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Investors looking for the keys to what's driving the market higher should stop looking at stocks, Jim Cramer told the viewers of his "Mad Money" TV show Wednesday.
"Watch the credit markets, watch bonds and watch housing," he said, "That's why we rallied."
Cramer said that while most investors may be focused on poor corporate earnings, rising unemployment or even weakness in Europe as a sign that the markets are going lower, the real market indicators are not in stocks.
Cramer said that in the global scheme of investing, stocks are a minor league team when compared to the major leagues of the credit markets, commercial paper markets and the bond markets.
He said the current crisis was started by the housing and credit markets, and it will be those markets that will be the first indicators of a turnaround.
And that turnaround is starting to happen, said Cramer, with a rise in new issues of convertible bonds, hedge funds starting to line up for auto loan backed bonds, and the
pumping in money any place it's needed to thaw the once frozen credit markets.
Cramer said what's good for the credit markets will be good for stocks in three to six months, and that's why the markets continue to rise, despite the bad news of the day.
Not all supermarkets are created equal. That's why Cramer pitted traditional grocer
against it's premium rival,
( WFMI), to find out which way the markets think these stocks are heading.
Cramer said the tale of Kroger and Whole Foods couldn't be more different. Kroger's been doing everything right, taking market share, increasing margins and keeping prices low to compete with the likes of
Whole Foods, on the other hand, has been in decline for years, said Cramer. The company's same store sales have been decelerating since 2004 and since 2006 the stock has been acting like a classic momentum stock that's lost its mojo.
However in recent weeks, shares of Kroger have been on the decline, while Whole Foods has rallied sharply. Cramer said this could be from macro market forces, with investors leaving the safety of recession-resistant Kroger in favor of the high flying Whole Foods, or it could signal that Whole Foods is finally turning around.
Cramer said he thinks the markets were moving these two stocks. He said he'd be inclined to take profits in Whole Foods and pick up some beaten down Kroger shares, but added that he'll let the viewers decide for themselves which one is right for them.
Am I Diversified?
Cramer played "Am I Diversified" with callers to see if their portfolios have what it takes. The first caller's portfolio included
Cramer said this portfolio had "unbelievable diversification."
The second caller's top holdings included
Cramer said this caller knew knows to play the game right.
The third caller had
Johnson & Johnson
as their top five stocks.
He said this portfolio is diversified.
The fourth caller's stock picks were
Direxion Financial Bull 3X Shares
as their top five stocks.
Cramer said this portfolio was also diversified.
Cramer told a viewer that
goodwill account on their balance sheet does make evaluating the company difficult, but he still likes the stock.
In the Lightning Round, Cramer was bullish on
Bank of New York Mellon
United Parcel Service
Johnson & Johnson
He was bearish on
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At the time of publication, Cramer was long Altria, Unilever, Johnson & Johnson, Chevron, Wells Fargo and Wal-Mart.
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