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NEW YORK (
) -- If you do your homework, follow the news and put your money to work, you can make money in the markets, Jim Cramer told his
TV show viewers Wednesday as he outlined how he would've played a few key earnings releases back in his old hedge fund days.
Cramer said that had investors listened to the
earnings call, they would've heard about that company's fantastic quarter as well as CEO Bob Iger talk about how he's a big fan of
as a content delivery partner. Anyone who bought into Netflix on that news would've made a quick bundle in today's trading, noted Cramer.
Cramer said that last night's "Mad Money" interview with the CEO of
was another opportunity. This traditionally conservative company offered guidance that was above Wall Street estimates, then confirmed in the interview it will have not one, but two, blockbuster drugs debut this year. Shares of Allergan shot up 2% as a result.
Chipotle Mexican Grill
, which fell after investors chose to focus on mediocre same-store sales. But Cramer said the metric that matters for Chipotle is whether the company can raise prices to combat rising food costs, something company execs said they plan on doing with ease. That news made savvy investors a quick $17 a share.
Cramer gave other examples, from
surprise dividend boost and buyback, to
following the lead of
and seeing its shares rise, even on disappointing results, on the hopes that the second half of 2013 will be booming.
Investors just need to do their homework and follow along closely, Cramer concluded. If they do they can make money practically each and every day.
In the "Executive Decision" segment, Cramer once again sat down with Irvin Simon, chairman, president and CEO of
, a stock that's risen 211% since Cramer first got behind the company in April 2010.
Simon refuted some recent negative press by saying that healthy eating is not a fad, it's here to stay. While the analysts may not have been impressed with the company's three-cents-a-share earnings beat, he personally is happy with 10% growth in a quarter that included a hurricane that kept many stores closed for over a week. He said margins have been improving at Hain, even with food costs rising.
Of course there will be increased competition in the healthy, organic segment, he added, and that's something he welcomes as it will take more than just Hain to change the way the world eats. But increased competition is not stopping his company's Greek yogurt business from rising 39%, nor its organic baby food sales from growing 15%.
When asked about the company's UK acquisitions, which prompted some analysts to charge Hain bit off more than it can chew, Simon responded by saying that every acquisition has its challenges and some things simply cannot be known until you actually own a company. That said, Simon noted that in every acquisition Hain goes in and fixes prior management's problems and turns laggards into winners.
Cramer said that he continues to be a believer in Simon and Hain.
Adding Some Spice
Sometimes slow and steady really does win the race, Cramer told viewers, as he followed up on his favorite spice maker,
, which recently sold off on what was widely viewed as a disappointing quarter.
Cramer said that while McCormick did miss estimates by 3 cents a share and lowered its guidance - news that sent shares plummeting by 6% - McCormick is also a stock that has a history of falling on earnings, only to rebound handsomely. In fact, McCormick has had an incredible 10-year run, noted Cramer, and is far less risky than owning the
as a whole.
McCormick management cited valid reasons for its shortfall and tempered expectations, including supply disruptions from Hurricane Sandy and higher tax rates for 2013, but those factors won't undo the fact that McCormick still plans to grow by 8% to 10% this year.
Cramer said this innovative company still introduced no fewer than 25 new products just last month alone and still remains the dominant player, with 50% market share, in the spice and marinade market.
Shares of McCormick are indeed pricey, said Cramer, trading at 19.7 times earnings, Then again, shares of McCormick have always been pricey and are often a lot more expensive than they are today.
That's why he suggested using this predictable selloff to buy, not sell, shares of McCormick.
In the Lightning Round, Cramer was bullish on
Cramer was bearish on
Am I Diversified?
In the "Am I Diversified?" segment, Cramer spoke with callers and responded to tweets sent via Twitter to
to see if investors' portfolios have what it takes for today's markets.
The first portfolio included:
iShares FTSE China 25
Cramer advised selling MasterCard, because it's too similar to Goldman Sachs, and adding
The second portfolio's top holdings included:
SPDR Gold Shares
Cramer said this portfolio did not need any changes.
The third portfolio had: Apple, Caterpillar,
and Timkin as its top five stocks.
Cramer also liked this portfolio and blessed it as diversified.
The fourth portfolio's top stocks were: Ford,
Green Mountain Coffee Roasters
Cramer said this portfolio was also terrific.
No Huddle Offense
In his "No Huddle Offense" segment, Cramer said that while faith is usually not part of his investing strategy, when it comes to a select few CEOs he has total faith in their ability to deliver on their promises. Bob Iger, CEO of Walt Disney, is one of those select few.
Cramer said that Iger provided answers to every single question that analysts had about the company, including its Lucasfilm acquisition, earnings at ESPN and attendance at its theme parks.
Those answers made the recent selloff in Disney look like amateur hour, which is why Cramer looks past to the naysayers and continues to bet with Iger.
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