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November 9, 2012
05:04 EDTSWKS, GNRC, AAPL, ABT, CYS, AGNC, HSIC, SBUX, CYOU, PPL, AFCEJim 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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November 18, 2014
07:37 EDTPPLNorthWestern closed $900M purchase of eleven hydroelectric facilities from PPL
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07:16 EDTAAPLSamsung to produce APs for iPhones, iPads beginning in 2015, Korea Times reports
According to the Korea Times, sources say that Apple (AAPL) will outsource the bulk of its application processors manufacturing to Samsung (SSNLF) for iPhones and iPads starting in 2015. This agreement will cause Samsung to become a primary supplier of APs to Apple, moving Taiwan Semi (TSM) into second place. Reference Link
06:28 EDTAAPLNokia to launch Android tablet, FT reports
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November 17, 2014
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; November 17, 2014
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11:14 EDTAAPLApple price target raised to $120 from $115 at RBC Capital
RBC Capital earlier increased its price target on Apple as the firm estimates that the company's watch will generate $10B in revenue and 40c in EPs in the first 12 months after it's released. The firm increased its FY15 sales estimates for the company by $6.5B and raised its FY15 EPS estimate by 24c. It keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
09:36 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading
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08:48 EDTSWKSSkyworks, Avago, and RF Micro Devices recommended at BofA/Merrill
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08:16 EDTABTZoetis to purchase assets of Abbott Animal Health for about $255M
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08:15 EDTABTZoetis to purchase assets of Abbott Animal Health for about $255M
November 16, 2014
20:04 EDTAAPLApple: App Store adds UnionPay as payment option for customers in China
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November 14, 2014
17:13 EDTAAPLAppaloosa gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: NXP Semiconductors (NXPI), Lorillard (LO), Alibaba (BABA), and Shire (SHPG). INCREASED STAKES: Whirlpool (WHR), Priceline (PCLN), Delta (DAL), CBS (CBS), and General Motors (GM). DECREASED STAKES: American Airlines (AAL), Disney (DIS), Apple (AAPL), MGM Resorts (MGM), and Eastman Chemical (EMN). LIQUIDATED STAKES: Expedia (EXPE), AIG (AIG), Prudential (PRU), Celanese (CE), and ASML Holding (ASML).
17:07 EDTAGNCSoros Fund Management gives quarterly update on stakes
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16:01 EDTAAPLOptions Update; November 14, 2014
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12:38 EDTHSICHenry Schein management to meet with Jefferies
Meeting to be held in London on November 18 hosted by Jefferies.
10:49 EDTAAPLReport: iPhone 6 outselling iPhone 6 Plus 3-to-1 margin, Apple Insider says
Apple's iPhone 7 lineup is mostly driven by the 4.7-inch model, accounting for 68% of all iPhone sales, while the iPhone 6 Plus took between 23%-24%, reports Apple Insider. Citing a report from Consumer Intelligence Research Partners, the new iPhones represented 91% of total iPhone sales compared to the iPhone 5s and 5c accounting for 84% of total iPhone sales a year ago. Reference Link
09:38 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading
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07:52 EDTAAPLIntegrated Device to benefit from wireless charging adoption, says Craig-Hallum
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07:05 EDTAAPLApple told FTC health data will be protected, Reuters reports
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has asked Apple to prevent sensitive health data that will be collected by its devices from being used without users' consent, according to Reuters, which cited two unnamed sources. The tech giant has promised the FTC that it will not sell the data to third parties or allow developers to do so, the news service stated. Reference Link
06:54 EDTAAPLU.S.warns on vulnerability in Apple's iOS, Reuters reports
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06:16 EDTAAPL, SBUXEU says Starbucks tax deal in Netherlands may be illegal state aid, WSJ says
The European Union said the tax deal struck by Starbucks (SBUX) in the Netherlands amounts to illegal state aid, reports the Wall Street Journal. European Commission regulators said it reached a preliminary view that the tax deal violated guidelines produced by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. It said the tax deal "tolerates questionable adjustments which allow Starbucks Manufacturing BV to lower the resulting corporate income tax basis in the Netherlands." The EU is also investigating tax arrangements of Apple (AAPL) in Ireland and Amazon (AMZN) and Fiat S.p.A. (FIATY) in Luxembourg. Reference Link
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