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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) : In an exclusive interview, Cramer once again spoke with Cheryl Bachelder, CEO of Popeyes, which on Tuesday delivered a 1-cent-a-share earnings beat but with slowing 2.8% growth in same-store sales and tepid guidance.
Bachelder said the weakness Popeyes is seeing is only short term and she fully expects to return to the normal growth rate as the company continues to execute on its long-term vision. With consumers becoming more uncertain, Bachelder said the value pricing at their competitors has become more in fashion, but that will soon be met with an exciting pipeline of new products.
Looking longer term, Bachelder said she's also very excited about the company's "one technology" initiative, which will put all franchisees on the same technology platform, allowing for better cost controls, benefits for employees and much needed innovations for Popeyes customers such as mobile payments and loyalty rewards.
Cramer said he fully expects Popeyes to recover from the recent weakness because it is a solid performer and has long-term vision.
Williams-Sonoma (WSM - Get Report) : Is it time to get back into Williams-Sonoma, the high-end home goods retailer? After seeing shares more than quadruple in the past five and half years, the stock has now fallen from grace, plunging over 36% in just the past six months.
Cramer said Williams-Sonoma seemed to have gotten everything right. The company dominated the high-end home goods market and figured out the Internet before anyone else. The company derives a full 50% of its sales online.
But then in August of last year the company stumbled, offering only in-line earnings with significantly weaker guidance. Williams-Sonoma cited increasing inventories and increased online competition from the likes of Wayfair (W - Get Report) and others as some of its ailments.
Cramer said in the end, Williams-Sonoma is still a mall-based retailer, which could keep it under pressure as other online retailers continue nipping at its heels. Additionally, Restoration Hardware (RH - Get Report) just pre-announced a huge earnings miss, which only adds additional worries.
Salesforce.com (CRM - Get Report) : In his second exclusive interview, Cramer checked in with Marc Benioff, chairman and CEO of Salesforce, the enterprise software maker whose shares have fallen 20% so far in 2016.
Benioff touted his company's latest earnings, which included a record $1.8 billion in revenue. He said Salesforce continues to help companies, like Charles Schwab (SCHW - Get Report) and Unilever (UL) , modernize their legacy technology systems and offer instant access to information, even for employees on the go.
When asked about the recent implosion of other cloud stocks, like LinkedIn (LNKD) and Tableau Software (DATA - Get Report) , Benioff cautioned to beware of the "false cloud." He said that not all companies that say they're in the cloud have subscription models with deferred revenue or a customer-centric business plan focused on success.
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