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stock has bottomed, and now is the time to buy said Jim Cramer Thursday on his "Mad Money" TV show.
Cramer said Sara Lee is a broken company that is on the mend thanks to CEO Brenda Barnes. It takes a magician to turn around a large company like Sara Lee, he said, and Barnes is "one of the best magicians in the business."
Cramer said Barnes is streamlining Sara Lee, which will increase operating margin, making the company more profitable. Barnes has already sold Sara Lee's direct sales business, he said, and she has plans to spin off the company's apparel businesses.
That will leave a pure-play food and beverage company, he said, which "makes total sense."
Wall Street hasn't yet taken notice the turnaround at Sara Lee is working, he said. So, buy now while the stock's low, so you can sell high after Wall Street catches on, he said.
In response to a question about whether Sara Lee might be an acquisition target, Cramer said once the apparel business is spun off and earnings begin to improve, he could see that possibility.
Responding to a question about
, Cramer said Dillard's is "not a high quality situation," and he is not a fan of the stock.Add to bottom first page:
Cummins and Boeings
The newest member of Cramer's
Dirty Dozen, "twelve heavy industry, smoke-stack stocks that could make you money" as the
nears the end of its rate hikes, is
Cummins, which makes power generators and diesel engines, should have been "asphyxiated" by rising interest rates, said Cramer. But, it hasn't been because of BRIC: Brazil, Russia, India and China, he said.
Cummins has "more BRIC exposure than any other American heavy manufacturer," said Cramer. He added, this is the "best exporter of American stuff next to
Cummins is also tied to the truck replacement cycle that is in "bull mode until 2007," said Cramer. And, once the Fed stops raising interest rates, Cummins should do even better.
2006 sales are expected to be $10 billion, said Cramer, almost double sales in 2002. For the first nine months of 2005, Cummins earned $7.70 a share, more than its full-year 2004 profits, he said.
Cummins trades at just eight times earnings, and the stock has no buy ratings, he said. Cramer believes that it's just a matter of time before analysts upgrade the stock.
It may take six months, he said, but it will be worth the wait. He sees Cummins going to $100 once the Fed stops tightening.
Cummins closed Thursday at $88.40.
There is plenty of chatter about the strength of holiday online sales, said Cramer, and that's one of the reason's he is bullish on Internet diamond retailer
About half the diamonds sold in the U.S. are sold over the Internet, said Cramer, and Blue Nile is best of breed. Blue Nile is becoming
place for engagement rings, said Cramer. Engagement rings account for 74% of sales, and the reason is selection, he said.
Blue Nile has exclusive agreements with manufacturers that allow it to display the diamonds on its Web site and place orders with the manufacturers once the diamonds have sold. That means the company carries no inventory.
"Blue Nile could show off virtually every type of diamond out there...while its competitors can only really display the diamonds they already own," said Cramer.
Blue Nile's stock isn't cheap, said Cramer, but you're paying for growth. For the past four years, Blue Nile has averaged 50% annual earnings growth, he said. "That's better than
for heaven's sake!"
New York Times
columnist Joe Nocera joined Cramer by telephone to talk about
. "Why do you think that I'm wrong about Comcast, and maybe there's something here?" asked Cramer.
Nocera said cable bears "aren't thinking about what consumers want." Consumers don't want to watch TV on their computer screens, he said. Unlike fiber-optic lines being installed by phone companies, cable is already hooked up to most homes.
So, if the cable companies can just figure out how to give customers what they want when they want it, it's "game over" for the phone companies, he said.
Nevertheless, said Cramer, the phone companies' push means cable companies no longer have a monopoly.
That's true, said Nocera, and some of the less well-run cable companies may not be able to compete, he added. But, Comcast, with its "20 million subscribers and its really smart CEO" will "absolutely" be able to compete, he said.
Nocera said cable stocks have historically gone through cycles of being in favor and being out of favor. But, if Comcast can get the TV networks and movie houses to agree to be paid in exchange for letting Comcast put all TV shows and movies on demand, Comcast would win, he said.
Finally, following up on a call to buy
ahead of a California Public Utility Commission
vote on a measure to give 10-year incentives for the home installation of solar panels, Cramer said the commission approved the measure Thursday evening.
"Those stocks are still gonna fly further. Buy Evergreen. Buy SunPower."
Cramer was bullish on
Allscripts Healthcare Solutions
ICICI Bank Limited
Advanced Medical Optics
Deere & Co.
Teva Pharmaceutical Industries
Cramer was bearish on
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