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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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October 14, 2014
12:35 EDTWHRWhirlpool completes purchase of majority interest in Indesit
Whirlpool Corporation's wholly owned subsidiary, Whirlpool Italia Holdings S.r.l., acquired a 56% stake in Indesit Company S.p.A., representing 61.9% of the voting stock of Indesit. Whirlpool acquired the shares under two share purchase agreements entered into on July 10 with Fineldo S.p.A. and members of the Merloni family. The acquisitions bring Whirlpool's stake in Indesit to 60.4%, representing 66.8% of the voting stock. Whirlpool Italia Holdings S.r.l. will now commence the steps to launch a mandatory tender offer for the remainder of Indesit's outstanding shares, with the intention to delist the company. The tender offer purchase price per share is equal to EUR 11.00/$13.89, based on exchange rates as of September 30. This price is equal to the share purchase price agreed to by the parties under the share purchase agreements and which was paid without adjustment. Additional information will be provided in the tender offer statement to be issued by Whirlpool Italia Holdings S.r.l. in compliance with Italian law.
12:20 EDTETNOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday after three of the nation's largest banks reported on their results in the most recent quarter of the year. The market began the session in positive territory but the move seemed tenuous and the averages were almost back in negative ground within a half hour of the opening bell. As the morning progressed and the bears were unable to gain control, the buyers emerged and pushed the Dow to a triple digit gain and the Nasdaq to an increase of nearly 1.5%. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the National Federation of Independent Business' small business optimism index came in at 95.3, versus the consensus expectation for a 95.8 reading. COMPANY NEWS: JPMorgan (JPM) swung to a third quarter profit, but its headline earnings per share fell below analystsí consensus estimate. Of note, the company's press release on its results came out earlier than planned on Nasdaq's (NDAQ) Shareholder.com website, which the exchange operator attributed to an internal "human error." Wells Fargo (WFC) reported in-line earnings and stronger credit quality, but its stock slid 1.4% following the report. Citigroup (C) generated the most headlines, however, as it reported better than expected adjusted third quarter profit, announced plans to pull back from retail banking in eleven countries and said it will disband a legacy Banamex unit that provided personal security services after an investigation uncovered illegal conduct. Shares of Citi bucked the trend set by its two peers, rising 3% near noon... In addition to JPMorgan, Dow member Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) reported on its third quarter earnings. The drug and medical device giant reported better than expected profits and revenues and raised its FY14 EPS outlook, but the stock was fractionally lower near midday. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Energy Transfer Equity (ETE), which gained 8.5% after the stock was among the energy industry names upgraded this morning at RW Baird. Also higher was Skyworks (SWKS), which rose 11% after the company preannounced stronger than expected results that its CEO attributed to the "broad-based strength" of its business. Among the noteworthy losers was EnerNOC (ENOC), which dropped 11% after JPMorgan downgraded the stock to Neutral citing risk to the company's Demand Response revenue at PJM given the challenge to FERC Rule 745. Also lower was Tyco (TYC), which fell nearly 4% after Barclays downgraded the stock citing valuation and coupled the ratings change with an upgrade of Eaton (ETN). INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 133.38, or 0.82%, to 16,454.45, the Nasdaq was up 60.63, or 1.44%, to 4,274.29, and the S&P 500 was up 21.51, or 1.15%, to 1,896.25.
10:01 EDTETNOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: AU Optronics (AUO) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at UBS... Antero Resources (AR) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at KLR Group... BHP Billiton (BHP) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Bill Barrett (BBG) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at KLR Group... BorgWarner (BWA) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... CRH Plc. (CRH) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Comstock Resources (CRK) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at KLR Group... Cracker Barrel (CBRL) upgraded at Argus... Delphi Automotive (DLPH) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... EOG Resources (EOG) upgraded at Bernstein... Eaton (ETN) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Energizer (ENR) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Energy Transfer Equity (ETE) upgraded to Outperform at RW Baird... Federal-Mogul (FDML) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Ford (F) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Buckingham... Gulfport Energy (GPOR) upgraded to Accumulate from Hold at KLR Group... Halcon Resources (HK) upgraded to Buy from Hold at KLR Group... HeartWare (HTWR) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Helmerich & Payne (HP) upgraded to Outperform at FBR Capital... Legg Mason (LM) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Level 3 (LVLT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Gabelli... Magnum Hunter (MHR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at KLR Group... NetScout (NTCT) upgraded at DA Davidson... Netflix (NFLX) upgraded to Buy with $600 target at BTIG... Newfield Exploration (NFX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at KLR Group... Nielsen (NLSN) upgraded at Bernstein... Orbitz (OWW) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital... PDC Energy (PDCE) upgraded to Buy from Hold at KLR Group... Rackspace (RAX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore... Range Resources (RRC) upgraded to Accumulate from Hold at KLR Group... Rex Energy (REXX) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at KLR Group... SM Energy (SM) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at KLR Group... Sanchez Energy (SN) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at KLR Group... Targa Resources (TRGP) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at Tudor Pickering... Unilife (UNIS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Ladenburg... Universal Forest (UFPI) upgraded at Sterne Agee.
07:09 EDTFFIVF5 Networks initiated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse
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05:29 EDTETNTyco downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays
Barclays downgraded Tyco (TYC) citing valuation and keeps a $48 price target for shares. The firm coupled the downgrade with an upgrade of Eaton (ETN).
05:28 EDTETNEaton upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays
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October 13, 2014
17:24 EDTBNNY, SKTS&P announces changes to the S&P MidCap 400 and S&P SmallCap 600 indices
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17:19 EDTBNNYAngioDynamics to replace Annie's in S&P 600 as of 10/20 close
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17:18 EDTSKTAmerican Equity to replace Tanger Factory in S&P 600 as of 10/17 close
17:17 EDTSKTTanger Factory to replace URS Corporation in S&P 400 as of 10/17 close
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12:16 EDTWHREuropean Commission approves Whirlpool acquisition of Indesit
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10:08 EDTMPCOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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10:08 EDTWHR, USGOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:23 EDTFFIVHP could buy lower valuation company, says Bernstein
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08:52 EDTUSGUS Building Products & Homebuilding sector lowered at Barclays
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07:04 EDTFFIVF5 Networks weakness a buying opportunity, says William Blair
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06:47 EDTWHRWhirlpool upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Longbow
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05:57 EDTMPCMarathon Petroleum reinstated with an Overweight at Barclays
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05:54 EDTUSGUSG upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays
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October 12, 2014
17:20 EDTCSCOGE, Splunk, Cisco, others could benefit from Internet of Things, Barron's says
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