Today, the same is happening to the desktop. More and more consumers browse on phones and tablets, ignoring just about every ad in the process. Cramer said Facebook surely knew this transition was coming but likely underestimated just how fast it would happen. He said company executives chose to raise money at all costs during its IPO, which set up the drastic decline that's now in progress.
Facebook has declining fundamentals, said Cramer, and with more share lockups set to expire soon, there's no telling just how low shares can fall. Just as
hurt brick and mortar retail and
iTunes crushed CD sales, so, too, will the mobile Internet hurt the desktop advertising model.
Facebook will eventually figure out how to monetize mobile, Cramer concluded, but until they do, the stock is far too risky to touch.
Here's what Cramer had to say about callers' stocks during the "Lightning Round":
Chipotle Mexican Grill
: "This hit my downside target and I would try some CMG here."
: "I want to buy Sprint right here."
: "I like the
SPDR Gold Shares
but not NovaGold."
: "I'm not happy with how this stock acts, nor with its quarter. This has been a disappointment."
: "It's been terrible but it's OK. They're overdoing the negativity."
: "I want to buy this stock. This is the way to play worldwide 4G service."
A Pleasant Sunrise
In a second "Executive Decision" segment, Cramer sat down with Mark Ordan, CEO of
Sunrise Senior Living
, a stock that just four years ago traded at just 27 cents a share and teetered on bankruptcy. However, recent shareholders have seen a 112% return on their investments in Sunrise thanks to the Aug 22. announcement that
Health Care REIT
would be acquiring the company.
Ordan said a successful turnaround needs to have something at the core that management can latch onto and build on. In the case of Sunrise, he said the company had an unassailable brand, demographic trends in its favor and staying power to see through the tough times. Asked how Ordan was able to clean up the company's horrific balance sheet, he said Sunrise stakeholders all wanted to work to rebuild the company, which allowed them to chip away at the debt little by little.