Hassan said every turnaround story starts with people, then culture, then execution. All of those aspects begin with a company's CEO. He said if a CEO doesn't have focus and passion, then investors should steer clear. But in the case of many successful turnarounds, like those at
, CEO Alan Mullaly clearly had the right skills to get the job done.
When asked about his role as non-executive chairman at
, Hassan said Avon's new CEO is following his lessons from the book. He not only had the passion to accept the challenge in the first place, but he is now on the ground working the business and building the team that's needed to lead the company forward.
Turning to his home turf in the pharmaceutical world, Hassan said that it's clear the old way of developing drugs is no longer working, which is why all of the action has been in the smaller biotech companies. He said that some in the Big Pharma world see that change and are adapting, but others are clearly not.
Cramer said Hassan's new book is a must-read and said Hassan himself should be an inspiration to all.
No Huddle Offense
In his "No Huddle Offense" segment, Cramer said that all too often individual investors have problems spotting stock market bargains. He said that unlike sales at your favorite retail store, in the stock market the discounts aren't always obvious and sometimes require homework.
Such was the case with
, all of which reported Wednesday to underwhelming results, giving investors a terrific opportunity to buy, if they were able to spot the bargains.
Cramer said while the headlines about Red Hat spelled doom and gloom, on the conference call things weren't that bad. Meanwhile, Five Below may have had some supply chain issues, but that won't stop the company from being able to open time times as many stores in the coming years. Then there's PVH, which may need more time to turn around its Warnaco acquisition, but it certainly doesn't count the company out for good.
In all of these cases, Cramer said, investors need to be able to spot when the market's reactions don't match the fundamentals, and buy into the ensuing panic. Not always easy, Cramer admitted, but certainly profitable.
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