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The "ultimate speculative stock" for a stock-picking contest like
Million Dollar Portfolio Challenge is
, Jim Cramer told viewers of his "Mad Money" TV show Friday.
Cramer, who got the stock idea from a
recommendation, believes Ionatron isn't just a good pick for the game, it could also work if people need to fill a speculation hole in their
Ionatron makes directed-energy weapons, which, Cramer said, translates into lasers. The company uses a technology called laser-induced plasma channel (LIPC), and its lasers come in lethal and non-lethal form.
Cramer likes Ionatron as a speculative play because the company could soon win a huge contract from the U.S. military for its IED Neutralizer, an LIPC device that is used to safely detonate improvised explosive devices, or IEDs. The military has been spending billions on mine-resistant vehicles, which is why Cramer has advised buying
in the past.
Last May Ionatron fell from $14 to $5 because it didn't get a military contract. The stock has been sitting at $5 ever since, Cramer said. Now the company is back, and he believes it's possible that Ionatron is going to get a military deal.
"I'm speculating that Ionatron will get the contract this time," he said. "If it gets the contract, I have little doubt that it will move the needle and the shorts will get squeezed."
The stock is "risky," but for those people who are participating in stock-picking contests
Portfolio Challenge, the downside doesn't matter as much, which makes it perfect for the game, Cramer said. And, he said, it could be even better with real money for a speculative pick.
Small Penn's Might
As part of his weeklong
private equity target series, Cramer has recommended the following as possible private equity targets that people should consider buying:
- Actuant (ATU) ,
- Darden Restaurants (DRI) - Get Report,
- Cheesecake Factory (CAKE) - Get Report,
- TJX Companies (TJX) - Get Report and
- Ross Stores (ROST) - Get Report
The next stock to get taken out by private equity money and pay a big premium to its shareholders might very well be
Penn National Gaming
, Cramer told viewers.
All of these companies, he said, have a lot of cash flow with problems that can be fixed easily. And they are all on Goldman Sach's suggested private equity buy list, Cramer added.
Penn is in the gaming industry and is making a lot of money. It gives people the ability to "foolishly" flush their hard-earned money down the drain, he said. However, market players know the private equity guys are interested in this sector since
( HET) got taken out, Cramer said.
Compared to Harrah's, Penn is small, which makes it a great target. Plus, it is driven by new projects -- casinos that are being put up in areas "where there's nothing else to do," he said. It has low risk and high returns, but private equity firms could increase the returns here.
In addition, Penn, on its own, is worth owning as well, Cramer said. "It could make you over 30% if you play your cards right."
Next Week's Game Plan
The rule for next week is to stick with the winners before they report, Cramer told viewers during the shows "Game Plan" segment, in which he gives ideas for the coming week.
reports Monday, and Cramer believes it still has room to run.
, which reports Tuesday, should "hit a home run" and "give us the gains we're looking for," Cramer said.
Also reporting Tuesday are
Procter & Gamble
, all of which should go higher, he said.
Cramer called MedcoHealth "a stock for all seasons" and said P&G has been stalled enough and should now be ready "to join the ranks of
Moreover, Cramer advised that people consider Quest as a not only for their real portfolios but also as a good way to play the
Further, Cramer said he likes restaurant chains
Chipotle Mexican Grill
Buffalo Wild Wings
, both of which report Tuesday, as well.
He told viewers to consider getting into
, the maker of wrinkle remedies Botox and Juviderm, ahead of its report on Wednesday.
Cramer advised people to let
, a stock he owns for his
Action Alerts PLUS charitable trust, to come in because of profit-taking, but said he is not getting rid of it yet.
Also on Wednesday, take a look at the rails,
American Railcar Industries
, Cramer said.
is heavily shorted, Cramer advised people to go long the stock, not short it.
should run, he said, and
Charter has seen some upside, he said, so sell it before its quarter and then buy it back after it reports.
, which also reports Thursday, "the quintessential weak dollar play" and told people to also consider
, which reports Friday.
"Next week is full of great stocks," he said. "The hardest part is to figure out which stocks to single out."
Mad Mail and Sudden Death
In the show's "Mad Mail" segment, Cramer told a viewer he feels great about
and congratulated everyone who pulled the trigger on it. "We really nailed that one," he said.
Cramer was bullish on
Cramer was bearish on
U.S. Global Investors
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