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The Wonders of Software
It was a special "all-automation show," Jim Cramer told "Mad Money" viewers Wednesday, meaning that he had a play on industries that have used no automation to date and are "truly being taken over by the wonders of software."
Automation saves companies money, so demand for the products can make you serious cash, he said.
That means taking a look at banking and health care, "which have been in backwaters when it comes to technology." Automation in these industries could make people some mad money.
He said that the best pure play for online banking is
( ORCC), which makes software for online banking and bill payment.
He said that Online Resources is different from other companies because it focuses on small and midsize banks.
This is the "sweet spot," Cramer said, because small banks are the ones that most need to contain costs and offer customers more value added.
These banks will have to spend more on online banking just to compete with big banks, said Cramer.
The company has incurred huge expenses to install its software, now it is just waiting for its customers to start adopting it, Cramer said.
So, if you buy the stock soon, you could get it just after the company has spent money on the installation and before it starts making money as customers use the software.
A caller reminded Cramer that automation is also a good play when the economy weakens because companies get rid of employees to save money.
Cramer also said that he likes
In more automation plays, he said to look at
for health care automation. "It fits my automation thesis perfectly," he said.
Cramer said that the health care industry needs to automate, and by doing so it could save $162 billion a year by implementing modern software products in clinics, hospitals and doctors' offices.
That's where Cerner comes into play, he said, because it makes systems that manage patient information.
The stock has gone up nearly 400% since 2003, but for "excellent reasons" that should keep pushing the shares higher, he said.
For starters, he pointed out that Cerner has posted sequential revenue growth in the last 10 quarters and that its cash flow has grown since 2002.
Plus, he said that its technology is the best in the business and that Cerner has spent more than $1 billion in research and development over the last year.
Sales bookings were strong in the last quarter, and because the company has consistently bumped up its earnings guidance, Cramer believes it could happen again.
Am I Diversified?
In "Am I Diversified," callers find out if their portfolios are diversified among enough sectors to help protect them from risk.
He blessed the first caller's portfolio as diversified. It included
But he told the next caller that he would need to "take radical action" on a portfolio that included
, GE and
Cramer said to sell Lucent and that Time Warner is an underperforming stock. Plus, Avaya and Lucent are both telecom plays. He suggested bringing in a health care company, even though the sector is down and out.
Finally, Cramer said that a caller who owned
Bank of America
Canadian National Railway
had "one smacking-good portfolio."
In the "Mad Money" mailbag, a viewer wanted to know how Cramer would play
ahead of its earnings announcement.
Cramer said that buying a huge position ahead of a quarter "is too much of a dice roll."
Cramer said he would put on half of his position now and then wait for the announcement. If the quarter is a blowout then you'll have posted a good gain, he said. If the stock falls, then you can choose to pick up more shares at a cheaper price.
Cramer had said he would recommend
up to $18 because he sees it going to $20. But a viewer said that he bought it at $17 and has already lost 5%, and wanted to know if he should cut his losses.
Cramer said that the company has solid fundamentals and that he believes it will go higher, giving the viewer a chance to post a gain.
Cramer was bullish on
Procter & Gamble
Illinois Tool Works
Cramer was bearish on
China Medical Technologies
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At the time of publication, Cramer was long Procter & Gamble.
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