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NEW YORK (
) -- Today there was profit-taking because things are going too well, Jim Cramer said on
Wednesday. That logic may seem counter-intuitive but with so many parts of the economy heating up, it's almost time for interest rates to start heading higher.
Cramer told investors not to take their cues from
, a company whose management has been doing all of the wrong things. Instead, look at all the sectors that are doing well -- such as housing, which is seeing new home sales at five-year highs. Or autos, where
is leading the charge.
Travel is also on fire, as
showed us today, said Cramer. Aerospace continues to roar, with
saying that it needs more workers.
And the good news keeps coming, noted Cramer -- from more telecom spending to defense contractors hitting all-time highs. With Europe bottoming, these moves could become even more powerful. There may be some pockets of weakness as we've seen with some, but not all, restaurants as well as some, but not all, railroads. However, he said, overall it's clear the U.S. economy is hot enough that the
can't be far from needing to raise interest rates.
Executive Decision: Mike Thaman
In his "Executive Decision" segment, Cramer spoke with Mike Thaman, chairman and CEO of
, which delivered Wednesday a 12-cents-a-share earnings miss on lighter-than-expected revenue. Shares of Owens Corning stood their ground in today's trading, however, and are still up 60% for the year.
Thaman attributed the shortfall to the company's roofing products, which were in high demand this time last year but are now following a more normal seasonal pattern. He said the volume is building towards the second half of the year, however, and he expects strong momentum to continue into 2014 and beyond.
When asked about the red-hot housing market, Thaman said what's most important for Owens Corning is that demand is growing in a predictable pattern that allows customers to build their inventories and Owens Corning to raise its prices. He said disruptions in growth cause the building products market to take pause, but things have been growing steady over the past 12 to 18 months.
Thaman was also bullish on rising interest rates, saying the trend will likely bring more buyers to the market before rates go even higher. Borrowing money at 4% and buying a home that's rising in value by 10% is still a great deal, he noted. Thaman was even bullish on China, where competitors have slowed their expansion and are waiting for demand to catch up to supply.
Cramer called Owens Corning a great American company and said when a company announces a shortfall and the stock doesn't go down, well, that should tell you something.
To be a great investor, you need to remain rigorous and disciplined, Cramer told viewers, and that's especially true when speculating. That's why Cramer recapped his 12 "Speculation Friday" picks for the year to see how they've been doing. Not surprisingly, they've delivered a 20% return, on average, with five massive winners, one 30% winner, three losers and the rest remaining essentially flat.
Cramer said that
is still not yet out of bankruptcy and he still likes its prospects. He was also bullish on
Cramer said he was worried about
, a stock he owns for his charitable trust,
Action Alerts PLUS -- until today, when the company reported terrific earnings.
Also in the bull camp were
. Even pharmacy benefit manager
was still a buy in Cramer's book.
Among the losers, Cramer said he was disappointed by
was the biggest loser, down 48% since the recommendation.
In the Lightning Round, Cramer was bullish on
Kohlberg Kravis Roberts
Advanced Micro Devices
Alliance Fiber Optic Products
Cramer was bearish on
Am I Diversified?
In the "Am I Diversified?" segment, Cramer spoke with callers and responded to tweets sent via Twitter to
to see if investors' portfolios have what it takes for today's markets.
The first portfolio included:
Cramer said this portfolio "rocked."
The second portfolio's top holdings included:
Cramer also blessed this portfolio as properly diversified.
No Huddle Offense
In his "No Huddle Offense" segment, Cramer opined on the
conference call. Apple is an Action Alerts PLUS holding.
Cramer said if you believe the analysts, Apple is on its last legs and doing nothing right. They worry about smartphone saturation and low-end product cannibalization of Apple's high-margin products. Despite selling around the globe, the analysts only focus on China, which has traditionally not been one of Apple's strong suits. Alas, Apple has become a battleground stock, with shares rising sharply in spite of the analysts' negativity.
Cramer said nothing will break this negativity except a stunning new product announcement. Until we get one, there will be little to take the stock significantly higher.
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