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In response to a question about other investment plays in Asia, Cramer said he likes
Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group(MTU) and
Cramer said an article in the Sunday
New York Times could have been big for the stock of
OraSure Technologies(OSUR) if only it hadn't appeared in the Style section, which most Wall Street analysts don't read.
OraSure has an at-home, 20-minute HIV test, said Cramer, which could be available over the counter within 12 months if it is approved for home use by the FDA. The test is currently used in clinics, and sales have grown 90% year over year for the past two quarters, he said.
The possibility that OraSure's test could be sold over the counter has been public information for a while now, said Cramer, but "people trade on buzz." So, buy the stock before the buzz starts.
Airgas(ARG) CEO Peter McCausland joined Cramer by telephone to talk about Airgas' stock buyback and outlook.
McCausland said his company is buying back stock because "it's a good value." Even with the buyback, Airgas has "plenty of firepower to continue making acquisitions, which we intend to do," he said, and plenty of capital for capital expenditures.
Cramer asked about Airgas' ability to implement price increases.
McCausland said that two or three years ago, Airgas was in a very tough pricing environment. But, customers now are more receptive to price increases, he said. "It's a good environment to be an Airgas shareholder."
Cramer summed up the interview saying of Airgas, "I don't want to trade it. I want to own it." Looking out to 2006 and 2007, the stock is "really inexpensive...at 14 times two-years-from-now's earnings. That's my kind of stock."
To view Cramer's interview with McCausland,
Cramer was bullish on
National City (NCC),
JDS Uniphase (JDSU),
Brown & Brown(BRO),
Cramer was bearish on
World Fuel Services (INT),
Southwest Airlines (LUV),
Under Armour(UARM) and
Research In Motion (RIMM).
For more of Cramer's commentary during the Lightning Round,
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