Foster Wheeler, on the other hand, is a far smaller business, said Cramer, and one that's struggled to execute of late. He noted the company has been forced to take on a lot of lower-margin business and is still levered to a slowing Europe.
In the Lightning Round, Cramer was bullish on
Cramer was bearish on
Executive Decision: Randy Smallwood
In the "Executive Decision" segment, Cramer sat down with Randy Smallwood, president and CEO of
(SLW - Get Report)
, a company that invests in silver mines. Silver Wheaton's stock is up 900% since it debuted in July 2005.
Smallwood started off by saying he's bullish on all precious metals, but Silver Wheaton has chosen to focus on silver. Unlike gold, silver is often a byproduct of other mines, such as copper and zinc. So while gold mines may slow or stop production as the price of gold weakens, silver is continually being produced unless a number of other metals begin declining.
That said, Smallwood admitted that Silver Wheaton's earnings are indeed tied, in part, to the price of silver. He characterized silver as the "affordable" precious metal. He noted that in much of the developing world the rising middle class cannot afford to own gold, so they choose instead to invest in silver, which is vastly more affordable.
When asked about global demand for silver, Smallwood said that silver is being increasingly used in technology, an area where demand is not as economically sensitive.
Cramer said that while he remains bullish on gold, Silver Wheaton is a great way to invest in silver without taking on the added risk of investing in a mining company directly.
No Huddle Offense
In his "No Huddle Offense" segment, Cramer said when investors think about all the recent merger and acquisition activity as well as all of the chatter about taking companies private and the countless number for secondary offerings, they should be thinking about just one thing... fees!
Cramer said all of these activities generate huge fees, at huge margins, for investment bankers including JPMorgan Chase,
So while investors remain focused on net interest margins and other meaningless metrics, Cramer predicts these banks will trounce the earnings thanks to the fees they will be able to generate from everyone else taking advantage of low interest rates.
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