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NEW YORK (
) -- Before you buy a stock, stop and think about the company's competition, Jim Cramer warned
viewers Tuesday. Cramer said that in today's market competition matters, and those in cut-throat businesses are getting pummeled.
Cramer's theory was clearly evident in Tuesday's trading with companies such as
(UTX) leading the charge higher. Not only is the company in the red-hot aerospace market, but it's also able to raise its prices and enjoy bigger margins thanks to extremely limited competition.
On the flip side, there's
(TRV), the insurer that's getting hit on all sides as it is forced to compete for business largely on price alone. Shares of Travelers did not fare well in today's trading, noted Cramer.
did well in the quarter, as did rails
. Cramer also liked banks such as
, two stocks he owns for his charitable trust,
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Meanwhile, companies with lots of competition, from
, struggled. Even the venerable
failed to impress investors this quarter.
Cramer once again gave the nod to mortgage insurers like
as they, too, have little in the way of competition.
Should You Buy Sprint?
With all of the mergers and buyouts now complete, is the new
worth owning? The analysts are clearly undecided because the company has received various upgrades and downgrades over the past few weeks. Cramer dove into Sprint's fundamentals to discover the truth.
Cramer said Sprint is a completely new company now that its Clearwire and
deals are complete. The old Sprint was a turnaround story, he said, but the new Sprint is a growth story. CEO Dan Hesse is still in charge, and that's a good thing -- but the new company now has more 4G LTE spectrum than all of its competitors combined.
It will likely take Sprint up to a year to fully roll out its LTE network, which is why just about everyone expects the current quarter's results to be a disaster, noted Cramer.