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proved today that it's the only broker to own, Jim Cramer told viewers of his "Mad Money" show Thursday.
Until Goldman's earnings report today, "everyone viewed brokers as cut from the same cloth," said Cramer, who owns Goldman for his charitable trust,
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During a bull market, "everyone looks like a genius," but Goldman Sachs proved itself during a downturn by shorting the mortgage market, Cramer said: "When you're right quarter after quarter after quarter, it isn't luck."
In spite of this success, Goldman still has a very low multiple on earnings per share. Wall Street is underestimating Goldman because it assumes all brokers are the same. But given Goldman's exceptional track record, "Why settle for less when you can have Goldman Sachs for $230?" Cramer asked.
He predicted that "Goldman will be dragged kicking and screaming into a higher multiple" and that Goldman deserves to sell at $300. "Goldman is the only one you want to own."
CEO David Novak to the show and asked him how Yum! has stayed consistent in the restaurant business.
Novak pointed to Yum's "global portfolio of leading brands," which includes Taco Bell, KFC and Pizza Hut. That diversity gives Yum! earnings power and tremendous opportunities to expand around the world. Novak said that Yum! is the No. 1 retail developer in the world, ahead of chains such as
. Yum! is building one restaurant per day in China and continues to grow elsewhere, Novak said.
Cramer asked how Yum! knows that "they love the Colonel in China."
Novak replied that Yum! is bringing a "known quantity" to the Chinese market and that the company invests in building brands that work well in Chinese culture.
Cramer asked Novak about food-price inflation, wondering why it doesn't surface in Yum!'s earnings.
Novak said that the power of Yum's portfolio and being a global growth company allows it to weather "any storm you can imagine," and that it's working on the food-inflation problem.
When asked about Yum's image as an unhealthy brand, Novak asserted that the "food tastes good" and that "consumers are looking for taste." He also said that Yum's menus are getting broader all the time in response to consumers' concerns.
He mentioned the "Fresco" line at Taco Bell and Yum's efforts to take trans fat out of KFC's cooking oil as specific moves that Yum! was making to offer customers more choices. "We're not resting on our laurels," Novak said.
Cramer called Yum! a consistent buy. Even in the wake of an E. coli outbreak at its Taco Bell chain last winter, Yum! "has had unbelievable growth," making it one of the most consistent restaurant stocks on the market.
Cramer said that if investors are searching for the next
, they should look to
The yoga-apparel company's stock is up 28% from when Cramer recommended it two months ago, and he believes lululemon is following Under Armour and Crocs.
Cramer pointed out that naysayers claim lululemon has a niche demographic -- only 1% to 2% of Americans practice yoga. Although bears are correct that "a momentum stock cannot live on yoga alone," Cramer believes that lululemon has growth potential as a woman's apparel retailer. Therefore, its addressable market is 50% of the population, and there is a lot of room for the company to grow, he said.
Cramer welcomed lululemon CEO Robert Meers to the show. He asked Meers if his company's brand could work outside of the "wealthy parts of wealthy cities." Meers replied that he believes "people will pay for quality," a category in which the company is unmatched. Furthermore, lululemon operates well in college towns.
When Cramer asked why lululemon doesn't have more stores, Meers responded that the brand's cachet is very important and that the "right thing to do is be special." For customers who don't live near a store, Meers said the company has an 800 number people can call for home delivery.
Cramer concluded that investors should put lululemon in the same category as
and other luxury brands.
During the "Sell Block" section of the show, Cramer addressed whether his recent preference for
was to be viewed as a slight on other banks, such as
Bank of America
Cramer pointed out to viewers that recommending one bank does not mean the others in the same sector are not good, and to think so is to create a false dichotomy between banks. In fact, if a sector is doing well, it's often appropriate to like many stocks in that sector.
Tuesday's Fed rate cut has been good for stocks, so investors need to change their worldview to reflect the new market environment. When interest rates were higher, it was better to own banks that would "shine no matter what," but when the Fed acted aggressively, it became important to react. Although Wachovia struggled before the rate cut, it's going to perform better now that interest rates are lower, Cramer said.
Precisely because Wachovia is not run as well as banks like Wells Fargo, its value depends on the rate cut, so in this new situation, its value will increase. Favoring high-quality banks "even when the world changes" is a bad idea, Cramer said. Investors need to change with new events.
Cramer was bullish on
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Jacobs Engineering Group
Cramer was bearish on
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. He was bearish on
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