Off the Charts
In the "Off The Charts" segment, Cramer went head to head with colleague Dan Fitzpatrick over the direction of coal, one of the most hated commodities of 2012.According to Fitzpatrick, a daily chart of Dow Jones US Coal Index shows coal in a solid downtrend since July 2011, when the index fell below its 50-day moving average and stayed there until just recently when it stabilized and built a base of support. Fitzpatrick noted that the buyers seem to be in control after a long hiatus and the stock could break out above its 200-day moving average. Fitzpatrick also looked at the charts of both Peabody Energy (BTU) and Alpha Natural Resources (ANR), two big coal names, for confirmation. He found that both Peabody and Alpha followed similar patterns, falling below their 50-day averages, only to stabilize then begin to rally on strong volume. What was once the ceiling for these stocks, their 50-day averages, is now their floor of support. Crame said that with natural gas prices rising, export coal to China likely to improve and nuclear power off the menu post-Japan, there's a lot to like about coal, especially if Mitt Romney, a pro-coal candidate, is elected. However, he noted that if Obama is re-elected, that could give the Environmental Protection Agency a new mandate to phase out coal-fired power plants even sooner.