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Cramer's 'Stop Trading': Bank of America

Stocks in this article: BAC

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- As expected, two initial public offerings, MaxLinear (MXL - Get Report) and Calix (CALX - Get Report), saw shares rise at the open, Jim Cramer said during his Stop Trading! segment on CNBC.

Cramer gives an $18.50 target for Calix and said MaxLinear already maxed out at $18.55. "You'd don't want to pay over for that," he suggested.

Crammer was also impressed with Lennar's (LEN - Get Report) earnings report on Wednesday. The homebuilder actually raised prices for houses in California.

Bank of America (BAC - Get Report) also said on Wednesday that it will reduce mortgage principal for some homeowners. "I am trying to get my arms around that," Cramer said. The problem with the announcement is that "you don't really know if Bank of America will take you or not."

Still, Cramer said anything that lowers principals is of real value. He owns Bank of America for his Charitable Trust portfolio.

Meanwhile, Williams-Sonoma (WSM - Get Report), Darden Restaurants (DRI - Get Report) and Phillips-Van Heusen (PVH - Get Report) all pre-announced better-than-expected earnings and even topped those numbers, Cramer said. Cramer said that this is a sign that the consumer is returning and March will be good.

Darden saw a boost from Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse and Capital Grille.

-- Reported by Jeanine Poggi in New York.

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