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Cramer's 'Mad Money' Recap: The Lure of Semiconductor Stocks (Final)

Cramer says chip stocks are a secular growth play that is thriving from the boom in digital gadgets, cell phones and e-book readers.
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) -- "The semiconductor stocks are back," Jim Cramer told the viewers of his "Mad Money" TV show Monday.

He said after a decade of being trapped by the prevailing business cycles, the semis now have both cyclical and secular growth trends going in their favor, and the analysts haven't even noticed it yet.

Cramer said he poured over the conference calls of dozens of semiconductor stocks over the weekend, and company after company delivered blowout earnings that were just too large to be written off as strength from a recovery global economy. He said the semis are clearly benefiting from both the cyclical economic trend as well as something more.

The something more, he said, is a long-term secular boom in digital gadgets, from cell phones to e-book readers and from smart electric power to smarter cars. He said the rising middle class in China and India alone accounts for over 700 million people, and that's just the beginning.

Cramer said it's clear that the Wall Street analysts are blinded by over a decade of disappointment from the semiconductors, a group that's disappointed since the PC boom of the 1980's and the Internet boom of the 1990's. Cramer said the analysts are dismissing the trend as routine growth, which is a mistake, and an opportunity for investors to get in ahead of the curve.

Cramer said clearly that he doesn't care which semiconductor stock investors choose, as long as they choose at least one for their portfolio.

A Bridge Fuel

Cramer interviewed Rep. John Sullivan (R., Okla.), about his efforts to bring natural gas into the mainstream of America's energy policy.

Sullivan shared Cramer's view that natural gas needs to be the bridge fuel for America to ween itself from foreign oil until alternative energies like wind, solar and biofuels can come into fruition. He said the country has 120 years of natural gas reserves and it makes no sense that we're not using it.

Sullivan noted that of the 10 million natural gas vehicles around the world, only 150,000 of the them reside in the U.S. He said we "need" more natural gas vehicles on the road, and we need them now.

When asked about environmental opposition to natural gas, Sullivan said the arguments are simply made up. He said that hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling have not been linked to a single case of pollution or harm to the environment.

Cramer and Sullivan agreed that investing in a natural gas infrastructure would create as many as one to two million new, high-paying, private sector jobs for America and the Senate needs leadership to push the Natural Gas Act and other legislation through despite President Obama's lack of support for the fuel.

Hasbro's Dividend Play

Investors could've seen the earnings beat at toy maker

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coming, Cramer told viewers, if they had been paying attention to the company's dividend boost last Thursday.

Cramer explained that nothing shows a company's strength more than when it boosts its dividend, and that's why when Hasbro boosted its dividend by 25% last Thursday, investors should've seen the company's 28-cent-a-share earnings beat coming. "That's a true sign of strength," said Cramer, who was once again bullish on Hasbro.

Hasbro is a lot more than just Monopoly, Cramer told viewers. That's why he recommended the stock on July 19 and is up 38% on that recommendation. Cramer once again sang the praises of high-paying dividend stocks, such as the benefits of compounding dividend and the protection dividends offer against large sell offs in the stock.

Cramer said Hasbro is just what the doctor ordered in a chaotic market. He said the company earns more than twice its dividend payout, his minimum benchmark, and the company's entertainment licensing revenues were up 48% year over year.

Cramer said with several blockbuster movies like

Iron Man 2


Toy Story 3

on the horizon, Hasbro should continue to deliver the stock, and dividend, growth investors are looking for.

Mad Mail

Cramer told a viewer that


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is not as good as


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, but it's a good company.

Cramer told another viewer that he's still a believer in


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, but he did lower his price target on


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because of the company's friction with China.

Cramer told a third viewer that he does not like



as much as rival

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Cramer told a final viewer that


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remains his favorite steel stock and he'd continue to stick with it.

Lightning Round

Cramer was bullish on


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SPDR Gold Shares

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Eldorado Gold

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Gilead Sciences

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Church & Dwight

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Terra Nitrogen



He was bearish on

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-- Written by Scott Rutt in Washington D.C.

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At the time of publication, Cramer was long Gilead Sciences, Visa.

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