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NEW YORK (
TheStreet) -- Think the economy isn't getting better? Think again. That was Jim Cramer's lesson to his
"Mad Money" TV show viewers Thursday.
Cramer said it's no coincidence that as the markets are hitting new five-year highs, unemployment in our country is hitting five-year lows.
Things are indeed getting better, said Cramer, and when things get better, investors are willing to pay up for corporate earnings. The logic is simple: More demand equals higher prices, which in turn means better gross margins and ultimately more earnings on the bottom line.
That's why investors are willing to pay up for
Bristol Myers-Squibb(BMY) and
Johnson & Johnson(JNJ), said Cramer, and why they're willing to pay up for oil stocks like
Schlumberger(SLB) and pretty much anything and everything that goes into a home, car or plane.
Cramer said the only confusing sector in this multiple expansion period is tech. What are investors willing to pay for
Apple's(AAPL - Get Report) slowing growth? Not as much as before, said Cramer, who owns Apple for his charitable trust,
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. Cramer said the markets are now valuing Apple alongside
But as Apple declines, investors are taking those profits and rolling into other tech names, stocks like
Netflix(NFLX). Are these the new "four horsemen" of tech? Cramer said they might be.
When it comes to the market, Cramer said the current prices of stocks are just wrong. As things get better, stocks are worth more, he said, which is why the market continues to rally higher.
In the "Executive Decision" segment, Cramer checked in with Jim Griffith, president and CEO of
Timkin(TKR), the steel maker that delivered an earnings beat of 16 cents a share earnings Thursday. Shares of Timkin are up 34% since Cramer last featured them on location in Ohio on Oct. 18.
Griffith said Timkin is a very different company than it was just a few years ago. He characterized the company not merely as a steel maker but as a technology company bringing knowledge and know-how to its customers.