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America's favorite pastime could get bigger than ever, Jim Cramer told Mad Money viewers Monday. And that's why he said
( TOPP) could be your most valuable player.
"You may not like the baseball card business, but it's worth more than nothing," he said, but the company "is so cheap, so undervalued, that almost any catalyst could give it a bump."
That's why the maker of baseball cards and Bazooka gum is a value play and a play on the start of baseball season.
Cramer believes that the stock could see $10 or $11 from its current level between $8 and $9. Plus, he sees only about $1 of downside, a risk/reward ratio that he likes.
In addition, Cramer said that the company has a beautiful balance sheet that includes $90 million in cash and no debt.
So while the company's 2006 earnings may barely cover its dividend, he believes that its balance sheet means that Topps will be fine.
He also sees upside in the company's candy business, which he said is undervalued.
Money for Nothing
Cramer also said it can be a good idea to buy a company "that does nothing, that contributes nothing to society," and that's
Iconix Brand Group
This is a brand management company that buys clothing brands, outsources production and then takes a percentage of sales, and its brands include Joe Boxer and Bongo.
The company borrows money to finance its acquisitions, and the return on every investment is very high, he said.
However, debt is built into this particular business model, he added, so it's time to "see no debt evil."
Iconix has over $100 million in debt on its balance sheet.
But the company "is in no danger of going belly up," because they're making the maximum amount of money with the lowest down payments.
The company also just acquired Mudd and Mossimo brands, and Wall Street approved by boosting the stock.
Cramer said these are good acquisitions because Mudd is a play on youth retail and Mossimo has an exclusive deal with
"You read the headlines, you know that immigration ... is the great issue right now," Cramer said. But whether we restrict or open our borders, when it comes to making money just buy
, the company that owns
That's because immigrants, legal or not, often, send home remittances, Cramer said, adding that immigrants from Latin America and the Caribbean sent home about $40 billion last year.
The company raked in $1.3 billion in earnings on $4 billion of revenue.
First Data controls about 15% of the world's remittance business, a big market chunk, he said. And even though the company's China and India business is still a small part of that business, those markets are growing at 60%, he added.
However, First Data is not just a pure play on wiring money. The company also does money transfers and bill payment, ATM processing and check verification, and it has a credit card business.
That's "too many entangled businesses," he said.
But they're spinning off Western Union in September or October, and Cramer believes that this is "giving Wall Street exactly what it wants."
The spinoff will allow the most profitable portion of the business, Western Union, to be fairly valued against competitors such as
And compared with the competition, Cramer believes that Western Union is a steal.
About three weeks ago, Cramer recommended a company called
( RNAI), a biotech company that develops therapeutics based on RNA interference (RNAi) technology.
The company announced Monday a deal with
, and President and CEO Howard Robin joined Cramer to talk about what the deal means for shareholders.
Robin said the deal would not only improve efforts to treat asthma and chronic pulmonary disease by pairing Sirna's technology with GlaxoSmithKline treatments, but also it would mean significant royalties and milestone payments for his company.
However, the CEO said that these milestone payments will be stretched out over time between now and when drugs are approved further down the line.
Robin also said that the market for asthma treatments is growing very fast and is very competitive. But he said the company's technology can be used in a diverse array of treatments, so it is not solely tied to asthma.
To view Cramer's interview with Robin, click here.
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Penn National Gaming
Procter & Gamble
Bed Bath & Beyond
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At the time of publication, Cramer was long Procter & Gamble.
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