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"The only thing that's working in this market is energy," Jim Cramer told viewers of his "Mad Money" TV show Wednesday.
Cramer is devoting this week to wildcat drillers -- companies that drill for oil in untapped areas of the world. He believes the success of wildcatters can go a long way to increase the supply of oil and represents the best way for investors to play the rapid rise in oil prices.
Cramer went to Peru to showcase what he called a great wildcat driller that is helping to meet the world's demand for oil. That company is
According to Cramer, BPZ is simply another play on increased oil production and higher oil prices. "It's just like pumping money out of the ground," he said.
Cramer said he's not worried about BPZ's assets or reserves being seized by the Peruvian government, which he called a "friend of capitalists."
Cramer put BPZ in the same category as another pick he made recently in Peru:
, which has been up 18% since March 31.
BPZ, which currently drills both onshore and offshore in Peru, has 110 million certified barrels of oil in reserve, all coming from only one of the company's three main oil production areas, said Cramer.
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While BPZ only produces 500 barrels of oil a day currently, the company is expected to produce up to 8,000 barrels a day by the end of 2008 and 11,000 barrels a day by the end of 2009.
Cramer said that while BPZ is currently 100% vested in oil, the company also plans to expand aggressively to go after finding and producing natural gas.
A Missed Opportunity
Cramer welcomed Rep. John Peterson (R., Penn.) to the show to discuss his proposal to extend offshore drilling from 50 miles to 200 miles off the coast, and thereby open up potentially billions of gallons of oil reserves to the country.
The bill, defeated today in the Subcommittee on Interior and the Environment, would be a boon for the offshore drilling complex, said Cramer.
Approval of the legislation would benefit Cramer favorites such as
National Oilwell Varco
Peterson said he was surprised at the outcome of today's vote. With the country already 60% dependent on foreign oil, he said every vote against increased production is a vote away from energy independence. He explained that with oil at $135 a barrel, policies against more drilling just don't make sense.
Peterson said he doesn't subscribe to the philosophy that if the U.S. drills for more oil, it will focus less on alternative energy sources. He supports investment in both increased fossil fuel production as well as investment in wind, solar, nuclear and other alternative sources.
Peterson said that prices for oil currently are where they are without any major disruption of supply. That could change drastically in the event of severe weather, a terrorist attack, or other major event, he said.
Am I Diversified?
Cramer evaluated the portfolios of callers to see if their portfolios have what it takes.
The first caller's portfolio included:
Cramer said he's not a fan of Blue Nile, but blessed the portfolio as diversified.
The second caller's top holdings included
Cramer said both Ford and Johnson Controls are too much in the auto business and recommended selling one for either a healthcare or defense stock.
The third caller had
as their top five stocks.
After careful examination, Cramer said he liked all of these companies very much and owned Abbott Labs and Morgan Stanley for his charitable trust
Action Alerts PLUS. He called the portfolio "crystal clear diversification."
In this segment, Cramer told a viewer that he's still a buyer of
, despite the recent departure of the company's CFO last week.
Cramer was bullish on
Cramer was bullish on
Energy Conversion Devices
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Hudson City Bancorp
Trina Solar Ltd
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At the time of publication, Cramer was long Morgan Stanley and Abbott Laboratories.
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