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NEW YORK (
) -- "Don't freak out over Ben Bernanke's negatives," Jim Cramer told the viewers of his "Mad Money" TV show Wednesday.
He said the
chairman's testimony before Congress today may have pulled the markets lower, but there are still a lot of things going in our favor.
Cramer identified 10 tailwinds that are now swinging in favor of higher, not lower, stock prices going forward. They included:
1. China's Comeback. Cramer said the Baltic Freight Index is on the rise thanks to returning demand for just about everything from China.
2. Brazil's Strength. The growth in Brazil is positively impacting the earnings of many companies.
3. Europe's Stabilizing. The fears about Europe have not been showing up in corporate earnings as expected.
4. Financial Regulation. With regulations finally done, the banks can finally breath easy.
5. Washington's Gridlock. With Republicans gaining in election momentum, the resulting gridlock in Washington will be great for the markets.
6. Bernanke's Plan. Super low interest rates and no inflation have created the perfect environment for companies to grow.
7. Tech's Titans. From
, a stock which Cramer owns for his charitable trust,
Action Alerts PLUS, to
, strong corporate earnings are everywhere.
8. Stock Valuations. "Stocks prices are the lowest I've seen in 30 years," Cramer said.
9. Bears abound. Sentiment is terrible, he said, adding that means a lot of sellers to convert into buyers.
10. Chartist's Delight. As we pass by the one year anniversary of many of the markets' troubles, stock charts begin to look better and better to the technicians.
For all of these reasons, Cramer said the markets are still the place to be when it comes to your portfolio.
Bull Market in Oil Services
With a recovery in China finally taking hold, Cramer said there's a bull market coming in the oil service sector. That's why he reiterated his buy on
, a stock which he owns for his charitable trust,
Action Alerts PLUS, and the fourth largest oil service company in the world.
Cramer said Weatherford's success should come as no surprise, as he interviewed the company's CEO on June 8. Since then, its shares have risen a solid 19%. He said this trend was also confirmed by rival
on its recent conference call.
Cramer said despite the company's huge international exposure, Weatherford still trades at a 25% to 30% discount to its peers thanks to an earnings miss earlier in the year. The issue, he said, turned out to be the company's failure to downsize for the recession, something that is now a positive as Weatherford now has a two- year jump on the competition.
Weatherford reported in the past quarter earnings per share of 11 cents, four cents above expectations, on a 22% increase in revenue and expanded gross margins. Cramer said the company was even able to raise prices during these troubled times. Speaking of which, Weatherford exposure to the Gulf oil spill just one cent a share.
Cramer said Weatherford is clearly a buy, and he'd be a buyer ahead of the
earnings later this week.
Optimistic Energy Prospects
In the "Executive Decision" segment, Cramer welcomed back David Demshur, chairman, president and CEO of
, a stock Cramer last recommended on Feb. 9 on the heels of the company's 20% dividend hike. Since then, shares have soared 37% and are now flirting with a 52-week high.
Demshur painted a very optimistic picture of CoreLabs prospects, saying that effects from the Gulf oil spill are negligible, as Gulf projects only account for 2% to 3% of the company's total revenues.
What is affecting revenues however, are the company's six projects in southern Iraq, said Demshur, where CoreLabs and others are attempting to bring the country back to their 1978 production levels of 3.6 million barrels a day.
Turning to natural gas, Demshur said the oil shale fields are getting a lot more attention now, and the prospects for natural gas in this country are great. He said CoreLabs has technology to help maximize production from natural gas fields as they do with traditional oil fields.
Finally, when asked about the company's special dividends, Demshur explained that the CoreLabs focuses on maximizing free cash flow, investing only in high return projects and returning all excess capital to shareholders, whether that be through dividends, special dividends or share repurchase programs. There will be "more of that to come," he said.
Cramer reiterated his "buy, buy, buy" on CoreLabs.
Am I Diversified?
Cramer talked with callers to see if their portfolios have what it takes. The first caller's portfolio included
Energy Transfer Partners
Cramer said this portfolio needs a drug stock, and he recommended swapping Lincoln for for a stock like
, an Action Alerts Plus name.
The second caller's top holdings included
Bank of America
Cramer said that Annaly and Bank of America were too similar, and he recommended selling Bank of America in favor of a drug stock, again like Abbott Labs.
The third caller had
Bank of Montreal
Cramer said this portfolio was diversified and well played.
Cramer was bullish on
Cytec Industries Inc
He was bearish on
-- Written by Scott Rutt in Washington D.C.
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At the time of publication, Cramer was long Apple, Weatherford, Abbott Labs.
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