Cramer's 'Mad Money' Recap: Trading on Expectations
NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- No, the market is not nuts, it's just trading on expectations. That was Jim Cramer's lesson to "Mad Money" viewers Thursday as he tried to explain the market's positive reaction to bad news and its bad reaction to good news.
Cramer said the notion of expectations may make the markets seem impossible to understand, but once you grasp the theory it makes as much sense as two plus two. So why did shares of Wal-Mart(WMT) blow up after the company beat the estimates and guided higher? Because that's precisely what Wall Street was expecting the company to do, which was very disappointing to the bulls who wanted more.
The opposite is true for Cisco(CSCO) . Wall Street was expecting to hear the same old commentary from the network equipment maker but instead got a rosy outlook and a 75% boost in the company's dividend. Exciting indeed, enough for a 9.6% pop in the stock.
Even more bizarre was reaction toSears Holdings(SHLD) , the all-but-deceased retailer that reported its usual decline in revenue and same-store sales, but behold!, its gross margins actually expanded, sending shares up 6.5%.
Cramer said once investors understand expectations, the markets make a whole lot more sense.
In the "Executive Decision" segment, Cramer sat down with Cheryl Bachelder, president and CEO of AFC Enterprises(AFCE) , the country's second-largest quick-serve chicken chain with 2,000 locations under its Popeye's brand. AFC, which stands for "America's favorite chicken," delivered a stellar quarter with an earnings beat of one cent a share on a 12.2% pop in revenue and a 7.5% increase in same-store sales. Shares of AFC initially rose 9%, but closed down by the end of the day thanks to an analyst downgrade.