNCAmerican Capital downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at JMP Securities
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October 19, 2014
20:41 EDTAAPLMicrosoft plans smartwatch launch within weeks, Forbes says
Microsoft (MSFT) is planning a smart watch launch within the next few weeks, Forbes says.The smart watch will passively keep track of the wearer’s heart rate and work across different mobile platforms, added Forbes. Apple (AAPL) has delayed its own smartwatch launch to early 2015 according to the report. Reference Link
18:42 EDTHSICHenry Schein invests in Japan's Iwase Dental Supply
Henry Schein announced that it has invested in Iwase Dental Supply, a leading full-service provider of dental consumables, implants and equipment in Japan. The transaction marks Henry Schein's entrance into Japan, the world's 2nd largest dental market, and increases to 28 the number of countries in which the company operates. Iwase Dental Supply's existing shareholders, including the Iwase family, will continue to hold the remaining shares of the company. Henry Schein will not be consolidating Iwase's financial results. Financial and other terms of the transaction were not disclosed. The company expects the transaction to be neutral to its earnings per share in 2015.
October 17, 2014
16:55 EDTAAPLStocks end volatile week lower amid oil price plunge
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16:01 EDTAAPLOptions Update; October 17, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 1.75 to 38.58 Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN FB NFLX GILD CLF PBR according to Track Data.
15:46 EDTAAPLApple October weekly volatility elevated into Q4
Apple October weekly call option implied volatility is at 41, November is at 28, December is at 26, January is at 25 compared to its 26-week average of 25 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q4 on October 20.
09:38 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on
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09:32 EDTAAPLVirnetX files petitions, requests restoration of jury verdict against Apple
VirnetX (VHC) announced that it filed a petition with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, requesting a rehearing and rehearing en banc of the Federal Circuit's September 14 decision concerning VirnetX's litigation against Apple (AAPL). In its petition, VirnetX is asking the court to rehear its decision with respect to damages and affirm the district court's damages award against Apple in full because the Federal Circuit's decision is contrary to the patent statute and Supreme Court precedent. VirnetX is also asking the Federal Circuit to reinstate the jury's award that Apple infringed the '504 and '211 patents on the basis that the district court correctly construed the claim term "secure communication link." Kendall Larsen, VirnetX CEO and President said, "We respectfully believe the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit erred in certain parts of its decision and are asking it to further review its decision. We look forward to readdressing the decision with the court and remain confident about the strength of our arguments regarding restoration of the jury's damages award."
07:53 EDTAAPLFBI Director urges Apple, Google to change course on encryption, WSJ says
FBI Director James Comey, making his most extensive statements to date on encrypted phones and operating systems in a speech at the Brookings Institution, urged Apple (AAPL) and Google (GOOG) to “take a step back, to pause to consider, I hope, a change of course,’’ and called on lawmakers to update federal rules on how the government can intercept and monitor communication, reported The Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
07:19 EDTAAPLApple 'extremely well' positioned into holiday season, says Cantor
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06:34 EDTAAPLApple iPad refresh in-line with expectations, says Deutsche Bank
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06:24 EDTAAPLGlobal notebook shipments estimated at over 45M units, Digitimes Research says
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06:14 EDTAAPLApple debuts iPhone 6 in China, WSJ reports
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06:13 EDTAAPLLVMH could pair with a tech company to launch smartwatch, WSJ reports
LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMUY) says it could team up with with a technology company to launch a smartwatch for one of its brands, the Wall Street Journal reports. Jean-Claude Biver, president of LVMH’s watch division, commented "Maybe in nine months, we will have a smartwatch." Publicly traded smartwatch makers include Apple (AAPL), Google (GOOG) and Samsung (SSNLF). Reference Link
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