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"Why does nothing positive ever matter," Jim Cramer asked the viewers of his "Mad Money" TV show Friday.
Cramer once again turned his sights on the business media, which seems to never have anything positive to report.
According to Cramer, the fact that
, two stocks which Cramer owns for his charitable trust,
Action Alerts PLUS, along with ,
, want to pay back $50 billion of TARP money should've been big news today. "This is money we never thought would see the light of day," he said.
What about the fact that
Bank Of America
, a bank some thought should be nationalized just a few weeks ago, was able to raise $33 billion of capital on its own? Cramer said this too should've been news.
So should the fact that Chrysler is in bankruptcy, and
is likely to follow, but the two automakers haven't taken the entire economy with them. "This is great news," he said.
None of these stories seem to matter, and that's the media's fault, he said. In their efforts to sensationalize the news of the day, good news rarely gets the same treatment as bad news, he said.
In fact, trusting the journalists' perspectives can be deadly. Cramer told viewers to always look at the big picture. "The goals of the press and the goals of investors, are not the same thing," he said.
Cramer talked with Keith Jackson, CEO of
, a speculative technology company Cramer last recommend on May 7. The company manufactures power components for game systems, cell phones, autos and other electronic devices.
Jackson said the his company's components appear in a wide variety of products and in a wide variety of industries. Regarding autos, he said that while sales are slowing, ON Semiconductor has $15 worth of components in the average automobile, and that number is growing at 7% to 8% a year, offsetting any decline.
Jackson also noted the ON Semiconductor's exposure to China, stating that 40% of the company's sales come from that country. With the Chinese stimulus earmarking $40 billion to upgrade the country's cellular network, ON Semiconductor will be one of the big beneficiaries.
Regarding the company's balance sheet, Jackson said that although the debt on the books is only at a 3% interest rate, the company is still committed to using its cashflow to pay down that debt as quickly as possible.
Cramer called ON Semiconductor a great story on the heels of its great quarterly results. He said he'd be a buyer of the company.
Best of the Worst
For "Speculative Friday," Cramer recommended
( CKR), purveyors of the Carl's Jr. and Hardees restaurant chains. He said that while CKE is among the worst of breed, it also has the most upside potential.
CKE is a turnaround play, said Cramer. The company's operating margins of just 5.7% lag well behind its peers, like
, with margins of 14.5%, or even
Jack In The Box
, with 8.5% margins, but CKE's margins are actually up from just 2.3% in 2003.
Cramer said many of the negatives for this stock are about to turn positive. The California economy, where many of CKE's Carl's Jr. restaurants are located, is slowly recovering, said Cramer. And with low gas prices, falling commodity costs, and easy compares, CKE should be able to beat expectations.
He said CKE also has lots of room to grow and has the added benefit of a 3% dividend yield that pays you to wait for better times ahead.
In this segment, Cramer told a viewer that he can stick with
on the strength of China.
Cramer clarified for a second viewer that his recent recommendation of
was only for getting in on the company's IPO and not for buying the stock in the open market.
He said that he never recommends buying an IPO in the open market. He also said IPOs only work if investors can get the IPO price directly from their brokers.
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Nordic American Tanker
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Star Bulk Carriers
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