Should I continue to buy Metris (MXT) if the Fed keeps raising rates? -- Darren from California James J. Cramer: Metris is one of my top picks in the credit card space. I think the company is a solid acquisition target now that its fundamentals are improving and management is paying down a substantial portion of debt. Following this morning's acquisition of MBNA (KRB) by Bank of America (BAC), I think the company could be the next name to catch some takeover speculation.
Are you still bullish on Altria (MO - Get Report)? -- Pete from Idaho James J. Cramer: I like Altria here at just 12.7 times estimated earnings and I own shares for my charitable trust. (To see all of the holdings in my charitable trust, visit
What is your take on Cisco (CSCO - Get Report)? -- Sue from New York James J. Cramer: Cisco has been out of favor on Wall Street for some time. But I expect a round of new technology product launches and increased adoption of high-speed data services to breathe some life back into this tech behemoth in the second half of this year. I think Cisco is a buy at this price.
Would you pick up Duke Energy (DUK - Get Report) with extra cash? -- Christina from Brooklyn, N.Y. James J. Cramer: Even though the stock is trading at a 52-week high, up 18% for the year, Duke remains my favorite utility stock. CEO Paul Anderson has done a great job turning the business around, and the recently raised 31-cent quarterly dividend (4.1% yield) is above the industry average.