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June 12, 2012
05:14 EDTFTR, COP, LVS, RDS.A, GTLS, HTZ, T, IGT, SKUL, LGCY, ARNA, CAT, PEP, ZIP, NOK, GRA, FUN, DOW, WPRT, KO, VZ, SWKJim Cramer's "Mad Money"
The markets finishing near their lows for the day on Monday. Jim Cramer said, that while the markets rallied last week in anticipation of good news from Spain, what actually transpired fell far short of expectations. All meaning that the crisis will lumber on. If the news out of Europe really had fixed the problem, investors would have been reaching for gold, noted Cramer, as any true bailout would be seen as inflationary. He said the CurrencyShares Euro Trust (FXE) would have also risen above $130 and the bond yields for most European countries would have fallen even more. Cramer said what the European countries need most is growth; to date, none of the bail out plans offer growth. That's why he continues to recommend stocks that offer domestic security and dividends and are not overly economically sensitive. AT&T (T) and Verizon (VZ) topped Cramer's list, along with cigarette maker Altria (MO). Then, Cramer pitted the upstart Zipcar (ZIP) against the incumbent Hertz Global (HTZ) to see which company rules the rental car market. Since its IPO shares of Zipcar are down 43% and might not yet be done heading lower. Zipcar trades at 29% earnings and has shaky growth prospects, Cramer said he prefers to invest with Hertz, which trades at only 8x earnings with a 12% long-term growth rate. "It's not even a fair fight," Cramer concluded. In the age-old question of which is better, Coca-Cola (KO) or Pepsico (PEP), Cramer announced a stunning change of opinion: He's eliminated Coke from his charitable trust, Action Alerts PLUS, and is now going for Pepsi. CRamer contends, in today's markets what had once been tailwinds for Coke are now changing into headwinds, making Pepsi the winning bet. Not all stocks go up in a straight line, and that's why Cramer circled back to Chart Industries (GTLS), a stock that's up 44% since his original recommendation in February 2011, but also one that's fallen 13% since Cramer last spoke with the company's CEO on April 13. The biggest driver for Chart Industries were last week's announcements by Westport Innovations (WPRT) that they're partnering with equipment giant Caterpillar (CAT) to make natural gas mining equipment and locomotives and the announcement that Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A) will be building 200 natural gas fueling stations across the U.S. That's good news for Chart, which makes the technology and the tanks to liquefy natural gas for vehicle use. With so many positives, Cramer said that shares of Chart deserve to be much higher than where they trade today, affording investors a terrific entry point. LIGHTNING ROUND: (Bullish) DOW; ARNA; LVS; FUN. (Bearish) LGCY; COP; GRA; SKUL; FTR; NOK; IGT; SWK. Reference Link
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July 21, 2015
15:42 EDTARNAArena Pharmaceuticals receives USPTO patent
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13:40 EDTNOKNokia to unveil virtual reality project next week, Re/code reports
Nokia plans to unveil its first major virtual reality project next week at a special event in Los Angeles, California, Re/code reports, citing sources familiar with the company's plans. Reference Link
06:42 EDTNOKNokia close to selling HERE to German auto makers, Bloomberg reports
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July 20, 2015
12:16 EDTNOKHERE offering free HD map data for automated vehicle tests
HERE, a Nokia (NOK) company, announced it is making high-definition mapping data of sections of public roads in four countries available to all automotive companies to support their highly automated vehicle initiatives. HERE is offering HD mapping data of specific stretches of open road in Silicon Valley and Michigan in the United States, as well as in France and Germany, to all carmakers and automotive suppliers for test purposes. HERE plans to offer data for Japan too later this year. HERE is currently working with more than 10 "leading automotive companies" on automated driving projects, the company said. Publicly traded automakers include Fiat Chrysler (FCAU), Ford (F), General Motors (GM), Honda (HMC), Nissan (NSANY), Toyota (TM) and Volkswagen (VLKAY).
July 17, 2015
08:07 EDTIGTInternational Game signs five-year extension agreement with Maryland Lottery
International Game has entered into a five-year extension agreement with the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Commission to continue providing the Company's INTELLIGEN central monitoring and control system for the existing video lottery terminal program at the state's five licensed VLT venues: Hollywood Casino Perryville, The Casino at Ocean Downs, Maryland Live! Casino, Rocky Gap Resort and Casino, and Horseshoe Casino Baltimore. Additionally under the extension agreement, the Company will provide technology and services to connect the VLTs at the state's sixth licensed VLT venue, MGM National Harbor, which is expected to open in the third or fourth quarter of 2016, to INTELLIGEN.
08:02 EDTDOWDow, Olin receive IRS letter ruling for proposed Chlor-Alkali, Derivatives deal
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July 16, 2015
19:07 EDTCOPConocoPhillips provides notice of termination for ENSCO DS-9 drillship contract
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16:22 EDTCOPConocoPhillips terminates contract for Ensco DS-9 drill ship, expects Q3 charge
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16:19 EDTCOPConocoPhillips to reduce deepwater exploration spending, sees Q3 charge
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16:16 EDTCOPConocoPhillips raises quarterly dividend 1c to 74c per share
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10:00 EDTFTROn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Arc Logistics (ARCX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel... Dean Foods (DF) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... FreightCar America (RAIL) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at UBS... Frontier Communications (FTR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Google (GOOG) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... Intel (INTC) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Needham... Medtronic (MDT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BTIG... Netflix (NFLX) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Rosenblatt... New Jersey Resources (NJR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Argus... ONEOK Partners (OKS) upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer... Patterson-UTI (PTEN) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... SJM Holdings (SJMHY) upgraded to Overweight from Underweight at JPMorgan... Statoil (STO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citi... SunOpta (STKL) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at Scotia Howard Weil... Viacom (VIAB) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Citi... Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Werner (WERN) upgraded on 'compelling' valuation at Wells Fargo... Wisconsin Energy (WEC) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Baird... voxeljet (VJET) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray.
08:06 EDTIGTInternational Game subsidiary to be awarded 7-year contract by Wisconsin Lottery
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07:11 EDTFTRFrontier Communications upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies
Jefferies upgraded Frontier Communications to Buy saying the pending Verizon (VZ) transaction provides "ample" dividend support and may be underappreciated by the market. The firm lowered its price target for shares to $6 from $7.50 to reflect the dilutive impact of the recent financing.
05:48 EDTCOPStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; YY COP
Stocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; YY Inc. (YY) 47, ConocoPhillips (COP) 24 according to iVolatility.
July 15, 2015
10:08 EDTARNAHigh option volume stocks
High option volume stocks: ALIM RCPT SFXE ARNA ADTN ZGNX HALO STNG
09:23 EDTARNAOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Bank of America (BAC), up 2.9%... CSX (CSX), up 2.6%. ALSO HIGHER: Hertz (HTZ), up 3.9% after being upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank. NOTABLE: Receptos (RCPT), up 10.5% following deal to be acquired by Celgene (CELG)... Celgene is up 7.9% after announcing acquisition of Receptos... UP AFTER RECEPTOS/CELGENE DEAL: ZIOPHARM Oncology (ZIOP), up 1.7%... Arena Pharmaceuticals (ARNA), up 6.5%. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Delta Air Lines (DAL), down 2.4%. ALSO LOWER: Mead Johnson (MJN), down 4.8% after reducing fiscal 2015 EPS guidance... Columbia Pipeline Partners (CPPL), down 5.6% after 4.64M share Block Trade priced at $24.15... SINA (SINA), down 2.7% after being downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... MacroGenics (MGNX), down 2.8% after 3.25M share Secondary priced at $37.00.
07:58 EDTARNAAnalysts break down impact of $7.2B Receptos buyout
After Celgene (CELG) announced last night that the company has agreed to acquire Receptos (RCPT) for $232 per share in cash, or a total of about $7.2B net of cash acquired, research firms have chimed in with their opinions on how the proposed deal may impact others in the biotech space. Receptos key asset is Ozanimod, which is being studied in Phase III trials for relapsing multiple sclerosis and ulcerative colitis. DERIVATIVE CALLS: Piper Jaffray analyst Edward Tenthoff told investors that he views Celgene's deal for Receptos as good for Arena Pharmaceuticals (ARNA). The analyst notes that Arena's APD334 is already showing dose-dependent decreases in circulating lymphocyte counts and that the company will initiate Phase II studies in ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease this year. Tenthoff reiterates an Overweight rating and $7.50 price target on Arena, which has a market capitalization around $1B and closed yesterday up 8c to $4.47. In its own note to investors this morning, Nomura said Celgene's deal could put downward pressure on Biogen's (BIIB) long-term multiple sclerosis estimates. Nomura's M. Ian Somaiya contended that one-year Phase II efficacy data for Ozanimod looked as good as Novartis’s (NVS) Gilenya and Biogen's Tecfidera’s Phase III at year 2. Somaiya also wondered if rival Gilead (GILD) could be "looking for something bigger" than Receptos for its own deal, telling investors that the firm views Incyte (INCY) as Gilead's most likely takeout target. Incyte's shares closed up $4.46 at $117.46 yesterday, giving the company a market cap of about $20B. RIVAL BID?: Wedbush analyst Liana Moussatos believes another bidder may seek to acquire Receptos, noting that she previously estimated Receptos could be valued at $348 per share, or about $10.9B, in a buyout. Moussatos noted that Celgene said it expects annual peak sales for Ozanimod to reach about $4B-$6B for RMS and UC, making its acquisition price of $7.2BN only a bit more than about 1X peak sales without accounting for other possible indications or the rest of its pipeline. Moussatos told investors she sees "plenty" of potential upside to justify a rival bidder stepping in and reiterated the firm's Outperform rating on Receptos shares. PRICE ACTION: In pre-market trading, Receptos rose 10% to $228.61 while Gilead gained 1.4% to about $119 per share.
07:29 EDTNOKNokia's HERE forms Open Mobile Ticketing Alliance
Nokia's (NOK) HERE mapping services announced that along with partners in the public and private sector it is forming the Open Mobile Ticketing Alliance, an effort to develop global standards that would allow people to buy public transit tickets from a single app on their mobile devices in cities worldwide. The aim of the Open Mobile Ticketing Alliance is to enable the vision of 'Register once, travel anywhere' by developing open, interoperable standards with payment vendors and transit operators. Other founding members include transportation service providers Scheidt & Bachmann and Thales (TCSFY), and mobile payment provider Verifone (PAY) Mobile Money. Public transit authorities implementing solutions based on OMTA benefit from lower fare-collection costs, while passengers can get the lowest possible fare based on how often they ride.
06:25 EDTCOPMexican businessmen financing homegrown oil companies, WSJ reports
Several Mexican businessmen, including former Mexican finance minister Pedro Aspe, have started financing or creating homegrown oil companies in Mexico as the country opens its oil industry to competition, the Wall Street Journal reports. The new companies aim not only to compete with Pemex, but also with global oil giants such as Exxon Mobil (XOM) and Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A), the report says. Mexico will hold three auctions of oil blocks this year, the report adds. Other publicly traded companies in the space include BP (BP), Chevron (CVX), ConocoPhillips (COP), and Total (TOT). Reference Link
05:59 EDTARNAPiper views Receptos buyout as good for Arena
Piper Jaffray analyst Edward Tenthoff views Celgene's (CELG) acquisition of Receptos (RCPT) as good for Arena Pharmaceuticals (ARNA). Tenthoff views Arena as a "derivative call" on the deal with the company's APD334 already showing dose-dependent decreases in circulating lymphocyte counts. Arena will also initiate Phase II studies in ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease this year, the analyst points out. Receptos' ozanimod is being studied in Phase III trials for relapsing multiple sclerosis and ulcerative colitis. Tenthoff reiterates an Overweight rating on Arena with a $7.50 price target. The company has a market capitalization around $1B and closed yesterday up 8c to $4.47
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