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"This, alas, is Speculation Friday, where we in Cramerica extol the dangers of risk and recklessness," Jim Cramer told viewers of his "Mad Money" TV show.
"It's vital that you hold some high-risk stocks as part of a diversified portfolio," he said, and he offered
Cramer added CVTX to his biotech speculative buy list, calling it a little $11 stock and a "battleground." It makes small molecule drugs for cardiovascular diseases, and as of May 10, 36% of the float had been sold short.
However, "the bear case doesn't hold up under any scrutiny," he assured people.
There are two ways market players can win here: Either the earnings explode, bringing CVTX's price to the mid-$20s, or it gets taken over, Cramer said.
First, he believes that CVTX is a "win" on its Ranexa drug, of which it owns 100% of the rights. Cramer said he feels sales for Ranexa could skyrocket.
And that's not the only thing driving earnings. CVTX's Regadenoson drug is in the last stage of its development and should be approved in 2008. If the drug does get approved, CVTX will get 20% of the royalties, Cramer said.
The combination of these two drugs should send stock higher.
Also, CVTX's pipeline could attract a buyout offer from a big pharma that would rather buy a smaller company than develop its own drugs.
"You could get a double here, or you could get cut in half," he said. But the former possibility is more likely, Cramer said. He stressed that the stock is risky and that he wouldn't buy it after hours.
Tech on Spec
Cramer told viewers that he frowns upon buying tech stocks this early in the year. However, Cramer said he does have a speculative tech name people might want to consider getting into: Nvidia
The stock, Cramer said, hit its 52-week high today of $39.85, but it should still go higher. NVDA is "one of the few winners in the PC supply chain" and "one of a handful of tech stocks that have momentum right now," he said.
Cramer believes that NVDA is surpassing its competition with its new processors and that, as a maker of graphic chips, it could profit from supporting the growing gaming industry.
Moreover, he said that NVDA is also benefiting from the fact that it is levered toward
The lack of support from analysts, he said, surprises him. But Cramer believes that more analysts should upgrade their stance on NVDA and send the stock much higher
Further, even though the PC market has been a "treacherous" place over the last year, NVDA has managed to beat its estimates for the last four quarters, Cramer said. Plus, it has a billion-dollar buyback, which is pretty impressive for a company of its size.
In his "Mad Mail" segment, Cramer told a mailer he is feeling very "hoggish" with
and endorsed selling some of the stock. Also, he said he is worried that Crocs didn't participate in the rally during the last couple of days.
Responding to another viewer, Cramer said he believes that
Level 3 Communications'
bandwidth-shortage story is still on. "I would pull the trigger right here," he said.
Moreover, Cramer called
, which he owns for his charitable trust,
Action Alerts PLUS, a "must own," and he said he would stick with
In April, Cramer said, he did a series about likely private-equity buyouts. Today, one of the stocks he had mentioned as a potential buyout candidate in that series,
Penn National Gaming
, announced that it is being acquired by
Fortress Investment Group
and Centerbridge Partners.
This, Cramer said, encourages him to advise people to go out and buy
next week as other potential buyouts.
Cramer suggested people take a little
off the table.
During his "Game Plan" segment, Cramer said he believes that next week the Paris Air Show -- a "glorified fashion show" -- should bring some attention to the aerospace sector. Here he said he likes
Moreover, Cramer also said he likes defense stocks
. The Democrats, he said, have to prove they are tough on terrorism, so Cramer doesn't believe that they will stop spending money in the sector.
Moving on, Cramer recommended getting out of
on Tuesday, because he doesn't see much upside left there. He said he is sick of
Concerning next week's earnings, Cramer said he likes
but said he's not interested in
Cramer was bullish on
Switch & Data Facilities
GOL Linhas Areas Inteligentes
Cramer was bearish on
Superior Energy Services
Procter & Gamble
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