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This is not a bear market rally, Jim Cramer emphatically told viewers of his "Mad Money" TV show Monday.
Unless investors are living in an alternative universe, he said, the question they should be asking is "how strong is this bull?"
Cramer pointed out that despite the nonsense and skepticism from just about everyone in the media, the Nasdaq is up 17% from its lows. "That's not a bear market," he said. He rattled off a laundry list of Nasdaq names that are clearly in bull- market mode.
, for example, is up 69% for the year, and that was before today's announcement of a new iPhone.
, is up 43% as the Web continues to take advertising market share from newspapers. Meanwhile,
is up 68% on continued strong sales.
, a stock which he owns for his charitable trust,
Action Alerts PLUS, is up 28% year to date. Other tech bellwethers include
Research In Motion
, up 102%, and
, up 25%.
Non-tech stocks are also doing well, he said.
is up 17% for the year and
is up 74% on strong growth from China.
Cramer said when even the laggards, like
, are still up 8%, it becomes painfully clear that this is no bear market.
A Speculative Tech Play
Cramer said he's still finding great speculative tech stocks that are ready to run with this rally. He recommend network infrastructure equipment maker
as a play on both increased U.S. demand for the company's products and strength from China.
Cramer explained that ADC's products are the backbone of broadband networks, the kind that
have once again begun investing millions of dollars into.
With AT&T and Verizon each accounting for 20% of the company's sales, spending from these two giants moves the needle a lot for ADC, said Cramer.
ADC also benefits from the Chinese stimulus package, which earmarked $40 billion for wireless infrastructure. The company reported that sales in the region doubled in it's most recent quarter, which delivered 5 cents a share versus Wall Street estimates for just a penny. Cramer also said ADC delivered its upside surprise on strong sales, not cost cutting measures.
With $514 million in cash on its book, Cramer said the balance sheet for ADC is looking good, and he'd be a buyer of the stock using all of his customary speculative stock caveats such as using limit orders and not trading after hours.
"The market is giving away free money," Cramer told viewers. He said investors need to own real estate investment trust
if they want to cash in.
Cramer explained that of the 20 REITs over $500 million in value that have issued secondary offerings recently, 10 are up 10% or more, with only six trending lower, and even those are only slightly. He said the trend is clearly up for these stocks, and now is the perfect time to get in, with Boston Properties just offering 15 million shares at $50 a share.
According to Cramer, diversified REITs, like Boston Properties, are safe bets. The company has made smart choices and isn't going out of business anytime soon. Boston Properties also offers a juicy 5.4% dividend, and Cramer said even if that dividend is cut, which has been rumored, the company would still yield 4%.
With 44% of Boston Properties' revenue coming from high-profile properties in Manhattan, Cramer said he's a buyer.
Cramer added C. Dowd Ritter, CEO of
, to his Wall of Shame list of the worst CEOs based, in part, by a viewer suggestion.
Since taking over as CEO on Nov. 6, 2006, Regions' stock has fallen 89% to just $4.07 a share under Ritter's leadership. While banking has been no walk in the park, said Cramer, other large southern banks, like
, are down half that amount.
Cramer was bullish on
Nordic American Tanker
He was bearish on
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