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It's time to go to Italy and pick up shares of
, Jim Cramer told viewers of his "Mad Money" TV show Wednesday.
The Rome-based company builds weapons, nuclear power plants and also has a locomotive business, Cramer said, making it a great triple play.
The upside of being involved in nuclear power in Europe vs. in the U.S. is that in Europe you can actually build the plants, Cramer said. And just like its other two businesses, the locomotive business is red hot in both the U.S. and in Europe, he added.
Unlike American conglomerates like
, Finmeccanica's core businesses are strong, Cramer said. So as this company spins off more small businesses, the more valuable it becomes with its three main business lines.
To make the deal sweeter, the company's revenue is growing, but Wall Street analysts haven't revised their numbers yet, Cramer said.
He said it's better to buy the stock in Milan on that stock exchange, rather than on the pink sheets in the U.S.
A caller wanted to know if there were any pure plays on uranium.
Cramer said that
was the only company he would recommend as a pure play, adding that
( RTP) had some exposure to uranium.
Saks for a Portfolio
"We have a problem," Cramer said. "Neiman Marcus, the mainstay of high-end department stores, has been taken private. ... That means a gaping wound in any good portfolio."
And he said that
is the way to fill the hole.
It's not a great company, but it's a great turnaround story, he said. And after taking a good, hard look at Saks he thinks it's a better story right now at $18 than Neiman Marcus would be even if the company was still trading.
He believes the stock could go to $25, maybe even $30, and that the real estate the company is sitting on is worth $11 a share.
Historically, the stock has been a house of pain because it was organized into multiple divisions, he said, which meant more overhead and more management costs.
But now management has streamlined the business and in six months people who buy Saks will be purchasing only Saks 5th Avenue, Cramer said, adding that this is a great brand in the high-end retail business.
He also said that the company's new inventory planning system will be another great asset.
Saks' margins are smaller than the competition, and Cramer said that means it has room to improve. He added that when those margins improve, he thinks analysts will upgrade and the stock and it will move higher.
And if you want to make some money off of cold weather and geopolitical turmoil, Cramer said that you should set your sights on Norway.
Europe is having its coldest winter in 50 years, he said, but Russian President Vladimir Putin and Gazprom, Russia's natural gas export monopoly, cut supplies to Europe today for the second time this month.
It's only a matter of time before people start wanting to buy fuel from democratic nations, said Cramer. And for Europe, right now, it just might turn to Norway for a stable natural gas supply, he said.
The biggest oil and gas company is
, Cramer said, adding that the Norwegian company has enough natural gas to meet Europe's needs and pays a 3% yield.
Opening the viewer mailbag, Cramer said that it's not time to panic about South America. He added that for investors who bought
and made a profit, now might be time to take some off the table.
He declined to give an opinion on
Friendly Ice Cream
, which is at a 52-week low, because he said he doesn't know the company well enough.
Another viewer wanted to know if there was a possible play on projections that hearing loss will grow. Cramer said that he didn't have any recommendations for this particular trend.
He said that
, which he owns for his
Action Alerts PLUS charitable trust, is a good engineering and construction play, and he said that mentioning
in the same paragraph was "blasphemy."
Cramer was bullish on
Accredited Home Lenders
Ruth's Chris Steak House
Energy Conversion Devices
Cramer was bearish on
Archer Daniels Midland
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