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"Instead of freaking out over the price of gasoline, why not make some money from it," Jim Cramer told viewers of his "Mad Money" TV show Monday.
According to Cramer, the stratospheric rise in the price of oil is not being driven by speculators as many analysts and pundits claim.
Instead, he pointed out three reasons why oil is at $135 a barrel. First, the old oil fields are drying up. Second, it's getting more difficult to find new oil and get it out of the ground. And third, the demand for oil is growing every day, especially in China, India and the rest of the developing world.
"It now takes twice as many rigs to pull the same amount of oil out of the ground and now we need even more of it," he said. Because of this continuing trend, Cramer turned his attention to the wildcat drillers, who explore and drill previously untapped areas of the world.
to his ever-growing list of "must own" oil and natural gas stocks, calling it one of the lowest-cost producers of oil and gas in the group.
The company currently boasts 1.1 trillion cubic feet of natural gas reserves, and with new properties being developed in the shale fields of Arkansas and Louisiana, it could add 1.6 trillion cubic feet in its reserves.
Cramer called Petrohawk a $48 stock masquerading as $35 stock. He added the company to his other favorites, including
Cramer: If Your Stock Needs Oil, Don't Own It
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Cramer owns XTO Energy and Southwestern for his charitable trust,
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A Stealth Green Play
Michael Thaman, chairman and CEO of
came on the show to discuss his company's growing wind power and energy conservation businesses.
Cramer last recommended Owens Corning back on May 12 at $24.74 a share. Since then, shares of Owens have climbed to $28.58, only to retreat to Cramer's original recommendation price.
Thaman said that Owens Corning is the leader in insulation business, and that by their estimation, 60 million homes in the U.S. are under insulated. He reminded homeowners that insulation is the cheapest way to lower energy consumption.
Cramer noted Owens Corning's promising composite business, especially in the wake of the growth of wind power.
Thaman said that the wind power industry has historically underestimated demand, and he expects to see another five to 10 years of strong growth in the industry. He said Owens is now building up to eight tons of fiberglass for a single windmill blade, making it lighter, stronger and more efficient.
Thaman acknowledged the troubles in the company's roofing business, but he feels the situation has stabilized and the company is getting costs and demand realigned.
Cramer continued to back Owens Corning and Thaman, calling them important elements of his "new tech" thesis of companies that work on the world's most important problems.
The Genius of Icahn
Cramer pondered his own sanity before telling viewers that he actually recommends buying both
( MOT) and
Cramer explained that while he hates both companies for turning great brands and franchises into mockeries, and while he loathed both company's CEOs enough to add them to his "Wall of Shame," he has faith that one man can turn them around.
He said activist investor Carl Icahn is the only one who can unlock the value in the two failing entities. He recommended piggy-backing off of Icahn's moves and taking advantage of what Cramer called a "proven strategy."
( BEAS), Kerr McGee and
as recent examples of Icahn's success in turning around companies.
In addition to the Icahn factor, Cramer said both Motorola and Yahoo! are cheap. He told investors to absolutely not buy these companies for their on-going businesses, but only for the potential Icahn can potentially unleash from them.
Cramer told a viewer that the recent insider selling in
was just so large that he couldn't continue to be behind the company. "No company will receive my backing with that much insider selling," he said.
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At the time of publication, Cramer was long XTO Energy and Southwestern Energy.
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