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NEW YORK (
) -- The dogs will remain dogs, but the thoroughbreds are still worth betting on. That was Jim Cramer's assessment of the
Dow Jones Industrial Average
going into 2013.
Cramer told his
viewers Thursday that 2013 should be a lot better than 2012 for the Dow, and he gave a quick assessment of all the Dow stocks to show why.
Starting from the best performers in 2012, Cramer said that
Bank Of America
remains cheap, despite its 108% gain last year. Bigger gains will come, he said, as the housing recovery continues.
continues to take market share, which makes that stock a winner as well.
Cramer said that
can extend its 32% rally last year thanks to strong attendance at its parks and strong entertainment properties. And while he's not as bullish on
, Cramer expects all three to still have a good 2013.
Cramer was also bullish on
, a stock he owns for his charitable trust,
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, along with
, all stocks he said should be able to at least match last year's slow-growth performance.
His only bearish call in the slow-growth group, Wal-Mart, in the face of a weaker U.S. consumer going into 2013.
will allow investors to sleep at night, while
should see its shares rise in 2013. Meanwhile,
needs a big catalyst to match its 8.6% performance last year and Cramer doesn't see one.
will likely play catchup this year, while
will do poorly without job creation.
Then there were the dogs of the Dow, the under-performers. Cramer was bullish on
Johnson & Johnson
, another Action Alerts PLUS name, and felt that
should be able to beat its 3.6% gain in 2012, as should
given the aerospace cycle. His only worry is
, a stock he said is "hard to love."
Cramer was lukewarm on
, but gave Chevron, an Action Alerts PLUS name, the edge. He was bearish on
and said he doesn't trust