Turning to the U.S. housing market, Thaman said he's encouraged by rising rent prices, but is not yet seeing enough demand to warrant a return of the company's dividend. He said that Owens maintains an investment-grade balance sheet, but the company wants to see improvement in all of its businesses before reinstating that dividend.
Cramer told viewers to make their decision wisely when considering investing in Owens Corning. He said the stock is cheap, but may not be the best way to play the recovery in housing with weakness in Europe still looming.
"Management matters," Cramer told viewers, as he highlighted the turnaround in Gap Stores (GPS - Get Report), an apparel chain that lost its way for over a decade but also one that's been resurrected by its new CEO Glenn Murphy.
Cramer said that Murphy, who took the reigns at Gap in 2007, has done the exact opposite of J.C. Penney (JCP) CEO Ron Johnson in his efforts to turn around the company. First, Murphy told shareholders that it would take a long time to turn around Gap, which it did. He also set no expectations for shareholders.However, after years of a bottoms-up turnaround that involved asking the customers what they wanted and delivering on those needs, Gap's success is undeniable, said Cramer, which explains why shares of Gap are up 49% so far this year. In its quest to provide customers with new merchandise they actually want to buy, Gap saw same store sales up 4% last quarter, the first time in years the company saw all three of its U.S. divisions grow. Gap also has no exposure to Europe, added Cramer, but it does have an expanding business in China. While Cramer said he's worried about the balance sheet at J.C. Penney, he has no such worries at Gap, a company where the turn has only just begun.