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"No one wants to be more bullish about the markets than me," Jim Cramer told viewers at the start of his "Mad Money" TV show Thursday.
But after another triple-digit slide in the
Dow Jones Industrial Average
, Cramer said he just can't find a catalyst to take the markets higher.
Consumer spending, which accounts for two-thirds of the U.S. economy, is withering away, said Cramer. People are just not spending, and that is evident in the earnings of company after company.
Cramer said the auto industry, also a driver of growth for the economy, has died, too. He cited
, down almost 13 points today, as a sobering reminder of the depth of the problems in that industry. He again called for a massive federal bailout of all U.S. automakers.
Other areas of the economy are also suffering, said Cramer, from the continued decline in the housing market, to even bonuses for Wall Street stock traders. Nothing seems to be going right domestically, he said.
Cramer reiterated earlier sentiments that the fate of the U.S. economy is tied to the economies of Europe, China, Russia, and Latin America, which are also teetering on the brink of collapse.
He said the foreign central bankers must slash interest rates significantly to avoid a worldwide recession.
The only stocks that work, he said, are high yielding dividend stocks, recession proof names and companies trading at near their cash values. But even these companies, warned Cramer, are not immune to further declines.
, along with
as some names to consider.
Cramer: Expect Retail Sector to Stall
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Stock Price Disconnect
Cramer welcomed Rick Goings, chairman and CEO of
, to the show to find out why his recommendation of the stock on July 24 at $38.73 a share has gone so wrong, with the stock now trading at under $23 a share.
Goings said Tupperware's stock price doesn't make a lot of sense. He said the company beat estimates by 6 cents a share in its most recent quarter, raised its growth estimates and recently announced a stock repurchase program.
Goings said Tupperware's business is often misunderstood. The company is now a global portfolio of direct-selling companies, he said, with 56% of its business g from the emerging markets.
He said the price of oil-based resins, which has worried analysts, accounts for only 17% of the company's cost of goods sold. By contrast, the gross margins of Tupperware's products are high at 70% on average.
Cramer said the situation surrounding Tupperware has nothing to do with the company's operations but more with the market paying less for great companies. He said Tupperware trades at just 8 times its earnings, down from an average multiple between 13 and 14 times earnings. He remains bullish on the stock.
In the Thursday "Sell Block" segment, Cramer said it's time to put some Wall Street analysts into the block for leading investors astray in the stock of
, which he owns for his charitable trust
Action Alerts PLUS.
Cramer cited an "anonymous" analyst who advised buying Foster Wheeler at its high of $79.29 a share back on Dec. 20, 2007 and continued issuing buy recommendations all year as the stock fell to its current price of $23.86. The same analyst today issued a sell rating on the company.
Cramer said this kind of behavior is just wrong. How can a stock be a buy at $80 a share and be a sell at $23, he asked. With $1.3 billion in cash and a monster stock repurchase program, Wheeler is an absolute bargain, trading at just 6 times vastly reduced earnings, he said.
While Cramer said he doesn't feel Foster Wheeler has bottomed, he said it's far too late to sell the company that now trades near its cash value.
The company reported a fine quarter yesterday, he said, with revenue up 32% and its backlog up 16%. Wheeler's engineering and construction business is doing very, very well, he noted, with management citing eight potential mega deals in its pipeline.
"Now is not the time to sell," said Cramer, who cited the mantra of "buy low, sell high" in stark contrast to the "anonymous" analyst's recommendations.
Outrage of the Day
Cramer talked with CNBC Silicon Valley correspondent Jim Goldman about
CEO Jerry Yang's recent comments that a deal with
still makes sense.
Both Cramer and Goldman agreed that Yang, who had an offer on the table at $31 a share, deserves an honor far higher than Cramer's "Wall of Shame" now that the share price has been cut by 60%.
Goldman thought it was outrageous for Yang to now say he is interested in selling the company after he took the opposite position when Microsoft earlier offered to buy Yahoo! at a much higher price.
They also blamed Yahoo! shareholders for voting to keep the current board of directors after their incredible takeover blunder.
shares have finally fallen enough and he'd be a buyer.
Cramer was bullish on
He was bearish on
Principal Financial Group
Hartford Financial Services
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At the time of publication, Cramer was long Foster Wheeler, Goldman Sachs.
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