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When power players such as
, Kirk Kerkorian and
invest their money in stocks, people pay attention, Jim Cramer told viewers of his "Mad Money" TV show Wednesday.
Sometimes piggybacking off big money mangers is "better than coming up with your own ideas," he said. "Piggybacking can work."
Market players can make money by correctly figuring out which stocks are going to be in style next, because once a stock is in style, it will stay in style for a while until it's played out, Cramer explained.
People piggyback off these master investors not necessarily because they have better ideas but because the mimicked stocks are the ones that tend to do better during good days and are among the first to bounce back after bad days, he said.
A stock Icahn has owned for a while is
, a small, high-yielding cigarette company.
Icahn, Cramer said, has a 20% stake in Vector. However, Cramer doesn't want people to buy it just because Icahn's in it. Instead, he wants investors to do their own homework and see if Vector works for them.
The best part of this story, Cramer said, is the stock's 8% yield. It's difficult to find a stock with good fundamentals and such a high dividend, he said. Vector's two businesses are cigarettes and real estate.
The company is in the business of discount cigarettes, and its cigarette brands are small. Though
, which Cramer owns for his charitable trust,
Action Alerts PLUS, could "crush" Vector, there's no need for it to do so, because Altria, unlike Vector, is in the business of providing high-end cigarette brands.
In addition, as part of its real estate division, Vector owns part of Douglas Elliman Realty, the largest residential brokerage in New York City, Cramer pointed out.
Moreover, he believes that Vector's earnings estimates are too low and are likely wrong because there are only two analysts covering it. The stock is cheap, has a great yield and has Icahn as a "backstop," which makes it all the more fashionable, Cramer said.
By Hook or by Brookfield
Brookfield Asset Management
, which is up 744% since 1997, 519% in the last five years and 54% in the last 12 months, could be the next
( BRKA), Cramer told viewers.
J. Bruce Flatt, BAM's CEO, deserves some of the attention Buffett is getting, he said. "He is Buffett-esque" and has done a terrific job with the company.
Brookfield has a lot of money invested in several different areas, including the wild bull market of infrastructure, Cramer said. In fact, if market players have a portfolio yearning for some infrastructure exposure, he said, he can't think of a better play than BAM.
Cramer suggested swapping out of some
, both of which have had big runs, and taking a look at Brookfield.
Brookfield, he said, is a play on clean energy and is not levered to oil and gas or coal. Plus, it's based in Canada and has the global exposure Cramer loves so much.
Overall, Brookfield is a "good earner" and a great place to go long term, and it has the potential to become "a more international version of Berkshire Hathaway," he said.
Am I Diversified?
During the "Am I Diversified?" game, Cramer's first player called out the following five names:
, a stock Cramer owns for his charitable trust,
Action Alerts PLUS.
Cramer told the caller he had "way too much concentration" in two sectors, with two shipping stocks and three dot-coms. "You could get hurt," he said.
Cramer advised keeping Google and Seaspan, selling the rest and finding a health care, defense and financial play.
The next caller asked if he was diversified with these five stocks in his portfolio:
, a play Cramer owns for Action Alerts PLUS.
Cramer blessed the portfolio as diversified but said he'd rather see the caller in a financial than a housing play such as St. Joe.
The last caller named these five plays:
Buffalo Wild Wings
, the latter four of which Cramer owns for his charitable trust.
Cramer congratulated the caller on having a diversified portfolio
Dynegy: Do It
CEO Bruce Williamson joined Cramer on his show and said the fact that
has decided to sell its 97 million shares of Dynegy gives Dynegy investors more liquidity.
CVX originally got into Dynegy because of its natural gas, and once Dynegy sold that business, CVX sold its shares of the company, the chief executive said.
It was because of "strategic reasons" that CVX pulled out of Dynegy. However, this doesn't affect Dynegy's EPS, Williamson reassured viewers.
When Cramer asked what Dynegy is levered to, Williamson said that the "biggest thing" for the company is energy demand. Drivers on the electric side include weather patterns, and ultimately, Dynegy does better with high-energy prices than with lower ones, he said.
At the same time, Dynegy is diversified and is not solely dependant on oil and gas prices, Williamson added.
Cramer said he would be an "aggressive buyer" of Dynegy.
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