Cramer explained that after years of lagging its peers, Rite Aid was finally able to turn itself around earlier this year. The company delivered monster earnings in April, making 13 cents a share when the analysts were expecting just 1 cent. Then it announced the refinancing of much of its high-interest debts at much more favorable rates. That news sent shares soaring but it also created a big problem, Cramer said.
The problem is valuation -- Rite Aid now trades at 12.9 times earnings, just a hair below that of CVS at 13.2 times and
at 13.4 times earnings. CVS and Walgreens offer dividends. Rite Aid does not.
That's why Cramer said it's time to ring the register on Rite Aid and move into CVS, which not only is a better retailer but also benefits from Caremark, its pharmacy benefit management service. With millions more Americans set to have health insurance, Cramer said CVS will be the natural beneficiary on both sides of its business.
Least Valuable Players
For the next installment of his Miami versus San Antonio basketball-style shootout, Cramer shifted gears from the winning stocks from each city to the "least valuable players," the stocks investors need to avoid at all costs.
From Miami, Cramer said the choice was easy:
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, the ship operator that seems to be doing everything in its power to make sure no one ever takes a cruise again, Cramer quipped. He said less than a year after the company's disaster off the shores of Italy, another Carnival ship lost power and was set adrift for five days, leaving patrons most uncomfortable and in unsanitary conditions.
While Carnival initially said the incident would only ding earnings by 10 cents a share, it was forced to later revise those numbers and cut full-year guidance.
But San Antonio has its losers, too, noted Cramer, mainly
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, the data center operator that now finds itself in a commodity business fighting against the likes of
and others. Cramer said that after reporting an abysmal quarter, shares fell from $75 to $60 a share but still trade at 40 times earnings.
While both stocks are bad, Cramer said Rackspace wins the "least valuable" award because the company can do little to change its position in the marketplace.
In the Lightning Round, Cramer was bullish on
Barnes & Noble
Cramer was bearish on
In a special "Quiz Cramer" segment, Cramer took questions from his audience.
When asked how to teach younger investors the patience needed to invest for the long haul, Cramer said he advises that all investors look for stocks they think will do well in 2015. He said by setting a longer time horizon, it's easier to let short-term gains keep going.
When asked whether it's time to sell
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, Cramer said he'd hold onto that stock until the company resumes paying a bountiful dividend.
Finally, when asked for a stock pick from the quizzer's home state of Alaska, Cramer said he's still a fan of
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To watch replays of Cramer's video segments, visit the Mad Money page on CNBC
-- Written by Scott Rutt in Washington, D.C.
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