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February 23, 2012
20:19 EDTZQK, NLY, HPQ, OPEN, AZN, AGNC, CNX, CRM, WFT, THLD, GOOG, PG, IBM, VVUSJim Cramer's "Mad Money"
Jim Cramer dedicated his first segment to the art of the calculated long-shot. He always preached diversification, staying in a mix of stocks to minimize their downside risk. But Cramer said that he also always preaches speculation, picking one stock with huge upside potential. One of those speculative picks paid off big Thursday was Vivus (VVUS) -- a fledgling drug maker that received approval for the first weight-loss drug to be approved in over 13 years. The shares soared over 78% Thursday. He said investors need to stay with the tried and true stocks, those like IBM (IBM) and Procter & Gamble (PG), both of which enjoyed small rallies Thursday, but having a speculative stock like Vivus makes investing all the more enjoyable. EXECUTIVE DECISION: Cramer spoke with Marc Benioff, CEO of Salesforce.com (CRM), a stock that came under fire when it last reported in November, but also one that was able to redeem itself Thursday with a 3c earnings beat on a 38% rise in revenues yoy. Cramer said Salesforce.com continues to deliver and he continued to recommend the stock. Then, Cramer sat down with Matt Roberts, president and CEO of OpenTable (OPEN), a momentum stock that fell out of favor in late-2011 but has since been crawling back to life, up 45% from its November lows. Roberts said he sees tremendous growth opportunities as only 12% of all restaurant reservations are currently being made online. He dispelled the notion that higher gas prices slow the company's growth. And said that Google (GOOG) is a partner, not a competitor. Cramer said that OpenTable's market cap is too small given the size of the opportunities the company has yet to address. He once again recommended owning the stock. SELL BLOCK: Consol Energy (CNX) has major headwinds. Cramer said with coal and natural gas both in the doghouse, Consol Energy should be there as well. NO HUDDLE OFFENSE: Cramer said the tech industry is filled with once great companies that have faltered and Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) may be next in line. The company has drained its resources, leaving it vulnerable. Previous management made a slew of terrible decisions, from stock buybacks at inflated prices to acquisitions that made no sense, Cramer said. New CEO, Meg Whitman, has a mixed track record of success, said Cramer, and her comments Thursday offered no real vision or cost-cutting initiatives. He advised investors to steer clear of Hewlett and invest in their rivals, as HP is now too big for a takeover, too complex to be broken up and too drained to advance under its own power. LIGHTNING ROUND: (Bullish) THLD; AGNC; NLY. (Bearish) WFT; AZN; ZQK. Reference Link
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January 26, 2016
07:44 EDTGOOGStreet margin outlook for Amazon continues to be too low, says Bernstein
Bernstein says that Amazon's (AMZN) margins are poised to beat Street expectations, and the firm's 2016 and 2017 EBITDA estimates for the company are about 17% above Street levels. The firm is more upbeat on Amazon than on Alphabet (GOOG, GOOGL) and Facebook (FB)
07:36 EDTCRMKKR leads funding round in Jitterbit
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07:04 EDTPGP&G backs FY16 constant currency core EPS growth of mid-to-high single digits
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07:02 EDTPGProcter & Gamble reports Q2 organic sales up 2%
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07:01 EDTPGProcter & Gamble reports Q2 core EPS $1.04, consensus 98c
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06:15 EDTGOOGGoogle tax avoidance deal reignites controversy, FT reports
The U.K. government is distancing itself from George Osborne's belief taht the tax deal with Google was "a major success," the Financial Times reports. Google's deal to pay GBP130M in back taxes to the U.K. government has brought back a controversy that made fixing tax avoidance the top priority three years ago, the report says. Prime Minister David Cameron's spokesman declines to repeat Osborne's claim that the deal was a "success" and a "victory," the report says. Reference Link
January 25, 2016
14:29 EDTPGNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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13:37 EDTPGEarnings Watch: Stifel bullish on Procter & Gamble ahead of Q2 earnings report
Procter & Gamble (PG), a consumer packaged goods company, is scheduled to report second quarter earnings before the market open on Tuesday, January 26, with a conference call scheduled for 8:30 a.m. ET. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 98c on revenue of $16.94B. The consensus range for EPS is 93c-$1.05 on revenue of $16.44B-$17.4B, according to First Call. LAST QUARTER: Procter & Gamble reported first quarter core EPS of 98c on revenue of $16.53B, compared to analyst estimates of 95c and $17.17B, respectively. The company said that organic sales decreased 1% and that operating cash flow for the quarter was $3.5B. On its Q1 earnings conference call, the company said it expects top line growth to resume in Q2, with further strengthening in the back half of the quarter. Procter & Gamble also said that it had a "good start" to Q2, with October-to-date organic sales growth at the time of 3%. NEWS: On November 18, Procter & Gamble repeated its fiscal 2016 guidance in slides that were presented at the Morgan Stanley Global consumer and Retail Conference. The company backed its FY16 core EPS growth view of down slightly to up mid single digits. At the same conference, the company said it was "not averse" to looking at any option that creates value for stakeholders. On December 7, the Wall Street Journal reported that P&G was moving the lion's share of its media-buying and planning account in North America to Omnicom (OMC) Media Group. A week and a half later, Procter & Gamble, through its subsidiary Gillette, filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Dollar Shave Club alleging that the discount shaving products company violated Gillette's intellectual property by selling infringing razors. On December 29, the Wall Street Journal reported that the consumer packaged goods company was discontinuing a sixth of its Olay products, reducing the Olay product line to roughly 120 products. On January 12, Coty (COTY) confirmed that ten P&G fragrance licenses will transfer to Coty upon regulatory approval and completion of the merger transaction, including Hugo Boss, Gucci, Lacoste, Bruno Banani, Escada, Mexx, James Bond, Gabriela Sabatini, Stella McCartney, and Alexander McQueen. STREET RESEARCH: On January 19, Stifel upgraded Procter & Gamble to Buy from Hold with an $85 price target on shares, saying that it expects the company's sales and operating profit to accelerate as a result of market share gains and cost savings. Stifel added that it expects the company's multiple to rise as well. PRICE ACTION: Procter & Gamble shares are fractionally higher over the last three months. In afternoon trading ahead of Tuesday's earnings report, shares are down roughly 0.3% to $77.14.
12:53 EDTGOOGVine head Jason Toff to leave Twitter to join Google
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12:22 EDTPGProcter & Gamble technical comments before earnings
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10:44 EDTGOOGAmazon eyeing tighter software team-ups with Android makers, Information says
Amazon (AMZN) is eyeing ways to create tighter software partnerships with Android phone makers, the Information reports, citing people briefed on different aspects of the discussions. The company has had talks over working with phone brands at a "factory level" to integrate its services with devices in a more complex way than just preloading apps, the report says. Such moves would help Amazon gain traction of influence over Android smartphone software, owned by Google (GOOG), the report says. Reference Link
08:11 EDTIBMWestern Digital acquires over a hundred patents from IBM
Western Digital (WDC) announced that it has acquired more than 100 patent assets from IBM (IBM). The parties also entered into a patent cross-license agreement. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Patents acquired by Western Digital are in distributed storage, object storage, and emerging non-volatile memory. Western Digital expects the IP to further strengthen its technology leadership position and drive value creation for the company and its customers. The patents will augment Western Digital's existing portfolio of more than 10,000 patents and patent applications.
07:54 EDTGOOGAlphabet volatility up into Q4, costs, income projects outside of core business
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07:32 EDTIBMTMC to hold a conference
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06:53 EDTAZNGlaxo, Astra, J&J partner with universities in drug research fund, Reuters says
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06:27 EDTGOOGGoogle's added transparency may make ad business seem more profitable, WSJ says
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06:09 EDTGOOGYouTube hires Broock as 'Global VR Evangelist,' Re/code reports
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05:51 EDTPGOptions expected to be active: TYC JCI TWTR SUNE AAPL PG HAL AMZN FB
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05:49 EDTCRMSalesforce implied volatility of 34 at lower end of index mean range
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05:16 EDTPGHilton announces midscale brand Tru by Hilton
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