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The Obama factor is helping to not only push the markets higher, but making certain sectors inviting for investors, Jim Cramer told viewers of his "Mad Money" TV show Wednesday.
On the heels of Obama's infrastructure initiative, Cramer said strength was clearly visible in such names as
He also said companies like
, a company which he owns for his charitable trust
Action Alerts PLUS, along with
should also do well.
In the agriculture sector, Cramer said names like
Deere & Co.
, another company which he owns for his charitable trust
Action Alerts PLUS,
should do well, given Obama's favorable stance on ethanol.
Cramer said with mortgage rates likely to hit 4%, he's also warming up to the homebuilders, including
Other sectors, such as the financials, alternative energy and even the drugs stocks, should also show some strength going forward. He mentioned
, another Action Alerts Plus name,
, another Action Alerts name,
Johnson & Johnson
, another Action Alerts Plus name, as the stocks to watch in those sectors.
"There's something for everyone in this market," said Cramer, "if you know where to look."
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A Matter of Choice
Different types of stocks appeal to different types of investors, Cramer told viewers.
, another Action Alerts name, and
, both of which reported earnings today, as the perfect example.
Cramer said that while General Mills reported a better than expected quarter, the stock did nothing. Joy Global however, fell short of its estimates and the stock soared.
Cramer said that while amateur investors may just assume that General Mills, trading at 14 times earnings, is expensive and Joy Global, trading at just 7 times earnings, is cheap, there's a lot more to the story.
Cramer explained that the reason why these stocks trade differently boils down to one word, consistency. He said that while stocks of these two companies are very similar, with their 2.8% yields and stock buyback programs, General Mills has consistently met or beat expectations quarter after quarter. Joy Global, other the other hand, is a roller coaster, he said, with earnings high one quarter, disappointing the next.
Cramer said he's a fan of both companies, and called them some of the best run in their industries.
The decision of which to choose, he said, should come down to the individual investor. Investors looking to sleep soundly at night and not worry should consider the unexciting General Mills, while more active traders should opt for Joy Global and take advantage of the volatility to trade the stock.
Outrage of the Day
In this segment, Cramer revealed what he called the biggest Ponzi scheme ever, one even larger than that of accused hedge fund manager Bernie Madoff: the U.S. Social Security System.
Our Social Security system fits the mold of a Ponzi scheme, said Cramer, with younger investors paying in for the benefit of older ones.
And with Social Security predicted to go bankrupt in 2042, Cramer said it's likely investors paying into the system now will lose a lot more than Madoff's alledged $50 billion.
Cramer told a viewer that he still prefers
Nordic American Tanker
due to the company's superior cash flow position.
Am I Diversified?
Cramer played "Am I Diversified" with callers to see if their portfolios have what it takes. The first caller's portfolio included
Cramer said Red Hat and Oracle were two software companies and recommended selling Red Hat.
The second caller's top holdings included
Center Point Energy
Nordic American Tanker
Cramer flagged Philip Morris and Altria, which used to be one company, as now two of a kind despite their different markets, and recommended selling Philip Morris.
The third caller had
as his top five stocks.
Cramer called this portfolio an example of terrific diversification.
Cramer was bullish on
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At the time of publication, Cramer was long Freeport McMoRan, Johnson & Johnson, Deere, Goldman Sachs, General Mills and Altria.
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