This Day On The Street
Continue to site
ADVERTISEMENT
This account is pending registration confirmation. Please click on the link within the confirmation email previously sent you to complete registration.
Need a new registration confirmation email? Click here

Jim Cramer's 'Mad Money' Recap: Fewer Jobs = Bull Market

Search Jim Cramer's "Mad Money" trading recommendations using our exclusive "Mad Money" Stock Screener.


NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Disbelief is often a hallmark of a powerful bull market, Jim Cramer told his Mad Money viewers Wednesday, and nowhere is that disbelief stronger than in the notion that fewer jobs are better for stock prices.

Cramer said for many investors more jobs equals a better economy and a better economy means higher stock prices. But that linkage simply doesn't exist, he said. In fact, it's just the opposite.

Stocks rise when companies make more money, Cramer explained, and that usually happens when they fire workers, not hire them. For many companies, increasing efficiency by using technology or finding ways to pay fewer taxes is the way to get shares moving. That's why Walgreen (WAG) shares popped on just the rumor that it may move its domicile overseas with a smart acquisition.

Then there's a stock like Dominos Pizza (DPZ), which isn't rising because it's hiring. Instead, Dominos is rising because its online ordering system takes workers out of the mix, thereby increasing accuracy and profits. Cramer said the entire software-as-a-service industry is built on the notion of using technology to do things better and cheaper, with fewer employees.

Aluminum maker Alcoa (AA) is seeing its profits rise, Cramer continued, thanks to closing its high-cost plants. Meanwhile, Union Pacific (UNP) is using its new intermodal hub in New Mexico to move hundreds of trucks worth of freight with just one conductor, rather than hundreds of drivers.

Everyone wants the economy to expand and more people to have jobs, Cramer concluded, but when you're looking at your portfolio, the "less is more" manta is the one that you should be hoping for.

Executive Decision: Manny Chirico

For his "Executive Decision" segment, Cramer sat down with Manny Chirico, chairman and CEO of PVH Corp (PVH - Get Report), a stock that's up 10% since Cramer last checked in on March 25. PVH just reported a 2-cents-a-share earnings miss, however, on lighter-than-expected revenue while reaffirming full-year guidance.

Chirico said PVH's underlying business remains strong but coming off the difficult winter in the U.S.  the company is finding a more promotional retail environment than originally expected. PVH remains a second-half-of-the-year story, Chirico added, which is why it affirmed guidance.

1 of 3

Check Out Our Best Services for Investors

Action Alerts PLUS

Portfolio Manager Jim Cramer and Director of Research Jack Mohr reveal their investment tactics while giving advanced notice before every trade.

Product Features:
  • $2.5+ million portfolio
  • Large-cap and dividend focus
  • Intraday trade alerts from Cramer
Quant Ratings

Access the tool that DOMINATES the Russell 2000 and the S&P 500.

Product Features:
  • Buy, hold, or sell recommendations for over 4,300 stocks
  • Unlimited research reports on your favorite stocks
  • A custom stock screener
Stocks Under $10

David Peltier uncovers low dollar stocks with serious upside potential that are flying under Wall Street's radar.

Product Features:
  • Model portfolio
  • Stocks trading below $10
  • Intraday trade alerts
14-Days Free
Only $9.95
14-Days Free
SYM TRADE IT LAST %CHG
PVH $105.00 0.00%
SKX $92.88 0.00%
AAPL $125.01 0.00%
FB $78.10 0.00%
GOOG $524.22 0.00%

Markets

DOW 17,841.98 -86.22 -0.48%
S&P 500 2,080.15 -9.31 -0.45%
NASDAQ 4,919.6440 -19.6830 -0.40%

Partners Compare Online Brokers

Free Reports

Top Rated Stocks Top Rated Funds Top Rated ETFs