Jim Cramer told his "Mad Money" viewers Thursday night that smart investors were buying stocks -- not selling them -- after the terrorist bombings in London.
"We aren't mercenaries, we are realists," he said. "When it appears terrorism won't affect stocks, we buy," Cramer said.
And that's exactly what happened Thursday. After early-morning selling, the stock market turned around and finished positive on the day.
Cramer said today's early-morning selloff gave investors a chance to buy defensive stocks and techs. And when the banks reversed in the afternoon and headed higher, Cramer said that was the time to sell.
"No one ever made a dime by panicking," Cramer said. He said the market is more affected by business cycles than terrorism.
"Our hearts are not black," Cramer said, saying he was a realist.
Cramer told a caller that travel and leisure stocks are the weak links after terrorist events. If you have gains, or even losses in some of these names, it is time to ring the register, he said.
Cramer said the run in the oil stocks meant it was time to take profits on some. Why not sell all of the oil stocks? Because the mutual funds are going to come in and drive the stocks even higher, he said.
In his pick of the week, Cramer tapped
, which got hammered on news that
( PHS). But that reaction was misguided, Cramer said. Medco does a lot of fulfillment work for UnitedHealth and that's where PacifiCare does a lot of business as well, so the thinking is that Medco will eventually start losing business. Wrong, said Cramer. He would be a buyer of Medco here.
Cramer has been negative on the banks lately. Guest Tom Brown of Bankstocks.com said he would be a buyer of
and a seller of
Bank of America
As for Bank of America's purchase of
( KRB), Brown said that Bank of America bought one of the weaker credit card companies in the space.
But Cramer said: "The banks were a much loved group, but no more." It's time to sell, he said.
As for the security stocks that rallied on the London bombings, Cramer said he would be selling the entire group. Short term, the stocks do well, but long term they are losers. Cramer said he would sell stocks like
Magal Security Systems
In an extended "Lightning Round," Cramer was bullish on:
Sirius Satellite Radio
Brush Engineered Materials
( CFC) and
He also was bullish on
Canadian Natural Resources
Cramer was bearish on:
Friedman Billings Ramsey
J.P. Morgan Chase
Finally, Cramer interviewed the chief executive from
( IMX). Cramer wondered how the company would make it through the year, because it has only about $2.5 million in cash.
Cramer asked if the company would have to do an equity deal later in the year.
Anthony Armini, CEO, said it would get a loan package instead. At the end of the segment, Cramer said that he would be a seller of the stock if he were still running his old hedge fund.
At the time of publication, Cramer was long Commerce Bancorp, General Mills, Halliburton, Intel, J.P. Morgan, Motorola and UnitedHealth Group.
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