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"I am constantly amazed at how wired into the market kids are these days," Jim Cramer told viewers of his "Mad Money" TV show Thursday. Students, he said, are "savvy" and often know about stocks that "fly under the radar."
Wednesday Cramer visited the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University as part of the show's "Back to School" tour. It was there that a student pitched him
Frankly, Cramer said, he barely thought the stock was worth his attention. He thought it was levered solely to recreational vehicles, which he said nobody should want with oil prices going up as they are, and to Iraq, a "battleground in the stock market."
But then after doing some homework, Cramer realized the Indiana student was right about Spartan. Now he believes Spartan is indeed a buy and an "idea worth stealing." However, Cramer warned that the speculative small-cap name might not be right for everyone.
The company manufactures emergency vehicles, he said. Nearly 55% of the fire trucks in the U.S. are 15 years old and a huge liability for municipalities. That's a plus for shares of Spartan, which is levered to their liabilities, Cramer said. Spartan makes products that prevent lawsuits, he said.
In addition, Spartan's military motor segment makes vehicles covered with half an inch of steel. And now that the U.S. military is spending money to protect soldiers against road-side bombs, Spartan recently secured the second largest military chassis contract in its history, Cramer said.
Not only does its military division have "strong growth," but Spartan's RV business is also doing well because for some reason baby boomers, which make up a significant part of the population, like RVs.
He said he believes Spartan is worth buying on a pullback.
Am I Diversified?
During the show's "Am I Diversified" segment, in which viewers seek Cramer's blessing for their stock portfolios, the first caller offered the following five stocks:
- JPMorgan Chase (JPM) - Get Report,
- Rite Aid (RAD) - Get Report,
- Marvell Technology (MRVL) - Get Report,
- NYSE Euronext (NYX) and
- Goldman Sachs (GS) - Get Report, the last three of which Cramer owns for his Action Alerts PLUS charitable trust.
Because JPMorgan and Goldman Sachs represent a pair, Cramer recommended discarding JP Morgan and getting into a health care stock like
Cramer's next caller asked if she was diversified with the following five stocks:
- Apple (AAPL) - Get Report,
- Yamana Gold (AUY) - Get Report,
- GlobalSantaFe (GSF) ,
- AT&T (T) - Get Report and
- Sears (SHLD) , a name Cramer owns for his charitable trust.
Cramer called it a "dynamite portfolio" and blessed it as diversified.
His third caller said she owned the following five stocks in her portfolio:
- American Eagle (AEO) - Get Report,
- Boeing (BA) - Get Report,
- Exxon Mobil (XOM) - Get Report,
- MasterCard (MA) - Get Report and
- McDonald's (MCD) - Get Report.
Cramer blessed this list as well, calling it a "fantastic portfolio."
His last caller asked if he was diversified with these five stocks:
- Bank of America (BAC) - Get Report,
- Costco (COST) - Get Report,
- Chevron (CVX) - Get Report
- Immucor (BLUD) and
- Altria (MO) - Get Report, another stock Cramer owns for his charitable trust.
Cramer described the final caller's portfolio in one word: "fabulous."
In the show's "Sell Block" segment, Cramer told viewers he's putting homebuilders on the block.
He advised people sell
, even though the stock hasn't done anything since he recommended it. Right now, Cramer said, he's "adamant homebuilders can't be owned."
In addition, he said he's concerned about real estate investment trusts and suggested market players sell
Simon Property Group
It's also time to sell
, Cramer said, because of recent reports that question the company's products.
Moving on to the rails, he advised swapping out of
, which he owns for his charitable trust, and which he said he likes more than Norfolk Southern.
Further, Cramer recommended selling
and also reiterated his sell on
, even though he said it looks like it's starting to come back.
Although some of the semiconductor-equipment companies are being upgraded, Cramer believes they shouldn't be, and he told viewers to stay away from the group.
Moreover, Cramer said he believes
is now too expensive against
and advised investors to swap from the former to the latter.
In addition, now that Altria and
have split up, Cramer clarified that he likes Altria, not Kraft. If people own both, he said they should "boot" Kraft and keep Altria.
Finally, he said it's tough to pinpoint what's wrong with
, which is why he wants people to sell it.
Mad Mail and Sudden Death
In the show's "Mad Mail" segment, Cramer agreed with a viewer who wrote in about
, advising viewers to "back up the truck," that is, load up and buy the stock.
Taking a longer-term view on the stock, he said, "we are in a secular bull market in farming" and for that reason he believes Deere should come back.
Responding to anther viewer, Cramer named
as a play on American consumer brands in Japan.
During the show's "Sudden Death" round, Cramer was bullish on
Cramer was bullish on
Level 3 Communications
Polo Ralph Lauren
Cramer was bearish on
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At the time of publication, Cramer was long Altria, Goldman Sachs, Marvell Technology, NYSE Euronext, Sears Holdings, Transocean and Union Pacific.
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