Ponsi also went further, using an hourly chart to note that the retail stocks are now just 1% below their all-time closing highs, meaning there will be little resistance to the upside. He suggested adding to a position in the group if it either pops above $46 or pulls back below $45.
Cramer was skeptical of this view, however. He said while the retail group has been resilient, he's worried about individual company blowups, as seen in Wal-Mart (WMT) or Gap today. He said losses from these names would undo any upside seen in stronger names like Home Depot (HD).
The Future of Starbucks
Investors have lots of questions about the future at Starbucks (SBUX), Cramer told viewers, but the company's analyst meeting is Wednesday so those questions will soon have answers. He said this company's bi-annual meeting is an important one as Starbucks made good on all its promises from 2010 and should have a promising roadmap through 2014.
Cramer expects to hear how the U.S. market is doing, a market that still accounts for 75% of company sales. He also expects to hear about international sales, including Europe and China as well as the company's debut into India. There are also questions surrounding Starbucks' single-serve k-cup business and how that relates to its new Verismo line of single-serve brewers.In addition, there is Starbucks' proposed merger with Teavana (TEA), which is steeped in controversy, causing a field day for the short-sellers. Starbucks has plenty of room for growth, both domestically and abroad. The company is also flush with cash. Cramer said with the price of coffee now 30% off its highs there are many things going right for this company, which currently trades at just 23.8 times earnings with a 19% growth rate.
Lightning RoundIn the Lightning Round, Cramer was bullish on Coca-Cola (KO), Sprint Nextel (S), Kinder Morgan Energy Partners (KMP), Linn Energy (LINE), Pepsico (PEP), Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.B) and Kellogg (K). Cramer was bearish on Toyota Motor (TM) and Capital Product Partners (CPLP).
Executive DecisionIn the "Executive Decision" segment, Cramer sat down with Russell Goldsmith, chairman and CEO of City National (CYN), a Los Angeles-based business bank that also offers wealth management services. Goldsmith said that many of City National's customers fall into two camps when it comes to the looming fiscal cliff. He said that many are simply sitting on their hands, not hiring, not investing and not borrowing. Uncertainty breeds caution, Goldsmith noted, which is why many are waiting to see what the new rules will be before moving forward. But a few customers see opportunity, even in an uncertain market, and City National has been making loans to those customers, primarily in the technology and entertainment sectors. Goldsmith also commented on California's growing economy. He said his state is now number one in job creation and unemployment is finally coming down thanks to some budget stability at the state level. You can't have an American recovery without California, Goldsmith continued. Turning back to the business at City National, Goldsmith said his bank continues to have a strong balance sheet and has been making smart acquisitions to bolster its already strong wealth management business. He expects the U.S. economy to pick up in the second half of 2013. Cramer continued his recommendation of City National, one of the few growth banks he follows.
No Huddle OffenseIn his "No Huddle Offense" segment, Cramer reminded viewers that things are only relevant until they aren't. He said that at this time last year the markets were embroiled in Europe's sovereign debt woes, troubles that, it was thought at the time, would never end. But they did. The European Central Bank hammered out a grand compromise, banks raised cash and the countries themselves forged the budgets thy needed to regain their footing. That's why Banco Santander (SAN), which traded just above $4 a share this time last year, is now worth almost $8 a share today, because the crisis has largely passed, he said. Fast forward to today, when the U.S. is having its "Santander" moment, taking stocks like KeyCorp (KEY), a stock Cramer now owns for his charitable trust,
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