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"I have to recommend
wholeheartedly," Jim Cramer told "Mad Money" viewers Wednesday, and he believes that the stock will go higher once it stops "confusing" Wall Street.
He said that the company, which he owns for his
ActionAlerts PLUS charitable trust portfolio, is really two companies. The first is the energy services group, and the second is the engineering and construction business,
Kellogg Brown & Root
That's the portion of the company that has had all the negative press in Iraq, he said.
"To put it simply, Wall Street loves pure plays, especially in the oil patch," he said. "You get more money for
pure plays because the guys on Wall Street know exactly what they're getting and exactly what it's worth."
So when Halliburton said in January that it would spin off KBR, Cramer said that he predicted that the stock would go higher. The company filed for the IPO last Friday, he said.
The spinoff makes more value for both units, Cramer said. If Halliburton, minus KBR, were a standalone company, he said that investors would see that it's undervalued compared with the rest of the oil industry.
The industry multiple is 10, he said. Given that multiple, Cramer said he believes that Halliburton could go to $100.
He also believes that KBR is undervalued and that soon much of the bad press it has received from its work in Iraq will iron itself out.
Signs From the Times
In this weekend's
New York Times
, there was an article about the baby boomers that could make you mad money, Cramer said.
The article said that the demographic is exercising past the age of 50, despite wear and tear on the body, and that the trend shows few signs of abating.
There are stocks to be bought on this trend, he said, including the leading company in the sports medicine business,
He said that the company has every kind of knee, ankle, elbow and lower back brace you can think of. Moreover, it just completed an acquisition of "the most important
knee brace in the world."
The company just bought Aircast Incorporated, "the Moby Dick of knee accessories." And Cramer said that the stock jumped to nearly $40 after the deal from about $29 before the deal.
He said he would wait for a pullback before buying. He added that the company deserves a 23 multiple, which is where most small-cap orthopedic companies trade. If it earns $2 a share, Cramer said that could take the stock to $46.
Am I Diversified?
"What qualifies as wise investing? We strive for the free-lunch game that is diversification," Cramer said.
That's why he plays "Am I Diversified?" when callers ask him to judge their portfolios.
The first caller had
Procter & Gamble
Cramer blessed the portfolio as diversified because it includes an oil company, a consumer-goods play, a retailer, a pharmaceutical and a utility company.
The next caller owned
Advanced Micro Devices
Cramer hesitated a first, wondering aloud whether Textron was levered to defense to such an extent to make it overlap with Lockheed Martin.
However, he blessed it in the end, even though Cramer added that he's not crazy about Constellation.
Mitch Caplan, chief executive of
, joined Cramer by telephone. He told Cramer that E*Trade's latest strong quarter reflected great results throughout the company's businesses.
Cash and credit units did well and volume increased, Caplan said, all contributing to the company's 36-cents-a-share earnings.
The company's international trading surged 43%, and Cramer asked if this means that investors are "getting wind that there are no borders anymore."
Caplan said that it seems that way, noting that E*Trade has seen more than $1 billion in cash over the last few years from international customers. He added that this has occurred in the absence of marketing.
He added that industry consolidation has really helped.
Cramer wanted to know whether booming business for E*Trade shows that there is a move away from money managers and mutual funds. Caplan said that he is seeing more self-directed investing.
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At the time of publication, Cramer was long Halliburton, Procter & Gamble and Newell Rubbermaid.
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