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When Chinese president Hu Jintao visited the U.S., some people saw it as a sign that China is ready to do more business and be more cooperative with the U.S., Jim Cramer told viewers of his "Mad Money" TV show Friday.
But he said that the visit won't stop intellectual property abuses and closed-off markets on the mainland. Moreover, he cited a
Wall Street Journal
article saying that China is boosting its defense spending. Plus, the article said that the Chinese military could outpace America's military in the years ahead, specifically in terms of submarine might.
The best play on possible military threats from countries like China, as well as the war in Iraq, is
, he said.
Of all the defense companies, he likes General Dynamics because it reported a "magnificent quarter," and he sees a lot of growth for the company.
Not only is the U.S. government buying its combat vehicles, the company's business jet unit is booming.
New maintenance regulations have been passed for jetliners, and that could mean faster retirement of some planes, Cramer said. This could also cost the airline industry an extra $325 million over the next 20 years.
While this is "just another reason to sell airline stocks," he also said that there's a way to make some money.
Cramer said he would consider buying
, a company that takes care of maintenance, repair and construction for the airlines.
If the airlines need to spend millions more on maintenance, then money should go to AAR, he said. AAR just opened an office in Shanghai. He said that there should be a lot of growth there because China is just now repairing, rather than replacing, airline parts.
And the company is not unionized, he said, so it can offer its services for about two-thirds the cost of a union shop.
This will make AAR the attractive option for airline companies, as they are forced to increase spending in repairs.
Passing the Drug Test
The New York Times
ran a story on a drug test in Britain that nearly killed six participants, and that report led Cramer to wonder which companies conduct drug tests right.
The best-of-breed company for clinical trials, he said, is
Pharmaceutical Product Development
, which he called the best contract research organization on earth.
The company reported 27% earnings growth last quarter, and Cramer said that's "almost Google-licious."
Pharmaceutical Product Development also does more than testing. It takes a stake in the drugs it believes will work, runs phase I, II and III clinical trials and manages data from studies. The company also runs postmarket registries for dangerous drugs and does some marketing, he said.
He said that he wouldn't have recommended the stock a week ago, but now that
have reported and their stocks moved up, he thinks now could be a good time to buy Pharmaceutical Product Development.
The company also has some good contracts, including a five-year deal to run clinical research on HIV, as well as testing on diabetes and premature ejaculation treatments.
Cramer said that he used to believe that
should trade at a discount to rival
, based on the belief that Carnival is a more reliable company.
But this week Royal Caribbean reported a quarter so good that he changed his mind; and the company's president, Adam Goldstein, joined Cramer to discuss his company's most recent earnings report.
Goldstein said that, overall, the Caribbean will remain a healthy region.
Cramer pointed out that Carnival said business in the area is bad, but Goldstein said that his company sees growth in the Caribbean, even though it has been a "sensitive" segment of its business.
Goldstein added that his company has gotten more money from passengers by ratcheting up onboard spending.
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