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Jim Cramer told viewers of "Mad Money" TV show Friday that the media has been preoccupied with the bear market in its stories.
He said the press usually dwells on controversy at the expense of positive stories about the market. Thus, while the media focuses on how rising bond yields are choking off the recovery, the market continues to surge higher in typical bull market fashion, he said.
Cramer mentioned 10 stories the media has missed.
1. While seen as a negative by many, a weaker collar is all part of the Federal Reserve's master plan and is a boon for companies competing overseas, he said.
2. There have been two months of rising home prices in California. There is life in the housing market if you know where to look, he said.
3. Despite the headlines, consumers are still shopping but they're playing it smart and putting their money where the bargains are, he said.
4. The tech rally is getting stronger and broader, he said.
5. Stocks are not being rocked by bad news, he argued. Instead their prices are holding steady or heading higher and that's bullish, he added.
6. Runaway commodity prices does not equal hyperinflation, he said. Cramer sees some increased demand and some speculation going on, but he does not see hyperinflation in commodity prices.
7. New equity is being absorbed, he said. Almost 70 billion of new equity were issued by banks and others in May, and the market absorbed it all with flying colors, he said.
8. Foreign markets are beginning to rally, helping to boost our own market, he said.
9. Commercial real estate is holding its own, he argued. According to Cramer, there hasn't been a collapse in commercial real estate as many have forecast.
10. Money is flowing into the markets from mutual funds, he said.
For all these reasons, Cramer said he's not worried about bond yields or whatever the negative news of the day might be.
Adult Education Pays
As the bulls and that bears battle it out in the for-profit education sector, Cramer said he's got one stock that plays for both teams.
He recommended newcomer
as a safe way to invest in adult education.
According to Cramer, the bull case for this sector is that as people lose their jobs, they go back to school. But the bear case says that the Obama administration may be targeting the group, as they take government loans and grants and use that money largely for marketing, not educational, purposes.
Enter Bridgepoint, a stock that just had a IPO in April, and one that hasn't seen the big rally of its peers. The stock is only up $2 from its IPO price, said Cramer, yet is growing faster than its peers. Bridgepoint expects its student body to double in size in 2009 and is trading at just 14 times its earnings despite its 20% growth potential.
Cramer said Bridgepoint is a safe bet since its tuitions are 30% to 50% lower than its peers and its marketing costs only account for 35% of the company's expenses. This makes it less of a target should the government take notice of the group, said Cramer.
He called Bridgepoint a great operator and a way to play the upside while still limiting the downside risk.
For Speculation Friday, Cramer recommended
Bank Of America
as a way to play the bottom in the housing market.
Citing the rise in the median home price in California, which is now up two months in a row, Cramer said the bottom in the housing market is already upon us in the state that matters most. He said the inventory of unsold homes is shrinking, with just a 4.8-month supply. More importantly, the number of transactions is rising.
This is good news for Bank Of America, which makes the bulk of its money on the number of loans it processes. With its acquisition of Countrywide Home Loans, Bank Of America is now a powerhouse in the mortgage origination market.
Cramer said as soon as Bank Of America completes the sale of its secondary offering, the company will be able to pay back its government TARP money and will be operating with a clean balance sheet. He said former-CEO John Thain is gone, the bad loans are off the books, and Bank Of America is ready to run.
Outrage of the Day
Cramer once again took up his one man crusade to bring back the uptick rule, a rule designed to limit the effect of short-selling on the markets.
Cramer held up a petition of 5,691 names, including many Wall Street professionals who are proponents of reinstating the uptick rule. He said the petition will be hand delivered to the Securities and Exchange Commission on Monday morning as part of their public comment period. (Follow this link to see a copy of the
and a link to add your comments on the SEC site.)
As a seasoned professional who made a lot of money shorting stocks himself, Cramer said it's a joke to think that reinstating the rule would cause harm to the markets, as some opponents suggest.
He said the opponents are counting on the naiveté of the public and the SEC to keep the status quo. He urged everyone to make their voices heard and help level the playing field for all investors by bringing back this most crucial rule.
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