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For the remainder of the year, technology stocks should go higher and make market players money, Jim Cramer told viewers of his "Mad Money" TV show Monday.
Every market needs leadership and a group of stocks that want to go higher, he said. The technology sector is the industry that Cramer believes is working right now.
Earlier in the year, it was easier to pick out leadership groups, but now it's become difficult, he said. In the beginning of the year, cyclicals took off. And then it was aluminum, steel and other "red-hot mining plays" that led the market, Cramer said.
Then, after the anticommercial assets and gold made a huge run, "we hit a wall, but it was still easy to find leadership," as people steered toward consumer staples to make money.
But now six months later, the consumer staples have had their run, and it's no surprise they've become "momentumless," Cramer said. "We need new stocks to make money."
Though "oil has become the ultimate trade," it is not the new "must-own" sector, Cramer said.
Retail could have been the leader, but then
performed "so badly" it made it difficult for other retailers like
to perform well with its very low prices, he said.
"The financials can't lead us," and health care is "too confusing" on the eve of the election, he said, as well as the defense group.
"But a lot of stocks are working in technology right now," Cramer said.
Level 3 Communications
are all buys, he said.
Advanced Micro Devices
, should also perform well, Cramer said.
In addition, he suggested
, both of which he owns for his charitable trust,
Action Alerts PLUS, as tech buys.
"is a play on big-screen TVs," and
are good video-game plays, he said.
Cramer urged viewers to "back up the truck on any election-related weakness."
"The bottom line is tech stocks have historically been the leader in November and December, and they will lead again this year," he said.
the butt of his jokes for five years, "Krispy Kreme is a buy," Cramer told viewers.
Last week, after Howard Penney, an analyst at Prudential recommended buying Krispy Kreme, he was attacked by the bears. But Cramer believes that Penney is right about Krispy Kreme and advised viewers to buy the stock.
Not only did bears go after Penney's reasoning, but they made some "nasty accusations" and questioned Prudential's integrity for recommending the stock, he said.
However, Cramer believes that Penney is "honest, ethical" and a good analyst.
"It is honest analysis, and neither Prudential nor Penney is known for leaking things," he said. "The attacks are unfounded."
Although there's no question that buying Krispy Kreme is a little bit of a speculation, market players "need a little bit of speculation to stay on top of the game," Cramer went on to say.
Plus, when there is such a drastic kind of negativity toward a stock, it becomes easier to make money off of it, he explained.
"No one who is scared owns it," Cramer said. "They have already sold the stock."
If people can handle the risk, Krispy Kreme is "worth owning," he said.
The Dog Has Its DVD Day
Another stock Cramer advised buying is
"It's a trade that should go higher over the next six months," he said. "Buy it now, and sell it in April."
Although Cramer has not historically liked this stock, it has a new plan, which Cramer believes will help it beat
The company's total-access plan, which allows customers to exchange DVDs in the store for free rentals, "should drive Blockbuster higher and put it ahead of Netflix," he said.
Even though "free" is a "terrible" word for a company to use to turn itself around, this could steer subscribers from Netflix, Cramer said.
Though Blockbuster has been an "unbelievable dog," last quarter it beat its estimates, and after two years of straight losses, it is profitable, he said.
Plus, the fact that there is almost no coverage of this stock should make it jump on any good news, Cramer continued.
Be a buyer of Blockbuster now, sell it after six months, and don't forget to use limit orders when buying it, he said.
No Boo for Blue Nile
Cramer welcomed Mark Vadon,
co-founder and CEO, to the show and asked him if shareholders should be scared to own this stock after Piper Jaffray recently downgraded the stock to a sell.
"I don't think you should be scared," Vadon said. "I try to focus on building the business and not debating analysts, but after reading the report, I couldn't disagree more with the analyst."
"We have a ton of business ahead of us," he continued. "We are the largest jeweler on the Internet and dominate engagement on the Web."
When Cramer stated from the report that the company's gross-margin decline is "very scary," Vadon said, "We've seen accelerating growth the last couple of quarters."
"We've been growing close to 30%," he continued. "It's translating into profitability and overall positioning us for the future."
Cramer said he's not backing away from Blue Nile.
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