Cramer's Take on Headline Stocks: April 6

Here's what Jim Cramer's had to say lately about stocks in the news, including Apple and Massey Energy.
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NEW YORK (

Stockpickr

) -- 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

new book here

) 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

RealMoney

blog posts, "Mad Money" TV show recaps and "Stop Trading!" segments to find out

what he thinks about some of today's newsworthy stocks

.

Massey Energy

(MEE)

: At least 25 people died in a Monday afternoon

explosion at an underground coal mine

owned by Massey Energy.

In a post to his

RealMoney

blog yesterday, before the explosion,

Cramer wrote

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.

Walter Energy

(WLT)

is my favorite China play, and it has moved up nicely.

Peabody

(BTU) - Get Report

is perfect for the moment. I also favor

Arch Coal

(ACI) - Get Report

and

Massey

(MEE)

, the latter especially after the Cumberland acquisition and subsequent stock offering."

DuPont

(DD) - Get Report

: Bank of America/Merrill Lynch

upgraded DuPont

to neutral with a $40 price target based on improving fundamentals.

>> Who Owns Massey?: Atticus Capital

In a post to his blog yesterday,

Cramer called

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,

Dow

(DOW) - Get Report

,

Eastman Chemical

(EMN) - Get Report

,

PPG

(PPG) - Get Report

and

Olin

(OLN) - Get Report

."

On his

"Lightning Round"

segment last night, Cramer said that DuPont's CEO was "doing a monster good job."

In a March 24 blog post,

Cramer wrote

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

3Ms

(MMM) - Get Report

and the DuPonts, the

Caterpillars

(CAT) - Get Report

and the

Emersons

(EMR) - Get Report

, the

Eatons

(ETN) - Get Report

and the

Nucors

(NUE) - Get Report

-- had no problem maintaining the dividends, and they came though this period with flying colors."

Apple

(AAPL) - Get Report

: Apple followed up its iPad launch by announcing that it will introduce its

next iPhone operating system

this Thursday.

Yesterday, in a post to his blog,

Cramer wrote

:

"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? Renaissance Technologies Prince Al-Waleed Ken Heebner

"I see movement in a bunch of tech stocks that are Apple-related, especially

Cirrus Logic

(CRUS) - Get Report

and

Broadcom

(BRCM)

. But

Adobe's

(ADBE) - Get Report

higher, too! And they are the biggest loser.

"I have people Twittering me furiously that

Dell

(DELL) - Get Report

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."

For more of what Cramer's had to say lately about stocks in the news, check out the

Cramer's Take

portfolio.

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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.)