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Stock Market Today With Jim Cramer: Regal Closes Theaters

Jim Cramer discusses the latest stock market news including the closure of  Regal, stock valuations and the impact of the coronavirus lockdowns in New York.

Stocks were rising on suggestions that President Donald Trump plans to leave the hospital Monday, and on optimism over a coronavirus relief package.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 341 points, or 1.24%, to 28,024, the S&P 500 was up 1.29% and the Nasdaq rose 1.62%.

TheStreet's Katherine Ross discussed breaking news in the stock market on Street Lightning. Cramer spoke about movie theater chain Regal, stock valuations and NYC shutdowns.

Regal Entertainment Suspends Operations

Cineworld Group’s Regal Entertainment Holdings said it will temporarily suspend operations at all its American and British movie theaters as crucial sales from expected fall and winter blockbuster movie releases like the next James Bond epic have been postponed by the coronavirus pandemic.

Cramer said it's time to sell shares of Regal. "It's sad and I feel the same way about AMC. I thought AMC could get their way out of this because they have got a better balance sheet and raised a lot of money. But these are not cruise ships which raised fortunes. I don't think movies can (survive) because they are much less capitalized," Cramer explained.

Shares of  (AMC) - Get AMC Entertainment Holdings, Inc. Class A Report were down 10.43% on Monday.

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Stock Valuations Linked to Politics and Covid-19

Cramer said that the individual stock has so little to do with the actual fundamentals in terms of valuing them. The P/E is directly related to politics and related to the coronavirus disease. "So, if you're not trying to work on the disease or the testing and medicines that are needed and you're not paying attention to the President and the stimulus and Speaker Pelosi then all you're doing is trying to figure out what a company might be worth in the abstract. And that is valueless," Cramer explained.

NYC Shutdowns Cause For Concern

The number of confirmed global deaths from Covid-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, rose to 1.037 million, according to Johns Hopkins University. Confirmed cases of the virus across the world have risen to over 35 million.

The U.S. death toll has climbed to 209,725, and the number of people infected by the coronavirus in the U.S. was 7,418,107 on Monday.

New York City plans to close non-essential businesses and schools in nine neighborhoods in Brooklyn and Queens that have seen a surge in virus infections, said Mayor Bill de Blasio.

Governor Andrew Cuomo on Monday confirmed the closure of schools in the hotspots in an afternoon press briefing on Monday and added that New York state will take over COVID-19 hotspots within New York City.

Cramer said it was concerning that parts of New York City will likely be shut down again referring to some of the areas where the orthodox Jewish community resides, who are also at high risk of getting the coronavirus, and other precincts in Brooklyn. "It's all 100% craziness. It's very arbitrary and capricious. If you're a responsible business person, it's sayonara. It's very hard to run a business when you don't know whether you'll be shut down any minute," said Cramer.