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When the market is getting crushed, sooner or later you need to start bargain hunting, Jim Cramer told viewers of his "Mad Money" TV show Tuesday.
Bargains are found in ice-cold sectors that people hate, ones that can make market players money. And the bargain right now is in the natural gas sector, he said. The stocks in this sector have become too cheap and are trading like value stocks.
Right now, said Cramer, natural gas is trading in the lowest gas-to-oil ratio that he can remember. Cramer believes the bears are going to be dead wrong when it comes to the natural gas market.
When we have a warm winter, natural gas goes down one point; but when we have a harsh winter, it could go up four points, said Cramer, and that's a good risk/reward.
Since we are value hunting, said Cramer, we want the stock that represents the best bargain in the natural gas market, and that is
Carrizo Oil & Gas
. It is Cramer's play, he said.
Houston-based Carrizo is a large player in the Barnett Shale, a source bedrock in northern Texas that is producing natural gas through bacteria breakdown.
Carrizo, which as of December 2005 operated 106 oil- and gas-producing wells, also has exposure to the Gulf of Mexico, Cramer said.
The bottom line is that this is not a hot group or a hot stock, it is a cold stock in an ice-cold sector, he said. Carrizo is a cold stock because natural gas is way too cheap.
When a caller inquired about
( WCI), Cramer said he liked it when it was lower, but did not recommend it now.
"The problem with liquefied natural gas is that I don't think that any of its terminals are going to be built," Cramer said.
"Yesterday, I believe we found a bottom, or a near-bottom, in
( WCI)," said Cramer, who featured the stock on Monday's show,
Finding-Bottom Dollars. "Today I believe we have another bottom which might make you money."
In a bottomed stock, the downside has been shaken out. It can only go so much lower. Momentum players don't know about these stocks, but Cramer loves the bottom stocks, and he particularly loves that they are coming back up.
The bottom stock Cramer recommended to his viewers was
Everyone knows about the existence of this publication, Cramer said. He believes Reader's Digest has bottomed, but if it does go down, it will do so by only a few more cents.
"I am not arrogant enough to believe any stock has reached its absolute bottom," he said.
Right now Reader's Digest is at its 52-week low, but that's not enough because it might reach a new 52-week low; however, Cramer doesn't think it will. He believes it has already been shot and sold.
Reader's Digest has a great new management team, it doubled its dividend and the company is improving its free cash flow. It's a great brand name and should stop declining in price, he said.
However, value-wise, the company needs to correct itself, Cramer said. Reader's Digest shareholders are becoming unhappy and change needs to happen. Cramer believes if the company sells its Books Are Fun division, which it acquired in 1999, the stock could soar.
"It is a classic bottom stock," Cramer said.
A caller asked Cramer if the print media was dead and if Internet stocks were better. He responded that he is not a believer in the
New York Times
because of its dual ownership.
He said he likes
"They are all on the march up," Cramer said. Also,
may be the early winner in the telephone war, he said.
Three Kings of Cash
"Cash is the best defense in a bad market," Cramer told viewers. "Cash is king right now."
Cash means flexibility, it means the company can perform buybacks, it has a cushion in case of a nasty selloff. In this particular market, cash is the queen, rook and bishop, too, he said.
But cash isn't everything, if the company's not strong. An example of a bad company that's flush with cash is
( GTW), said Cramer. Players should avoid Gateway, Cramer advised. It is only worth the cash it has in the bank.
The three cash kings, he said, are:
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- Schering-Plough( SGP), which he owns for his Action Alerts PLUS charitable trust.
, another stock he owns for Action Alerts PLUS, and
( DT) are two other great cash stocks, he said.
"This market has gone from loving speculative plays to despising them," Cramer told his viewers. "I like speculative plays that are making a lot of money, even if right now they are cool."
Cramer welcomed Tim Newkirk, the COO of
to his show.
MGP's two core businesses, said Newkirk, are the food ingredients business and the distillery business, in which it has a segment of a fuel-ethanol business, which has taken off dramatically.
Is it true if you don't add a little percentage of gasoline to ethanol, it is labeled as alcohol? Cramer asked.
Yes, that is true, said Newkirk, adding that to make nonfuel-grade ethanol requires different sets of equipment.
If you look back at the industry, it has always met demand requirements, Newkirk said. There is a tremendous amount of hype, to the point of overhype. There is good money to be made in this business, both by companies and their shareholders, but the hype is a little on the exuberant side right now, he said.
"If you want to speculate on ethanol, this is a good company," Cramer said, He said he likes it more than even
Archer Daniels Midland
"at these prices."
To view Cramer's interview with Newkirk, click here.
Cramer was bullish on
National Oilwell Varco
Carrizo Oil & Gas
Cramer was bearish on
Helix Energy Solutions
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At the time of publication, Cramer was long Foster Wheeler, Sears Holdings and Schering-Plough.
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