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"I've been an addict ... like
Thomas De Quincey. ... And I'm here to tell you how my past addiction to options could make you money," Jim Cramer told viewers of his "Mad Money" TV show Tuesday.
Options are a serious way to make money on Wall Street, he said, adding that trading
options is what allowed him to quit his job and start a hedge fund.
"Options are more addictive than coffee. You put down very little money and if your stock explodes you could make a fortune," he said.
But the problem is that options trading is so risky that Cramer likens it to a game of Russian roulette.
Cramer said that you should be a professional or feel very comfortable with the extraordinary amount of risk to actually trade options, but nevertheless options trading is on fire.
So how do you make money off of the trend? Cramer says to take a look at
, one of the few online brokerages that trade options.
Last quarter the company's earnings soared 80% year on year, and revenue jumped 56% over the same period, he said, adding that Wall Street will pay anything for this kind of growth and that the company has room to run higher on the options trading boom.
Off to the 'Racinos'
When state governments have budget problems, they usually try to shaft the poor, said Cramer, but higher taxes and budget cuts are not politically palatable.
So to reach into the slim pocketbooks of people without money, politicians will turn to state-sanctioned gambling, he said.
That's why he believes
, combination racetracks and casinos where the gambling is usually limited to slot machines, are the wave of the future.
States can take up to 52% of profits from slots, he said. And with about 30 states experiencing budgetary shortfalls and 10 to 15 states expected to pass pro-racino legislation, Cramer sees room for growth.
That's why he said to consider
International Game Technology
, which has 70% of the slot machine market.
He believes that as the number of racinos grows, the real racino money will go to International Game Technology.
Plus, there are 830,000 slot machines that will someday need to be replaced, Cramer said, with 145,000 replacements worldwide expected in 2006. And he said that International Game will reap the rewards from the replacement cycle, too.
columnist Herb Greenberg joined Cramer to spar over the merits of
Portfolio Recovery Associates
Even though Cramer
likes the stock and other analysts believe it has a great CEO-CFO combination, Greenberg said that he's more concerned about the quality of the company that purchases, collects and manages portfolios of defaulted loans.
Most importantly, he said that receivables are going down and that there's been a slowdown in collections. "There are other choices in the field," Greenberg added.
In a move that Cramer called "television suicide," Greenberg said he liked an airline stock.
, a "freight airline without the fuel," as a way to play
Greenberg that the DHL spinoff trades for next to nothing and flies planes and all sorts of packages for the delivery company.
"This I like," Cramer said, giving it one-and-a-half thumbs up. Plus, Greenberg said that thanks to its deals with DHL this airline doesn't have to pay for fuel.
New Beginning for Vivendi?
Viewers who turn their attention to
before the analysts do could make a lot of money, Cramer said.
The company he calls "Wall Street's forgotten stock" has been best known as a bloated entertainment company. But, as reported in
, the company is profitable and Cramer said that it's in the midst of a stealth turnaround.
The company was ruined by countless superfluous acquisitions, he said, but it has sold off $27 billion in assets and kept its best departments.
The company still has big entertainment companies, including Universal Music Group, but Cramer said the company is really a great play on wireless technology in Europe and North Africa.
Vivendi owns SFR Cegetel, the No. 2 French mobile-telecom operator, which delivered slightly more than 40% of Vivendi's revenue.
And the mobile-technology game is a money game, Cramer added.
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