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"On days like today, you need to look for the positives," Jim Cramer told viewers of his "Mad Money" TV show Thursday.
He said that today's market decline was primarily due to profit taking in the financial sector, but reminded viewers that there's always something positive you can find on down days.
Despite a 283-point drop in the Dow, $300 billion is going to the Federal Housing Administration to help bail out struggling homeowners and more importantly gas prices continue to fall and fall hard, he said. That's why he's looking for stocks that will benefit from falling fuel prices.
According to Cramer, that stock is
. Despite being beaten up by the market and analysts over fears of rising airfares, Disney stock has positives if one delves deep into its business, he said.
While Cramer agreed that airfares are rising, he noted a recent study which stated that auto traffic to Disney World has been steadily increasing, not decreasing. "The analysts are only counting airplanes," he said.
In addition, room rates around Disney World have been falling, with 75% of rooms now being classified as moderate to value in price. Furthermore, Cramer said the weak U.S. dollar makes travelling to Disney World cheaper for the rest of the world.
Cramer also likes Disney's other businesses such as ESPN, a premium cable property that he said is doing exceptionally well. He called analysts "way behind the curve" in their estimates for the stock.
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"Disney is all about franchises," said Cramer. While Disney World may be experiencing a decline in attendance, Disney is working on new ones like
High School Musical
, he said.
He recommended buying Disney on any weakness, especially if it falls below $30 a share.
Tupperware's New Image
as another company poised to take advantage of falling gas prices. Since he first recommended the stock on Oct. 8, 2006, then shares of the company are up 96%.
Cramer called Tupperware a defensive stock, because it's not a traditional brick and mortar retailer. In times of higher unemployment, more people turn to the company's direct sales model for additional income, which translates into higher sales for the company.
And with only 17% of the company's costs tied to oil-based resins, lower crude prices means high margins, he noted.
Cramer invited Tupperware chairman and CEO Rick Goings to the show to confirm his thesis. Goings confirmed that the company's guidance today was indeed conservative and didn't take into account any drop in resin prices.
The company issued earnings guidance of between 37 cents to 42 cents a share, slightly below the 46 cents a share analysts were expecting. But Cramer said he's not worried because he sees it as a classic case in which Tupperware can under-promise and over-deliver.
Goings touted Tupperware's diversification as one of its primary strengths. The company owns seven beauty companies, he said, and 50% of Tupperware's profits now comes from overseas.
In fact, Goings said that there are more Tupperware representatives in Latin America than in the U.S. He said China, Indonesia and Malaysia are also areas of strength for the company, adding the U.S. only accounts for 15% of the company's sales.
Cramer confirmed his support for Tupperware and re-recommended buying the stock.
In the Thursday "Sell Block" segment, Cramer did the unthinkable, and released
Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia
from prison and recommended buying the stock. Cramer, who had been negative on the company for years, said he now feels MSO is poised for a turnaround.
Cramer acknowledged all of the company's negatives, including softening magazine revenues, CEO Susan Lyon's recent departure from the company, partner K-mart cancelling its contract with the company, and the fact that Martha herself is too involved in the company. But, he said, "all of these facts can positives as well."
Cramer sees Martha Stewart Living as a turnaround play from just a publisher to a merchandising powerhouse. He said that he welcomed Susan Lyons' resignation, saying that it's time for someone new at the helm. Cramer welcomed Charles Koppelman as the company's new CEO.
Cramer offered praise to Martha herself, saying that Martha has always done an amazing job for the company. He said that Martha's involvement in the company should not be seen as a negative.
Cramer also noted several other positives at MSO, including new merchandising deals with
and a continued partnership with
. He also said the company's expansion overseas is strong.
"There is no better sign of a bottom than universal negativity," said Cramer. While he did not recommending buying the stock before the company reports next week, he did advocate buying in under $8 a share.
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