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The only reason


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stock jumped higher Tuesday is because people were betting against it, Jim Cramer told viewers of his "Mad Money" TV show Wednesday.

"Yesterday Amazon reported that its profits slipped by 37%, and overnight the stock jumped up 10%," he said. "It's things like Amazon bouncing after an ugly quarter that makes the market so unfathomable to understand."

But it all really does make sense, Cramer said. People who hated Amazon were "forced to love it" because it had a better-than-expected quarter.

Amazon's bounce "was caused by short covering," he explained. "It went up because people were looking for a big miss."

Market players that were expecting it to miss its quarter again and were shorting the stock, got squeezed when Amazon didn't miss it, and thus they had to buy the stock, Cramer said.

"This means you got lucky," he said. "Long term, I stand by my Amazon position. I believe it will get buried."

While the company did guide up its revenue, it didn't guide up its fourth-quarter profit, Cramer went on to say. Revenue isn't the issue, he said, shrinking profits are more important here.

Amazon is a victim of its own growth and its management isn't focused on the company. It is "starved for growth," Cramer said. "It's trying to become the Internet's


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and is just too big."

He believes it is still "way too expensive" and doesn't have any good ideas to expand.

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Amazon bounced because too many people hated it, and it got lucky. But the long-term story for it doesn't look promising, he said. "People shouldn't go near it."

Am I Diversified?

In the "Am I Diversified?" segment of the show, Cramer's first caller held the following five stocks in his portfolio:

Cramer said the caller must be a "shrewd viewer of the show" because all of these stocks have been heavily recommended by him. He called the portfolio "completely and utterly diversified."

The second caller owned the following five stocks:

This is another totally diversified portfolio, Cramer said, though he added Citigroup is not his favorite financial stock.

Cramer's third caller named the following five stocks:

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Because the portfolio included three financial stocks, Cramer said it was not diversified. He advised selling Citigroup and Wachovia and getting into a defense stock and an industrial stock instead.

On the Brinker

"Tonight's show is about taking the insanity out of the market" and making it sensible to people, Cramer said.

Like Amazon,

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stock also acted irrationally

after earnings, he said.

"The stock jumped almost seven points yesterday on a declining same-store sales number," Cramer said. In casual dining, he said, the one thing that matters in regards to a stock's success is same-store sales.

Although Cramer agrees that the stock's move might not make sense, Brinker actually "beat the estimates and the expectations," he said. "People expected even bigger declines from Brinker, and that's why it went up."

When it went up by such a big number, Cramer originally thought it was because of short-covering, but not anymore. In fact, with people spending more money on casual dining, he believes Brinker is a buy right now.

The company was confident and "reported a hold-your-hand quarter," he said.

"The fundamental difference between Amazon and Brinker is Brinker isn't a growth story," Cramer went on to say. "It's not valued as a growth stock."

Brinker has "accelerated growth" and trades at 17 times forward earnings, he said. "Even after this jump, Brinker is still very cheap."

And unlike Amazon, it has a multiyear story to tell, "which justifies it as a buy right now," Cramer said. The company is on a cost-cutting mission, which is not hard to accomplish. Brinker is also turning its menus around and improving its free cash flow, which might go into the company's buyback program, Cramer said.

Mad Mail

In the show's "Mad Mail" segment, Cramer told a viewer he does not regard



, which he owns for his

Action Alerts PLUS charitable trust, as a real estate play, but instead thinks of it as a cash-flow story.

"I believe it is going much higher because of the deployment of the cash flow, not because of the sale of real estate," he said.

Lightning Round

Cramer was bullish on


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Palomar Medical



Brocade Communications



TD Ameritrade

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Gilead Sciences

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General Motors

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EuroZinc Mining

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Cramer was bearish on




OraSure Technologies

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Bronco Drilling



Joy Global



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At the time of publication, Cramer was long Altria, Halliburton and Sears Holdings.

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