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Is your portfolio prepared for a terrorist attack? On Thursday evening's "Mad Money," Jim Cramer provided a basket of stocks every investor should own for such a scenario.
Cramer said that the basket should include surveillance companies such as
In the biochemical/bio-threat arena, Cramer likes
In IT security, Cramer likes
And for identity verification, Cramer likes
( VISG) and
But Cramer cautioned that these are small, risky stocks. As such, this basket should be in your nonretirement portfolio. And they should make up no more than 20% of the portfolio. With that caveat out of the way, Cramer said: "I need you in these stocks now." Especially, he said, because these stocks are heading down, which means that investors have an opportunity to buy these at cheaper prices.
The 'Lightning Round'
Cramer was bullish on:
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Sun Life Financial
Cramer was bearish on:
PNC Financial Services
CEO David Aldrich was Cramer's first guest. After the bell, the company reported third-quarter earnings that were better than expected but warned that fourth-quarter sales would be softer than current analysts' forecasts. After Aldrich laid out the company's business prospects, Cramer said he expects the stock to pull back, but he would be a buyer of it if it does.
Cramer said he doesn't like Big Pharma on the whole, but does like
( SGP). He spoke with CEO Fred Hassan, who said there are plenty of drugs in the pipeline and that the business is well. Cramer asked what Schering is doing that other companies in the pharmaceuticals business aren't. Hassan said his company is putting out products that are fast-growing. Though Cramer dislikes the pharma business, he said he would own this stock.
CEO Mackey McDonald also was on the phone. The company posted better-than-expected second-quarter earnings Thursday and raised its full-year forecast. Cramer said the stock is not expensive and the management is outstanding; VF is doing everything right, he said. Cramer believes investors should own the stock.
Cramer also said investors should take a look below the equator, to South America. He said it's capitalist down there now, gone are the days of the Shining Path. Cramer likes
; it's in the financial services business, one of the hottest businesses in South America. The company pays a 4.5% dividend and is growing. It's also steamrolling the competition, and Cramer said he would own the stock.
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