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NEW YORK (
TheStreet) -- Why dwell on the negatives in the market when there are so many reasons to love stocks? Jim Cramer asked on
"Mad Money" Monday.
Even billionaire Warren Buffett confirmed in an interview today that stocks are the best investments out there while government bonds remain the worst, Cramer said..
He added that what smart investors like Buffett see in stocks is the incredible value being created by companies taking control of their own destinies. That was certainly the case for
Hess(HES), which announced Monday it is spinning off its refining business and going "all in" on its Bakken shale assets. Cramer noted that activist investors at Hess want even more and calling for the company to sell itself entirely, making it a win-win situation for investors.
Other activist investors have been shaking value out of companies such as
Transocean(RIG) while multiple hedge funds continue to battle it out over
Meanwhile, companies such as
Yahoo!(YHOO) are hitting 52-week highs while CEOs like Marissa Mayer are taking action and turning things around in record time. There's also plenty of merger activity bringing out value, said Cramer, and while today's acquisition of
Ferro(FOE) may be a small deal, it's still one in a now-steady stream of deals rewarding shareholders almost daily.
Cramer said the only bear market seems to be in
Apple(AAPL), a stock Cramer owns for his charitable trust,
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. He said Apple should use the weakness in its stock and buy back $1 billion worth of shares every week if it really wants to show the world how undervalued those shares really are.
For all these reasons, Cramer said he just can't focus on sideshows like Italy or the government sequester. There are just too many positive things happening to ignore.
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Investors who still believe in the promise of natural gas for vehicles, whether they be cars or locomotives, need to keep investing in
Chart Industries(GTLS - Get Report), Cramer told viewers.
While other natural gas stocks have been stumbling, like natural gas engine maker
Westport Innovations(WPRT), down 35% as its 12-liter engines have been delayed, or
Clean Energy Fuels(CLNE), down 32%, Cramer said Chart Industries continues to thrive.