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NEW YORK (
) -- "We can't have healthy markets without the little guy," Jim Cramer announced to the viewers of his
TV show Monday, as he responded to a
New York Times
article that noted how investors have taken $33 billion out of the stock market this year and put it into bonds and fixed income.
"People are avoiding stocks like the plague," said Cramer, even though staying diversified and investing in the right stocks is still the best way to make money. CD's and bonds, he said, may seem like safe investment, but investors will never make any significant money with them.
Stocks are the only way to go, said Cramer, as he outlined what he would do to bring the individual investor back to the markets.
No. 1. Shut down the machines. Cramer said the reasons for the "flash crash" crash are still not known, and until we do fine out, the machines must be turned off.
No.2. Lower taxes on stocks. Cramer said taxes have to stay low on capital gains and dividends, especially for the working class, who needs this income for retirement.
3. Make 401k's self-directed. Cramer said individuals should be allowed to manage their own investments and not have to rely on crummy mutual fund managers.
No. 4. Bolster the Securities and Exchange Commision. Cramer said the SEC needs to make sure our money if safe. "Let me hire 50,000 new investigators," he said, the white collar crime is out there.
No. 5. Exchanges need more power. Cramer said the stock exchanges need the authority to stop trading the machines any time they go awry to preserve the market integrity.
No. 6. Show people the game's not rigged. Cramer said to use opportunities like the upcoming General Motors IPO to get individuals in the game. "Give the IPO to the people," he pleaded, after all it was us who bailed them out in the first place.
The stock market has been the best way America's ever known to make some money, said Cramer. It's time we clean it up and return it to the people.
Clearing the Air
In an "Executive Decision" segment, Cramer sat down with David Snow, chairman and CEO of
, a stock which Cramer owns for his charitable trust,
Action Alerts PLUS.
Snow said it's a mystery to him why Medco's stock is languishing, despite the company delivering 23% annual growth since coming public. He said his industry is competitive, but it's also disciplined, and some competitors tactics of cutting below their costs isn't sustainable.
Snow also noted that while many investors are focused on the pipeline of drugs coming off patent in the coming years, generics are only one of many growth drivers for Medco. He said that brand name sales are also a growth driver, as is Medicare sales, and Medco's specialty business.
One area of concern for investors has been Medco's contract renewal with
. Snow said that Medco has a great relationship with Unitedhealth, and the contract isn't up for renewal until 2013. "I'm not ready to panic about it yet," he said, noting that with Medco's growth rate, Unitedhealth is representing a smaller and smaller share of the company's business every year.
Cramer continued his support for Medco, calling the stock the cheapest he's ever seen for such a great growth company.
In another interview, Cramer spoke with Mark Benioff, chairman and CEO of
, a stock Cramer has long championed, recommending it last on June 22 for a 22% gain.
Benioff once again touted Salesforce.com's cloud computing model as "the end of software," by saying that company's no longer have to buy hardware and software and hire staff to power their enterprise. Instead, they can use Salesforce.com's software and consume software only as they need it, he said.
Benioff said with $683 million in deferred revenue on the books, Salesforce.com has the transparency and visibility to see what's coming, which is why the company's revenue is up 25% on the year and why it raised guidance even beyond their previous expectations.
When asked about the company's new social media initiate, called Chatter, Benioff explained that Chatter allows businesses to see what's going in inside their organizations to make their businesses better. He said the next wave of computing will be taking all of this new real-time information and making it mobile.
Cramer continued his recommendation of Salesforce.com, saying the stock is not done yet.
Cramer told a viewer that new entrants into the smart electric meter industry will hurt the stock of
, a stock Cramer previously recommended.
Cramer told another viewer that the stock of
Clean Energy Fuels
will be controlled by Congress, and whether it passes a natural gas rebate or credit for truckers, and not by any technical analysis.
Finally, Cramer told a viewer that the conference call of
was a "ball of confusion" and he still favors
, a stock which he owns for his charitable trust,
Action Alerts PLUS.
Cramer was bullish on
Las Vegas Sands
He was bearish on
-- Written by Scott Rutt in Washington D.C.
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At the time of publication, Cramer was long MedcoHealth Solutions, Weatherford.
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