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NEW YORK (
) -- "Things are starting to get better, and that means stocks will going higher," Jim Cramer told the viewers of his "Mad Money" TV show Friday.
He said that today's labor report, which showed a loss of only 11,000 jobs, means the huge wave of firings and downsizings is finally behind us.
Cramer said there will always be people who sell on good news, as evidenced by today's lackluster response to the jobs report. "But those people are wrong," he concluded. Cramer said the U.S. economy, which has been on life support for 18 months, may now be able to breathe again on its own.
With that market outlook in mind, Cramer outlined his game plan for next week's trading. He said that there aren't many earnings being reported next week, so his focus will be on the Society of Hematology conference, where four biotech names will be presenting.
will all be presenting at the conference, and he's bullish on all four. He said Celgene remains his favorite of the four, with Immunogen being the most speculative.
Cramer said he'll also be watching
, which reports on Thursday. He said this company should put to rest some of the fears surrounding its acquisition plans and help take the stock higher.
Cramer said he's also concerned with
has negative things to say about the outlook for discount retail. He said he'd be a seller of Dollar General ahead of that company's earnings.
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Cramer highlighted a little known producer of silicone and silicone alloys,
Globe Specialty Metals
. He reminded viewers that speculation should be a part of every balanced investing diet.
Cramer recapped two of his recent speculation success stories,
Advanced Micro Devices
, which he recommended on Nov. 14, 2008 and is up 248% in the past year, and Cramer's speculative stock of the year,
, which is up 73% since he recommended it in June.
Returning to Globe Specialty Metals, Cramer said he likes this company on the thesis that prices for silicone have bottomed after a long, downward spiral. He said that as the price of silicone begins to rise, Globe's earnings will snowball as the company reopens idled plants which leads to higher margins.
Cramer said with high barriers to entry in the silicone market, it's unlikely that competitors will enter the market to fill the rising demand. He said that Globe, which trades at just $8.50 a share, has $235 million, or $3 a share, in cash on its books. The company also has only $32 million in debt. Cramer said he'd be willing to pay up to 20 times the company's earnings for the stock.
Real Estate Play
"The world of real estate is finally looking attractive again," Cramer told viewers. He called the U.S. the cheapest country on Earth when it comes to land values, and suggested the way to play the trend is with the country's largest land owner,
Plum Creek Timber
Plum Creek currently owns 7.4 million acres of land across 19 states, and is grossly undervalued, said Cramer. Recent estimates valued Plum Creek's land at a 77% premium to where the stock trades today, and Cramer noted that with the company's 5% dividend yield, even if this disparity is never rectified, Plum Creek would still be a buy.
Plum Creek derives 52% of its revenues from timber sales, which helps fund its dividend. Another 25% of sales come from real estate sales of its non-core properties, and the final 22% comes from manufactured products such as lumber and fiberboard. Cramer said as the housing market rebounds, Plum Creek will profit on all fronts.
Plum Creek is also taking advantage of its historically low valuation by buying back its own shares. To date the company has reduced its share count by 12%.
Cramer told viewers not to expect anything radical from Plum Creek, characterizing the company as a slow, solid earner, that has over a year's worth of dividend payments in cash and is just waiting to be paid.
Cramer followed up on a stock that stumped him in an earlier Lightning Round. He said that natural gas equipment maker
is a great speculative company.
Cramer told another viewer that he's perplexed by
, a stock he recently recommended. He said while the downside for the stock may be over, that's not a compelling reason to buy in.
Cramer said he's been taking profits in
Bank Of America
, a stock which he owns for his charitable trust,
Action Alerts PLUS, but still holds a position in that bank, along with
JP Morgan Chase
Cramer told a final viewer that he's not a fan of
( NOVL) for its exposure to secuity products, and would stick with
L-1 Identity Solutions
Cramer was bullish on
He was bearish on
-- Written by Scott Rutt in Washington D.C.
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At the time of publication, Cramer was long Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase.
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