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"Tech stocks are where you want to be in this market," said Jim Cramer on his "Mad Money" TV show Tuesday.
The tech sector, he said, has "convincingly moved into a leadership position."
Cramer said that viewers are probably tired of him recommending
, a stock he owns for his charitable trust,
Action Alerts PLUS. But the company had a legitimate upside surprise of 5 cents in its recent quarter, and it raised guidance.
Also, H-P benefited from the price wars of its component suppliers, which have helped Hewlett-Packard lower costs without lowering its prices.
Cramer largely credits H-P's success to CEO Mark Hurd, who he said turned the company around after being "a bit of a dud."
Calling into the show, Hurd told Cramer that the "best days of H-P are ahead of it, not behind it." Hurd attributed his optimism to the company's strong growth across the board and to its focus on fundamentals such as cost structure, service and support.
Further, Hurd said, commenting on the recent $1.6 billion acquisition of data center automation software maker
( OPSW), "we buy companies that are leaders."
With 65% of its revenue coming from outside of the U.S., Cramer likes that H-P is an international play.
Cramer, who remains bullish on the sector, believes that H-P at $50 is the cheapest big-cap tech stock out there.
To view Cramer's interview with Mark Hurd, please click here.
Reading the Obits
Cramer reminded viewers that bull markets are everywhere, including in the obituaries section of the newspaper.
Reading about the passing of coffee pioneer Alfred Peet, Cramer stumbled upon the company he founded,
( PEET), which Cramer said "deserves to be owned."
Cramer said that Peet played an advisory role in the early days of
, which has roughly 100 times as many stores as Peet's.
Cramer called Peet's a "small rival that can grow," instead of being a "copycat,"and a regional-to-national coffee play, because it plans to open 30 new stores by the end of this year.
Cramer was less enthusiastic about Starbucks, which will need to hire more than 90,000 employees to maintain its expected quality and projected growth.
As a true alternative to Starbucks, Cramer believes there to be "plenty of room for more Peet's stores, 90% of which are in Northern California. Peet's had second-quarter revenue of $50.1 million.
Cramer believes Peet's to be recession-proof, and that an entry point of up to $25.75 is a safe play.
After the breakup of
, which Cramer owns for his charitable trust,
Action Alerts PLUS, many investors are wondering whether to buy into its domestic end or its global share.
Cramer likes both parts of Altria but said that investors should instead be looking at
Carolina Group is the tobacco unit of
( LTR). CG's subsidiary Lorillard, which is behind cigarette brands Newport, Kent, True, Maverick, and Old Gold, is the No. 3 cigarette maker in the U.S.
Newport is the top-selling brand of menthol cigarettes, the most profitable cigarette market in the country. Though cigarette sales are falling domestically, menthol continues to rise.
Cramer believes that Newport, which accounts for 9% of the CG's sales volume, has "tons of room" to expand.
Cramer also pointed out that Carolina Group is close to wrapping up a long-standing class action lawsuit. Once that is completed, the company will be free to use its cash. Cramer believes that the cash will be used to increase the dividend from 2.3% to a "stellar yield" of 6.4%.
He likes stocks that offer high dividends, but he also believes that Carolina Group has "growth potential" that many of its competitors do not.
In his "Mad Mail" segment, Cramer responded to his first letter in agreeing with the viewer's concerns about
. Cramer believes that Halliburton spun off KBR incorrectly.
It also lost out in not buying
, which was instead acquired by
, which Cramer owns for his charitable trust.
Responding to his final letter, Cramer said that
is too expensive. Instead, he recommended Peet's, which he believes is better run.
In his "Sudden Death" segment, Cramer was bullish on
. He owns EMC for his charitable trust,
He gave a thumbs down to
Cramer was bullish on
Sirius Satellite Radio
Brush Engineered Manual
L-3 Communications Holdings
Cramer was bearish on
American Science and Engineering
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At the time of publication, Cramer was long Hewlett-Packard, Altria, EMC and UnitedHealth Group.
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