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Is this a bull market or a bear market?
Jim Cramer told the viewers of his "Mad Money" TV show that it's neither, but it is, however, a great opportunity to make money.
Cramer said his philosophy is different than that of most money managers, who promote "buy and hold," and tell investors to always stay fully invested. Cramer's philosophy is "buy and homework," --- i.e., buying stocks, keeping an eye on them, and selling them when conditions change.
That's why in September, 2008, at Dow 11,000, Cramer told investors to sell, and reiterated that call in October 2008 at Dow 10,000. That's also why he advised investors to buy in the second week of March so they could catch the beautiful 21% rally.
Cramer told viewers to be skeptical of the money managers they see on TV and read about in the papers. He said these managers are largely bias, and while not all are bad, their incentive is to keep investors in the markets and generating commissions.
After a long career as a broker, a hedge fund manager and now a charity portfolio, Cramer said he's just looking out for the little guy, trying to help them avoid big losses. The other guys, he said, never admit they're wrong, they're just "early."
Cramer told viewers candidly to sell some of their big gains this week on Monday.
For "Speculation Friday," Cramer recommended chipmaker
, on the heels of of his recommendation of rival
Cramer said after positive comments made by Taiwan Semiconductor that the outlook for semiconductors is better than previously forecast, Silicon Labs is the logical choice to take advantage of the pin action.
Cramer said Silicon Labs makes "disruptive technology." The company enters larger, mature markets and integrates multiple parts into a single chip, allowing manufacturers to make items small and more energy efficient. The company's products are in all of the hottest gadgets, from cell phones, to GPS and from LCD TV's to cars.
With strong orders coming from China and a worldwide shortage of chips, Cramer said Silicon Labs should continue to do well. The company has a broad base of stable customers and boasts 61% gross margins. Silicon Labs has also aggressively cut costs, making it leaner and meaner than ever before.
Trading at just $27 a share, with $7 a share in cash, Cramer said Silicon Labs is a steal with its shares trading just 21 times earnings, the low end of its historical range. Cramer reminded viewers that Silicon Labs is a speculative stock, meaning it's for a trade only.
He said to ride the stock higher as this quarter becomes better than last quarter before selling it.
A Counter-Trend Stock
Cramer said investors need a good counter-trend stock in their portfolio, one that others are selling irrationally and are just throwing away at bargain basement prices.
One stock that fits the bill is
, a company Cramer said is an excellent consumer products company with the resources to raise its dividend.
Cramer said Clorox currently yields 3.6%, but is expected to earn revenue more than two times its payout. Wall Street is expecting the company to raise its dividend in May by 8.6%, taking the yield to 3.8% at current levels.
Clorox may be turning the corner in this recession, with private label competition taking less share than in the previous quarter, he said. The company is also benefiting from lower commodity costs.
All in all, Clorox should do better than expected said Cramer.
Turning to valuation, Cramer said Clorox trades at just 13 times its earnings, a big discount from its average 19 times multiple over the last five years. If it returns to that historical average, it could propel shares to $77 a share, he said.
Outrage of the Day
Cramer turned his sights on Wall Street's biggest critics and cynics. "Where were all of you over the last eight years?" he asked.
Cramer said he, too, is appalled at the bonuses paid by
, the anger should be directed at the regulators who let it happen and not the company.
No one stepped up during the Bush administration and stopped the dismantling of the uptick rule, or questioned the allowance of naked shorting, or was outraged at special tax treatment for hedge funds, he said.
Now is not the time to be surprised at Wall Street's greed, he said, adding focusing on stupid, little tangental issues now is not going to help matters.
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