Truck Demand Rising
Cramer spoke with Daniel Ustain, chairman, president and CEO of Navistar (NAV), a stock that disappointed Wall Street when it reported a seven-cent-a-share earnings miss on declining revenues, but also one that's up 19% since Cramer last recommended it on June 2, 2010.
Ustain said that Navistar has increased production 40% from the first quarter of this year, and the company's order rate appears to be trending even higher. He said demand is coming from aging truck fleets that were not replaced during the downturn, as well as a need for new trucks that meet higher safety and environmental standards around the globe.
Ustain said to be number one in the truck market, you need both great products and great distribution, something Navistar has plenty of. He blamed this quarter's earnings shortfall on a short gap in production that was caused by the last of the company's vehicles being converted to their newest engine technologies.When asked about rising commodity prices, Ustain said Navistar was able to pass on about 50% of the costs to customers, but has absorbed the other half through hedging. Finally, when asked about the unrest in the Middle East, Ustain said that Navistar offers vehicles for moving soldiers and protected vehicles for military applications, and both are increasingly in demand. Cramer continued his recommendation on Navistar, saying that only the future, and not the current earnings miss, is all that matters.
Lightning RoundCramer was bullish on Potash (POT), Jabil Circuit (JBL) and Caterpillar (CAT). He was bearish on Paramount Gold and Silver (PZG), Activision Blizzard (ATVI) and American International Group (AIG).
Closing CommentsIn his "No Huddle Offense" segment, Cramer defended his comments Wednesday advocating selling gold in the short term. Cramer said he's not abandoning gold, he's just advising traders who bought into gold on his recommendation in late January to take profits and not lose their gains. Cramer said with governments still printing money as fast as they can, the demand for gold will be solid for a long time to come. Cramer told those investing in gold for the long term to take the short-term pain, because the long term gain is still coming. --Written by Scott Rutt in Washington, D.C. To contact the writer of this article, click here: Scott Rutt. To follow the writer on Twitter, go to http://twitter.com/scottrutt. To submit a news tip, send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org. To watch replays of Cramer's video segments, visit the Mad Money page on CNBC. Want more Cramer? Check out Jim's rules and commandments for investing from his latest book by clicking here. For more of Cramer's insights during the Lightning Round, click here.
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