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The full fury of Jim Cramer was unleashed to a live "Mad Money" audience Wednesday night, complete with candid talk from New York state Attorney General Eliot Spitzer and a championship "Lightning Round."
In a special 90-minute show on
, featuring a stirring intro by famed ring announcer Michael Buffer, Cramer kicked off the show by telling his audience that the market is entering pig territory in the biotech rally. He didn't recommend that investors sell all of their winners but said it's time to take a little money off the table.
Cramer then went straight to his studio audience and started asking who had taken profits into the stock market rally. A woman long
acknowledged she still owns every share.
Cramer said investors should not be like those in 2000 who held stock all the way to the top and rode all the way back down the bottom. Cramer told the audience that investors need to take some of these huge winners and turn them into cash.
That said, Cramer said that the market held another "sale" Wednesday. But the sale ended at 11 a.m. Not all sales are created equal, Cramer said. Sometimes they last all day; sometimes they last only a few hours.
was on sale;
was on sale; and so, too, was
Cramer also believes investors who sell
are wrong; Pepsi is right here, he said.
The same goes for
. Investors should be buying this stock as well.
An audience member asked Cramer what he would do with Yahoo!, and Cramer said he thought the company would report better second-quarter numbers. But Yahoo! didn't. Still, Cramer believes the move in Yahoo! is a detour. He would not be a seller, he said. "I think that Yahoo! is on a slower track back to $42." But, Cramer said,
is the better play.
Cramer asked Spitzer, who is running for governor of New York, about former
Chairman Dick Grasso and the case against him over his compensation. Spitzer acknowledged he has tried to settle the case with Grasso over a six-month period. Now that Grasso seems more open to settlement talks -- as Grasso hinted earlier in an interview on
Wednesday -- is there a chance they could settle?
"Dick Grasso and I worked together on a bunch of important cases," Spitzer said. "Time will tell. Negotiation is always possible. In cases about money, there's always a chance."
Switching gears, Cramer asked Spitzer if Wall Street is safe. Research is a lot better today, Spitzer said. Spitzer said he was worried about the mom-and-pop investors; he wasn't worried about the sophisticated investors.
That's why Spitzer went after Wall Street and started to clean it up, he said. "When Mom and Pop were being misled and cheated, I said, 'That's wrong.'"
The mutual fund business is better as well, Spitzer said. Fees have gone down. And the mutual fund industry has paid a ton of fines. The proceeds from the fines will be paid back to mutual fund investors, Spitzer said.
S&P 500 Newcomers Strategy
Cramer said investors need to own firms waiting to be added to the
. Which stocks are those? Cramer gave his seven best names: Google,
Vornado Realty Trust
Whole Foods Market
Should you go out and buy all of these stocks? No, Cramer said. But investors should be ready to buy any dip in the stocks.
'The Lightning Round 1'
Cramer was bullish on
Canadian Pacific Railway
XM Satellite Radio
( GENZ) and
Cramer was bearish on
International Securities Exchange
Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia
Las Vegas Sands
( PVX) and
In a second, abbreviated Lightning Round, Cramer was bullish on:
Cramer was bearish on:
The Doctor Is In
"Dr. Cramer" donned his white lab coat for a segment of "Am I Nuts?"
His first "patient" wanted to know what she should do with her
position. She's owned the stock as a result of her ownership in Nynex and then subsequently Atlantic Bell. Cramer said she shouldn't be worried about where the stock has been but where it is going. Cramer gave the patient permission to sell the stock. "The company has no growth," he said.
Another patient wanted to know what he should do with his
position -- one he has held since the stock traded at $150 a share. Cramer told the guy to ignore his cost basis and concentrate on where it is going now. Cramer said he believes the stock is heading to $50.
A third patient felt guilty about owning tobacco company
. Cramer said the patient could take the money she makes from the dividend and donate it to a cause that would make her feel better about owning the stock. Cramer said he believes Altria's dividend is heading higher.
Finally, Cramer's last patient said that she has had terrible luck when it comes to buying stocks. When she buys, the stock goes down. Cramer said that she should stop buying all of her stock at once. Buy it in chunks, he said.
At the time of publication, Cramer was long Aramark, Altria, EnCana, Comcast, GameStop, Intel, Sears Holdings, UnitedHealth Group and Yahoo!.
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