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October 31, 2012
23:00 EDTFFIV, CSCO, NLY, CLNE, RIMM, MPC, NAT, LZB, ETH, COH, BNNY, CBE, WHR, SKT, WRC, ETN, USG, HAIN, PVH, SHWJim 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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July 15, 2015
07:24 EDTCSCOCisco management to meet with Deutsche Bank
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06:19 EDTLZBLa-Z-Boy aims to present itself as more fashionable, WSJ reports
La-Z-Boy is aiming to address a larger share of the market by presenting itself as a provider of fashionable furniture, the Wall Street Journal reports. The company has devoted more of its retail space over the last year to its Urban Attitudes line, the report says. The company is also experimenting with smaller stores in urban areas, including one set to open in Washington, D.C. in November, the report adds. Reference Link
05:30 EDTNATNordic American Tankers raises quarterly dividend to 40c per share
The board of Nordic American Tankers has declared a cash dividend of 40c per share for Q2. The cash dividend for Q1 was 38c per share.
July 14, 2015
14:04 EDTNATNordic American Tankers strength attributed to a positive mention by Navellier
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08:46 EDTMPCMarathon Petroleum price target raised to $70 from $60 at Cowen
Cowen raised its price target on Marathon Petroleum (MPC) to $70 from $60 following the proposed acquisition by MPLX (MPLX) of MarkWest Energy (MWE), citing the expected deal accretion, potential synergies and "justified" multiple. Cowen reiterated its Outperform rating on Marathon Petroleum.
07:34 EDTCOHKate Spade recent selloff overdone, says Citi
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07:07 EDTCSCOCisco management to meet with Deutsche Bank
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06:59 EDTLZBLa-Z-Boy initiated with a Neutral at Longbow
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06:08 EDTETH, LZBEthan Allen, La-Z-Boy rival Ashley Furniture won't be sold, WSJ reports
Ashley Furniture CEO Todd Wanek and Chairman Ron Wanek say that their family has decided not to sell the furniture retailer and will retain their controlling stake, The Wall Street Journal reports. The publication previously said Ashley was working with Goldman Sachs to explore a potential deal, with possible bidders including several private equity firms. The company confirmed that several potential suitors indicated interest in Ashley. Reference Link
July 13, 2015
16:41 EDTMPCOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Monday
Stocks began the session sharply higher and remained in positive territory as prospects of a Greek bailout deal and the removal of a potential "Grexit" brought investors back into the market. The move was broad based, with each of the major indexes advancing more than 1%. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In Europe, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras agreed to European demands for immediate action to qualify for as much as $95B in financial assistance. The pact averted a worst-case scenario, but only established the basis for negotiations and the Greek parliament now has until Wednesday to pass into law key creditor demands. Greek banks, which have been closed for two weeks as the saga has unfolded, will stay closed until at least Wednesday. In China, exports rose 2.1% from a year earlier during June and imports dropped 6.7%, leaving a trade surplus of $45.8B for the month, said the nation's customs administration. In the U.S., the government posted a budget surplus of $51.8B in June, which was down 27% from the surplus of $70.5B in June of 2014 but above the expected $50.5B surplus forecast by economists polled by Bloomberg. COMPANY NEWS: Marathon Petroleum (MPC) advanced $4.29, or 7.87%, to $58.78 after MPLX (MPLX), the company's fee-based master limited partnership, agreed to acquire MarkWest Energy (MWE) in a cash and stock deal that implies a total enterprise value for MarkWest of approximately $20B, including the assumption of approximately $4.2B in debt. MarkWest, whose common unitholders will receive 1.09 MPLX common units and a one-time cash payment of approximately $3.37 per MarkWest common unit for total consideration of $78.64 per MarkWest common unit, rose $8.26, or 13.82%, to $68.01 after the deal was announced, while MPLX units dropped $10.02, or 14.51%, to $59.03... Several research firms started coverage on Fitbit (FIT) following its recent IPO, with some taking bullish stances on its prospects and several others opting for a more cautious tone. The bulls may have been more convincing for the moment, as shares of the exercise tracker maker advanced $1.38, or 3.28%, to close at $43.48. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were shares of iron ore related companies, with Cliffs (CLF) advancing 22c, or 6.67%, to $3.52, Rio Tinto (RIO) gaining $1.53, or 3.91%, to $40.67, and BHP Billiton (BHP) rising $1.01, or 2.56%, to $40.51 after Vale (VALE) announced it will cut its iron ore output by 25M metric tons beginning this month. Vale ADRs saw similar moves, ending the session up 8.66% to $5.90. Also higher were shares of Anacor (ANAC), which gained $47.32, or 55.93%, to $131.93 after reporting that its crisaborole dermatitis treatment achieved "statistically significant" results on all primary and secondary endpoints in a clinical trial. Among the noteworthy losers was Brocade (BRCD), which fell 42c, or 3.71%, to $10.90 after RBC Capital cut its rating on the stock to Sector Perform and lowered its price target, citing storage challenges and disruptions at OEM partners. Also lower was Ascena (ASNA), which dropped $2.09, or 12.77%, to $14.28 after cutting its fiscal 2015 earnings guidance, though both Oppenheimer and SunTrust called the selloff a buying opportunity. INDEXES: The Dow gained 217.27, or 1.22%, to 17,977.68, the Nasdaq rose 73.82, or 1.48%, to 5,071.51, and the S&P 500 added 22.98, or 1.11%, to 2,099.60.
12:19 EDTMPCOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday after a last minute deal was struck to provide new aid to Greece and hopefully prevent its exit from the eurozone currency union. With Greece apparently off the table as a risk for the time being, investors will now be looking forward to the earnings season, which will begin in earnest this week, beginning with reports from some big banks and a number of tech giants. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In Europe, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras agreed to European demands for immediate action to qualify for up to $95B of financial assistance. The summit pact averted a worst-case scenario, but only established the basis for negotiations and the Greek parliament now has until Wednesday to pass into law key creditor demands. Greek banks, which have been closed for two weeks as the saga has unfolded, will stay closed until Wednesday, at least. In China, exports rose 2.1% from a year earlier during June and imports dropped 6.7%, leaving a trade surplus of $45.8B for the month, the nation's customs administration reported. In the U.S., the monthly budget statement for June is due at 2 pm EDT. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Marathon Petroleum (MPC) advanced nearly 9% after MPLX (MPLX), the company's fee-based master limited partnership, agreed to acquire MarkWest Energy (MWE) in a unit-for-unit transaction plus a one-time cash payment to MarkWest unitholders. The deal implies a total enterprise value for MarkWest of approximately $20B, including the assumption of debt of approximately $4.2B, as of the close of trading on July 10. MarkWest surged over 11.5% higher after the news, while MPLX units slid 16%. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Anacor Pharmaceuticals (ANAC), which jumped 56% after the company announced preliminary top-line results from its Phase 3 studies of its non-steroidal topical anti-inflammatory treatment of mild-to-moderate atopic dermatitis in children and adults. In two studies, crisaborole achieved statistically significant results on all primary and secondary endpoints and Wedbush raised Anacor's price target to $190 afterward, saying it sees the drug's sales reaching $2B in 2020. Also higher was Wynn Resorts (WYNN), which was among the Macau levered stocks that advanced after Macau Business indicated that an official in the territory said the government there might let casinos keep their smoking rooms. Among the noteworthy losers was Ascena Retail (ASNA), which dropped 15% after cutting its fiscal 2015 earnings guidance, citing its recent decision to accelerate its planned merchandise transition at Justice and to incorporate lower than expected top-line performance at Justice and dressbarn. Also lower were shares of Windstream (WIN), which fell 6% after UBS downgraded the stock to sell, saying the company's declining revenue and EBITDA trends will continue to weigh on shares. The firm cut its price target on the stock to $5 from $11.50. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 187.10, or 1.05%, to 17,947.51, the Nasdaq was up 66.37, or 1.33%, to 5,064.07, and the S&P 500 was up 18.92, or 0.91%, to 2,095.54.
10:41 EDTNLYOptions with increasing implied volatility
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10:08 EDTMPCHigh option volume stocks
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09:53 EDTMPCMarathon sees potential to buy out MarkWest Utica joint venture partners later
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09:30 EDTMPCMarathon CEO says clear that Marathon, MarkWest Energy cultures alike
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09:12 EDTMPCMarathon Petroleum merger news highly accretive, says RBC Capital
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09:00 EDTETHEthan Allen sees Q4 adjusted EPS 42c-43c, consensus 44c
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07:42 EDTFFIV, CSCOCisco, F5 to benefit from strong IT, data networking spending, says Bernstein
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07:32 EDTCSCOCisco management to meet with Deutsche Bank
Meeting to be held in London on July 13 hosted by Deutsche Bank.
06:33 EDTMPCMPLX and MarketWest Energy announce strategic combination
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