When the market gives you an opportunity, you have to seize it and do some buying, Jim Cramer told his Mad Money viewers Monday. Too often, traders are quick to judge a stock, leaving the door wide open for investors.
Case in point: Apple (AAPL) - Get Apple Inc. Report , an Action Alerts PLUS holding. Shares of Apple fell from $164 to $150 on fears that iPhone sales were weak. But Cramer said investors should have looked past the hyperbole and seen the truth, that Apple remains the greatest consumer goods company of all time.
Opportunities were also created in Netflix (NFLX) - Get Netflix, Inc. Report , which jumped 1.6% today. The same with JPMorgan Chase (JPM) - Get JPMorgan Chase & Co. Report , which reported great earnings last week. The instant reaction was to sell the news, but smart investors would have been buying to take advantage of the 2% rally today.
Whether it's Citigroup (C) - Get Citigroup Inc. Report , Pepsico (PEP) - Get PepsiCo, Inc. Report or even the embattled Wells Fargo (WFC) - Get Wells Fargo & Company Report , Cramer said, opportunities are being created daily as the day traders keep getting it wrong. 3M (MMM) - Get 3M Company Report fell from $213 to $208, but now sits at $218.
That's not to say that all falling stocks are buys, however. Cramer urged investors to continue to steer clear of retail, after Nordstrom (JWN) - Get Nordstrom, Inc. Report failed to secure financing to be taken private and shares of Ulta Beauty (ULTA) - Get Ulta Beauty Inc Report continue to slide lower.
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Still Watching the 'Trump Stocks'
President Trump may not being having a lot of success getting legislation passed, but there's no denying that he's created a more positive environment for business, Cramer told viewers. That's why Cramer circled back to one of his favorite "Trumps stocks," uniform supplier Cintas (CTAS) - Get Cintas Corporation Report .
Cintas is a play on hiring, Cramer explained, as the company derives 77% of sales from uniform rentals, which it regularly picks up for cleaning and repair. Six years ago, this stock traded for $30, but today it crossed $151. Cramer said this is a rare business where shareholder and management interests are aligned, as executives own a lot of company stock.
Much of the growth behind Cintas has been its 2106 acquisition of the No. 2 player, GNK Services, for $2.2 billion. Since the deal closed in March, shares are up 20%. But Cintas also delivered 8.3% organic growth without the GNK deal, which will be providing significant synergies beginning next year.
Cramer said shares of Cintas aren't cheap at 25 times earnings, but they deserve the premium given how well management is executing and how a growing economy will need more workers wearing more uniforms.
Is GM Evolving?
Wall Street has always been a big fashion show, with stocks coming in and out of style, seemingly for no reason. That's certainly been true with General Motors (GM) - Get General Motors Company Report , a stock that's been trading in the mid-$30s since 2014, paying an admirable 3% to 5% yield depending on when you picked it up.
Since the end of August however, GM shares have rocketed from $35 to $46 and, more important, the company has gone from ignored to beloved by analysts. GM has seen no less than three upgrades in recent weeks and several price target increases.
What's behind the move? Cramer said the recent hurricanes are part of it, with over half a million cars needing to be replaced in Texas and Florida. But there's a lot more going on. He said that GM's Maven car sharing service is now being valued at $20 a share by some analysts, while others are raving that the company's autonomous driving platform may be ahead of schedule.
It seems that GM, as one analyst described it, is more of an evolving animal rather than a dying dinosaur, as many had believed. Then there are also GM's electric car plans, with two new vehicles scheduled for the next year and more than 20 by 2023.
What you're seeing is a full re-rating of GM by the analysts, Cramer explained, along with a change in investor base, as income investors are replaced by those looking for growth in this reinvigorated stock and company.
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Executive Decision: First Horizon National Corporation
For his "Executive Decision" segment, Cramer spoke with Bryan Jordan, chairman, president and CEO of First Horizon National (FHN) - Get First Horizon Corporation Report , the regional bank that just posted a two-cents-a-share earnings beat with net interest income up 13% and commercial loans expanding by 11%.
Jordan explained that First Horizon's growth stems both from better economic growth as well as the banking sector becoming more stable and more investable since the financial crisis. He said that overall, the Tennessee economy -- where his bank is based -- is well balanced, with manufacturing in the east, healthcare in the middle of the state, and of course, FedEx (FDX) - Get FedEx Corporation Report headquartered in Memphis.
When asked about regulations, Jordan said that the increased regulations were needed after the financial crisis, but now the pendulum looks to be swinging more toward the middle, which will be welcome news for all of the banks.
Jordan said that his bank's planned merger with Capital Bank will give it the scale it needs to serve their customers even better.
In his "No-Huddle Offense" segment, Cramer opined on this quarter's earnings thus far, noting that everything pales in comparison to the cloud, ecommerce and technology sectors. He said that Red Hat (RHT) - Get Red Hat, Inc. Report continues to be a winner, as do AutoDesk (ADSK) - Get Autodesk, Inc. Report and Nvidia (NVDA) - Get NVIDIA Corporation Report .
On the ecommerce front, Amazon (AMZN) - Get Amazon.com, Inc. Report and FedEx join XPO Logistics (XPO) - Get XPO Logistics, Inc. Report and the data center REITs, like CoreSite (COR) - Get CoreSite Realty Corporation Report .
Outside of tech, Cramer said that defense and the industrials remain strong, with Eaton (ETN) - Get Eaton Corp. Plc Report and Caterpillar (CAT) - Get Caterpillar Inc. Report being just two of his favorites.
In the Lightning Round, Cramer was bullish on DTE Energy (DTE) - Get DTE Energy Company Report , Home Depot (HD) - Get Home Depot, Inc. Report , Cisco Systems (CSCO) - Get Cisco Systems, Inc. Report , T-Mobile US (TMUS) - Get T-Mobile US, Inc. Report , Verizon (VZ) - Get Verizon Communications Inc. Report and AT&T (T) - Get AT&T Inc. Report .
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