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NEW YORK (
) -- "It's always easier to be bearish," Jim Cramer announced to the viewers of his
TV show Tuesday, as he took aim at the naysayers who never seem to be held accountable for their mistakes.
Cramer said the bears always sound smart on TV on the Internet, but the fact is they're losing investors money, and are accountable to no one.
, a stock which Cramer owns for his charitable trust,
Action Alerts PLUS. When Apple introduce the iPad, Cramer said it was mocked endlessly. Yet today, the iPad is a runaway success, and could sell 40 million units next year, if Apple can only make them fast enough.
Then there was the iPhone "antennagate" reception issue. The bears proclaimed the iPhone 4 dead in the water, a sure bet for a recall. "Where are all those naysayers now?" asked Cramer. In reality, the iPhone's antenna was a non-issue, just as Cramer predicted.
When Cramer recommended
in the mid 20's, the bears scoffed that the balance sheet, and said the company's dividend was in trouble. However, Verizon has only been raising, not lowering, its dividend.
In the case of
, the shorts pummeled the stock on a perceived "bad" quarter, yet today the stock shot through those pre-earnings level.
The list goes on, said Cramer, from the euro to real estate to gold. In every case, the bears cried foul, only to be proven dead wrong. In the case of
Chipotle Mexican Grill
, the bears have been relentless, yet these two stocks have been colossal winners.
"The bears answer to no one," said Cramer, "so let them mock and ridicule, but don't let them influence your investing decisions."
In the "Off The Charts" segment, Cramer went head to head with colleague Tim Collins over the chart of
, a bank stock that's beginning to chart its own course, away from the rest of the banking sector.
Collins compared a weekly chart of US Bancorp with that of the
KBW Banking Index
, and noticed that for six months, both the stock, and the index, have been trading in lock step, until two weeks ago when US Bancorp diverged and began powering higher.
Looking at the daily chart of US Bancorp, Collins noted that since August the stock has seen resistance at $23.65, but broke through that resistance, with both the relative strength index and the stock's volume confirming the move.
With US Bancorp having done virtually nothing in the past year, Collins expects the downside to be limited, but sees the potential upside of $26 to $27 a share.
Cramer agreed with Collins, saying that US Bancorp had a fabulous quarter, with improving credit quality and lower charge offs and non-performing loans. He said US Bancorp is pulling away from the pack, and deserves a higher stock price.
Cramer once again recommended outdoor apparel maker
, a stock he last recommended at the end of September. Shares of Columbia got hammered last week, down five points, after the company reported disappointing earnings, but Cramer said this the case of a broken stock, and not a broken company.
While Columbia reported in-line revenue numbers, it missed earnings estimates by 4 cents a share and forecast stronger sales but weaker earnings. Cramer said Columbia is doing everything right, investing in its brands, managing its inventory better and using its 49 U.S. outlet stores to promote its brands to a wider audience.
Cramer said the real driver for Columbia is its innovative new products, like its new "omni-heat" line of winter jackets that are 20% warmer than competing products. Cramer said Columbia is a terrific buy going into the holidays.
Trading at just 19 times earnings with a 13% growth rate, Cramer said Columbia is now reasonably priced after its haircut last week. He said the real sign of strength for the company was that it raised its dividend by 2 cents a share.
Coal Is King
"You don't have to like it, but coal is king," Cramer told viewers, as he threw in the proverbial towel on his love affair with natural gas. He explained that coal is the cheapest way to make electricity and steel, and in Asia, "they just can't get enough of the stuff."
, which just reported a blowout quarter, with revenues up 12 cents a share year over year and earnings coming in 8 cents ahead of estimates.
According to Cramer, Peabody has all the right coal in all the right places, mainly in Australia, which has been feeding China's demand for more and more coal. Nearly 40% of the Australian coal Peabody produces is used for steel production, with the other 60% used for electricity. Cramer said Peabody is in a fabulous position to capitalize on higher prices in both markets.
On the company's conference call, management cited a "demand super-cycle," coming, as the Chinese bring new power and steel plants online in the coming years. The company also raised its dividend by a modest .6%.
Cramer said he hates the idea of endorsing such a dirty fuel, but in the case of coal, he can't fight the numbers.
Cramer was bullish on
He was bearish on
Cramer said that
delivered blow-out numbers and could ignite the technology sector Wednesday.
--Written by Scott Rutt in Washington, D.C.
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