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we're not going to get out of this oil conundrum easily. as i've told you many a time, you can deride it all you want, the linkage, absolutely. but you see, you can't dismiss the fact that oil is in control. and we've got a very firm pattern going here. oil is a hard-time rally on the fundamentals because we have a dramatic glut thanks to aggressive pumping really by the saudis. the correlation with the stock market revolves around demand. weak, it's because of u.s. demand weakening. therefore our economy must be slowing. this linkage will not break until it breaks. see, we don't know when the market will come to its senses. the oversupply drives oil down to the $40 level. right now it's at $43. when we got to $40, you know what happens? like clock work, the rumors begin that the saudis are going
and then what happens? crude rallies. it rebounds to the 45 to $47 range. taking the stock market with it. because the buyers of stocks don't seem to care how oil surges. they just assume it's because of an accelerated economy and that's good for stocks. remember there is no jail we can put stupid people in. we can't take away the capital of those who trade like this. that won't happen until their investors realize the absurdity of their own strategies. why did the rumors start about oil rallying? well, i'll tell you the reason why. because the saudis actually need oil higher to pay their bills. it's a heck of a lot better to rumor monger prices higher for oil than to actually cut back production. you get the same result. that's why we are where we are. okay. enough explaining, but i always have to make that point because that's why the market was down. let's go to the game plan, try
analyst meeting for a falling star, gopro. remember gopro? this one became the object of what i call too much love. it was a total cult stock. and back in october 2014, the cult took it all the way up to $95. it's been pretty much straight down ever since until the beginning of the year, when gopro bottomed out in the teens. i think the company got a shot -- it's got a shot at this analyst meeting to tell a pretty good story. the story is about the new iteration. it's the hero 5. i think it will do very well, and i think inventories for other iterations are quite lean. i believe gopro stock has a one down, two up opportunity. meaning that you could lose a point here, but most likely i think it will go up two in the wake of the meeting. not instantly. we hear from ascena formerly known as dress barn. it's now an amalgam of brands that have performed quite poorly
like to be bullish. but we are in a show me mode for retail. it was once a great story. i don't know if it can be a great one again. the rest of the week has got some real fireworks to it so strap yourself in. we hear from two home builders, lennar. that's the largest by the way, and kb home on tuesday. i don't know what to say about the home builders other than they're very cheap, but nobody seems to care. lennar is big. we got horton, we have lennar. we this week. they're all very sizeable, but i focus on lennar because they've got the best feel for the country. it's a very fine company. stewart and miller has got stock. it's down 9% for the year, though. quite extraordinary given how well the company is doing. i mean this is historically been the best run company in the industry. now, not so best run, kb home. but we've liked this one a great deal because the stock is so inexpensive and its shares have rallied about 20%.
be really good here. so lennar, a little dangerous. kb, i like. two others report after the close. really interesting. fedex gives you a great reading of the economy, and adobe. both stocks have pretty much performed in line with the afternoons. i expect each of them to announce good quarters. i am particularly enamored of adobe because of the fantastic cloud business it's developed. if you listen to oracle's ca hear how much the analysts are still gaga for the cloud, even though they're cool toward oracle's legacy business. adobe doesn't really have a legacy business. it's mostly a software as a service company and it tends to trade erratically after reports and ends up rallying. if it reports a number and it gets hit, don't sell. it could be a better story than you think. wednesday is fed day, and the recent weakness in the data, and
to have quelled the move toward higher rates that we thought were on the horizon. just last month. sure, a surprise rate hike would hurt this market very much, but a stay the court, perhaps one rate hike this year, like last year verbiage, in other words they don't say anything really dangerous, that shouldn't disturb things at all. the markets tends to run up into them so beware of a quick post-fed meeting sell off in the afternoon, and then if you want to start buying a stock that you've been waiting for to go down, that's when you pull the trigger. question have three companies i feel could report problematic results on wednesday. here i'm talking about carmax, general mills, and bed bath & beyond. that's the only one that reports after the close. the others are in the morning. carmax is the auto retailer. it's been hit or miss even though it's largely been hit these days. i just want to hear what they
automotive stocks. general mills has preannounced that expectations got too high, including the expectations we heard about on this show. this could be a good time to buy the stock of one of the best companies that follow after all the washout. you need to accept the fact that food stocks have been challenged by food deflation and embattled supermarkets, for now. bed and bath has becoming a whipping boy for amazon. while we keep expecting something positive to come out of this retailer, it never seems to happen. we also hear from red hat, which reported, i tha misinterpreted quarter last go-around. i found it better than expected. should clarify things with good numbers. and i think therefore it could go higher. one stock that i've been very fond of over the years is auto zone. that's an auto parts retailer. the company reports thursday morning before the opening, and the pattern on this one is a dip and then a rally. as we hear about how it's going to reload on its magnificent buy-back.
that i've regarded as the single best on the new york stock exchange. any dip, fall into the zone. here's a troublesome one, rite aid. let me tell you this is very difficult to explain, but i'm going to give it a shot. this company has been merging with walgreens for ages. i use the term "merging" as opposed to "merged" because the government simply hasn't been willing to check off on the darn deal. you know it's been 11 months now since it was announced. i think the quarter will be weaker as companies that are for sale that long like this, they managers. i hope that rite aid announces they're going to sell a huge chunk of stores to kroger so the deal can be consummated and get the ftc off their back. but rite aid's fate is very much in the hands of this very fickle organization that is the ftc. my charitable trust owns the stock of walgreens, the acquiror, and i remain a steadfast supporter of that stock.
finish line. this is the footwear chain. this company has repeatedly under performed competitor foot locker until the last quarter, which was quite a good one. i expect another fine quarter when reports this time around. my suggestion is not to buy finish line. i'd buy foot locker going into the quarter and then buy more of it gets hit on any sort of finish line disappointment, not that i'm expecting one. earlier this week i told you that foot locker is a winner. i think foot locker stays that way. so here's the bottom line. this market isth oil. if oil goes down just a little bit more, the rumors of a production freeze will start, and that could lead to a snap-back in crude, which makes me feel a little bit better about the market after a pretty torturous period. i think we're going to get ourselves a rally. however, all three have to happen to make it work. if you don't get all three, we'll probably experience the
embrace since this tough month. the worst of all 12, began. just 16 days ago. gabe in california, gabe. >> caller: jim, i am a huge fan of your show. >> thank you. >> caller: i wanted to ask you about exxon mobil. i wanted to know what is the dividend? >> it's the safest of all the oil companies because exxon has the best balance sheet, and it is a very conservative company. that said, i don't see a lot growth. understand that a verizon or at&t could be better if you want good dividends and better yields. all right. with lego three for three, a fed on hold, solid oil inventories and some intentional rumors -- oh, i mean reports of a saudi output freeze? that could produce a rally. don't get too comfortable. that's a lot to go right. on mad tonight, it's the name behind some of the biggest
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as this choppy market goes back down, i'm going to help you find high-quality stocks that are worth owning even if the u.s. economy is slowing or heaven forbid, the federal reserve makes a surprise decision to raise interest rates when it meets next week, which brings me to diageo, the high-quality british liquor company that's the world's largest maker of spirits. diageo is responsible for some
johnny walker, a close friend of mine, always like to disclose these things as well as kettle one, smirnoff, the captain, along with several wines and beer brands like my wife's favorite, guinness. now, it's been a rough slog for diageo's stock. the darn thing is pretty much even with where it was four years ago. despite its underwhelming long term perform, i've stuck with diageo because i think it's an represent real value. and with the shares up more than 3% year-to-date, i'm feeling increasingly like diageo is an idea whose time has at last one. this company is giving you three potential ways to win and i bet did could have a lot more room to run. plus the 2.8% dividend yield is a heck of a lot better return that the 30 year treasury. what are the three ways to win? diageo is not just a liquor company. it's a liquor company based in
that's right, the united kingdom. after the brexit vote over the summer, the pound went into freefall versus the dollar and the euro based on fears about europe's economic outlook if they really follow through with leaving the european union. remember, while weak currency makes imports a heck of a lot more expensive, it's also god's gift to exporters because it makes the products much more competitive overseas. remember, anybody has a vodka, right, but ts it's like the equivalent of a price cut except you don't actually have to lower your prices. in other words, the plunge in the pound sterling has been fabulous for diageo. after all, diageo is a huge exporter of scotch, again my buddy, pal, friend johnny, which means the company is making a killing from the weaker pound. not only are the products suddenly a lot cheaper for foreign buyers but thanks to the lower exchange rate, it
mmm, cheap scotch on myelin ole yum floor. specifically diageo gets 25% of its sales from scotch which, by definition is produced in scotland. therefore, the pound is the currency that matters here. plus, because more than 90% of the company's sales come from outside of the uk, the currency translation benefits here are enormous and underestimated. that's why goldman sachs raised its earning estimates for diageo pretty substantially in the wake of the brexit don't forget, though, i said diageo gives you three ways to win. the weaker pound is just the first. what about the second in this could be the most important. again, no one is talking about this. i am talking about the return of china. last night i told you about how the big crack down on corruption by the chinese government crushed the macau-based casinos
macau for high-level politicians suddenly dried up. but the crack down was coupled with an anti-vice campaign, which specifically targeted the kind of expensive liquor that people regularly give has gifts to government officials, aka, bribes. no, they didn't give this one because that doesn't get the job done. so china was a huge market for diageo, but the corruption clamp down really at t on top of that, the weakness in macau certainly didn't help either because casinos like their customers liquored up when they're gambling. johnny walker volumes declined by 18.6% in the asia-pacific region. that's why it's so significant. it seems the chinese communist party is softening its stance against vices like alcohol and
easing. and if gambling is coming back, then drinking can't be far behind. so while it could take some time, i think we're going to be looking at a resurgence in the high end chinese liquor market and that is great news for diageo. one more point on the people's republic. i believe that bribery will make a big come back there, hence more demand for the high end one. chinese's economy isn't designed to work without a little co of a vast bureaucracy. in the end, the chinese communists who run thing only care about more than economic growth than keeping their hands clean because growth is what keeps them in power. all the more reason to like diageo. finally the third big reason to like the stock, i think diageo could be a takeover target. there's been a lot of consolidation in the alcohol business. we know that diageo is the target of takeover rumors before. last year we heard some chatter
although it never actually materialized. but diageo is a more than $70 billion company, which is pretty big. it's also potentially digestible, and it's got a portfolio of terrific brands, in other words, a portfolio of a portfolio that many a business would like to get their hands on. however, you got to remember that ab and bev is a serial acquirer. and now that they've gobbled up sab miller they're free to focus on their next target. i think the world's largest beer combining combining with the world's large -- is a good idea, especially since the spirits market is going faster than the beer market. i never recommend a stock on "mad money" solely on a takeover basis, but diageo has got two other positives, the dramatically weakened british pound and the softening of china's anti-vice crack down. one more thing.
member. he's a private equity guy who also served as ceo of bacardi over a decade ago. javier ferran is going to take over as the chairman of the board. given that diageo has underperformed the market in recent years, there's a lot of speculation that ferran will focus on cost cutting, bolstering the company's growth, which probably means either doing some deals or implements a monster buy back. a new chairman coming in gives this storyn with diageo trading at roughly 20 times, i think it's relatively inexpensive. let me give you the bottom line here. diageo gives you three ways to win. there's a british liquor company that's seen a boost from the post-brexit collapse of the pound. we're seeing signs the chinese spirits market might be coming back to life. and it's possible anheuser-busch inbev might want to acquire the whole darn thing. put it all together, and diageo
any sell-off caused by domestic worries. here's a toast to diageo. well, anyway, may you go to 120, diageo, but only after cramer ar kens get a chance to buy. i'm dishing on the restaurant stocks. i'm giving my take on some plays that could super size your profits long-term. then what weak retail sales mean for the bank stocks. my take on the group. plus, i'm turning in my homework, including one social media upstart that's unlike many others in the business. i'll see if it's worth friending. i say stick with cramer! ugh, this pimple's gonna last forever. oh come on. clearasil ultra works fast to begin visibly clearing up skin in as little as 12 hours. and acne won't last forever. just like your mom won't walk in on you forever. stephen!
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it's not just because of the looming fed meeting next week. we know from tuesday's delivering alpha conference that many big institutional investors are who control the day to day direction of the market have gotten a lot more cautious about stocks as an asset class. they're calling it dangerous. we know the averages have turned into a roller coaster. in short, we no longer have a rising tide that's going to lift all boats. instead we're sailing through a storm wracked ocean and not every ship is equally seaworthy. if you want to ride out this choppy period, you need to get nor selective, particularly in sectors which have very clearly fallen out of favor on the wall street fashion show. i have to totally mix my metaphors. take the restaurants. i mean this group has just been mercilessly hammered and it's for a variety of reasons. people are going out last because it's cheaper to stay at home and cook for yourself. that's what i'm going to be doing tonight thanks to the massive decline in the price of food. plus when you stay home, you can watch tons of great programming on tv or play video games.
at the same time labor costs have been rise ago cross the country. that's because the state and local level minimum wage increases and we're seeing a broad based decline in consumer demand. put it all together and you can understand why the restaurant cohorts really stuck in the dog house. you know what? at times like this, managers often end up throwing out the baby with the bath water, dumping everything in the sector and giving some excellent points. when if comes to thees space, i think your best bet right now is to use the weakness to build a position in either starbucks or panera bread. these are two stocks we own at my charitable trust. jack moore and i explain all of our moves before we make them. why these two among all others? i think starbucks and panera represent great value here. both companies have individual
bolster the performance going forward, separating them from the broader restaurant herd. they have special situations that are underneath the rally, the rally that i think they're going to have. they're not just another restaurant chain. why don't we start with panera bread. not the chili bowl. no, look at that. there's nothing in it. there's something in the -- well, anyway, after roadside restaurant chain cracker barrel disappointed earlier this week with a hideous quarter, terrible guidance and even worse action took panera down along with its investors, worried about weakness in the entire industry. but i think it's a mistake to bunch the health conscious and high-tech panera bread in with a not so healthy chain like cracker barrel, where a long time and 30 pounds ago, i would have the apple pie a la mode with a big of slice of cheddar
for one thing, cracker barrel reported a 3.2% same for sales growth and then forecasted a 1 to 2% growth for the next year. this was well below what the analysts were looking for. last time we heard from panera, other than when i dropped the roll on the floor, it's how many seconds it's been down there. like two minutes? it's okay. it wasn't there long. when they reported at the end of july, the company deliver aid 4.2% same-store sales increa i got to swallow this because my mother said never talk while you're chewing. bear with me. tastes like the floor. on top of that, panera's bakery cafe concept remains one of the most appealing stories in the group. here's a restaurant chain that's showing itself to be incredibly tech savvy. management has embraced systems that allow people to order food
remember when the ceo said he didn't want his kid in the mosh pit. they can put a lot more people through the stores very quickly. on the latest conference call, digital orders made up an astounding total. and during the prior week, they had a digital utilization rate of 20%, with many remodeled locations coming closer to 30%. panera's tech overhaul is clearly working. itoo stores and i bet it continues to help company generate some strong same-store sales, unlike cracker barrel. we know they're doing well. but get this. the stock was at $224 not that long ago. it's down to $200 as of today. i think that's that sector wide sell-off speaking. i think you have to regard this weakness as a buying
worst case, it goes still lower. you know what? that's bargain basement prices. i would buy more. this is the asian chicken salad that i like so much. it's like $4.38 or something. how about starbucks? after a long period of explosive growth where its stocks seem toed unstoppable, starbucks as down shifted a bit in recent quarters. in fact, management seems to be making an active effort to rein in expectations. i think it's a smart move for a company that can't keep posting the spectacular same tore sales growth investors have become accustomed to. nobody can keep growing like that forever. starbucks has the best teno some people say it's really a technology company disguised as a coffee company. these guys pretty much pioneered mobile ordering. now they're taking that system global, having just recently launched in china and japan. now, when starbucks reported last july, there was a bit of a kerfuffle about their rewards program, shifting from a frequency based system to a dollar based system. something that may have been a drag on the company's same-store sales which came in at 4% in the
remember, we had to mention that the below 5% was really kind of a head-turner. you know what, though, there's widespread agreement that the slow down was a temporary anomaly because the new rewards program interfered with the happy hour promotion. still starbucks grew its rewards program by nearly 2 million members. year-over-year, that's amazing. going forward, the new setup will encourage members to spend more money. beyond everything else, though, i like starbucks because they're taking share and taking names in china. this is one of the few cups that's never complained about weakness in the people's republic. they already have almost 2,300 stores across more than 100 chinese cities, with 7% same-store sales growth. while the rest of the world frets about china, starbucks is going full speed ahead.
that's how much the chinese love their starbucks. still one more reason why i find the stock attractive. you're down at $53, $10 from its all time high. oh, and i love the cramer. at a time when investors are fretting about a recession in restaurants, panera and starbucks are looking good. if they keep going lower, all that means is the stocks are getting still cheaper. i think they represent terrific long emphasis on the long term, not trading. i would be remiss if i didn't mention mcdonald's. after spending months roaring higher, mcdonald's has fallen into a rut lately with its stock sinking nearly 6% over the past three months. at that levels, the golden arches sports an attractive -- look, the turn here, spearheaded by all day breakfast and the new value menu is far from over.
restaurant group but you feel the need to own something in it simply for the sake of diversification, mcdonald's is the way to go. here's the bottom line. this is a very tough environment for the restaurant sector as a whole. you have to understand that sooner or later this industry is coming back. when it does, you'll be in a great position if you take advantage of the current weaknesses to buy some high quality, long term names. here i'm thinking panera bread, starbucks, or mickey d's. let's go to dominick in florida. dominick. >> caller: booyah, j. finishing the week. how about you? >> caller: i'm doing great. i'm just got myself stuck in some chipotle and i'm wondering what you would do. >> you're not stuck. the other day my chipotle in brooklyn was packed. remember what we're doing. it's the level i think buyers keep coming in. you have to have a lot of time pass before people begin to forget the incidents.
so we don't annualize the year until december. take your time, but i would hold on. you're not stuck in it. how about murli in new york. murli. >> caller: hi, jim. how are you? thanks for taking my call. first let me thank you. i made a couple of thousand dollars on celgene. >> how can i help? >> my question today is cvs. the omnik acquisition and the target acquisitions have been very beneficial. do you recommend holding the stock? >> you're right, the target deal is good. the problem obviously you saw it because you're very sophisticated investor was that mckesson was downgraded today. cardinal was downgraded today. there are a lot of people very worried about that pharmacy benefit manager business because there's no more really aggressive price increases in
cvs, but i would not sell cvs at $90. that would be a mistake, i think. the market can be unpredictable, but you can count on one thing. americans will return to their beloved restaurants eventually. that's why i want you to consider buying high-quality names like panera, starbucks and mcdonald's on weakness. maybe we'll do some takeout. there's much more "mon the cramericans out there who forced me to do some extra homework. i'll reveal my findings including under the radar social media stock. and bank stocks have been showing signs of life but the group has taken a turn this week. ugly. with the fed meeting looming, i'm giving you a plan of attack. then i'm working for the weekend by taking all your calls rapid fire in tonight's edition of the lightning round.
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some housekeeping. back on september 1st, vicki in new jersey called me about meetme inc., a teeny, tiny, super speculative company with a $5 stock. it's a social network for meeting new people with more than a million daily active users and 80% of that traffic comes from their mobile app. according to the company, about half of the users are trying to make friends and the other half are looking for dates. now, meetme bills itself as a kind of combination of chat apps and dating apps because their platforms let you do both things for free. so how do these guys make any money? it's a combination of advertising and subscription products like enhanced search capabilities and better messaging. even though this is a very crowded market, the company has been growing its user base steadily, up 32% year-over-year. that's very good growth. back in june, meetme acquired a
international audience. what's most impressive is meetme is actually profitable. they earn 12 cents a share last year and their revenue growth seems to be accelerating dramatically. they got a pristine balance sheet, hence why the stock has rallied more than 50% year-to-date. however, after rocking up to $8 in early august, we did learn the ceo sold 70,000 shares to these levels and the stock sold off more than 30% in the span of two days. since then it really hasn't recovered. of reasons. i think meetme is a high-risk speculative company but the fact is it seems darn cheap, trading at just 13 times next year's earnings estimates. at the end of the day, i'd rather stick with facebook as a core holding, which is we own it for my charitable trust. but if you want to do some speculation with your money and, you know, let it be money you're not afraid to lose, then i am indeed blessing the stock of meetme because it's fast-growing
thank you to one of our readers for bringing that. i got to tell you, when i read it, i said i got to talk about this. this is exciting. next up on august 31st, glen in new york asked me about a company called energy recovery. the symbol there is eri. it's a maker of energy recovery devices that are used in water desalinization. basically the company helps recycle and convert wasted pressure energy from various industrial processes, turning saving the clients more than $1.7 billion from energy costs annually. nearly a year ago, energy recovery signed a 15-year contract with slumber jay, the oil service titan. they paid $125 million for exclusive use of their hydraulic pumping technology used in fracking. the deal validated their technology and also gave them some major inroads into the oil and gas industry. and nearly a year later, it really seems to be paying off.
last month, the company blew away the numbers, and the stock shot up 14% the follow day. however, at this point i kind of feel we're a little late to the parrot. energy recovery has now doubled year-to-date. that's just too rich for me. i might be willing to bless that one but only after speculation. finally on september 7th, john in connecticut wanted to know about a company called lemaitre. it's another super small cap lemaitre is a medical supply company making shunts, patches, vascular grafts and catheters. lemaitre may be tiny, but this company has been a serial acquirer of other companies. however, even with all these deals, the company is still forecasting a 12% organic growth rate, in other words not the growth rate they purchased but the actual innate growth rate, and that is very impressive.
pretty lackluster. then shares jumped a week and a half ago when the fda issued a warning about a competitor product after reporting multiple adverse events. now, this comes on the heels of baxter issuing their own safety warning back in june. the result of that first warning is that lemaitre's competing product, a patch, grew at a 36% clip in the most recent quarter report at the end of july. this product makes up 20% of the company's sales and i bet its numbers get even better going forward because of that problem with the other competitor. look, we know the medical device companies have been a safe haven, but after this recent rally, lemaitre has gotten expensive. honestly i have to ask you why pay that much for these guys when boston scientific gives you
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>> caller: hi, jim. with all the problems such as the allegations against berkshire hathaway of a reverse ponzi scheme and with wells fargo, is it safe to stay in berkshire hathaway b? >> i think that's a little harsh to call it a ponzi scheme because there's been no criminality proven, but i would say that the investments warren buffett has been making of late have not been performing that well. to go against the master, no thank you. i think berkshire hathaway is a buy, period, end of story. earnest in new york. earnest. >> caller: that's me. >> yo yo, what's up? >> caller: i've just got a question on colucid. i bought quite a few shares at $5.40. it's up quite a bit. should i sell half, or should i keep them? >> no. i got to look into it. it just did a gigantic secondary, and it's up huge since the secondary. i have to come back and do homework on that one. that is not one i am that familiar with. let's go to nick in pennsylvania. nick. >> caller: hey, jim. great to talk to you. >> thank you. >> caller: my question is on valero, whether it's a good time to -- >> i'm not a big believer in the refinery stocks.
going to increase. i think they're going to shrink. i would be a seller of valero. sam in michigan. sam. >> caller: thanks for taking my call. love the show. >> thank you. >> caller: i was wondering what your thoughts were about nxpi for about a four to five month holding period. >> oh, geez, i got to tell you it's a big position for my charitable trust. i think it is very inexpensive versus its growth rate, and you should be a buyer. and that, ladies and gentlemen, is the conclusion of the lightning round. >> announcer: the light round is sponsored by td ameritrade. fed chief janet yellen's card has real value. it's like an honus wagner. same goes for the stanley fisher card. he's the iron horse. nick in my home state of new jersey. nick. thank you.
>> caller: yeah. >> you're up. >> caller: hey, jim, how are you? >> oh, i'm sorry. >> i want to trade a mint fisher. i've got a mint fisher here, for a yellen? i mean, this could be a swap of a -- oh, sorry there. anyway, you know what? it's time to sell your collection of fed trading cards and put a little less emphasis on these guys, okay? how do you recover from a loss? >> well, here in dallas, that muffled sound you hear in new york is me screaming in that pillow.
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layer lasts a full 12 hours. relieve chest congestion with mucinex, and enjoy living well. what a terrible week for the banks. first we had the nightmare of wells fargo admitting that it bilked tens of thousands of customers through overly aggressive cross selling. ceo john stumpf came on the show and apologized for the bank's actions and put the misdeeds in a multiyear perspective that was certainly a more positive spin
this week, vastly underperforming a very bedraggled group. next week, stumpf goes to capitol to answer questions about wells fargo's now egregious cross-selling past, codified by more than 5,000 firings and a wholesale change in the bank's incentive policy toward getting more business per customer. i'm sure we'll hear back about the need to claw back bonuses that might have otherwise been -- well, maybe they were based on hitting those cross-selling targets. so i gotte so the stock, i think you can come under pressure again next week. then we learned that retail sales for august fell 0.3%. that's quite a weak number, one that will encourage the doves and discourage the hawks when the federal reserve makes its rate decision next wednesday. it's awfully hard to raise rates into a moment when the country is clearly experiencing a spending slowdown. much of the rally in the bank stocks from just a few weeks ago
as soon as next week. that was based on fact. it was because janet yellen pretty much endorsed that strategy just last month when the fed met at jackson hole. the message was driven home further by vice chair stanley fisher in a cnbc interview where he basically said that we can't rule out two rate hikes for the rest of the year. the banks roared on that commentary. so the stocks were ripe for a fall as the prospect of near term rate increases had bank investors salivating. salivation. then adding insult to injury, we got the news that the justice department is seeking $14 billion, one four billion from deutsch bank for misdeeds involving the mortgage crisis that precipitated the great recession. the whole market capitalization of deutsch bank is only $18 billion. so paying $14 billion would be -- what do you think -- a hardship? but deutsch bank's public rebuff of the claim seems very ill advised. the justice department
i totally get that deutsch bank, which was actually integral to creating some of the more arcane products that made the mortgage crisis so hard to solve, wants to avoid paying the fine and thinks it's outlandish. but guess what. so did bank of america, jpmorgan and citigroup and they ended up paying $16.65 billion, $13 billion, and $7 billion respectively to the justice department in order to resolve their legal situations. i wonder what deutsch bank is thinking because unlike the huge american banks, the repercussions of getting aren't as great. it doesn't employ that many people in the u.s. relative to the other banks i just mentioned. i can't help but wonder if wells fargo thought it was getting off lightly with its $185 million in fines and misjudged the public outcry and the possibility of justice going after it for wrongdoing too, something that we heard rumored later in the week. altogether i know doesn't it feel like banking armageddon, not long after we were in banking heaven. i say if you own these, just let
higher rates will come eventually, and they'll boost the bottom line. in the meantime, the pain doesn't seem to be done. so anyone who's not yet in the group, i think a better entry point awaits. so no need to buy the first dip after a big rate hike-induced hope that now looks like it's not going to come as soon as the next week like some people, including yours truly, expected just a few short weeks ago. stick with cramer. red 97! set! red 97! yes. you know, that reminds me of geico's 97% customer satisfaction rating. 97%? helped by geico's fast and friendly claims service. huh... oh yeah, baby. geico's as fast and friendly as it gets. woo!
intel hit a high this year, and i am a huge backer because i think he's making the company better and better each quarter. this was actually a low inventory chip quarter, but they did see a turn in personal computer demand. i want you to keep your eyes on hpq. i think that one, very cheap. by the way, so is western digital. i like to say there's always a bull market somewhere.
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