Falling Bank Stocks
In the "Off The Charts" segment, Cramer went head to head with colleague John Roque over the charts of the banking stocks, a group that may seem cheap but is proving to be value traps that are only getting cheaper.
Roque looked at a weekly chart of
(GS) and noted that the stock have broken through its 40-week moving average. He said if the stock falls below its support level of $130 then the next stop is likely to be $100 a share.
Turning to another chart, this time of Goldman's relative performance compared to the
S&P 500, Roque said that Goldman is underperforming the markets, down 16% compared to the S&P which is up 5% for the year. He said the same chart can be seen with just about every bank stock.
Cramer said with employment and housing still slumping and an endless barrage of government regulations and scrutiny, the bank stocks will likely be stuck in the mud for quite some time. He said these stocks simply can't win without some upside momentum, so that means waiting on the sidelines for now.
Cramer was bullish on
Chicago Mercantile Exchange
(CME - Get Report)
(SLRC - Get Report)
(DELL - Get Report)
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He was bearish on
(C - Get Report)
Housing Fix Needed
In his "No Huddle Offense" segment, Cramer opined on the news that the New York State Attorney General is investigating the mortgage mess. Cramer said he's all about putting the bad guys behind bars, but perhaps too much energy is going into prosecuting the offenders and not enough energy is being paid to resolving the issues.
Cramer said what the housing markets need is a resolution, and that means that people need to leave the homes they can't afford, then banks must take the hit and the houses must be sold. "We need a plan to get these homes on the market," said Cramer, through a definitive plan that's agreed to by all.
--Written by Scott Rutt in Washington, D.C.
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