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"There is one area that's shining
domestically," Jim Cramer told viewers of his "Mad Money" TV show Tuesday. It's telecom.
Telecommunications is "lower risk," and it's the one sector the
can't "bulldoze," he said. It's one of the few domestic areas in which market players can make money right now.
are "great places to be," Cramer said he can't recommend both.
He believes that AT&T has moved up too much. Even though Cramer doesn't advise selling AT&T, he doesn't advise buying it, either. People should put any "new money" into Verizon, he said.
Verizon's technology is known to be better than AT&T's when it comes to wireless, Cramer said. Plus, Verizon has a 4.3% dividend, whereas AT&T is yielding 3.7%. Verizon has more of a cushion in case it takes a hit, which shouldn't happen anyway, he said.
Verizon's quarter was good, Cramer continued. It increased its wireless customers by 14.5% year-over-year and displayed a No. 1 retention rate. In addition, its fiber-optics service has accelerated revenue growth, he said. FiOS has only been around at Verizon for about five quarters, but it already has a lot of customers.
"The triple play
telephone, cable and Internet is driving Verizon," Cramer said. "It could very well become the one-stop shop for all your telco needs."
Even though the "hapless"
has been taking clients from Verizon, Cramer believes that should soon change as people begin to see that Vonage is not worth sticking with.
Meanwhile, AT&T has started to spend "a bundle" to fight off its cable competitors, he said. Telco's a great way to play defense, and now at these prices, "Verizon is greater than AT&T."
A Bigger Play
Though Verizon is the bigger way to play the telco spending cycle, a smaller, more speculative way to play it is with
, Cramer told viewers.
This wireless company has what the "big dogs" want: wireless subscribers, especially in rural areas, Cramer said. In fact, Verizon or AT&T might try to buy Alltel to keep up wireless growth, Cramer said.
Cramer said he wouldn't also discount the possibility of
Back on April 24,
The Wall Street Journal
discussed the possibility of AT&T making a bid for Alltel, Cramer said. "We know wireless is very strong," he said. "That is why you can speculate on Alltel."
There aren't that many wireless plays out there, and making acquisitions is the best way for companies such as Verizon, AT&T and Sprint to grow, Cramer said. They all need to keep up their wireless growth "to please people on Wall Street."
A company will never announce that it's for sale on a conference call, but at the same time Alltel's silence is a good sign, he added. Plus, the company's fundamentals are good.
No Bad News Is Good News
Telco spending is "back on track," and the best way to play it is with
, Cramer said.
Cramer pointed out how Tellabs' stock didn't go down even after reporting "a stinko quarter." When bad news doesn't hurt a stock, you know that's a good sign, Cramer said.
Plus, not only is its business with AT&T "starting to pick up," but Tellabs is also the leader in last-mile technology, which happens to be the fastest-growing in telco infrastructure spending, he said.
Moreover, Tellabs makes high-speed data more efficient and takes care of online bottleneck traffic, Cramer said.
Cramer believes that Ciena is a play on Verizon's spending because Ciena accelerates its spending on FiOS. The main difference between the two, Cramer said, is that Tellabs is more levered to "access products," while Ciena is more levered to "transport products."
However, as the telco industry has a history of being volatile, he warned his viewers to take profits in these stocks as their contracts come in. "These are trades," Cramer said.
He also advised people not to consider the "lower quality"
, because "you could get burned," Cramer said.
JDSU has gone from "Just Don't Sell Us" to "Just Don't Sue Us."
Cramer welcomed Craig Martin, president and CEO of
Jacobs Engineering Group
, to his show and asked him if his long-term projects are going to be canceled if oil dips to $58.
"Not at all," Martin responded. "In fact, if you listen to most of the customers in the business, they're using oil prices in the low $40s as their benchmark for financing projects in determining if they make sense. So an oil price move from $68 to $58 just doesn't have any impact."
Cramer said that Jacobs Engineering is one of few companies that has a major bet on Canadian oil sands. However, he said it seems that Canada is not drilling as much as it once did, and the green movement is having an effect on some of these projects.
Martin said Jacobs Engineering believes that the Canadian oil sands are "great for the long term." Many of the company's projects, the CEO said, look a lot more like programs that are being phased out.
Each program, Martin continued, may have up to 10 phases that each take two or three years to complete. Although there are some issues with costs, labor availability and the green movement, the drivers are "overwhelming," Martin said.
"We think the investment is going to continue for a long time."
Cramer said he likes the company and its book of business. And at these prices, he said, it could be the "best in show."
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