On Wall Street, you always want to know about new opportunities as early as possible. That's why Jim Cramer told his Mad Money viewers Wednesday that when he's looking for new ideas, he goes right to the source: his kids.
Kids inherently know all about the future, including what's hot and what's not. Cramer said he wouldn't have known about Snap (SNAP) - Get Report, which rose 28% Wednesday on blowout earnings, without a tip from his daughter. He also wouldn't have been aware of stocks like PayPal (PYPL) - Get Report, Adobe (ADBE) - Get Report or Facebook (FB) - Get Report either. It was his family that helped change Cramer's mind on Tesla (TSLA) - Get Report earlier this year and helped turn him onto Apple (AAPL) - Get Report years ago.
Following the trends of young people isn't an excuse not to do your homework however, Cramer reminded viewers. You still must find companies with solid business models that aren't fads, like MySpace and GoPro (GPRO) - Get Report proved to be. But young people are your best bet for finding up-and-coming stocks like Shopify (SHOP) - Get Report, Etsy (ETSY) - Get Report and Pinterest (PINS) - Get Report, which ended the day up another 8.9%.
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Executive Decision: Lithia Motors
In his first "Executive Decision" segment, Cramer spoke with Bryan Deboer, president and CEO of Lithia Motors (LAD) - Get Report, the auto dealer network that is rolling out Driveway.com, an at-home alternative to buying and servicing cars at a dealership.
Deboer explained that Driveway is offering at-home services for car owners, allowing them to get their cars serviced right in their driveway. The website also has 20,000 used cars for purchase on the site, complete with delivery and a 7-day return policy. Deboer said that number will soon be expanding to 40,000 cars as the company enters new markets with Driveway.com.
When asked why people are buying cars in the middle of a pandemic, Deboer explained that there are actually a lot of cost savings when you don't drive to work every day and people are moving their gas and coffee budgets to invest in new vehicles.
In addition to their online operations, Lithia also is actively buying up profitable car dealerships across the country. Deboer said it typically takes three to five years to acquire a dealership, as many are family owned and require long relationships before deals get done.
Pioneer Natural Resources, Parsley Energy
For his second "Executive Decision" segment, Cramer spoke with Scott Sheffield, CEO of Pioneer Natural Resources (PXD) - Get Report, and Matt Gallagher, president and CEO of Parsley Energy (PE) - Get Report, after the two companies agreed to a merger deal valued at $4.5 billion.
Sheffield explained that the deal brings together two great companies with the best properties in the Permian Basin. The combined company will be adopting Pioneer's focus on slow but steady growth with plenty of free cash flow and a variable dividend. Gallagher added that the combination accelerates all of Parsley's environmental goals and having worked at Pioneer, he knows they have an amazing team.
Sheffield said he expects consolidation in the oil industry, although it may take some time as many smaller producers have too much leverage. He said Pioneer and Parsley will have a break-even price around $35 a barrel.
Executive Decision: Fisker
For his final "Executive Decision" segment, Cramer welcomed Henrik Fisker, founder, chairman and CEO at Fisker, the electric automaker which will be merging with Spartan Energy Acquisition Corp. (SPAQ) - Get Report to become a publicly held company next week.
Fisker said the auto industry is one of the most complex in the world and so far, only two people have brought electric vehicles to market from scratch and that's Elon Musk and himself.
Fisker said he has learned from his past failures with the Karma, an EV that was introduced a year before Tesla. Back then, battery technology was in its infancy and the market wasn't ready for high-volume electric cars.
Today however, the market is different, Fisker said. They've partnered with Magna (MGA) - Get Report, which has invested 6% in Fisker. Fisker's new SUV, the Ocean, will be built on a shared Magna platform, which means the costs are known and the car can be produced with quality and scale from day one. Fisker will then use a direct sales model to sell the car, at a profit, direct to customers.
When asked why come public via SPAC versus a traditional IPO, Fisker explained that using a SPAC allows them to raise all of the capital they need to bring the Ocean into production, rather than delaying the process with unnecessary hurdles.
Home Remodeling Bull
In his "No Huddle Offense" segment, Cramer said the DIY home remodeling bull market is still alive and well and there are plenty of ways to play it.
First are the obvious ones, Home Depot (HD) - Get Report, Lowe's (LOW) - Get Report and Costco (COST) - Get Report. Then there are decking stocks like Azek (AZEK) and Trex (TREX) - Get Report, tools with Stanley Black & Decker (SWK) - Get Report and appliances with Whirlpool (WHR) - Get Report.
Painting remains popular, which is when you think of Sherwin-Williams (SHW) - Get Report and PPG (PPG) - Get Report. Cramer was also bullish on WD-40 (WDFC) - Get Report and Masco (MAS) - Get Report. He said all of these great companies should be bought on any weakness.
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