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NEW YORK (
) -- Regardless of why a stock is in the news, it never hurts to hear what a professional investor has to say about it. The key is to gather as much information as you can in order to make the most informed investment decisions you can. As Jim Cramer (read an excerpt from his
) often reminds, investors must do their homework.
So what has Cramer had to say lately about today's headline-makers? At Stockpickr, we've combed through his recent
blog posts, "Mad Money" TV show recaps and "Stop Trading!" segments to find out
: At least 25 people died in a Monday afternoon
explosion at an underground coal mine
owned by Massey Energy.
Stockpickr Answers Is anyone buying MEE at these levels?
In a post to his
blog yesterday, before the explosion,
that it was time to buy coal stocks:
"They are going to go much higher as steel demand increases and power-plant demand comes back.
is my favorite China play, and it has moved up nicely.
is perfect for the moment. I also favor
, the latter especially after the Cumberland acquisition and subsequent stock offering."
: Bank of America/Merrill Lynch
to neutral with a $40 price target based on improving fundamentals.
In a post to his blog yesterday,
oils and oil services one of the "worst groups":
"They are poor performers, perhaps because of the leverage to natural gas. The drillers levered to it show that, as do the main users, the utilities, and the plastic companies: DuPont,
segment last night, Cramer said that DuPont's CEO was "doing a monster good job."
In a March 24 blog post,
that previous recessions "saw companies strapped with so much debt that they were furiously cutting dividends and trying to get a lifeline out there." While there have been examples of that this time around, he said, "many companies -- the
and the DuPonts, the
-- had no problem maintaining the dividends, and they came though this period with flying colors."
: Apple followed up its iPad launch by announcing that it will introduce its
Yesterday, in a post to his blog,
"Today is a day for painful non-participants to rally. Have you noticed the sluggishness of the disk-drive companies? Nothing sluggish today. We don't even know why, of course. There is nothing new -- again the mindless pops -- and Apple isn't even using the drive.
Who Owns Apple?
"I see movement in a bunch of tech stocks that are Apple-related, especially
higher, too! And they are the biggest loser.
"I have people Twittering me furiously that
is right and it is creeping up nicely. And of course the SOX is up 10.
"I can't stress enough how important it might be for tech to join this rally, and it has not participated.
"Even more confusing -- not troubling but confusing -- is the inability of the drillers to rally. We've had a colossal move in oil, and the group is basically done nothing, until today.
"These are welcome signs. Broader markets; more reasons to play and get off the sidelines."
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(Editor's note: At the time of this publication, Cramer owned Apple and Nucor for his Action Alerts PLUS charitable trust.)