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NEW YORK (
) -- "Stay opportunistic," Jim Cramer told the viewers of his
TV show Friday, as he celebrated the first up day on Wall Street all week, and the first time good news seemed to matter to stocks.
Cramer said his game plan for next week revolves around two big events in the technology sector,
, a stock which he owns for his charitable trust,
Action Alerts PLUS, unveiling the iPad 2 on Wednesday and
bringing their CloudForce conference to New York City.
Cramer said he's bullish on anything linked to Apple, including
, as well as Salesforce.com.
Beyond technology, Cramer said investors still need to use caution. He said
should be attractive on Monday, but the stock has already run up 60% from its August lows. He said
, in the oil and gas construction business, is also a possibility.
On Wednesday, Cramer said he likes
( JOYG) and
, although Costco has also had a big run and is fully valued.
On Thursday, Cramer said he'll be listening to
, an iconic American brand, to hear the latest on cost inflation and how the company's expansion into emerging markets is going.
Finally, on Friday, Cramer said all eyes will be on the unemployment numbers. He said initial job claims have been trending down, but the spin remains decidedly negative on the jobs front.
Oil Reserve Bonanza
"The Bakken is rocking," Cramer told viewers, as he explained how a major oil play is afoot right here in the U.S. It's called the Bakken shale region of North Dakota and Montana, and according to recent estimates, this region has reserves of 24 billion barrels of oil.
To put that in perspective, the United States in its entirety, is thought to only have 20 billion barrels of oil remaining. That means the Bakken has just more than doubled U.S. oil reserves. Cramer said there are already 165 rigs operating in the Bakken, and could produce as much 1 million barrels of oil a day.
Cramer said the way to play the Bakken is with
, an Action Alerts PLUS stock. Hess owns some 900,000 acres in the Bakken region and is investing $1.8 billion in 2011 alone to develop them.
Other players of interest in the Bakken area include
, one of the largest producers in the region,
, which owns 850,000 areas in the region, and
, which has 580,000 acres.
Cramer said investors might also want to consider
( BEXP), which has 270,000 acres in early stage development. Brigham delivered 272% year over year production growth in its last quarter alone. Cramer said
, a pure play on the Bakken region, is also an interesting trade.
It's unknown why the discoveries in the Bakken area, and the new technologies that are drilling there, are not mainstream news, but Cramer said with so much emphasis on energy independence, its only a matter of time before a lot more oil is flowing from the Bakken shale.
With the Bakken shale fields in North Dakota and Montana representing the biggest domestic oil discovery in a generation, Cramer said it's not enough to just concentrate on the oil drillers, as a whole host of companies will benefit from this huge new source of energy.
Cramer said that
Northern Oil and Gas
contributes money and partners with drillers to help make wells successful. Northern owns some 120,000 acres of prime land in the Bakken region.
But the gorilla in the room has to be
, said Cramer, which is seeing more demand for its services than ever before. Halliburton has the expertise and the experience needed in complex drilling situations, like those found in the Bakken and other oil shale areas. Halliburton derives 40% of its business from the hydraulic fracturing used in these areas.
Cramer said that
is another company that's coming back into favor thanks to these new discoveries. Nabors, the largest on shore driller in the U.S., is already forecasting its earnings to grow by 50% to 60%.
Finally, Cramer said
is worth a second look. This company makes the ceramic materials that are pumped into fractures wells to help keep the oil flowing.
"I think they're all going to make a killing," Cramer concluded.
Travel Deals Galore
In the "Executive Decision" segment, Cramer sat down with Chris Loughlin, CEO of
, which is down 22% from its January highs, despite the company's sky high growth rate.
Loughlin said that Travelzoo has been around since 1998 and now employs 250 travel experts that find deals for 22 million Travelzoo subscribers.
For instance, Loughlin noted that today the site featured airfare from Washington, DC to London on British Airways for just $179 one way. He said another popular deal on the West Coast netting the company $100,000 in revenue in just a few hours.
Loughlin explained that Travelzoo is focusing more and more on local deals, which has allowed the company to deliver consistent earnings with accelerating revenues.
Cramer said that with hot IPOs like Groupon catching the attention of Wall Street, companies like Travelzoo, which have been providing similar services for a lot longer, can only become more valuable.
Cramer was bullish on
He was bearish on
In his "No Huddle Offense" segment, Cramer outlined a pairs trade for the energy market. Cramer said he would short
and go long
Cramer explained the spread between the price of oil and natural gas at 25:1 cannot be sustained forever. He said oil prices are likely to fall, which would be bad news for Exxon, and natural gas prices are likely to rise, which would be great news for Southwestern. Plus, Southwestern is also a ripe takeover target, while Exxon is lumbering giant with little production growth.
Cramer said Exxon is already up 17% on the year, and oil can't head much higher, while Southwestern shares are only up 4%, and natural gas can only head higher from here.
--Written by Scott Rutt in Washington, D.C.
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