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Investing in Latin America has been a recurring theme on Jim Cramer's "Mad Money" due to the strong economic conditions there. Cramer's latest idea on how to capitalize is through Chile he told viewers Tuesday. Chile is especially attractive, he said, because of the nation's 4% budget surplus, which is bullish for business.
One way to invest in Chile would be to buy shares in
The Chile Fund
. But, Cramer is leery of the fund because one of its largest holdings is
, a Coke bottler. "You should never own" a bottler, said Cramer. The fund also owns
Compania Cervecerias Unidas
, another beverage company, which Cramer doesn't like.
Instead of buying the fund, Cramer recommends buying the fund's best stocks:
Vina Concha y Toro
Sociedad Quimica y Minera
. These are the "creme de la creme" of Chilean stocks, he said.
Enersis is an electric utility company that is growing along with the demand for power in Chile. "I would buy this one," said Cramer.
Vina Concha y Toro is a producer of "good wine from Chile at a nice price point," he said.
Sociedad Quimica y Minera owns the world's largest lithium mine, the key ingredient in lithium batteries. The stock is in 'mon back* territory, said Cramer.
As a way to play Chile through an American company, Cramer said
is the biggest brand name in Latin America. He believes Colgate is a buy, and below $50, it warrants a 'mon back. Colgate's shares closed Tuesday at $53.53.
Best Asbestos Bets
( GP) has agreed to be bought out by
, Cramer believes
may be the next big industrial takeover targets.
The main thing Crown and Albany have in common with Georgia-Pacific, said Cramer, is both companies have asbestos issues that are under control and almost behind them.
Georgia-Pacific was cheap because of asbestos, said Cramer, and even though the company had put its asbestos issues behind it, the market didn't respond. So, Koch did, he said, and Koch was able to pay a huge premium because that's what Georgia-Pacific was worth.
Cramer believes similar stories could play out with Crown and Albany. Either the market will reward these stocks for getting their asbestos issues behind them, he said, or they'll get bought out.
However, companies with asbestos issues that are not out of the woods, yet, said Cramer, are
. So, don't buy these stocks in the hopes they could be the next Georgia-Pacific.
Cemex Gets Set
Cramer is bullish on Mexican cement maker
because he believes the current 55% tariff on Mexican cement is about to be suspended. A number of states are experiencing shortages of cement, said Cramer, and an editorial in
The Wall Street Journal
argued the Mexican cement tariff should be removed.
The Commerce Department has the authority to suspend the tariff, said Cramer, and he believes it will do so. The reason, Cramer said, is the president, who with such low approval ratings right now, will cave to pressure from the
lest he risk losing one of the last places from which he still enjoys strong support.
In a segment called "Stump Cramer," viewers called in to ask about stocks they hoped Cramer wouldn't know. Cramer was stumped by
Enterprise Products Partners
MDU Resources Group
Cramer was not stumped by
Ballard Power Systems
. "I know it enough to give it a thumbs down," he said.
He also wasn't stumped by
, a "not great drug company," he said. "Don't touch that one."
Cramer was bullish on
Whole Foods Market
Cramer was bearish on
*For all you home-gamers, a 'mon-back opportunity means Cramer would back up the figurative truck and load up on a stock.
At the time of publication, Cramer was long Halliburton.
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