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The Skin He's In
"When I go hunting for stocks ... I look for jaw droppingly good earnings," Jim Cramer told "Mad Money" viewers Thursday, which is why he said to take a look at
The company makes artificial skin to repair the body and reduce scarring after complex hernia procedures, he said. While this doesn't sound like the most attractive business, Cramer said that LifeCell has very little competition.
And, he added, the competitors are using pigskin.
With 133,000 complex hernia procedures a year, Cramer sees room for growth. Plus, he said, the company could expand into the breast implant market to reduce scarring in these cosmetic procedures.
The company says it will see more than 30% sales growth a year, a number Cramer said is probably radically conservative, and better than any company he follows.
A caller wanted to know if the company was exposed to litigation risks. Cramer said that like all medical stocks, the company would have to deal with lawsuits and the threat of lawsuits.
However, Cramer said it would be no more of a concern for LifeCell than for other companies in the sector and that it would not dissuade him from buying the stock.
What the Hex?
"A month ago, I recommended
when it was at $36 a share, and now it's at $51.70," said Cramer.
He mentioned this to gloat, as well as to say that he believes he has the next Allegheny -- a stock that will make the same type of run higher for the same reasons.
Cramer said that
is one of the best unexploited plays off of the success of
because like Allegheny, it makes a compound that helps produce a lighter airplane.
Hexcel is the leading producer of a lightweight carbon fiber that is increasingly being used in new aerospace programs, Cramer said, much like titanium.
"We are in the third year of what I think will be a seven-year aerospace cycle," Cramer said, adding that we can expect Boeing and
to build a lot more planes.
And people who are making the parts for the planes will "make the moolah," he said.
Not only are more planes being made, but also more of each plane will be made up of this carbon fiber, he said.
Right now, about 6% (by weight) of a plane is made up of this carbon fiber, but Cramer said that the percentage could go to 12% by the end of the year and maybe up to 20% the next year.
Every week senior
columnist Herb Greenberg, "the anti-Cramer" spars with the stock guru, and this week the two debated the merits of
While Greenberg wouldn't say that the company's days are numbered, he said that it's an example of the dangers of buying a momentum stock.
Cramer pointed out that some investors caught a double if they took money off the table before the stock fell, while Greenberg pointed out that the stock plunged 16 points in the blink of an eye.
Cramer said that
Jos. A. Bank Clothiers
had a blowout quarter, but Greenberg was still cautious on the stock.
But Greenberg was even more worried about
because of its many acquisitions.
It buys other companies, takes on debt, and it numbers are not great when compared with those of
, Greenberg said. He added that Walgreen is a better-managed company.
Cramer said that CVS is better than it used to be and added that the stock was up a dollar. But Greenberg said that someday the debt will matter for CVS.
Even though Cramer didn't delve into President Bush's State of the Union address, he said that "if el presidente wants to pontificate about weaning ourselves from foreign oil," we can milk that theme.
He recommended looking into geothermal energy and said that "it could be the next solar power."
And the company he said to take a look at was the Israeli company
, which he believes has the best proprietary technology for geothermal energy production.
Geothermal energy frees hot water trapped in between tectonic plates so that it can transform into steam and be converted to electricity, Cramer said.
Like solar power, geothermal power consumes no fuel, so you don't have to worry about those volatile costs. But the sun eventually sets, while geothermal power can be used anytime, he said.
And a silicon shortage could make solar power more expensive.
Cramer was bullish on:
Energy Conversion Devices
Birch Mountain Resources
Northern Orion Resources
Dr. Reddy's Laboratories
Archer Daniels Midland
Cramer was bearish on:
China TEchnology Development
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At the time of publication, Cramer was long Boeing, BHP Billiton and Ameritrade.
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