The market certainly hasn't been pretty over the last week. There is widespread panic, but that doesn't mean there aren't any investment opportunities out there.
Jim Cramer, who has been pointing out the mortgage mess and the weakness in the financials for quite some time now, continues to be amazed by
Chairman Ben Bernanke's stance on this market. But if you remain calm and disciplined, Cramer says, it's in a beaten-down environment such as this that you can pick up some good value long term.
While we wait and watch, Cramer continues to try to help us make money in this uncertain market. Here are some of the highlights from Cramer over the past week as aggregated from his "Mad Money" TV show, his "Stop Trading!" segment on
: In his
Aug. 14 "Mad Money" show
, Cramer again urged investors to find opportunities away from banks, creditors and mortgage companies. While Cramer believes that the Fed is willing to take a recession, he assured viewers that food stocks will outperform the market, offering investors a chance to make profits. "We're talking about brands," said Cramer, re-emphasizing the importance of brand strength. Investors can make "big money" by buying into companies that recognize this principle, he said.
( KFT) and
Procter & Gamble
: On the
Aug. 13 "Mad Money" show
, Cramer told us that more than 7 million "teaser" mortgages will likely be defaulted and that investors should keep an eye out for the ripple effect and thus aim to protect portfolios from the House of Pain. He urged us to "stay defensive," because more problems will come for banks, brokers and funds. Avoid companies such as
, he said. Instead, he believes we should focus on
, such as
: Cramer has been championing the agriculture bull market for quite some time, and in spite of the market turmoil, he continues to heap praise on ag stocks. In an Aug. 9 blog post, Cramer pointed out that "some bull markets will not be stopped. The other day, people were laying all over
because of some ban on milk that comes from cows who've been given the bovine hormone Monsanto makes. That's all Luddite nonsense. The ag bull market is not something that will be stopped by mortgage issues."
: "Another bull market, the Macau gambling bull market, should be bought," Cramer said.
: Cramer was full speed ahead last night with his latest
. He was bullish on several stocks, such as
, but was bearish on the likes of
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