Jim Cramer on the Coronavirus, State of the Union, Disney and Macy's

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Let's take a look at some of the biggest stories driving markets Wednesday.

A Coronavirus Update

As of Tuesday night, there are now over 24,000 confirmed cases and nearly 500 people have died from the virus.

In his morning column on Real Money, Jim Cramer broke down that the sellers just won't come out.

"They must be beaten around the head to sell, at least that's what it looks like," said Cramer. 

Then There's the State of the Union

President Donald Trump put the economy front and center in his third State of the Union address on Tuesday, effectively kicking off his re-election campaign by ticking off the many economic milestones achieved since he took over as president.

“Jobs are booming, incomes are soaring, poverty is plummeting, crime is falling,” Trump said at the beginning of his speech. “Confidence is surging, and our country is thriving and highly respected again.”

Disney Reported Earnings

The entertainment and media giant (DISNEY) posted fiscal first-quarter and sales that beat analysts' estimates thanks to the outperformance of its direct-to-consumer video offering, Disney+.

“We recognize there’s a lot of interest in this new business and we wanted to give you some additional context. So I’m pleased to say that as of Monday, we were at 28.6 million paid subscribers,” CEO Robert Iger said in a conference call Tuesday.

And Finally, Let's Talk About Macy's

Macy's plans to shut around 125 stores.

The 125 units to be eliminated represent about 24% of Macy’s 525 total. It’s also axing about 2,000 corporate jobs, 10% of the total.

“Our goal is to reclaim and revitalize what a department store should be,” Macy’s CEO Jeff Gennette told The Journal. “Department stores are still vital if they are done right. There is viability to having many categories and brands under one roof.”

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