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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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September 18, 2014
06:55 EDTAAPLApple launches new iOS 8 phones with 'kill switch'
Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon revealed that new iPhones sold with iOS 8 will include Apple’s theft deterrent system, Activation Lock, as a default setting. This marks the first time in the history of the smartphone industry that theft deterrent technology is available by default on new products. In addition to being standard on the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, newly-sold iPhones will also prompt users to upgrade to iOS 8. Additionally, the new operating system can also be installed on most previous models of iPhones. As co-chairs of the Secure Our Smartphone, or S.O.S. Initiative, Attorney General Schneiderman and District Attorney Gascon led the effort to call on the wireless industry to address the global rise in smartphone thefts. The ultimate goal of SOS is for every mobile device to have a “kill switch” on by default. A default solution is imperative because it ensures that the device will be worthless to thieves. Reference Link
06:40 EDTAAPLApple wants to sell 50M Apple Watches in 2015, DigiTimes reports
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06:27 EDTAAPLReport says one iPhone 6 Chinese license approved, Reuters says
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05:40 EDTAAPLApple says will never allow government access to servers
Apple launched a website dedicated to privacy with a message from its CEO Tim Cook. The message stated in part, "We don’t build a profile based on your email content or web browsing habits to sell to advertisers. We don’t ‘monetize’ the information you store on your iPhone or in iCloud. And we don’t read your email or your messages to get information to market to you. Our software and services are designed to make our devices better. Plain and simple...Finally, I want to be absolutely clear that we have never worked with any government agency from any country to create a backdoor in any of our products or services. We have also never allowed access to our servers. And we never will."
September 17, 2014
16:46 EDTAAPLApple says HealthKit apps not available until end of month
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16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; September 17, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 24c to 27.63. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA BAC TWTR AMZN X WLT KO PBR according to Track Data.
15:46 EDTAAPLApple using own CDN, not Akamai, Level 3, for iOS 8, StreamingMediaBlog says
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13:57 EDTAAPLiPhone code compromises users, reroutes to fake eBay site, BBC says
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12:27 EDTAAPLNet Element shares higher by over 29% after integrating Apple services
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11:42 EDTAAPLVerizon says company-wide growth at moment is 'fine'
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11:16 EDTAGNCOptions with increasing implied volatility:
Options with increasing implied volatility: WB SDRL TAP AGNC IYR SKX
10:15 EDTAAPLDiscover calls active, rumored to be eyed as target by Apple, report
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10:07 EDTAAPLApple could announce new products at October event, Apple Insider says
Apple is said to be planning an event for the second half of October where it will unveil more gadgets, a source tells Apple Insider. The company may unveil a next-generation iPad Air and iPad mini which is rumored to feature the company's Tough ID fingerprint sensor. Reference Link
10:04 EDTAAPLDiscover rumored to be eyed as target by Apple, Bank Innovation says
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09:36 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL WFM X YHOO TSLA TWTR RAX SHLD SPLS
07:43 EDTAAPLApple iPhone prices could rise, says RBC Capital
After conducting a survey of consumers, RBC Capital believes that average sales prices for Apple's iPhone could rise $90 quarter-over-quarter and $65 year-over-year, while gross margins could increase as a result of higher average memory per device. The firm raised its price target on the name to $114 from $110 and keeps an Outperform rating.
07:22 EDTAAPLEarly reviews point to iPhone 6 battery life similar to iPhone 5s, BI says
After analyzing the first round of major tech publications' reviews of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, Business Insider said critics have "mixed" opinion's on the battery life of the 6 and that it "seems like" the smaller phone's battery life won't be radically different from the iPhone 5s. Reference Link
06:31 EDTAAPLLG Display to supply AMOLED panels for Apple Watch, DigiTimes reports
LG Display (LPL) are expected to supply Apple (AAPL) 5M AMOLED panels a month in 2015 for the Apple Watch, reports DigiTimes. According to sources from LG Display, Apple aims to sell upwards of 50M Apple Watches in 2015. Apple will reportedly not purchase AMOLED panels from Samsung (SSNLF) Display and instead will have LG as the sole panel provider for the Apple Watch. Reference Link
06:29 EDTAAPLApple iPhone 6 products sell out fast in Taiwan market, DigiTimes says
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06:17 EDTAAPLApple supplier reportedly struggling to meet iPhone demand, WSJ reports
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