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Nelson Peltz has been the "catalyst shareholder" at both
, Jim Cramer told viewers of his "Mad Money" TV show Wednesday.
Peltz has given tips to both companies, and they have listened, Cramer said. On March 15, Cadbury announced that it was splitting in two. Cramer offered up the next two companies he believes should follow in its footsteps.
Breaking up is not hard to do -- just look at
, where CEO Frederic Poses "created instant value," he said.
There are two companies here that Cramer likes:
. With private-equity firms everywhere, "even in tired, old brands," Cramer believes that any breakup could put a company in play.
Plus, the combination of Clorox's products is "something that makes no sense whatsoever," Cramer said. It makes charcoal and salad dressing -- two businesses that have nothing in common.
ConAgra is another company that has "ailing brands," he said. "It is currently conceived as making a sandwich out of too many ingredients" and needs to be split up.
Both companies, Cramer said, "are in the sweet spot of value creation." They could wake up tomorrow and break into two, three or four companies, or sell their underperforming divisions to "hungry" private-equity firms, he said.
"Seriously, these executives can't possibly support all their brands," Cramer said.
And in the case they don't split up, Cramer said he doesn't see much downside for Clorox or ConAgra anyway because they are "among the cheapest" of the packaged-goods companies, and we are in the midst of an economic slowdown, where both of these are good to own.
CEO Benefit of the Doubt
In part three of his new "Benefit of the Doubt" series, Cramer put Jim Sinegal, the CEO of
, on his BOD board.
A couple of weeks ago, people worried that the chief executive had lost his touch when the stock went down after Costco announced a stricter return policy. But now Cramer believes that the bad news is in the past, though the stock is still going down.
Cramer said he would give Sinegal the benefit of the doubt this time around.
Cramer also added Lawrence Montgomery, CEO of
, to his BOD list and said that despite what people may think, the retailer has not "run out of gas."
Instead, Cramer believes that the company offers good merchandise in a clean environment, where it doesn't rip people off. Kohl's keeps getting hit because market players don't believe in Montgomery. But that is "ludicrous," Cramer said.
Investors don't have to buy it here at $75.75, he said. But once it comes in, they should get in.
Am I Diversified?
In his "Am I Diversified?" segment, a viewer named the following five stocks:
Sirius Satellite Radio
Cramer said the portfolio was not diversified at all, as the caller had three-of-a-tech kind with IBM, Apple and Microsoft. He advised the caller to get out of IBM and Microsoft and pick up a health care stock and a retailer.
The next caller said his portfolio consisted of the following five stocks:Apple,
, the last three of which Cramer owns for his charitable trust,
Action Alerts PLUS.
Cramer called Apple a tech stock and Google a media play, and blessed the portfolio as diversified.
His last caller owned
International Game Technology
, the last two of which Cramer owns for his charitable trust.
Although Cramer said the portfolio was diversified, he prefers
In his "Mad Mail" segment, Cramer told a caller that if Sirius merges with
XM Satellite Radio
, he predicts it will go to $5. But if it doesn't, it could go to $2 or $3 and XM would be "wiped out." Sirius closed at $3.26 Wednesday.
Responding to anther mailer, Cramer said that although he liked
at first, a deeper look showed that the numbers for the stock were nonexistent.
He advised the caller not to buy TTWO and said that without a deal, it will go much lower.
During his "Sudden Death" round, Cramer was bullish on
, a stock he owns for his charitable trust,
Action Alerts PLUS.
He was bearish on
Cramer was bullish on
Bank of America
Lamson & Sessions
Cramer was bearish on
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