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In a switch from Jim Cramer's usual opening segment on "Mad Money," he talked politics Wednesday night. Sort of.
Cramer took a look at the investments of John Roberts, the Supreme Court nominee, whose financial statements were made available on Tuesday. Cramer played "Are You Diversified?" with the federal judge's portfolio.
Roberts, who has half of his money in stocks and half in mutual funds, owns too many mutual funds -- which number about 30 -- Cramer said. He should cut the number of funds he owns to about five or 10, Cramer said.
Roberts has 37 stocks in his portfolio, which essentially makes it look like a mutual fund.
Roberts also has close to 20% of his discretionary portfolio in
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Cramer says that Roberts, even though he has about half of his portfolio split between funds and stocks is not diversified. Why?
Because he has 47.5% of his stock holdings in technology. That is way too much tech, Cramer said. Do not have more than 20% of your portfolio in any one sector, Cramer cautioned.
What's more, with as many stocks as Roberts has, it is difficult to do the necessary homework on each stock; Cramer recommends that investors spend an hour a week doing homework on each stock in the portfolio. Still, Cramer said, "I don't care who you are, you cannot have half of your portfolio in tech."
The thing that really surprised Cramer, though, was the fact that Roberts has very little oil exposure. Roberts, who owns a small amount of
, needs to pick up some more oil names, Cramer recommended.
Roberts has only 4% of his portfolio in health care. He has some
Johnson & Johnson
. Cramer said Roberts should pick up some
as well. Roberts doesn't have any biotech, either. He should own some
( DNA), Cramer said.
Finally, Roberts doesn't have any defense names. Cramer says you have to have some health care, oil, and defense in the portfolio.
Penchant for Cendant
Cramer also highlighted
He said "it's all coming together for Cendant now, and the most amazing thing is that no one cares."
The company is growing earnings at a double-digit pace and it sells well below a market multiple, Cramer continued. What's more, "no one cares at precisely the moment when earnings could be accelerating, dividends are growing and shares are being bought back hand over fist."
Cramer said that no one cares, "even though Cendant's travel and leisure business has never been stronger. No one cares even though its Coldwell Banker and Century 21 brands should be an excellent and safe way to play the real estate bubble or bonanza, whichever you want to call it."
But no matter, Cramer said. Over the weekend,
called the stock a value trap.
"Me, I don't know how that can be," said Cramer. "I know that this company, if it were just to rename itself 'Real Estate & Travel,' would go up a couple of bucks because it at last would shake the memory of Cendant, the company that was HFS and CUC International put together."
Cramer said "the sale of the last piece of confusing territory, the affinity marketing company that is Trilegent, makes Cendant no more difficult to understand than an
. The difference? I believe it's that Henry Silverman, who used to be such a great spokesman for this entity, doesn't want to do it anymore."
When a company has been left for dead and everyone has given up on it, Cramer said it's time to step up to the plate and buy the stock. "It will be higher a year from now," he said.
Look to Latin America
Cramer told his viewers there is opportunity south of the border. "Latin America has so much growth and so much potential growth," Cramer said. But Cramer said Wall Street is still acting as though dictators are running all of these Latin American countries.
Cramer said that investors should buy
, which is a cement play, and
Companhia de Saneamento Basico
, which is a Brazilian water utility.
SBS, which trades at nine times earnings, compares very favorably with
, especially when Aqua trades at 38 times earnings in the U.S. Cramer called the stock undervalued and said investors should take a look at the stock.
Cemex, which trades at seven times earnings, is way too cheap, Cramer said. "It might be the purest play on Latin American growth," Cramer said. In the event of a Latin American boom, Cramer said investors will want to own this name.
Cramer said that given how much Wall Street cares about growth, these stocks are too cheap and too disliked. But it's time to buy these stocks, Cramer concluded.
Cramer had markets commentator Herb Greenberg in the studio for a visit. The two talked about
Regarding Terex, Greenberg said that when he originally wrote about the company, the story was very complicated. And indeed, the company eventually had to restate its earnings. Greenberg doesn't believe that the new highway bill, when it's passed, will do anything for Terex in the short term. It won't do anything for the company until at least 2006, Greenberg said.
Greenberg also took Cramer to task for recommending a stock that is clearly not best of breed in its industry. That honor would go to
. Cramer said he couldn't turn his head on a good trade, however, even though Terex may not be best of breed. What's more, Cramer said Terex shouldn't trade at the considerable discount to Caterpillar that it does. Finally, Greenberg said if you are looking for pure plays in the areas where Terex does business there are better ones out there.
As for CVS, Greenberg has red-flagged the stock in his newsletter. The company has more debt than any of its competitors, Greenberg said. An oddity -- though Greenberg said it wasn't a good reason to red-flag the stock -- is that the company requires its CEO to fly in a corporate jet.
Meanwhile, said Greenberg, the CEO of
, flies coach. Finally, CVS has garnered most of its growth through acquisitions, Greenberg said. But come the end of August, when the company reports its numbers on an anniversaried basis, it is going to show slower growth of about 5% to 6%.
Cramer said he likes both CVS and Walgreen but acknowledged that Walgreen is the better play.
The Lightning Round
Cramer was bullish on:
Life Time Fitness
, "the stock is not stopping here," Cramer said;
( TXU), "the stock is going to $100," said Cramer;
Piedmont Natural Gas
Smith & Wesson
( SWB), and
Cramer was bearish on:
, there was nothing to like about its most recent quarter, Cramer said;
Progressive Gaming International
, "it is an absolutely terrible stock," Cramer said;
Packaging Corp. of America
J.P. Morgan Chase
, "you want to own very few banks here," Cramer said;
Wind River Systems
( WIND), and
At the time of publication, Cramer was long Cendant, EnCana, J.P. Morgan Chase and UnitedHealth Group.
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