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NEW YORK (
) -- "Try to ignore the bears that are spewing out the negatives," Jim Cramer told the viewers of his "Mad Money" TV show.
Cramer told viewers that despite the media's depiction, we are not on the eve of destruction, and in fact, there are even still some opportunities out there.
Cramer said the bears' arguments for why the markets should be dramatically lower are endless, from a government-mandated slowdown in China, to debt woes in Europe, to a mining tax in Australia.
The list continues, he said, to include the price of oil, banking regulation, fears of terrorism and even the investigation into
business practices. "We have to wait until all these fears are though," said Cramer, but that doesn't mean there aren't opportunities out there.
Cramer said the drug companies, including
, a stock which he owns for his charitable trust,
Action Alerts PLUS, are very cheap at the moment. He said food stocks, like
are also ripe for the picking.
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Cramer also gave the nod to high-yielding dividend stocks like
and natural gas plays like
National Fuel Gas
. And he liked utilities such as
which is seeing an uptick in demand.
Cramer's list of opportunities continued to include
, two recently featured companies on "Mad Money," along with retailers
Finally, Cramer said investors can speculate on names like
, or even on some big, beaten down industrialslike
Off the Charts
Cramer went head to head with colleague Dan Fitzpatrick over the chart of
, a stock which Cramer owns for his charitable trust,
Action Alerts PLUS.
According to Fitzpatrick, Weyerhaeuser has already made its move, and is out of fuel, after completing a reverse head and shoulders pattern from 2008 through mid 2009. Fitzpatrick didn't like the stock and gave it a price target of only $54 a share.
But Cramer said Fitzpatrick is wrong, arguing Weyerhaeuer has plenty of room to run, as evidenced by the company's most recent quarter. While Weyerhaeuser reported a seven-cent-a-share loss for the quarter, that was a full 18 cents better than Wall Street was expecting.
The company saw strength in all of its businesses, with its timberland assets outperforming them all. Weyerhaeuer saw a 11.3% increase in revenue, stronger pricing and better costs throughout the quarter.
Cramer said as housing prices continue to bottom, Weyerhaeuser will be the natural way to play the recovery. Better still, Weyerhaeuser will be converting itself into a REIT later this year, a move that made shareholders of similar companies a lot of money, he said.
Pizza Growth Story
In the "Executive Decision" segment, Cramer spoke with Patrick Doyle, president and CEO of
, a stock that received a 13% haircut after it reported 35 cents a share in earnings, two cents better than expections, on revenue growth of 18%.
Doyle said Domino's had a stellar quarter thanks to the company's introduction of new pizzas and its associated ad campaign billing its old pizza as "tasting like cardboard." Doyle said that 75% of the people who tried Domino's new pizzas loved them.
Doyle also said Domino's is seeing growth in its online business, where 25% of the company's orders now originate. He said based on the number of transactions, Domino's is now the fourth largest e-commerce site on the web.
Also on the list of positives, Domino's international growth. Doyle said he was present for the opening of the company's 300th store in India, a country where he said they could easily open 700 or more.
Given Domino's renewed growth, Doyle said issues such as commodity costs, such as the price of cheese, are no longer a factor.
Cramer said he agreed with Doyle's outlook, and continued to recommend the stock, despite its 36% rise since his last recommendation on Jan. 13.
Avoiding Industry Pitfalls
Cramer sat down with Russell Goldsmith, president and CEO of
, a bank that's up over 9% since Cramer recommended it just last month.
Goldsmith said that over the past 10 years, City National has only seen two defaults in its mortgages. He said his bank avoided the problems of other banks by focusing only on customers whom they had relationships with, rather than pursuing brokered loans from all over the country.
Goldsmith also said that the jumbo loan, which caused so many banks big problems, has been the "bread and butter" of City National's business. He said City has no exposure to sub-prime loans.
When asked about City National's recent FDIC assisted acquisitions, Goldsmith said the banks it acquired were a good geographic fit for the company, and the FDIC helps broker the deals so that it works well for the acquiring bank.
Finally, when asked about the company's move into the cut throat market of New York City, Goldsmith explained that City National started a private banking business in 2002, and that business is now a $1 billion bank. He said that 40% of all broadway shows now bank with City National, thanks to their focus on their customers. "It's all word of mouth," Goldsmith explained.
Cramer continued to recommend City Nationals' stock.
Cramer was bullish on
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He was bearish on
-- Written by Scott Rutt in Washington D.C.
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At the time of publication, Cramer was long Abbott Labs, Weyerhaeuer, Weatherford International.
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