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October 31, 2012
23:00 EDTFFIV, ETH, MPC, NLY, LZB, RIMM, CSCO, NAT, CLNE, COH, SKT, WHR, SHW, ETN, CBE, PVH, WRC, BNNY, HAIN, USGJim Cramer's "Mad Money"
Jim Cramer told "Mad Money" viewers Wednesday the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy may have been just what our ailing economy needed -- "nothing has the potential to get things moving like a widespread disaster." Cramer said with the damage from Sandy estimated between $30B-$50B, it's no wonder stocks like USG (USG), Whirlpool (WHR) and Sherwin-Williams (SHW) were on the move higher Wednesday. But even bigger than the private sector is the federal government, said Cramer, as roads and other infrastructure needs to be rebuilt. EXECUTIVE DECISION: Cramer spoke with Sandy Cutler, chairman and CEO of Eaton (ETN). Shares of Eaton have been trading higher due, in part, to the company's planned acquisition of Cooper Industries (CBE). Cutler expects many of Eaton's electrical products will be a part of that rebuilding effort from Hurricane Sandy. Eaton currently derives 60% of its revenue from its electrical businesses. Cutler said that Eaton is still seeing construction activity building. Cutler said our country is on track to return to 1.5M housing starts a year, although it ail likely take a few years to get there. Cramer said that with so much building ramping up, Eaton is the company investors need to own. Then, Cramer sat down with Manny Chirico, CEO of PVH Corp (PVH), on the heels of the company announcing it is acquiring Warnaco (WRC), a licensee of its Calvin Klein brand, for $2.9B. Cramer suggested that PVH buy Warnaco when he last spoke with Chirico on Sept 6. Shares of PVH spiked 20% on the news. Cramer said that he remained a big fan of PVH as it continues to grow and reward shareholders. Cramer also spoke with John Foraker, CEO of Annie's (BNNY), a stock that's up 14% since Cramer recommended investors get in on the company's IPO earlier this year. Annie's just reported a 1c earnings miss on better than expected sales with upbeat guidance. Foraker said his company has a great brand but certainly needs to execute better in order to meet growing customer demand. Cramer said that Annie's, along with Hain Celestial (HAIN), remains among his favorite healthy-eating stocks. Finally, Cramer sat down with Steve Tanger, president and CEO of Tanger Factory Outlets (SKT), a retail REIT with a 2.7% yield. Tanger said that doesn't expect any effect on earnings from the minimal damage from Hurricane Sandy. Tanger keeps tabs on the sales of all its tenants. In the case of Coach (COH), which struggled last quarter, Tanger said that company has a great management team that has already corrected the pricing policies that led to the declines. Cramer continued his recommendation of Tanger Factory Outlets. LIGHTNING ROUND: (Bullish) ETH, MPC, NLY. (Bearish) LZB, RIMM, CSCO, NAT, CLNE, FFIV. Reference Link
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September 24, 2014
09:29 EDTCSCOCisco to hold a virtual news conference
Rob Lloyd, President of Cisco's Development & Sales, addresses customer requirements for a globally distributed, highly secure cloud platform in Media & Analyst Virtual News Conference to be held on September 29 at 10:30 am. Webcast Link
September 23, 2014
10:02 EDTMPCOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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07:30 EDTSHWUBS to hold a conference
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07:23 EDTCSCOCisco management to meet with UBS
Meeting to be held in New York on September 23 hosted by UBS.
07:19 EDTCSCOEMC's end game is a marriage with Cisco, says Macquarie
Macquarie views EMC's (EMC) merger talks with Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) as a "ploy" to bring Cisco (CSCO) to the bargaining table. The analyst is not surprised by reports that EMC's discussions with Hewlett-Packard stalled given the lack of synergies and views Cisco as a logical buyer due to strong synergies and defensive reasons. Macquarie said VMware (VMW) would make Cisco the leader in the growing Software Defined DataCenter market, allowing it to offer EMC a better deal than any other potential acquirer. Finally, the firm does not view the status-quo as a compelling option for EMC given the recent share strength, aggressive street estimates, and the upcoming retirement of Joe Tucci in February. Macquarie rates EMC a Neutral with a $32 price target, up from $28.
06:04 EDTMPCMarathon Petroleum initiated with an Overweight at JPMorgan
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September 22, 2014
15:15 EDTFFIVF5 Networks volatility flat as shares pullback from two-year high
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12:50 EDTCSCOEMC jumps after reports detail takeover talks
The shares of cloud application provider EMC (EMC) are rising in a down market after Wall Street Journal reported that the company had held talks about selling itself to HP (HPQ) and Dell. WHAT'S NEW: EMC held on-and-off merger talks with HP for almost a year, but those talks have ended, Wall Street Journal reported today. Dell also held talks with EMC about a takeover, the newspaper added. According to a CNBC’s David Faber, the takeover talks between HP and EMC went on for months, but the two sides couldn't agree on a price, as EMC wanted HP to pay a large premium to its stock price. Tiernan Ray of Barron's added today that the takeover talks between the companies could resume, citing a source. WHAT'S NOTABLE: The New York Post reported on September 11 that EMC was considering selling its 80% stake in cloud computing infrastructure provider VMware (VMW). UBS analyst Steven Milunovich responded to The Post's report by writing on the same day that EMC had become a potential takeover target itself. HP, Oracle (ORCL) and Cisco (CSCO) could buy EMC, the analyst wrote. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, EMC added 1% to $30, while VMware added 1% to $95.
12:26 EDTCSCOEMC, HP merger talks could resume, Barron's reports
The merger talks between EMC (EMC) and HP (HPQ) could resume, Tiernan Ray of Barron's reports, citing a source. The companies had discussed HP selling its printer division, but only as "a down the road thing," once a deal was completed, Tiernan added, citing the source. Cisco (CSCO) and Oracle (ORCL) are still considered possible buyers for EMC, the reporter noted. Reference Link
11:18 EDTCSCOCisco management to meet with Oppenheimer
Meeting to be held in Boston on September 25 hosted by Oppenheimer.
09:08 EDTBNNYGeneral Mills commences tender offer for Annie's for $46 per share
General Mills (GIS) announced that its direct wholly owned subsidiary, Sandy Acquisition Corporation, has commenced its previously announced tender offer for all outstanding shares of common stock of Annie's (BNNY) at a price of $46.00 per share, net to the seller in cash, without interest and less required withholding taxes. The tender offer is being made in connection with the Agreement and Plan of Merger, dated as of September 8, 2014, by and among General Mills, Sandy Acquisition Corporation and Annie's, Inc., which General Mills and Annie's announced on September 8, 2014. The board of Annie's has unanimously determined that the offer is fair and advisable and in the best interests of Annie's and its stockholders, and recommends that the stockholders of Annie's accept the offer and tender their shares. The tender offer is scheduled to expire at the end of the day on October 20, 2014, unless extended.
06:11 EDTCSCOEMC explores merger, holds talks with HP, Dell, WSJ reports
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September 18, 2014
10:52 EDTNLYOptions with increasing implied volatility
Options with increasing implied volatility: RPRX VALE NLY AGNC
September 17, 2014
11:11 EDTBNNYGeneral Mills crumbles after earnings miss, downgrade
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10:00 EDTETNOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:58 EDTCLNEClean Energy call activity attributed to takeover speculation
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09:45 EDTCLNERumor: Clean Energy strength attributed to takeover speculation
08:30 EDTBNNYGeneral Mills sees Annie's deal closing in CY14
General Mills (GIS) says sees Annie's (BNNY) deal accretive in first 12 months after closing. Says on pace to achieve $4B of cumulative savings from 2010-2020. Sees $400M of cumulative savings in FY15. Says top priority for FY15 is accelerating net sales growth. Comments from slides that will be presented on the Q1 earnings conference call.
08:05 EDTCSCOCisco announces intent to acquire Metacloud
Cisco announced its intent to acquire privately held Metacloud. Upon completion of the acquisition, Metacloud employees will join Cisco's Cloud Infrastructure and Managed Services organization led by Faiyaz Shahpurwala, senior vice president. The acquisition of Metacloud is expected to be complete in 1Q15, subject to customary closing conditions.
06:09 EDTETNEaton downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel
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