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Getting into the holiday spirit, Jim Cramer gave his viewers four great "stocking stuffer stocks" that pay good dividends, on his "Mad Money" TV show Friday.
are all stocks that "keep on giving" and that people should consider buying, he said.
These plays have big dividends that the companies can afford to cover with their earnings, Cramer said.
Starting with U.S. Bancorp, he said the stock has a 4.4% yield and has consistently raised its dividend for the last 35 years. Moreover, Cramer said it has a "magnificent buyback" and a "pristine balance sheet."
National City has a 4.2% yield and a "big, fat buyback" as well, he said, pointing out that the company is interesting because it's in a transition. It recently sold its mortgage business and is in the process of trying to establish a position in Florida, though it is based in Ohio.
The move to Florida is "smart," Cramer said, and as National City's former mortgage business had low margins, he believes it's a good thing the company sold it.
Asbury Automotive, a company that sells cars in the $30,000 to $35,000 range, has a 3.3 % yield, in addition to "good earnings" and "good earnings growth," he said, adding it has the money to pay and raise its dividend.
United Online is the "big one," with a 6.1% yield and a "serious growth business," Cramer said, adding that the stock should go much higher.
"This is the season of giving, so buy stocks that keep on giving," he said. "These four stocks could all stuff your stockings with dividend dollars."
Hot and Not
In the past week, Cramer has named four "hot" stocks. Of these, he said
are not too hot to buy.
However, he believes that
( DIVX) is a hot stock worth selling now. With the exception of DivX, Cramer said he likes these stocks for the next six to nine months.
( APKT) is Cramer's fifth hot stock. This one, he believes, "hasn't even started to run yet."
The company, which provides session border control, or Internet telephony, is similar to Riverbed in that it is a one of the founders of its market, he said. In order to increase voice-over-Internet protocol, Acme came out with a discrete product, Cramer explained.
Further, it is not a company that is here today and will be gone tomorrow, he said. Not only has Acme reported four straight quarters of profitability, but also it has "massive revenue growth." Additionally, it's only covered by five analysts and has "upgrade potential," Cramer continued.
As Acme's share lockup expires April 10, market players still have time to let the stock run, he said. But when the lockup does expire, "it will hurt."
However, people don't need to worry about this for the next couple of months, Cramer said.
Acme is "too cool not to handle, and it is far from being too hot," he told viewers.
Hedge Fund Follies
Right now, hedge fund managers who have not performed so well this last year are trying to knock the market down as much as they can, because they are trying to close the gap between the performance of their funds and the performance of the
, Cramer explained.
They are selling stocks such as
, which he owns for his charitable trust,
Action Alerts PLUS, he said.
As all of these stocks are "symbolic of the market," the managers are trying to knock them down by selling them cheaply, Cramer said. There's "tremendous pin action when this happens," and it "worries" the market, which is their goal, he went on to say.
The fund managers want to spread worry, and do whatever they can to hurt the market. And the hedge funds that have performed well and are bulls are not around to stop this "lunacy" because they're too busy celebrating their double-digit victory over the last year, Cramer said.
Therefore, he said he wants home-gamers to use this "short-term, rumor-down market" to buy high-quality stocks at a discount.
Cramer advised viewers to get into stocks like
Research In Motion
( RIMM), Google or
, which he owns for his charitable trust,
Action Alerts PLUS, next week on a discount.
Johnson & Johnson
-- the latter two of which he owns for his charitable trust,
Action Alerts PLUS -- are all buys too, Cramer said.
"After buying them on the cheap next week, take them in 2007 and enjoy it," he said.
Chairman and CEO Bruce Williamson to the show and asked him to talk about what its deal with
has done for the company.
The deal, Williamson said, adds shareholder value by increasing cash flow and increasing assets under management by more than 70%.
Cramer asked Williamson what the deal will do to the company's exposure to natural gas.
"With LS Power, it is going to to drop our exposure of a dollar move of natural gas down from 10% of EBITDA to a 4% move in EBITDA," Williamson responded. "It stabilizes the platform."
Cramer said he is backing Williamson and called him a "winner."
Cramer was bullish on
Bank of America
Level 3 Communications
Cramer was bearish on
American Oriental Bioengineering
( SKWS) and
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