This article originally appeared Feb. 3
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"Today's market was all about the good banks versus the bad banks," Jim Cramer told viewers of his "Mad Money" TV show Tuesday.
The good "banks", he said, are companies that have huge piles of cash and don't need any additional money to expand or stay in business. The bad "banks" desperately need cash, from anyone, at any cost.
Cramer said traditionally, the companies with the money were actual banks, but in today's market, the only companies investors can bank on are anything but the bank stocks.
Cramer said the good "banks" are companies like
( SGP), which reported a huge quarter and has money to burn.
also reported a gigantic quarter and is flush with cash to buy other companies or its own stock.
Cramer said the same can be said for
Medco Health Solutions
Cramer expanded the good "bank" list to include
. He owns the latter two in his
Action Alerts PLUS portfolio.
Cramer also favored
, which he owns for his
Action Alerts PLUS portfolio.
Cramer: The Cyclical Trade
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On the bad "bank" list, Cramer included just about every publicly traded bank. He said the banks all need money to survive and are prone to cuts in their dividends. He singled out
as three recent examples of stocks getting hammered.
Cramer told viewers it takes a lot more than just numbers to define a good quarter.
To illustrate his point, he compared
, which he said posted the single best quarter he's seen, to aircraft maker
, which is the exact opposite.
Cramer said Colgate is doing just about everything right. The company has raw costs under control and posted numbers that no other packaged goods company came close to matching. Cramer said Colgate also didn't let the strong dollar get in the way of its profits, as it grew sales by 9% worldwide.
Colgate also saw strength in many of its brands, and was able to take market share even while reducing advertising costs. "Colgate is in total control of its destiny," said Cramer. He also said the company introduced new products while reducing R&D spending.
Textron, on the other hand, posted an abysmal quarter. The maker of Cesna aircraft and corporate jets saw only 30 completed orders in the quarter, with 23 cancellations. Cramer called the company's finance division "a financial black hole" with losses two to four times larger than expected.
But Cramer said the news at Textron gets even worse. The company's manufacturing business serves the auto industry, where sales are estimated to be down 20% to 25%. Textron also is having difficultly obtaining short-term financing and owes $2 billion to creditors, he said .
"Great companies look like Colgate," said Cramer, " bad ones look like Textron."
Freeport Looks Solid
In his Off the Charts segment, Cramer looked at the chart of
, a stock which he owns for his charitable trust,
Action Alerts PLUS to see if this stock still makes the grade.
Cramer said the charts for Freeport indicate the stock is oversold and due for a rally. The chartists say the power of the sellers peaked in December, when shares traded 80% below its 200-day moving average. Currently shares have recovered to just 65% below their 200-day moving average, and the stock is posting a series of higher highs and higher lows.
Turning to a more fundamental analysis, Cramer said Freeport has put all of the negative news behind them. He said the company has taken aggressive action to strengthen its cash position and has already bit the bullet on cutting costs. Cramer called Freeport the single best way to play copper with the price of the commodity stabilizing.
According to Cramer, both the technical and fundamental analysis show strength for Freeport. And with 30% of the company's sales in China, a market poised for a recovery, Cramer said it's hard not to love the company.
Outrage of the Day
Cramer sounded off at new Attorney General Eric Holder, for his comments today that there will be no "witch hunts" on Wall Street.
"Witch hunts are exactly what we need," said Cramer. He said the only way to restore confidence on Wall Street is to prosecute the guilty. He again advocated creating a special prosecutor to focus on Wall Street and indict those responsible for the many bank and insurance failures.
"The people are demanding justice," he said, "who are we to deny them?"
In this segment, Cramer told a viewer that
( FO) has been a loser and he's concerned about its dividend. He appealed to CEO Bruce Carbonari to return to the show and defend the stock, which he touted at his last appearance.
Cramer defended his call to sell
when questioned by another viewer. Cramer said he advised selling the stock prior to the company cutting its dividend.
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At the time of publication, Cramer was long General Mills, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Goldman Sachs. Freeport McMoran.
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