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Did you miss last night's "Mad Money" on CNBC? If so, here are Jim Cramer's top takeaways for today's trading.
Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen (PLKI) : For his "Executive Decision" segment, Cramer spoke with Cheryl Bachelder, CEO of Popeyes, a stock that's down 10% from its February highs after posting a 6-cents-a-share earnings miss while reaffirming its full-year guidance.
Bachelder said that after a slow start to the quarter, Popeyes ended strong and still expects to have a good year with a strong long-term outlook. She said value remains the theme, but Popeyes continues to offer top quality food along with promotions when needed.
Popeyes is also investing big for the future with a bold technology plan to drive sales and increase customer engagement.
Bachelder said Popeyes represents a growth opportunity both domestically in the number of restaurants and the volume of sales per restaurant, but also in the global expansion of its brand. She said Popeyes has already committed up to $120 million to its stock buyback program as a sign of confidence.
Cramer said while Ferro has only had the job for three months, he's singlehandedly done more damage than anyone ever to grace his Wall of Shame.
Tribune was spun off as an independent company in August 2014 and has pretty much been in continual decline ever since. After trading to a low of $7.52, Gannett (GCI) - Get Report offered to purchase Tribune for $12.25 a share, a 63% premium. Ferro declined the offer. Gannett then countered with an offer of $15 a share, representing a 100% premium. Ferro again declined.
With the newspaper business dying a slow and painful death, Cramer said he can see no reason why Ferro clings to hopes of a recovery, and by declining the takeover bid has done an incredible disservice to his shareholders.
Dollar Tree (DLTR) - Get Report , Dollar General (DG) - Get Report and TJX Stores (TJX) - Get Report : The only real bargains on Wall Street are the same bargains you find on Main Street, Cramer told viewers, as he profiled the retailers that have been thriving as the American consumer spends a lot less than they used to.
Cramer said the strength in the discount retailers can be attributed to the increased cost of rent and healthcare in our country, which has completely offset the benefits usually seen by lower gas prices at the pump.
If investors would visit their local Dollar Tree or Dollar General, they would understand why these stocks shot up 12.7% and 4.6% respectively today.
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