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Morning Bell With Jim Cramer: Stocks to Buy in a Selloff

TheStreet's Jim Cramer takes a look at banks, interest rates and the kind of stocks to buy during a selloff.

Stocks sank Thursday and Treasury bond yields tumbled to five-month lows as investors feared the the spread of new coronavirus infections could stall global growth.

TheStreet's Jim Cramer discussed interest rates, bank stocks and other issues with Jeff Marks, Jeff Marks, Senior Portfolio Analyst at Action Alerts PLUS.

Selloff Tips: Battle-Tested Stocks 

Cramer offered his "Mad Money" viewers on Wednesday night a list of seven themes he said will lead stocks higher in the second half of the year.

Cramer advised his viewers to watch activist investors, the new hybrid workplace, China's new tone, crude oil, overpriced initial public offerings, rampant ransomware and, finally, meme stocks.

Picking up on that theme, Marks discussed Cramer's themes for stocks to buy during a selloff. 

This includes, Marks said "strong, battle-tested stocks ... terrific stocks that are working and you finally get that pullback you've been waiting for ... and stocks that were pulled down by a specific catalyst."

Bank Stocks: 'Sword of Damocles' 

Marks cited American Express  (AXP) - Get American Express Company Report, which was upgraded on Tuesday by Goldman Sachs analyst Ryan Nash to buy from neutral with a price target of $225, up from $185.

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With the card stocks trading at less than nine-times 2022 estimates, credit likely to "remain benign for several years" and "significant" excess capital, this remains a group investors will want to own, Nash contended.

Cramer said that American Express was pulled down recently by the banks. He also said he's watching the 10-year Treasury yield ahead of earnings from the major banks next week.

U.S. Treasury bond yields extended declines Thursday, pulling 10-year notes to a fresh five-month low. 

The 10-year is a "sword of Damocles coming down on these guys," he said. "If we were going toward 1.75% to 2%, the conference calls will go a lot better."

Cramer described Wells Fargo  (WFC) - Get Wells Fargo & Company Report as "a turnaround story, not a net interest margin story," adding that CEO Charlie Scharf "is turning that company around."

"We own Wells," he said. "I would buy even more Wells."

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