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Although you wouldn't know it from watching TV, the terror plot and its foiling is actually good news for the stock market, Jim Cramer told viewers of his "Mad Money" TV show Thursday.
The mentality of Wall Street that many people don't understand is that "we expect terrorism," Cramer said. If you bought a security stock today and sold an airline, you don't get it.
"You know this stuff doesn't come as a surprise to people on the Street," he said. "We believe that terrorists will strike again."
So while every money manager expects more attacks, it's a good thing and time for celebration when the authorities stop them, Cramer said.
Many market players have no faith in people handling our security, but today we have a reason to believe otherwise, and that's why the market went up, he said.
You cannot make money in security stocks unless you were in them before today. Today, you should sell antiterrorist stocks because they are now way too expensive, and it doesn't make sense to buy them, Cramer said.
If people want to go into security stocks, he suggested looking at
These three can be bought on a pullback because unlike other stocks in their group, these are cheap, Cramer said.
Selling airlines makes sense, not because of today's news, but because cyclicals are down today, he said. Terror threats are a convenient excuse to take some profits and sell airlines, he added.
Cramer believes people should still want to own
stocks, including cereals soups, soap, beverages, food and drugs, not
Because the airlines are restricting carry-on luggage, this might mean companies like
Procter & Gamble
Johnson & Johnson
could start selling their products in flight, Cramer said. If this happens, it could mean big money for these two stocks.
The fact that oil stocks went down today is "stupid and wrong," he said. If people bought
on weakness, they are up, he said.
Not Staying in Vegas
There's a lot of money to be made in the casino stocks, but the action is not in Las Vegas, Cramer told his viewers.
There are two strong gaming trends that could cause stocks in this sector to move higher, but both are geographical and are working against Vegas, he said.
The first trend is that there has been a tremendous growth of casinos in Southeast Asia -- in Macau and Singapore -- and the second trend is the increasing morality and financial poverty of the U.S., he said.
Las Vegas has been working for the last two to three years, but now people are feeling a lot less rich in America, and that's why Vegas exposure is going to hurt market players, Cramer said.
There is more opportunity outside the U.S. in places like Macau, where the average table takes in seven times the revenue than the average table in Vegas, he said.
The best of breed here is
Las Vegas Sands
, which was the first U.S. casino operator to build a casino in Macau and recently won the bid to build a casino in Singapore, he said.
Las Vegas Sands is the best high-growth play in Southeast Asia, but if people want a less aggressive play, Cramer suggested taking look at
While both have substantial Vegas exposure, they are also getting into Macau, he said.
Another casino that could make you money in this region is
, Cramer said. Although he doesn't believe Wynn is a great company, there is some opportunity there that has been overlooked.
On Sept. 5, Wynn will open a new casino in Macau, but what many people in the market are ignoring is that this new casino has a second phase opening in 2007.
Once the Street realizes this, Wynn's price could go higher, Cramer said.
Cramer welcomed entrepreneur/author/motivational speaker Pat Croce, who has recently partnered with Donald Trump to build a slot-machine parlor in Philadelphia.
Croce also has a Pirate Soul Museum and a Rum Barrel restaurant in Key West, Fla.
As for stocks, Croce said he likes
and believes it could have a comeback.
He also said he loves
and is surprised it is in the low $30s.
Cramer told viewers to watch
( TRMP). If they get the slot-parlor deal, it's going to go up $10, he said.
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Mail It in
In the "Mad Mail" segment of the show, Cramer replied to one letter that said he was mixed on
, which he owns for his charitable trust,
Action Alerts PLUS.
Cramer praised IR's sizeable buyback, and said the company's fundamentals are good and it sells at a fraction of its growth rate. But he allowed that the writer is right when he says we shouldn't try to resist the
Another mailer said that since Cramer said he liked
at $32 and said it would go to $38, it did reach that level for a day but now is back at $33.
Cramer said the writer should have cashed out when the stock hit $38, but said that you shouldn't get hurt at $33 because it should go higher.
Cramer was bullish on
Cramer was bearish on
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In the "Sudden Death" round, Cramer was bullish on
Capital One Financial
World Wrestling Entertainment
He was bearish on
Cooper Tire & Rubber
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