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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.
United Continental (UAL - Get Report) : In an exclusive interview, Cramer sat down with Oscar Munoz, CEO of United Continental, the airline that just snapped up Scott Kirby, former CEO of American Air Lines (AAL) .
Munoz, former CEO of railroad CSX (CSX - Get Report) , said that Kirby was a great addition to the United team and brings both intellect and a deep understanding of the airline puzzle. Munoz credited the rest of his management team as being crucial to United's success and also offered a tip of the hat to his board of directors, whom he called the best in the industry.
When asked about pricing and capacity, Munoz said the airlines operate in a dynamic world and pricing is just one of the differentiators they use to compete. In the end, airlines are a people business, Munoz added, and service and performance matter more than price.
Munoz said he's keeping a close eye on the spread of the Zika virus, but so far doesn't see it hampering travel. He was also cautiously optimistic on business travel, saying the energy sector remains weak, but banking is seeing moderate gains.
Buffalo Wild Wings (BWLD) : After peaking near $200 a share a year ago, shares of Buffalo Wild Wings have been having a tough time, falling to a low of $134 in mid-July. The company's fortunes seemed to change after it was learned that activist Marcato Capital had taken a stake in the company, news that sent shares rebounding to $162, up 19% from their lows.
But Cramer said the news of an activist's involvement doesn't necessarily mean investors should pile into the stock. In fact, Marcato has had a lackluster track record of moderate successes that included Sotheby's (BID - Get Report) and Goodyear Tire (GT - Get Report) .
After taking its stake in Wild Wings, Marcato offered no specific suggestions for improving the company's business, which has been suffering from higher labor and chicken wing prices. Cramer said the company's letter to Wild Wing's board of directors read more like a general statement to "just do better."
Cramer said until he sees evidence of concrete plans for improvement, he doesn't care that there is an activist involved. Buffalo Wild Wings, he concluded, should be avoided for the time being.
Salesforce.com (CRM - Get Report) : In his second "Executive Decision" segment, Cramer also spoke with Mark Benioff, chairman and CEO of Saleforce.com, which reported better-than-expected top-line earnings, but fell short in some key metrics like billings and cash flow, news that sent shares plunging in after-hours trading.
Benioff said Salesforce still delivered a great quarte, but saw earnings dramatically affected but what he characterized as "brutal" foreign exchange rates that lowered earnings by $150 million. He added that Salesforce did see some softness at the tail end of the quarter, which he attributed to "internal issues" that were neither competitive nor macro-economic in nature.
Sluggish sales were only a U.S. problem, Benioff said, and sales remained robust in other areas of the globe including Europe, Asia and Japan. The sales pipeline remains full, he added.
When asked about future growth, Benioff said Salesforce is working hard to add artificial intelligence to all of its cloud offerings and will be debuting some of the technology at the company's developer conference in October.
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