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) -- "It's time to accept the new reality," Jim Cramer said on his

"Mad Money"

TV show Tuesday.

Cramer said that great news from U.S. is no longer powerful enough to trump news from Europe, but that doesn't mean there aren't opportunities in the market.

Cramer said simply that the U.S. just doesn't matter as much as it used to. In today's case, it was the German industrial production numbers, which came in weaker than expected, that were able to outdo the fairly robust production numbers here at home. That news was also strong enough to outshine the great results posted from


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Home Depot

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The U.S. may be 310 million people strong, said Cramer, but that's nothing compared to the woes of more than 500 million people in Europe. America may be a great nation, but it no longer has the strong balance sheet that it once had, and its clout in the financial world is waning.

So does that mean that U.S. stocks are totally held captive to Europe's influence on the

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futures? Cramer said absolutely not. He said that when the news of the day pull down the entire market, investors need to look for opportunities like


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, which traded down eight points in early trading only to rally back nine points by the end of the day.

In addition to Wal-Mart and Home Depot, Cramer said investors can also consider the safety stocks, those that do well in a slowdown, stocks like


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Abbott Labs

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"European production numbers may be more important than our own," admitted Cramer, but that doesn't mean that opportunities in U.S. stocks aren't still out there to be found. "Find the stocks that get brought down but shouldn't be," he said.

Bank of America Drifts Lower

In the "Off The Charts" segment, Cramer went head to head with colleague Dan Fitzpatrick over the chart of

Bank of America

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, a stock which Cramer owns for his charitable trust,

Action Alerts PLUS. Cramer said Bank of America has now become the worst stock pick in the fund's history.

Looking at a weekly chart of Bank of America, Fitzpatrick said the stock has been stuck in the same downtrend since March 2010. Since then the stock has been below its 200-day moving average and drifting lower. It rallied above that key level in January, only to fall back below it three months later in April. Then last week, selling accelerated, sending shares sharply lower to $6.31 a share as the bulls finally capitulated.

But turning to the daily chart, Fitzpatrick said that the rally since those lows has also been worrisome. He said the rally seems to be short covering and he would expect to see increasing volume as real buyers come in. This has not happened as volume has been declining. Fitzpatrick is also concerned that the stock has no support levels, meaning it could fall any amount at any time.

A somber Cramer said he agreed with Fitzpatrick's analysis and Bank of America is too dangerous to own. He said the acquisition of Countrywide mortgages has given the stock a nearly unlimited liability and the bank failed to heed calls to raise capital when shares were some $10 higher. The company is now selling its great credit card assets to continue to fund its mortgage losses.

Cramer said it's too hard to wait for Bank of America to rebound and there are other banks, frankly any other bank, that will do better in the interim.

No Hint of a Slowdown

In the "Executive Decision" segment, Cramer once again sat down with Steve Sadove, chairman and CEO of



, a stock that's down 32% from its recent highs despite fantastic same-store sales growth and a smaller-than-expected loss.

Sadove said Saks has a great brand, great stores, great products and a terrific organization that has a lot of room to run. He said the company is in "show-me" mode, showing investors that it's improving its business by building some new stores and closing some non-performing ones. Sadove commented that Saks reported 15% top-line revenue growth and hasn't seen any signs of a slowdown yet.

Sadove went on further to say that while many people are comparing the current slowdown with that of 2008, back then there was massive amounts of inventory and a sharp decline in demand. Neither of those are happening today.

Some bright spots for the company include Saks' dot com business, which is seeing strong demand, and also its off-price outlets which fairly relatively well throughout the recession.

Sadove said that while Saks does get 20% of its sales from its flagship New York location, Saks is more than a New York story. He said the company's Website is approaching the same amount of sales as the New York store and other locations, like Beverly Hills, are also becoming increasingly important.

Cramer said he's baffled by Saks' share price, saying the company's online ventures alone could justify the current stock price.

Turnaround Story

In a second "Executive Decision" segment, Cramer also sat down with Mark Ordan, CEO of

Sunrise Senior Living

( SRZ), operator of 300 high-end assisted living facilities.

Ordan explained that before he took over at Sunrise, shares traded for 27 cents and the company had $1 billion of debt in default. However after working with lenders to reach satisfactory solutions, Ordan said that chapter of the company is now behind them and Sunrise is well positioned for the future.

Ordan said simply that no one cares for seniors better than Sunrise. He said even at $200 a day, Sunrise offers a tremendous value by providing meals, irreplaceable care and activities. "We're more than just care," he said, "we offer a great living for seniors."

While concerns over Medicare payments have taken their toll on the industry, Ordan noted that only 3% of Sunrise residents are paid via Medicare, leaving the company virtually immune to government cuts in benefits.

Cramer said Sunrise is finally the great play on the rise of seniors in America that investors had been hoping for now that the company's financial woes are behind them.

Lightning Round

Cramer was bullish on

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Wynn Resorts

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Southern Copper

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SPDR Gold Shares

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He was bearish on

Mylan Laboratories

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Penn National Gaming

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Riverbed Technologies



Sequans Communications

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Closing Comments

In his "No Huddle Offense" segment, Cramer said that the stock of


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should be bought.

Cramer said not only is he impressed with CEO Howard Schultz's pledge to not contribute to any political campaign until leadership is restored in Washington, but also with the company's continued growth. He said the turnaround at Starbucks has ended and the company is now in growth mode, with its international expansion if full gear and same-store sales in China up 30%.

There's also a chance of a nice upside surprise at Starbucks, said Cramer, as retreating coffee prices could lead to increased margins at its stores worldwide.

--Written by Scott Rutt in Washington, D.C.

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At the time of publication, Cramer was long Bank of America.

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