By Roberto Pedone

PEWAUKEE, Wis. (

Stockpickr

) -- According to Jim Cramer, investors who stayed negative on the markets in 2009

have paid a high price

. He pointed to the amazing rise in stocks this year, and he said those who remained bearish were left in the dust.

Cramer mentioned there were three times this year when being too negative cost you money. He said the first inflection point was when the markets hit their lows in March. Cramer explained that his bottom-up analysis of the

Dow

brought him to the conclusion that the downside was just too limited.

The second inflection point came in May, when the market was hit with a flood of secondary offerings from the banks that drove the financial sector lower. Cramer said investors were scared into thinking the markets couldn't go up without the banks, so they sold in droves. This turned out to be the wrong move as the industrial and health care sectors picked up the slack left by the weakness in the banks.

The final example came late in October, when the market hit Dow 10,000. Cramer said that after a sharp pullback to Dow 9,600, investors sold stocks and moved their money into defensive asset classes such as U.S. Treasures and bond funds. Once again this move was wrong, and investors missed out on more gains.

Cramer's lesson to investors is to not get scared out of the markets in a panic, or to be afraid to get back into stocks at higher prices. He told viewers that the right move is to buy the dips, not sell.

Recently, Cramer found opportunity in natural gas takeover candidates, high-yielding dividend socks and health care stocks. Here are some Cramer highlights from over the past week as aggregated from his "Mad Money" TV show, the "Stop Trading!" segment on

CNBC

and his

RealMoney

blog posts. (These blog posts might require a

RealMoney

subscription).

Cramer's New Buys Among Old Leaders

: Cramer thinks some of the old market leaders are getting some new buyers. In a

Dec. 21 blog post

, he wrote: "I think that almost all of them are buys, but I would highlight

BP

(BP) - Get Report

-- it was upgraded the other day by Goldman Sachs, and no one paid attention." The

Cramer's New Buys Among Old Leaders

portfolio includes

JPMorgan Chase

(JPM) - Get Report

and

Chevron

(CVX) - Get Report

.

Cramer's Favorite Dividend Stocks

: All week Cramer has been highlighting dividend-paying stocks as a way to make far more money than bank CDs or U.S. Treasuries. On

Monday's "Mad Money" episode,

he said that after cutting its dividend in half earlier this year,

Pfizer

(PFE) - Get Report

now yields 3.9% and has lots of room to move higher. The

Cramer's Favorite Dividend Stocks

portfolio includes

Altria Group

(MO) - Get Report

and

Nucor

(NUE) - Get Report

.

Cramer's 10 Reasons to Buy Tech

: Cramer outlined 10 clues that he thinks points to strength in everything from TVs to notebooks, smart phones to video games. On

Wednesday's "Mad Money" episode,

he told viewers that new research shows business at

EMC

(EMC)

is getting stronger by the week. The

Cramer's 10 Reasons to Buy Tech

TheStreet Recommends

portfolio includes

On Semiconductor

(ONNN)

and

Best Buy

(BBY) - Get Report

.

Cramer's Nat Gas Takeover Targets

: Cramer has discovered some natural gas takeover targets off the heels of the

Exxon Mobil

(XOM) - Get Report

acquisition of

XTO Energy

(XTO)

. On

last Thursday's "Mad Money" episode,

he said

Chesapeake Energy

(CHK) fits the XTO mold. The

Cramer's Nat Gas Takeover Targets

portfolio includes

Range Resources

(RRC) - Get Report

and

Encana

(ECA) - Get Report

.

Health Care Stocks With Room to Run

: Cramer thinks the health care sector is heading higher due to compromises being made in Congress to help pass health care reform. In a

Dec. 21 blog post

, he wrote: "Now that this morass is behind us, why shouldn't

WellPoint

(WLP)

get something akin to is historic multiple of 16 times earnings on its potential $6 earnings power? Okay, give it 14 times earnings and you still get to $84." The

Health Care Stocks With Room to Run

portfolio includes

Rehabcare

(RHB)

and

Stryker

(SYK) - Get Report

.

Cramer's Ways to Play the Tech Markups

: Cramer knows just how to play the markups in big-cap tech stocks. In a

Dec. 22 blog post

, he wrote: "I was waiting for these powerful moves. These are moves that need to be played and can be played with deep-in-the-money calls." The

Cramer's Ways to Play the Tech Markups

portfolio includes

Google

(GOOG) - Get Report

and

Apple

(AAPL) - Get Report

.

-- Written by Roberto Pedone in Pewaukee, Wis.

(Editor's note: At the time of publication and/or original publication of his posts and shows, Cramer owned Altria, JPMorgan, BP and Chevron for his Action Alerts PLUS charitable trust.)

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