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"We need to get America moving again," Jim Cramer told viewers of his "Mad Money" TV show Friday. He had a simple message for the Federal Reserve: "We need another rate cut."
Cramer said the country is in the grips of some of the worst deflation he's ever seen, and it's imperative that the Fed cuts rates to save it. Deflation is all around us, he said. Oil and natural gas continues to plummet, along with just about every commodity out there. The retail sector, said Cramer, is also horrible. Worst of all, the housing market continues to sink, with homes still losing value by the minute.
Cramer said that while no one is talking about a Fed rate cut yet, they will be by next week. He said the Fed needs to step up and answer the call, and unlike last year, take swift and decisive action to stop the deflation.
Cramer: Commodities Are Still Sketchy
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Cramer also again called for an immediate end to the mortgage crisis, and urged the Treasury to bail out
( FNM) and
( FRE). The markets need this mess to finally be over, he said. "Save our homes."
Cramer told investors that their gameplan for next week should be to buy more of his recommended banks and brokers before the rest of the market wakes up to the possibility of a rate cut and before the mortgage crisis get solved.
Nat Semi Chief Speaks
Cramer talked with
Chairman and CEO Brian Halla and asked the tough question -- "What have you done for us lately?"
Halla explained that the semiconductor industry was driven by mainframes, PCs, the internet, and then cell phones. Today, he said, it's being driven by energy conservation, health care and security and surveillance. He said he still sees growth in all of these areas.
When asked about solar technology in particular, Halla said that National Semi is working on technology that bolts onto solar cells and can increase efficiency by as much as 20%. He called solar a very exciting area, as the technology is now just 6 times less efficient than its carbon-based competitors. "We're within striking distance," he said.
Cramer acknowledged that it's been a horrible year for the semis, part of a longer five-year slide for the industry. However, he noted, prices for these companies have not been this low in over five years. He said now might be the time to start looking into these companies, as they can't go much lower.
He called National Semi in particular a cheap stock, one without an immediate catalyst, but one worth considering.
Have Some FUN
"Happier days have arrived for some companies," Cramer told viewers. In a market that's decidedly been no fun for many companies, Cramer recommended the stock of
Cramer said his thesis for Cedar Fair is simple: Eighty percent of the people who visit the company's many theme parks arrive by car, and with gas prices continuing to fall, that means great things for Cedar Fair.
Cramer said Cedar Fair has been taking big hits recently, on fears of rising gas prices and a slowing economy. In reality however, the company's attendance is up 3% this year, with revenue up 2%. Given that the declines were mostly psychological and not based on the facts, Cramer now feels FUN is now ready to run.
Also on the list of positives for the company -- its 9.3% dividend yield, which Cramer called relatively safe, and its most recent award for "Best Amusement Park" for its Cedar Point property in Sandusky, Ohio.
In the "Mad Mail" viewer feedback segment, Cramer told a viewer that he got it wrong with
and he's not a buyer of that company until it's releasing a timeframe for its new diabetes drug.
Cramer reiterated a buy on "new tech" company
but said that exposure to coal will continue to hurt rival
In the Lightning Round, Cramer was bullish on
Energy Transfer Partners
Atlas Energy Resources
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Leggett & Platt
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At the time of publication, Cramer wasn't long any stocks in this story.
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