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NEW YORK (
) -- "Even on the good days, there are still stocks that make you lose sleep," Jim Cramer told his "Mad Money" TV show viewers. Donning a pair of footed pajamas and surrounded by pillows and blankets, Cramer said now that there's a plan to fix the troubled European banks and countries, investors need a plan to fix their portfolios.
Today's markets were not a pretty picture, said Cramer, with
delivering a horrible quarter Tuesday -- citing problems closing big deals, and with European weakness. Making matters worse were poor results from
Investors won't sleep well at night in troubled markets like these with just any old stocks, Cramer explained. He said that low-yielding and no-yielding names just won't do; investors need dividend protection. He said on good days, stocks like
will rally, but the next down days are likely just around the corner.
Cramer once again endorsed master limited partnerships like
Kinder Morgan Energy Partners
Enterprise Product Partners
along with high-yielding drug stocks like
. He said high-yielding consumer stocks like
and high-yielding utilities like
"Any of these names will help investors sleep at night," Cramer concluded, especially when the next big down day is upon us.
Eat, Drink, Be Merry and Shop
In the next installment of his "Eat, Drink, Be Merry and Shop" series, Cramer highlighted the ultimate in "be merry" stocks,
, on the heels of what could be a breakout year for the company.
Cramer said that Disney recently boosted its dividend payout by 50%, a move that should be seen by investors as a powerful signal of confidence. He said that Disney has boosted its dividend six times in the past 10 years, but never more than 15%, thus this most recent move is a standout.
Business is going well at Disney, and is only poised to go higher as consumer confidence improves. The company's TV and cable properties, like
, are improving and the Disney brand is beloved around the globe.
Disney's theme parks, which make up 17% of the company's revenue, saw an 11% boost in this most recent quarter as consumer confidence begins to improve. The company is set to open its largest theme park to date, in Shanghai China, in 2016. Even the company's ailing movie division is turning itself around, as it prepares to deliver fewer, but higher-budget, productions in 2012.
Trading at just 10.8 times earnings with a 13.5% long-term growth rate, Cramer said that Disney is trading in-line with other media companies when historically it trades at a premium. He said that makes shares a Disney a steal and a must-own for every child's portfolio.
Do the Homework
Cramer explained what "doing the homework" really means by examining the most recent results of
, a company he told viewers to get behind before they reported earnings earlier this week. He said that the company's 16% dividend boost was one signal, but in its earnings release, there were many others.
First was demand. No demand equals no sales, said Cramer; but in Nike's case, the company's "cool factor" and athlete endorsements create plenty of demand for its products. Then there's the size of its addressable market. In Nike's case, that's a possible $75 billion and Nike is the dominate player in that market. Also helping to make the demand case: Nike's future orders, up 13%.
Investors should consider the near term, said Cramer, as in what catalysts can help boost the stock in the short term. For Nike, those include the return of professional basketball, the 2012 summer Olympics and the World Cup in Brazil.
Also on the homework list, a company's costs. Nike said that it's seeing no pushback from customers on its recent price increases, and cotton costs are now falling. There is also geography to consider. Cramer said that much of Nike's growth comes from emerging markets, 13% from China alone.
Wall Street also likes accelerating revenue growth, said Cramer, and Nike's got that, too. The company's inventory at its retail locations was higher, he noted, but total units have topped, which is a bullish sign.
Finally, Cramer said he looks for new technology, something Nike has plenty of, as well as a culture of growth and innovation, something else Nike is known for. Put all of these factors together, said Cramer, and it's easy to see why Nike is a great investment. Investors should use these metrics for stocks in their portfolios as well, he concluded.
Am I Diversified?
Cramer spoke with callers to see if their portfolios have what it takes. The first caller's portfolio included:
Clean Energy Fuels
Energy Transfer Partners
Cramer said that Nvidia and Intel were both tech companies, so he would dump Nvidia in favor of a health care name.
The second caller's top holdings included:
Whole Foods Markets
Cramer said that this portfolio was perfectly diversified.
The third caller had:
as their top five stocks.
Cramer said this portfolio was too concentrated in oil and he recommended selling Transocean and Sunoco to pick up a health care stock and a retailer.
The fourth caller's top stocks were:
Johnson & Johnson
SPDR Gold Shares
Cramer said he wouldn't change a thing with this portfolio.
No Huddle Offense
In his "No Huddle Offense" segment, Cramer introduced investors to the Ouroboros, a symbolic representation of a snake eating its own tail. He said the Ouroboros is the perfect metaphor for the European rescue package, a virtuous circle where the government gives money to the banks so they can invest into government bonds.
Cramer said he actually applauds this plan, as it's the best we've seen after four failed attempts so far. He said the plan should allow the markets to stabilize a bit, but there is a problem.
While the Ouroboros may look like a virtuous circle, it is, in fact, eating its own waste. Cramer said in Europe, the money will run out eventually. He added that Europeans don't practice real capitalism, the kind where banks have to raise their own money and the weak don't survive. Someday, he said, we will have to revisit this issue, but for now, the Ouroboros appears to be working.
In the Lightning Round, Cramer was bullish on
Fifth Third Bancorp
Cramer was bearish on
RF Micro Devices
Chicago Mercantile Exchange
--Written by Scott Rutt in Washington, D.C.
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