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"It's never been harder to buy anything commodity related," Jim Cramer told viewers of his "Mad Money" TV show Tuesday. "And it may not be worth your time, effort or sanity."
Cramer said commodity stocks bear no relation to the actual health of the companies. In effect, companies that are doing well are seeing their stocks slammed in the stock market.
That's because these stocks are completely under the control of large hedge funds, some of whom are much larger than the companies they trade, he said.
With the end of the quarter nearing and fund redemptions on the rise, Cramer said there's a rush to get out of the commodity stocks like he's never seen before. He said the speed and volatility of the decline in some of these stocks is mind-blowing.
Even for a seasoned trader like Cramer, who now trades only for his charitable trust
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, the markets have proven to be too difficult. Cramer admitted to buying 100 shares of
at $40 a share just two days ago, only to sell them today at $35 a share for a loss.
Cramer still contended that the commodity stocks have fallen far greater than that of their underlying commodities. Foster Wheeler, he noted, has $10 a share in cash, and trades at just 6 times its earnings. Yet even with this incredible valuation, Cramer still asked "why buy these stocks at all?"
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