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NEW YORK (
) -- "Forget the endless litany of negatives," Jim Cramer told the viewers of his "Mad Money" TV show Monday. "This market commands your respect."
Cramer said no matter how great this rally has been, the bears continue to invent reasons not to like it. He said he's not buying it and believes that the negatives are coming from big money managers that want the market lower so they can buy in, and those who need to be 100% certain before changing their minds on the market's direction.
Cramer said there are reasons to expect pullbacks, but noted that he believes these pullbacks will be shallow and short-lived, and do not constitute a reason to get out of stocks altogether. Cramer told investors to sell into strength, and take profits where you have them. "Don't leave the table," he said.
According to Cramer, there's a lot to love about the markets, including low interest rates, house price stabilization, growth in China, money pouring in from the sidelines and even an uptick in auto sales as a result of the "Cash For Clunkers" program. He continued to be bullish on the three market leaders: technology, banks and oil stocks.
Cramer gave the nod to companies like
, along with
Bank of America
, two stocks which Cramer owns for his charitable trust,
Action Alerts PLUS.
Cramer said to ignore the negative pundits who are concerned with self preservation, and instead be flexible and take risks based on the facts.
Investors, worried about the pace of the U.S. recovery, need to look overseas, said Cramer, as he unveiled the first two stocks in his new "Foreign Legion" portfolio. He recommended investors consider setting aside up to 20% of their portfolios in foreign stocks, as protection against an ailing U.S. economy.
Cramer said his criteria for the Foreign Legion included stocks with American Depository Receipts (ADRs), that trade here in the U.S., stocks with at least a $1 billion marketcap and at least a 3% dividend yield, and finally, ones with solid fundamentals.
Cramer turned toward Brazil for his first two stocks meeting these criteria. They are Brazilian utilities
. He said that Brazil is growing and needs more power, and these two companies are answering the call.
CPFL has only 13% marketshare in Brazil, but is among the lowest cost providers of power in the country. It has aggressive expansion plans and a juicy 6.8% dividend yield, he said.
Cemig, Brazil's largest utility in Brazil, is suprisingly shareholder friendly despite being under government control, he said. The company is beginning a re-pricing cycle in 2010, which will reset power generation contracts and likely mean higher rates and more profits for Cemig, he added. The company also sports a 5.9% yield.
Time Warner's Rebirth
After eight long, grueling years,
is back, Cramer said.
He said that under the leadership of CEO Jeff Bewkes, Time Warner is finally turning itself around.
Cramer said ever since the AOL merger in 2001, a deal that lost shareholders over $120 billion in value, Time Warner has simply been adrift, lost without a cause. That was however, until Bewkes took the reigns at the beginning of 2008. Bewkes' strategy of "focusing on what works" is working, he said.
Since taking over, Bewkes has spun off Time Warner's cable properties and is set to jettison AOL as well. The remaining company will a pure play on entertainment, said Cramer, a concept analysts and investors can finally understand.
Cramer said Time Warner's cable properties, including names like HBO, Cinemax, TNT and CNN, are all doing well, producing content that pays for itself over and over again. The company's film division is also performing and is focused on producing fewer films at lower costs.
Time Warner's only downside is its publishing business, said Cramer. While brands like
are iconic, their declining subscription and advertising revenue are a drag on earnings. But Cramer said the company is focused on its more promising areas while it rethinks its publishing options.
Cramer sees Time Warner shares reaching $32 to $34 a share once AOL is gone and investors once again begin to realize the value of this media giant.
Cramer told a viewer that
is a retailer that's lost its way, although its stock is cheap at current levels.
Cramer told a second viewer that while
( ERTS)is an "OK" stock, he doesn't like the video game business nor its outlook. He told a final viewer that
is a dead stock. He said "don't look back."
Cramer was bullish on
He was bearish on
Las Vegas Sands
-- Written by Scott Rutt in Washington
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