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After today's somewhat confusing employment number, Jim Cramer told the viewers of his "Mad Money" TV show that diversified portfolio is the way to play the markets going forward.

He said investors need to understand the context of employment number to really understand where the markets are headed.

Cramer said today's employment number was all about expectations. The top line under of 9.4% unemployment is indeed a bad number, he said, but it's far better than the garden variety depression many experts forecast just a few month ago.

Cramer said American business took swift action last year when they saw the economy worsening. They laid off huge numbers of people fast to save their bottom lines. Now, with the government's handling of Chrysler and GM also going better than expected, the worst is likely behind us, he said.

According to Cramer, the recession is not over, which is why he continues to recommend sticking with the leaders that have been working, mainly the banks, oils, tech and now aerospace.

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In these groups, Cramer likes

JPMorgan Chase

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Conoco Phillips

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, two stocks which Cramer owns for his charitable trust,

Action Alerts PLUS, along with


(AAPL) - Get Report



(BA) - Get Report


Cramer also recommended adding a few defensive names to investors' portfolios, names like

Agnico-Eagle Mines

(AEM) - Get Report

for gold exposure, and

Johnson & Johnson

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(CL) - Get Report


By using a diversified portfolio, Cramer said investors will find themselves at a great place in a confusing market.

Tech Plays

There are lots of ways to play the booming rally in technology, Cramer said.

He said investors can go with the big bellwethers such as


(AAPL) - Get Report



(GOOG) - Get Report

. They can choose one of Cramer's small, speculative picks like





(CIEN) - Get Report




, which are up 34%, 12% and 27% since Cramer's last mention. But there's also money to be made at the heart of tech as well, he said.

Cramer recommend wireless communication chipmaker



as another way to profit from the tech rally.

He said Broadcom makes the chips in the hottest gadgets, including wireless handsets, cable set-top boxes and networking devices. And with only 5% of the company's sales coming from cell phones, it has a lot of room to grow, he added.

Broadcom should benefit from the adoption of "combo" chips, which include multiple services, like bluetooth, wifi and FM radios, all on a single chip. Currently only 5% of cell phones have combo chips, but it's estimated that 75% of phones will have the smaller and cheaper chips over the next few years, he said.

Cramer said Broadcom should continue to prosper with the proliferation of the mobile Internet. He said he also likes the company's bid for




Speculative Stock of the Year

In a bold and unexpected call, Cramer named student loan giant


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as his speculative stock of the year.

He said while many are already writing the obituary for this once great company, the stock has simply gotten too low for all the wrong reasons.

According to Cramer, SallieMae has fallen to just $6 a share based on comments from President Obama that he may abolish the private student lending in favor of a government run program through the Department of Education. In addition, the credit agencies has lowered the company's debt ratings.

But Cramer pointed out that SallieMae currently has $2 of earnings power and is trading at just 3 times earnings. Even if the company were to close up shop today, he said, it still has $14 to $15 a share worth of run off value from its loans already on the books.

Cramer said even if Obama has his way and takes over student loan originations, there will still be a need for loan services and debt collection, two businesses SallieMae does better than anyone. In reality, he said, most colleges are not prepared to provide direct financing, making Obama's plan very unlikely to materialize, he said.

Cramer predicted shares of SallieMae could double in the coming months, thus making it worthy of his speculative-stock-of-the-year title.

Lightning Round

Cramer was bullish on

Aluminum Corp of China

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Anadarko Petroleum

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Travelers Companies

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Eli Lilly

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He was bearish on

Wells Fargo

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Chesapeake Energy

(CHK) - Get Report


Hartford Financial Services

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(PFE) - Get Report


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At the time of publication, Cramer was long JPMorgan Chase, ConocoPhillips.

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