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Most Major Economies Are Shrinking. Not China’s.

The Chinese economy rose 2.3 percent last year, the country’s National Bureau of Statistics announced on Monday in Beijing. By contrast, the United States, Japan and many nations in Europe are expected to have suffered steep falls in economic output.

Tucked into Congress’s massive stimulus bill: Tens of billions in special-interest tax giveaways

Congress on Monday unveiled a 5,593-page spending bill and then voted on it several hours later, with lawmakers claiming urgent action was needed to rescue an ailing economy ravaged by the coronavirus pandemic. But tucked in the bill was over $110 billion in tax breaks that strayed far from the way the bill was marketed to many Americans. These giveaways include big tax cuts for liquor producers, the motorsports entertainment sector and manufacturers of electric motorcycles.

Jim Cramer reacts to Apple car rumors: ‘The upside could be enormous’

“An electric vehicle merely gives you one more reason to own Apple, not trade it,” the “Mad Money” host said. “Hopefully, everyone will forget this story tomorrow and the stock will sell off, giving you another chance to buy into weakness.”

On Monday, Reuters published an article reporting that the iPhone manufacturer could build a car, potentially with its own battery technology, by 2024. Investors responded the day after trading the stock up almost 3% to a $131.88 close, giving it a more than $2.25 trillion market cap, the largest valuation on the market.

Jim Cramer’s lightning round: MasTec’s a winner

Wells Fargo: “I believe in [CEO] Charlie Scharf … Let’s hope they’re allowed to do their buyback.”

MasTec: “Mastec’s a winner. I like infrastructure plays, and that’s certainly one of them. We’ve got a lot of infrastructure problems.”

Caterpillar: “There’s very few industrials, so this one can go to $200. Management’s been buying back stock. … I actually like Deere more than Caterpillar.”

Velodyne Lidar: “Unfortunately, there’s so many in that same space. I like that one.”

Tupperware Brands: “I have decided that this thing is just too hard to own. If I had bought it at the lower level, I would be thinking” to sell.

Freeport-McMoran: “I would hold on to that, even though it’s already doubled.”

Cramer’s lightning round: DocuSign is ‘revolutionizing’ the way we buy

Kratos Defense: “… it’s at $25 and I’m sticking with it.” Mckesson: “I think that that stock’s time has come.” Spirit Airlines: “My favorite is Southwest, LUV, and then United for when we start going overseas.” Kimball: “I don’t want to be in that group. Frankly, I don’t mind At Home.” Cisco Systems: “… I’m fine with it.” SiteOne Landscape Supply: “I like Tractor Supply, SiteOne Landscape Supply’s fine with me too, … Lowe’s and Home Depot are really inexpensive, ….” DocuSign: “… I love it.” CVS Health: “… go buy it.”

Restaurant workers out of work again as virus surges anew

Waiters and bartenders are being thrown out of work — again — as governors and local officials shut down indoor dining and drinking establishments to combat the nationwide surge in coronavirus infections that is overwhelming hospitals and dashing hopes for a quick economic recovery.

Mnuchin-Powell Split Shows Rare Discord as Economy Struggles

The top two U.S. economic policymakers clashed over whether to preserve emergency lending programs designed to shore up the economy — a rare moment of discord as the nation confronts the risk of a renewed downturn spurred by the resurgent coronavirus.

Jim Cramer: We have too many bulls

Wall Street is saddled with too many sellers and not enough buyers, CNBC’s Jim Cramer said after the stock market closed Thursday.

“We don’t have too many bears, we have too many bulls,” the “Mad Money” host said. “When most investors are bullish, it means, well, there’s no one left to buy.”

Bill Gates: More than 50% of business travel will disappear in post-coronavirus world

The coronavirus will fundamentally alter the way people travel for and conduct business, even after the pandemic is over, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates said Tuesday. “My prediction would be that over 50% of business travel and over 30% of days in the office will go away,” Gates told Andrew Ross Sorkin during the New York Times’ Dealbook conference.

The US economy is about to shrink, JPMorgan warns

The pandemic is intensifying, statewide curfews are back and Washington is asleep at the wheel. This toxic backdrop is derailing the US economic recovery just as Joe Biden prepares to take charge — and JPMorgan is warning the economy is in fact about to shrink.

Cramer’s lightning round: Emergent BioSolutions is worth a buy

Apex Technology Acquisition: “Blank-check company. … We’ve got to do more work on it.”

Jumia Technologies: “I think you’ve got to let it cool off a little.”

GrowGeneration: “I think this stock has been a rocket ship. I want rocket ships to cool off.”

Emergent BioSolutions: “I think this stock is just going down, down, down because there hasn’t been any news flow, so I say that one’s OK to buy.”

Cassava Sciences: “We have to be very careful with the pain-management ones. … I’ve got to do more work on that because if I get too far ahead of something and it doesn’t’ work, then I will have made a big mistake.”

Interpublic Group of Companies: “That stock is still inexpensive. I think IPG is good. The stock is still way below where the rest of the market is.”

Sumo Logic: “It’s a very crowded space. … I can’t just go recommending this one. No, not right here, not right now.”

Cramer’s lightning round: Centene is a long-term hold

Turtle Beach: “They actually did have earnings. It was kind of shocking. I can’t dislike it as much as I did. Let me delve into the earnings … we’re going to do some more work on it.”

DexCom: Medtronic has “made everybody a little more careful, and that’s the way I think you have to approach these stocks.

CBAK Energy Technology: “This stock has had a monster move. … [it’s] run up so much I just can’t recommend them here.”

Centene: “You just have to hold on for long term, because [CEO] Michael Neidorff’s doing a very good job.”

Cramer’s lightning round: ‘This is not the time to own the cloud stocks’

CarGurus: “I’m going to put you in Lithia, LAD, because I think those fellas are real honest, and they’re out there in Oregon doing a great job.”

AMC: “I’m not recommending any entertainment plays right now because it’s just too tricky an industry.”

Workday: “Too soon. … This is not the time to own the cloud stocks. We want them to come in. We want all shorts to pressure. We want people to think it’s all over, and then we will strike — but not yet.”

Yeti: “We have loved Yeti since $18, but it is up another 14 points today. We need Yeti to cool off. It is a great stock and a great company … Can we please wait for a 10% decline?”

Vista Outdoor: “They are a very inexpensive company that I suggest that you buy as soon as the market opens tomorrow.”

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