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wants to turn itself into the hot growth machine it once was, it needs to buy
," Jim Cramer told viewers on his "Mad Money" TV show Friday.
All week Cramer has been recommending smaller companies that Yahoo!, which Cramer owns for his charitable trust,
Action Alerts PLUS, could purchase "to jump-start its growth."
On previous shows, Cramer advised buying
The Internet giant "needs to get its growth up, and Monster is a great candidate," he said.
Yahoo! tried to blame its poor performance on its sector, but because
, which is in the same industry, is doing "great," it's evident that it's not the industry that's performing badly, but Yahoo!'s management, Cramer said.
In fact, Monster is worth owning even if Yahoo! doesn't buy it because it's a broken stock, not a broken company, Cramer said.
Monster charges more for its listings than its competitors and controls 48% of the online job market. Plus, it is partnering with newspapers, he said.
"If I were you, I'd buy Monster in the expectation that Yahoo! needs to buy smaller companies such as Monster, Bankrate and The Knot to dig itself out of the hole management has buried the company into," Cramer said.
But if not, Monster is a good buy on its own, as its fundamentals are intact, he said.
Cramer said that if Yahoo! fired CEO Terry Semel, he'd call the stock a triple buy.
is a total-return stock, which people need to own, said Cramer.
A total-return stock is one with solid growth and high dividends, such as
, which he owns for his charitable trust,
Action Alerts PLUS, and
, Cramer said.
"It's what you need if you're going to make some mad money," he said.
Diageo has a steady 10% growth, 4.1% dividend and 16% multiple, which makes it a cheap stock, Cramer said. Plus, it is a "high-end liquor company."
"We like brands that prey on natural human weakness," he said. "With its brands, Diageo is a top-shelf liquor company and controls 60% of the world's top brands of liquor."
Three other reasons Cramer believes that Diageo is a buy are segmentation, branding and BRIC (a term used to group together Brazil, Russia, India and China).
In terms of segmentation, Diageo has been able to divide its products into various brands using different-colored labels, by selling almost the same product, he said. It charges much more for basically the same product that has aged longer.
On the other hand, it seems that other liquor companies like
, which has slow growth, have "fallen off the wagon," Cramer said.
Diageo also has branding strength, he said. It is able to sell its Johnnie Walker Blue for $200 to $300 a bottle, while this is blended scotch and second-rate, Cramer said.
What people are doing here is paying for the blue label, he said, calling Diageo the "greatest marketing company of all time."
Finally, concerning BRIC, Diageo's new focus is China, where it should make "a killing next year," Cramer said.
"Diageo is a must-own stock in my book and is the opposite of
, which is down big today," he said.
During earnings season, it's easy to come up with a game plan, Cramer told his viewers.
For the coming week, people should get into
because there was a huge 5% selloff today, he said.
This company reports Friday and should have "a blowout quarter," he said. "On Monday, I would BuyBuyBuy."
In addition, Cramer said market players should buy
before it reports on Tuesday, as it should follow in the footsteps of
, which reported amazing quarters.
Also, people should get into
, which makes the fiber we need to expand our networks and reports on Wednesday.
should get hammered next week, he said.
"If you need a liquor play, sell the BUD and buy Diageo," Cramer advised.
In addition, because Cramer believes that
numbers will come down, he recommended selling that as well.
should work as a play off of
, which reports Monday, Cramer said, so wait until that report comes out.
, should continue to do well after it reports next week, he said.
Who's a Bear?
Cramer welcomed Chicago Bears wide receiver Muhsin Muhammad to the show and commented on a recent story on
in which Cramer was "shocked" to see that there are bogus hedge funds that try to round up big-time football players.
When Cramer asked Muhammad how he protects himself against such funds, Muhammad said, "The NFL has a security program that helps us out.
"It's run by the FBI, and it conducts thorough background checks," he went on to say. "They give us a safety net."
In addition, Muhammad said he has hired "smart guys" to work for him.
"I'm really careful and try to invest in my own particular companies -- things that I want to get involved with," he said. "With that you can make your own financial and business decisions."
Next, Muhammad played Cramer's "Am I Diversified?" game and named the following five stocks as being a part of his portfolio:
Bank of America
Cramer said not only is the portfolio diversified, but also Muhammad is "in the house of pleasure."
Muhammad also mentioned that he has created a charity called M2 Foundation for Kids, which is dedicated to enhancing the mental and physical development of children.
He said there is a wide range of things the charity is involved in, and if people are interested in getting to know more about it they should visit
the Web site.
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