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The rise of capitalism in Russia has fueled the rapid growth of TV, Jim Cramer told viewers of his "Mad Money" TV show Wednesday.

Russian TV is where America was 40 years ago, he said, as the explosive growth of advertising is propelling the expansion of television programming and viewership.

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The best way to play that market is

CTC Media


, the fourth largest television broadcaster in Russia, according to Cramer.

CTC Media, he says, owns 32 TV stations and is aggressively growing through acquisitions, taking advantage of cost savings along the way. The broadcasting company commands 11.8% of the national audience in Russia, and many of its stations enjoy strong ratings.

Cramer notes CTC Media's current valuation as another reason to own the company. CTC has a 30% long-term growth rate, but trades at just 18 times expected 2008 earnings.

"The Russian stocks are coming," he said, "and CTC Media is another great way to play the capitalist revolution."

A Market Over-Reaction

Cramer went out on a limb and recommended


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, as the next stock in his series of "catch-up" stocks that lag against their peers.

Merck recently suffered huge losses, to the tune of $31 billion of its marketcap, after negative reports surfaced regarding its anti-cholesterol drug Vytorin, which it co-marketed with

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"I believe Merck's been beaten down way too much," said Cramer. Just days after the negative study was released, Merck saw only modest dips in the prescription rates for Vytorin, indicating that the market may have overreacted to the news, he noted.

Calling the Vytorin fiasco "just a speed bump for Merck," Cramer said the company's $31 billion loss of marketcap "absurd."

But now that the damage has been done, Cramer said the earnings estimates for Merck "are just too low."

He said drug stocks are the ones you want to own in a recessionary environment, and with Merck's 3.7% dividend yield, it's just too attractive to pass up.

Merck estimates it will take in $4.6 billion in sales this year and has several blockbuster drugs in its pipeline. The company now trades at just 11 times forward earnings.

He is impressed with the company's stock buyback program, which still has $5.1 billion left with which to purchase its shares. "Just two months ago, they were buying back shares at $59."

Cramer's called Merck his No. 1 pick in the Dow Jones Industrial Average and a quality company that trades at a huge discount.

Going Strong

Cramer welcomed Zan Guerry Chairman and CEO of


( CHTT) to talk about the company's recent upside surprise.

Guerry said his company's strength has come from all of its brands moving in the right direction. He cited Icy Hot, Gold Bond, Cortizone and Act mouthwash as brands that are performing exceptionally well. He also said earlier concerns with the company's Icy Hot brand have been resolved.

Guerry credited some of Chattem's success to the company's many new products. He said the company is generating up to $5 a share of free cash flow and has $100 million for additional acquisitions.

Cramer called Chattem a solid company with great brands, great management and a solid strategy.

Mad Mail

In this segment, Cramer told a viewer that he has mixed feelings on

LSB Industries

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. While accounting irregularities always equals sell, the investigation was already priced into the stock at $14 a share, he said.

When a viewer asked for a recommendation between

Consolidated Edison

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Public Service Enterprise

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, Cramer pick ConEd for its dividend yield, but also mentioned the Brazilian

CPFL Energia

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as another great play.

A third viewer asked about

Sunrise Senior Living

( SRZ), to which Cramer reiterated that accounting problems always equals sell.

A fourth viewer asked if

First Solar

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could withstand attacks against global warming. Cramer stood behind the company, and

Applied Materials

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as solid solar plays regardless of the prevailing wisdom on global warming.

Sudden Death

Cramer was bullish on

United Parcel Service

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International Business Machines

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Cramer was bearish on

First Marblehead



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Lightning Round

Cramer was bullish on

Millicom International Cellular

( MICC),


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CSX Corp

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Exxon Mobil

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Petrohawk Energy




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Atlas Energy Resources

( ATN).

Cramer was bearish on


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YRC Worldwide

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Trinity Industries

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Discover Financial Services

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American Express

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At the time of publication, Cramer was long Verizon.

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