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"The most crucial position on any fantasy football team is the running back," said Jim Cramer on his "Mad Money" TV show Wednesday. This player must be "a real workhouse" -- consistent, strong, powerful and displaying leadership.
Cramer, in keeping with his football analogy theme this week, unveiled some stocks that give your portfolio a good ground game. On Tuesday, Cramer offered up his
wide receivers; on Monday, it was the
Cramer believes that it takes the same skills to develop a fantasy football team that it does a winning portfolio. The addition of the right running back in one's portfolio will deliver the yards even if the
does little to help the economy.
The first potential running back Cramer mentioned was
. Cramer likes Cisco's management and that its fourth-quarter 2007 net sales were up 18% year over year. As the "backbone of networking," he equated Cisco to Shawn Alexander of the Seattle Seahawks.
Second of the four running backs was
. Cramer believes that Google is consistent and getting better every season. With an increasing market share, he compared Google to Larry Johnson of the Kansas City Chiefs.
Third, Cramer talked about
Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold
, which he owns for his charitable trust
Action Alerts PLUS. As one of the metal plays of choice, Freeport-McMoRan is a global play with a "lock on copper." The company was compared to LaDainian Tomlinson of the San Diego Chargers.
For his fourth and final pick, Cramer chose
, which he believes to be undervalued yet heading for a great holiday season. One of his four tech horsemen alongside Google,
Research In Motion
, Amazon hit its 52-week high today. He said that Amazon "will blow people away" like Brian Westbrook of the Philadelphia Eagles.
While not a running back,
, said Cramer, also could have good days ahead. However, viewers will need to tune in on Friday to find out who Cramer's top running back selection is.
Where the Growth Is
A new acronym that Cramer discovered in the latest report from
Procter & Gamble
is CEEMEA. This acronym stands for "Central & Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa" and represents "where the growth is now."
Cramer sayd Procter & Gamble expects to grow up to 15% in CEEMEA. He said he was surprised that P&G's success is not receiving much media attention, especially with the stock about to hit its 52-week high. He reminded viewers to do their homework and listen to the conference calls before making a purchase.
With the CEEMEA principle in mind, Cramer looked at
, which has 54% of its revenue coming from the Middle East, and
, which has been on a winning streak lately. Both are engineering and infrastructure stocks also nearing their 52-week highs.
Cramer said that
Central European Media Enterprises
was "another way to play CEEMEA." However, investors should not rush to buy in if the price is not right, as he believes that the CEEMEA principle should work for the next five years.
Am I Diversified?
During the "Am I Diversified?" game, Cramer's first player called out the following five names:
, which he owns for his charitable trust, Research In Motion and
Level 3 Communications
. Cramer said that he "cannot stand Cabela's" and that the portfolio has too much tech to be diversified.
Cramer's second player called out the following five names:
United Parcel Service
. Cramer said that UPS is one of the best companies in the world, and that the caller's portfolio was diversified and "well-played."
Cramer's final player called out the following five names:
Burlington Northern Santa Fe
. Cramer said that the portfolio was "what we want," as it was perfectly diversified.
Cramer was bullish on
, Kraft Foods,
Las Vegas Sands
Cramer was bearish on
In his "Sudden Death" segment, Cramer was bullish on
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At the time of publication, Cramer was long Freeport McMoRan Copper & Gold, Goldman Sachs and Sears Holdings.
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