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Jim Cramer, broadcasting Friday's "Mad Money" TV show from Georgetown University as part of his "Back to School" tour, said five Dow components can make people money:
Cramer owns Altria, AIG and Hewlett-Packard for his charitable trust,
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"All we're hearing is that the Dow Jones Industrial Average is near an all-time high," Cramer said to his student audience in Washington D.C.
Even though there are some people who believe it doesn't matter that we're near an all-time high, the "chances for people to make money now are better than they've been in the last six years," he said.
Last time the Dow got this close to its high, we got crushed, Cramer said, adding that the big difference this time at the highs is that people are going out of their way to criticize, not praise, the market.
However, Cramer said he believes that "conventional wisdom is wrong." He stands as a "champion of the current market."
Cramer said that investors should understand that the Dow is an index filled with a bunch of stocks. Some are going higher, but others are going lower and are not worth owning.
The lesson here is that "it doesn't pay to look at an index, but individual stocks instead," Cramer said.
The first individual stock Cramer said he would own is Altria. Although the judge "tried to nail Altria on its light-cigarette business," he believes the ruling should be overturned on appeal "because we have a government of, by and for the corporations."
When the decision "gets overturned, Altria can break up the company, and then it will go to $90 to $100," Cramer said. "I bet this will happen in the next year and a half." Altria closed down 42 cents to $76.55 on Friday.
McDonald's, Cramer's second pick, "just raised its dividend this week" and is "mostly an international growth story," he said.
Cramer believes that Boeing has some upside. Not only is Boeing making more money by making its airplanes more efficient, but also, its competitor
has a problem: "It can't make planes," Cramer said.
Short term, AIG should benefit from the "benign hurricane season," especially because the company raised its premiums, he said. Insurance might be "boring," but it's the way to make money.
Cramer also believes investors should own Hewlett-Packard because "it's kicking
On Friday, the Senate unanimously approved the Pentagon budget, Cramer said.
"If you need to make money, you need to know who the big beneficiaries here are," he said. "It's my job to tell you where I think the money is going to go."
In this case, Cramer told viewers that he has five defense stocks that he believes "can't be stopped." People should think of these as stocks to buy, but they are even "bigger than that," he said.
If Donald Rumsfeld, the U.S. Secretary of Defense, was ever for some reason to get fired, the government could outsource the defense department to any of these companies, Cramer said.
The first "stock/replacement for Rumsfeld" is
, he said.
"Congress just can't say no to this company," Cramer said, calling the F-35 producer "the air force to the world."
In addition, Lockheed had a giant dividend boost, he said.
, Cramer's second defense pick, is like Lockheed in that it makes many defense products. "If you're smart, you'll buy it," he said.
, his third defense stock, "the king of radar" and said it "makes fantastic guided missiles."
The next two defense picks Cramer recommended were
, saying the latter should have "a pretty hard time failing to deliver."
Chief White House Correspondent David Gregory to his show and said that although he is bullish and believes that the market is not going to get hurt by interest rates, inflation or earnings, Cramer is worried about one thing that "could derail" his thesis: a change in the Senate or House.
Cramer asked Gregory to give him a sense of what could happen.
"The Republicans are worried," Gregory responded. They are -- the president and they, themselves -- unpopular, he said.
"Republicans are mostly worried about the House," Gregory went on to say, because the Senate is "much tougher" for the Democrats to gain control of.
"A lot of this is focused on the war right now, how we got in it ... and the war on terrorism, in general," he said.
When Cramer asked Gregory why the good points of the current stock market environment don't translate into good political ratings for the president, Gregory said the Republicans are wondering the same thing.
"A lot of political energy is being spent on the war," he said. "When you have a war like this, it seems to" overshadow other things, Gregory said.
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Advanced Micro Devices
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At the time of publication, Cramer was long Altria, Hewlett-Packard, Nabors Industries and AIG.
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