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NEW YORK (
) -- "Let today be a lesson to you, you need more than just good stocks in your portfolio," Jim Cramer told the viewers of his "Mad Money" TV show Tuesday, at the end of yet another roller-coaster day in the markets.
Cramer said even good stocks get hit on hideous days like today, and that's why investors need stocks with high dividend yields for protection or stocks that have what Cramer deemed a "special situation."
In the high dividend camp, Cramer once again recommended stocks like
, which sports a 15% dividend yield, or
, which currently pays an 8% dividend.
As for stocks in a "special situation," Cramer turned to
, a stock which he owns for his charitable trust,
Action Alerts PLUS. He said that Apple was able to close up today, despite everything else in its sector getting crushed. He said that was possible because Apple is special.
Cramer explained that the earnings estimates for Apple are simply too low, as evidence by Deutsche Bank going "street high" and bumping its estimates for the iPhone and iPad maker from $16 a share to $18 a share. Cramer said that means that Apple, which opened today trading at 21 times earnings with a 16% growth rate, is now looking a whole lot better.
Cramer said he expects Apple shares to sell off at the iPhone 4 debut on Thursday, but after that it will be back to the races. He said the analysts just can't keep up with Apple's growth. Original estimates for its iPad were only one or two million units its first year. Apple announced today that its sold three million units since its debut 80 days ago.
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Cramer said he thinks Apple can earn as much as $19 a share next year, meaning it's selling at a paltry 14 times earnings, and that's before deducting the company's cash hoard of $65 a share.
In the "Executive Decision" segment, Cramer once again spoke with Marc Benioff, chairman and CEO of
, one of Cramer's recently featured C.A.N.D.I.E.S. high-growth stocks.
Benioff introduced a new product called "Chatter" to the Salesforce platform, saying it was the most exciting product he's ever worked on. With Chatter, Benioff said he's moving enterprise software not only into the cloud, but also into the mobile and social space, allowing people throughout the enterprise to collaborate and communicate more effectively.
Benioff also highlighted the company's efforts in Japan, Salesforce's second largest and fastest growing market. He said in Japan, Salesforce has been working with Japan Post, which has 100,000 users in 25,000 locations using over a dozen Salesforce applications. He said that now with Chatter, all of these users can collaborate on projects and communicate instantly.
When asked about Salesforce's other international opportuntities, Benioff explained that the three biggest markets for enterprise software are the U.S., U.K., and Japan, and any company hoping to be successful needs to nail those three markets first, which is exactly what Salesforce is doing before expanding further.
Cramer continued his high praise for Benioff and Salesforce.com as well as its stock.
Off the Charts
In this segment, Cramer went head to head with colleague Dan Fitzpatrick over the chart of
Philadelphia Semiconductor Index
( SOX), and whether this index is a good proxy for all things that are semiconductor.
Looking at the weekly chart, Fitzpatrick saw a mixed bag. After running up 134% from late 2008 to 2010, the SOX has pulled back, teetering on a top that could be a reversal, or a consolidation before another move higher. Fitzpatrick said if the SOX can hold it's recent floor, that would be good news, but if not, then the selling will continue.
The SOX daily chart confirmed this trend. Fitzpatrick said the index is range bound between 325 and 380. In order to be bullish, it must rally 35 points, which he doesn't think is possible. Otherwise, the SOX must retest its 325 low before Fitzpatrick could be bullish.
Turning to the fundamentals, Cramer said the SOX is made up of different companies with very different prospects, and he's not a buyer of the index, but he is a buyer of certain stocks.
Cramer said he's a buyer of all things related to Apple, and that includes
For the broader smart phone market, Cramer gave the nod to
. And for general semiconductor exposure, Cramer recommended Action Alerts PLUS stock
with its 3% yield.
Cramer said not all semiconductor stocks are created equal, and that's why he's sticking with the stocks that are working, and throwing the rest of the SOX back into the laundry.
BP Bankruptcy Possible
In his "Eureka Moment" segment, Cramer sounded off against the belief that
is simply too large to go bankrupt. Bankruptcy, he said, is a real possibility, and it's not a total fantasy to think that the oil spill in the Gulf could not easily swallow the entire company.
Cramer said his Eureka Moment came when he realized that the BP spill should not be compared to the Exxon Valdez of yesteryear, but rather to the asbestos industry, which was totally wiped out under the sheer volume of claims it faced.
Cramer said everyone thought the asbestos industry would be safe despite the endless denials. But one by one, the manufacturers, the distributors, the installers, and eventually everyone who ever came in contact with the stuff, even tangentially, l disappeared, he said.
Cramer said BP's stock is simply not investable. He said the damages caused by this spill are limitless, and the claims will continue coming for decades to come. No single company can possibly survive, he said.
Cramer was bullish on
He was bearish on
Deer Consumer Products
-- Written by Scott Rutt in Washington D.C.
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At the time of publication, Cramer was long Apple.
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