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NEW YORK (
) -- Ben Bernanke can only do so much, Jim Cramer told his
viewers Wednesday after the market's mixed reaction to the Federal Reserve chairman's latest remarks.
But while the market may be selling off on the news after running up ahead of that news, Cramer said the Fed chair's comments do have a silver lining.
Cramer likened the U.S. economy to a good old-fashioned BBQ. He said the coals are getting warm but the wind keeps of Europe keep blowing them out. Bernanke only has one weapon, low interest rates, the equivalent of lighter fluid, to help light them up again, noted Cramer.
So while many were hoping to see Bernanke throw high-octane gasoline on the grill, Cramer said the Fed's measured approach of keeping interest rates near zero does have some advantages. He said high-yielding dividend stocks are always in competition with Treasuries, which often offer similar yield with no risk. But with interest rates expected to remain near zero for at least the next few years, that leaves dividend stocks as the only game in town.
That's why when
Procter & Gamble
pre-announced to the downside, the stock only responded slightly, said Cramer, because the stock was protected by P&G's 3.7% dividend yield. The same applies to
, a stock that got hammered Wednesday on news it's buying into a drugstore chain in Britain but seems to find a floor as shares yielded 3.8%.
The Fed may only be able to stimulate the economy so much, Cramer concluded, but thanks to low interest rates, dividend stocks will remain the best place to get yield for years to come.
Trimming Tech Positions
It's time to take profits in technology stocks and trim your positions, Cramer told viewers. That is, in tech stocks other than
, a stock which Cramer owns for his charitable trust,
Action Alerts PLUS.
Cramer said while the interim news for stocks like
may be good, the prospects for these names going into the second half of the year are dicey. That's why it's better to lock in profits now ahead of any perceived or actual weakness.
So why not sell out of Apple? Because Apple is a second-half-of-the-year story with the planned introduction of the next iPhone as well as strong tablet and PC sales. There are even rumors of an Apple-powered television. Cramer said it's better to take some short-term pain in Apple in order to get the longer-term gains in the second half of the year.
But for the rest of tech, Cramer said any short-term pain may lead to longer-tern pain, so it's best to protect yourself now.
In the "Executive Decision" segment, Cramer sat down with Bill Maloney,
vice president of development and production in North America. Statoil is one of the largest off-shore oil drillers in the world and has recently made acquisitions that give it exposure to the red-hot American oil shale fields. Shares of Statoil yield 4.4%.
Maloney said that after years of building up skills and expertise drilling off the coast of Norway, which includes some of the deepest and most hazardous waters, Statoil went looking for places of opportunity to match its strengths. That place turned out to be North America, and the company began expanding in the Gulf of Mexico in 2004, the Marcellus shale in 2008, Eagle Ford in 2009 and, this year, the Bakken.
When asked about the recent decline in the price of oil, Maloney said that the oil business is a long-term business, and as such he's not worried about short-term declines. The same applies to U.S. natural gas, a terrific fuel that has tremendous potential, he said. But while prices are low Statoil is diverting resources elsewhere.
Asked where the most exciting areas in North America are, Maloney called the opportunities in the Bakken shale region of North Dakota "mind-numbingly huge."
Cramer remained bullish on Statoil, calling it a great company with great yield and great growth.
Here's what Cramer had to say about callers' stocks during the "Lightning Round":
: "When Ross Stores goes down I want to be a buyer, not a seller."
: "I was on the fence on Cisco but I listened to
the conference call of
and I think Cisco is doing better. I want to own it at $17.50."
: "I've been a huge backer of this company. I think it's a great speculative investment."
: "I think that the price of chocolate is coming down and Hershey has become a go-to name on weakness. I also like
: "I'm going to say hold but don't sell. That's not one of my favorites. I like
: "Any time that yield hits 4% you're going to hear me say to pull the trigger and buy."
Digital Domain Media
( DDMG): "That is OK for young investors. It's certainly not a blue-chip company."
: "This one is built on the idea that oil is going higher, not lower. It's hard to own right here but I wouldn't sell it."
Am I Diversified?
In the "Am I Diversified" segment, Cramer spoke with callers and responded to tweets sent via Twitter to
to see if investors' portfolios have what it takes for today's markets.
The first portfolio included:
Spectra Energy Partners
"Bingo," Cramer said. This portfolio is perfectly diversified.
The second portfolio's top holdings included:
Cliff's Natural Resources
Cramer suggested selling Cliff's Natural in favor of adding a health-care stock like
The third portfolio had:
American Capital Agency
National Oilwell Varco
as its top five stocks.
Cramer said this portfolio passed the test as long as MarkWest was considered as a master limited partnership.
The fourth portfolio's top stocks were:
Cramer was also bullish on this portfolio for being diversified.
In the "Mad Mail" viewer feedback segment, Cramer followed up on
( SMBL), a stock that stumped him in an earlier show. He said this healthy-food company would be a buy on any weakness.
Cramer was less bullish on
, a stock he called too rich and too risky selling at 58 times next year's earnings. He was equally bearish on
Allscripts Healthcare Solutions
, telling viewers they must wait two quarters after the company's horrible performance this quarter.
When asked about teen apparel stocks, Cramer said that
Abercrombie & Fitch
American Eagle Outfitters
are nothing but guesswork and cannot be owned. He prefers
Cramer was bullish on
Buffalo Wild Wings
following falling chicken prices, but turned sour on
, even with strong insider buying. He was also negative on
, which he said is in a tough business.
--Written by Scott Rutt in Washington, D.C.
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