It's time to focus on the winners and forget the losers, Jim Cramer told his Mad Money viewers Thursday. With some stocks becoming uninvestable, Cramer said it's more important than ever to sell the losers in your portfolio and stick with the stocks that are winning.
What do the losers look like? Cramer said it's not hard to find them. This week we learned that Well Fargo (WFC) - Get Report has 180,000 employees working from home. JPMorgan Chase (JPM) - Get Report also has 180,000 workers at home. Bank of America (BAC) - Get Report adds another 150,000, while Goldman Sachs (GS) - Get Report has told us 98% of their employees are home as well.
With so many people working from home, and a good percentage of them likely to stay there, Cramer said it's clear we'll all be driving less. That means less cars. Of the automakers, Cramer recommended only Tesla (TSLA) - Get Report. Fewer cars means less oil, which makes all of the oil stocks uninvestable. Working from home also means less business travel -- think airlines, hotels and convention centers. Finally, Cramer said we'll need fewer offices as well, which means office REITs are also uninvestable.
Cramer advised selling all of these stocks into any strength and sticking with what's working -- mainly technology and healthcare, the two sectors that will get us out of this pandemic.
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About the Banks
Can we have a robust stock market without the participation of the bank stocks? That was the question Cramer posed to his viewers. While the banks posted terrific earnings this past quarter, there are still dark clouds lurking over the financial sector.
Cramer explained that if our economy reopens quickly, all will likely be well at the major banks, and people will continue paying on their loans. But if the quarantines last for months, the banks could be in trouble as people just stop paying. We're a lot more sympathetic to borrowers than to the banks right now, Cramer said, and while many banks have voluntarily suspended their buybacks, they could soon be asked to suspend their dividends as well to cover potential losses.
Cramer liked the outlook for Morgan Stanley (MS) - Get Report, which does not have a lot of loans on their books. Wells Fargo, on the other hand, has lots of loans and exposure to the oil and gas industry. As for all of the other banks, they posted great earnings, but it still might not matter.
Cramer advised owning stocks of companies that can raise their dividend, not owning stocks where dividends might be in jeopardy.
Executive Decision: Chubb
Greenberg said there's no doubt that the insurance industry will be hit hard by both the pandemic and the economic fallout that results from it. But he dispelled the notion that insurance companies will be bankrupted by COVID-19. He said that most policies only cover business interruptions caused by physical damage, not economic damage caused by pandemics.
Additionally, Greenberg noted that unlike other disasters that hit a certain geographic region for a limited amount of time, this crisis is hitting the whole country for a prolonged amount of time. He said the only entity that can insure that infinite level of damage is our government.
Greenberg said the government cannot force insurance companies to pay for things they haven't agreed to pay. For those who have pandemic policies, insurers will most certainly pay what they owe to their customers.
Executive Decision: Agilent
McMullen said that Agilent is open for business and responding to this pandemic. He said Agilent is active in virus research, virus testing and vaccine development. In the area of testing, he said Agilent provides key ingredients for the testing process and has technology to help provide test results faster.
When asked about the possibility of a vaccine, McMullen said it's not a matter of if we have a vaccine, but when. He said Agilent employees love a challenge and are happy to participate in any way they can.
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