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"Tonight I'm giving you the only thing you really need," Jim Cramer told "Mad Money" viewers Friday. "That is my game plan. You need to know what's coming up and what to do about it."
Cramer revealed that each Friday night going forward he will give viewers a game plan to know how best to play the market in the next work week.
"This is how the game plan works," he said. "I tell you the lay of the land and how to play it."
The markets have been in constant struggle between the
folks and the
people. "They are battling it out like the Crips and Bloods," he said.
betting against the hard landing folks who he thinks are wrong in their outlook. "It doesn't matter that they are wrong," he said, "because there are a lot of them."
He thought for the short term it looks like the hard-landing folks will have the edge next work week. But he suggested viewers balance their portfolios with stocks that would benefit from whichever group won out.
The stocks to buy if there is a hard landing are:
- Verizon (VZ) - Get Report,
- Pepsi (PEP) - Get Report,
- Altria (MO) - Get Report,
- Kimberly Clark (KMB) - Get Report and
- GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) - Get Report.
But the soft-landing guys could win, so investors looking to profit from a potential soft landing should look to buy:
- Caterpillar (CAT) - Get Report,
- ConocoPhillips (COP) - Get Report,
- Chesapeake Energy (CHK) - Get Report,
- Nabors (NBR) - Get Report and
- JoS. A. Banks (JOSB) .
Green Underdog Plays
"It time for you to go green," Cramer told viewers. "Now that the alternative energy stocks have been annihilated, it's time to go hunting."
He observed the anomaly that there continues to be a bull market in oil, but that alternative energy stocks have been killed. That may change, however, with the new Treasury secretary, Henry Paulson, who, Cramer says, likes alternative energy.
"He likes windmills, but
there will be no tilting at windmills," Cramer said.
Cramer identified his three top picks in alternative energy stocks, "that by simple laws of mathematics simply need to go up," he said.
The first was
, which is down about 32% from its 52-week high. The company recently did a secondary offering that wasn't well-received by the market, Cramer said. However, the stock remains cheap on an earnings basis and a revenue basis. "I think it will bounce back," he said.
The next stock was
. The stock is down 40% from its 52-week high. Although the company is likely to lose some synthetic-fuels business, said Cramer, it does have clean coal, and that should make up for some of the loss. The company's ethanol exposure is also a positive, he said.
Cramer also likes
( ESLR), which is down 36%. "This is the fastest-growing and cheapest of the group," he said.
"Alternative energy is too cheap," he said.
Cramer observes that sometimes speculation can be a good thing, and he decided to use the company
as a case study to demonstrate to viewers the potential to be had in speculation.
He warned, however, that at its current price of $2.83 it is a sell. "But that doesn't mean you shouldn't ever buy Ivanhoe," he said. "If it goes back to $2, it's a buy."
It has a great story, but it's too expensive here. "Until then, stay away," he said.
A research report this week announced that the company could be worth $14.67 a share. That is up over 400% from its current level. Cramer is, however, skeptical. A lot of what Ivanhoe has to offer is unproven and because of that, potential buyers should beware.
Ivanhoe has proprietary technologies that turn heavy oil into light oil. Light sweet crude is much more valuable, he said. Although the company has a 10-year patent in the U.S. and Canada, he said, that only represents potential. "That only means it could work."
Cramer Adopts an Orphan Stock
On Thursday's show,
Little Orphan Antes, Cramer said he wanted to adopt an orphan stock and that viewers should help him pick one of five alternatives by emailing their thoughts to him.
Viewers overwhelmed Cramer with responses.
As a recap, the five stocks were:
- Dynamic Materials (BOOM) - Get Report, which makes materials used in oil patch and defense;
- Electro Rent (ELRC) , an Internet equipment company;
- NetScout Systems (NTCT) - Get Report, another Internet equipment company;
- Layne Christensen (LAYN) , a construction and drilling concern; natural resources (water, minerals, energy) businesses; and
- Vaalco Energy (EGY) - Get Report, an oil and gas production and exploration company.
Friday, Cramer announced that the orphan is to be Dynamic Materials. He promised "to watch this orphan as it grows up."
Cramer was bullish on
( IDNX) and
Cramer was bearish on
Bausch & Lomb
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