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What's to blame for today's 200-point mid-day decline in the Dow? Cramer told the viewers of his "Mad Money" TV show Monday that this time, the analysts are at fault.
Cramer explained that as the year's end draws to a close, many analysts are forced to downgrade stocks to right their wrongs earlier in the year. In a practice he described as "analyst gone wild," Cramer said many analysts are downgrading names they've been wrong on for months.
Earlier today, analysts at
downgraded the stocks of Cramer favorite
Nordic American Tanker
, along with
, which he also owns for his
Action Alerts PLUS portfolio. All of these downgrades, said Cramer, are useless, as these stocks have already taken huge tumbles.
analysts downgraded the gold stocks, long after the commodity and the stocks have both posted sizable losses. Similar downgrades are happened at every firm, he said, and they're for the most part, wrong.
Cramer explained that in the case of Nordic American Tanker, JP Morgan's reason for selling the stock, mainly the decline in the spot price of oil, is the exact reason to buy the stock. He said that with oil so low, oil producers are scrambling for tankers to store oil so they can fill them now, and sell at higher prices later.
The analysts, said Cramer, are using this last opportunity to downgrade everything they can before year end. This practice however, creates some great buying opportunities just in time for Christmas.
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Ugly Credit Markets
With mortgage rates falling and the price of gas dropping by the day, a viewer asked Cramer "why are the markets not doing better?" For the answer, Cramer explored "the dark side" of the markets to explain what's keeping the stocks down.
Cramer explained that despite billions in aid packages, the credit markets are still far from fixed. He said that in the last quarter alone, the news on the health of the credit markets has gone from bad to grim.
In the last 90 days, the value of investment grade bonds has fallen to a rate where one in five are expected to default. In recent reports, commercial paper is valued for a 60% default rate, said Cramer.
With such bearish sentiment, Cramer said the banks are simply holding onto all of the cash they can and are lending to no one, a trend that will destroy the banking system if not reversed.
"Banks don't lend if they don't think they'll get their money back," he said. And even if mortgage rates do fall to record low levels, no one will be able to qualify for them.
Cramer said the trend will only get worse as consumer credit follows the same trend and also dries up as banks begin to worry more as people lose their jobs in increasing numbers.
Cramer warned that even the huge Obama stimulus program might not be enough if it's unable to stem unemployment and stop banks from only loaning at loan shark interest rates.
Cramer said the only answer is for the government to do more, guaranteeing more debt, bringing bond buyer and sellers together, and pumping even more liquidity into the system.
as a stock that'll help investors sleep at night with its 5.2% yield and its newly bottomed stock price.
Cramer said he's shied away from Lily, as have many, due to the company's huge number of patent expirations in coming years. With over $10.5 billion a year in sales coming off patent, Cramer said there was a lot to be concerned with.
However, those facts are now priced into the stock and with the company's recent acquisition of Imclone, Lily's future is looking up, he said.
Cramer is excited about Lily's pipeline, which is supposed to have 10 new drugs in phase three testing by 2011. Between 2009 and 2012, Lily expects one major new drug offering a year. Cramer said he's especially excited about the company's once-a-week injection for diabetes, a drug he calls a "game changer."
There's also a lot to love about the company, said Cramer, from winning new approvals for its drugs to sccessful cost cutting measure.
Cramer said that Lily is also in a strong cash position, with $3.4 billion on its balance sheet and no-long term debt coming due until 2012.
Outrage of the Day
Cramer again took aim at ultra-leveraged ETFs, only this time for a completely different reason.
Cramer's been a long-time critic of leveraged ETFs, whichallow investors to short $2 to $3 worth of stock with only a $1 investment, for their ability to ravage and destroy stocks. His outrage continued when he learned that most of these funds don't even make their shareholders any money.
A recent report noted that the
UltraShort Real Estate ProShares
, a fund designed to short the Dow Jones Real Estate Index, has underperformed the index it's designed to short. The reason, said Cramer, is that these funds rebalance daily and suffer in times of increased volatility.
Cramer again urged the incoming Obama administration to ban these ultra-leveraged ETFs. They destroy stocks, he said, and don't even make investors any money.
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