This article was originally published Jan. 29
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If you can't eat it, drink it, smoke it or wash with it, sell it," Jim Cramer told viewers of his "Mad Money" TV show Thursday.
He said after today's 226 point-decline in the
Dow Jones Industrial Average
, investors need to head for the hills, and into stocks with consistent earnings.
Cramer said there were many reasons for today's selloff, including the usual profit taking and negative earnings reports. But he said today's downturn was really had to do with Washington.
Cramer said after having high hopes for Obama's stimulus plan, what Washington delivered yesterday was revolting, nothing more than a little manufacturing stimulus and a whole lot of pork. Cramer said he felt betrayed by how little the plan actually does to evoke serious economic growth.
To complicate matters, Cramer said Obama's comments today that there are times for profits and bonuses at the banks, but this isn't one of them, has again put fear into the market.
Cramer said it's clear we're not getting the bank bailout that's needed, one that won't punish the shareholders.
In addition, Cramer said there's simply no mention of housing anywhere, in either the stimulus plan or the administration's rhetoric.
Cramer: Obama Stimulus Lousy for Infra
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Cramer said the only way investors can protect themselves is by investing in consistent, recession proof names such as
, along with the likes of
, the latter two which he owns for his charitable trust,
Action Alerts PLUS.
Cramer said consistency is the name of the game, and only these companies have it.
With earnings season upon us for the oil and natural gas stocks, Cramer said there are two companies he's ready to recommend. He said that while $40 a barrel oil as destroyed many of these names, he feels the market may be beginning to bottom.
, both of which he owns for his charitable trust,
Action Alerts PLUS, are two large, integrated oils with the dividend protection investors need.
ConocoPhillips is diverse enough that the low price of natural gas won't hurt it, said Cramer, yet with the company being the third largest oil company and the second largest refiner, it provides investors stability in an unstable market.
After falling from $95 to just $47 a share, all of the bad news has been more than baked into the stock, he said. The company also took a $26 billion writedown on its assets and is cutting costs.
Cramer said he'd be a buyer below $50 a share.
Cramer said BP, with its 7.8% dividend yield, the best in the sector, makes this company also attractive. BP has a strong balance sheet and cash flow that protects its dividend, while it's diverse enough to withstand the collapse in prices. The company is also a turnaround play, said Cramer, with a strong focus on reducing costs.
Cramer said he expects
to report a horrible quarter Friday, and would use that weakness to buy BP.
The Case for Natural Gas
Cramer welcomed Aubrey McClendon, chairman and CEO of
, to find out exactly what happened to the nation's interest in energy independence through natural gas.
McClendon said the push for natural gas simply got lost last year amid the bank failures, the election, falling oil prices and the economy. But, he said, he's not giving up hope as both the president and Congress still favor natural gas.
When asked how low natural gas prices can fall, McClendon said prices are driven by weather and the economy. He said the industry has responded to the crisis and is right sizing itself to fix the over supply issues. He said rig counts are continuing to drop.
On a more personal matter, McClendon explained his forced sale of shares in Chesapeake last year. He said he'd been a big supporter of Chesapeake buying 31 million shares. However, some of those shares were on margin, and when the markets turned, he rode the shares lower until the margin call arrived.
On a brighter note, McClendon said Chesapeake is still well positioned for the future and has a bright future ahead of it. He said the company is 80% hedged for 2009 at $7.50 a unit and expects assets to grow by one-third in the next two years.
In this weekly segment, Cramer turned to the charts to see if the huge decline in infrastructure stocks is justified. He examined the stocks of
, three stocks that should have rallied on the heels Obama's stimulus plan.
All three, however, tanked, Terex down 14%, Jacobs, 6.9% and Caterpillar, 3.5%.
Cramer said the chart of Terex shows there's simply no buying interest in the stock because "this company stinks." He said the stimulus, or lack thereof, will not be enough to save it.
Cramer doesn't like Jacobs Engineering, either. He said it has too much exposure to oil, which represents 43% of sales, and with low volume in recent weeks, investors have missed the move in that name.
Finally, Cramer looked into Caterpillar, which was holding $33 a share, but fell through that level today. Here Cramer said he'd disagree with the charts, since Caterpillar has a 5.3% dividend yield and is aggressively cutting costs by laying of 20,000 workers. Cramer said Caterpillar should be able to weather the "lack-of-stimulus" storm.
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At the time of publication, Cramer was long ConocoPhillips, BP, Altria, Bristol-Myers Squibb.
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