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NEW YORK (
) -- "The averages may be telling us to shiver in fear, but the data is telling a different story," Jim Cramer told the viewers of his "Mad Money" TV show Wednesday.
He said the statistics from individual companies continue to tell him that the recovery is still on track, so he's ignoring the headlines and the averages and is looking for bargains.
Cramer said that the data is telling him that we're still in good shape, economically speaking, and he just can't ignore such powerful signals. He said that when
, which sells expensive things to farmers, says it's having a good quarter, he has to pay attention.
Likewise with a report citing that the price of uncoated free sheeted paper is heading higher. Cramer said this type of paper is practically the definition of a commodity, so if it's on the rise, then that's good news for
Then there's the recent report which said memory chips are in a multi-year up cycle. That's great news for
, said Cramer.
And there are plenty of other positives as well, said Cramer, like a report that noted that many high-interest bank CDs are coming due, which will be a windfall for banks like
, when these high-interest CDs are replaced by today's lower yielding counterparts.
Finally, Cramer said there are upgrades galore, with companies like
Polo Ralph Lauren
all receiving upgrades today.
Cramer said with all of this positive news, he has no choice but to sit up and take notice, to look at what went down today, and to do some buying tomorrow.
Banking Plays in the Golden State
"There's a turn happening in California," Cramer told viewers, and when it comes to the banking sector, there are a lot of ways to play.
Continuing his series on California stocks that are on the move, Cramer highlighted several banks poised to gain big as the state's housing market finally begins to recover.
He said investors can look at the big national banks, like
, which represent 23% and 21% of the state's consumer deposits respectively, or, he said, investors can look into regional plays.
as a speculative stock, and
, as two regional banks with a lot of potential.
But Cramer said his favorite stock in the group is
, California's eighth largest bank. He said that City National is a statewide play and is doing everything right, like repaying its TARP loans and even making an FDIC assisted acquisition.
The bank is well capitalized, at 9.1%, compared to an industry average of just 7.8%. Cramer said City National also has a great wealth management business, with over $55 billion under management.
Generic Drug Powerhouse
In the "Executive Decision" segment, Cramer spoke with Bill Marth, North America president and CEO of
, a stock which Cramer owns for his charitable trust,
Action Alerts PLUS.
Cramer was especially interested in Teva's recent acquisition of Raiopharm for $5 billion. Marth explained that Teva saw a lot of synergies with Ratiopharm, and was able to assess the company's true value. He said the acquisition makes Teva the No. 1 player in Europe, which will be huge for the company.
When asked about Teva's own proprietary drugs for Parkinson's disease coming off patent soon, Marth said that drugs transitioning to generics is part of the cycle of innovation, and the key is effective planning when those transitions are occurring.
Finally, when asked why Teva seems to make more money with its generic drugs than anyone else, Marth explained that Teva is able to make difficult formulas first, which provides them a 180-day marketing exclusivity that allows them to gain share and increase profitability.
Cramer said he's a believer in Teva.
Am I Diversified?
Cramer spoke with callers to see if their portfolios have what it takes. The first caller's portfolio included:
Cramer said this is the portfolio he wants viewers to have.
The second caller's top holdings included
Bed Bath & Beyond
Cramer said this portfolio was also perfectly diversified.
The third caller had
RF Micro Devices
North American Paladium
Cramer said this was not his favorite portfolio, but it was diversified.
In the Lightning Round, Cramer was bullish on
Deere & Co
He was bearish on
Chicago Bridge & Iron
Bed Bath & Beyond
had a fabulous quarter, and he expects it to head a lot higher.
-- Written by Scott Rutt in Washington D.C.
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At the time of publication, Cramer was long Teva Pharmaceuticals.
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