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NEW YORK (
) -- "Strong earnings may have alluded the overpaid Wall Street analysts, but they should be anything but surprising for investors at home," Jim Cramer told the viewers of his "Mad Money" TV show Monday.
He explained why so many "upside surprises" have been occurring this earnings season, and why these "surprises" should be anything but.
So how is it that large institutional investors and hedge fund managers missed the surprise earnings of
, along with other companies like
Chipotle Mexican Grill
Cramer said it was easy, the analysts simply didn't update their forecasts.
Cramer explained that anyone at home, or anyone who watches his show, could easily see that consumer spending has been picking up, and that the emerging markets continue to swell. But most Wall Street analysts only update their outlooks once a quarter, he said, largely ignoring all of the recent good news.
Cramer said that for weeks, the executives at Whirlpool have been seeing strength in appliance sales thanks to energy cutting incentives, along with synergies from its Maytag acquisition and strength in Brazil. Yet for the analysts who last updated their outlooks in January, they simply missed it.
"If you're waiting for a bell to go off, you're in the wrong game," Cramer told viewers. He said investors need to listen to what companies are saying now and anticipate the move. If they wait to see the positive results, they'll risk missing most of the action.
Cramer said the patterns are similar for Caterpillar, which said orders are coming back, and for Netflix, which said it's continuing to see strong growth. The pattern also works for Deckers and Chiptole, where years of growth still remain. "These moves should be anything but surprising," he concluded.
Bullish on Oil
With crude oil back over $80 a barrel, Cramer told viewers that the oil drillers are back. He said the
conference call was the most bullish industry call he's ever heard.
Cramer explained that on the Schlumberger call, the company's CEO said that oil's return to $80 a barrel is based on real demand, not speculation, and that demand will kick off a whole new drilling cycle as drillers begin drilling in earnest to cash in on higher prices.
Based on this bullish sentiment, Cramer said investors now "must own" an oil driller, as he believes oil is headed back to $100 a barrel over the next 12 months. But which stock to own?
Cramer said he'd be a buyer of Schlumberger, even here at the stock's 52-week high. He said the company's size and expertise allows it to operate all across the globe. "There's a lot to like," he said.
But Cramer gave top honors to the smaller
, a stock which he owns for his charitable trust,
Action Alerts PLUS. Weatherford missed earnings estimates by three cents a share when it last reported, but the stock still rose of the news, said Cramer, signaling the bottom has finally occurred.
Cramer said that Weatherford has been preparing for the return of higher oil prices, and is now best suited for higher returns. The company has 14 analysts rating the company a buy, but also 15 rating it a hold, leaving lots of room for upgrades from Wall Street.
Cramer said Weatherford trades at a 25% discount to Schlumberger, despite its higher growth story. He said the stock should easily reach its 52-week high again.
Financial Reform Winners
Investors looking for a winner in the financial reform game should look no further than
, Cramer told viewers, but only for a trade.
Cramer explained that one of the big changes of the pending financial reforms currently working their way through Congress is to bring derivatives trading out of the back room and into the open on a public exchange. He said that Intercontinental Exchange, or ICE, will be the big winner if this this happens.
While derivatives trading only accounts for 5% of ICE's earnings, the boost from the pending legislation is not baked into the company's numbers. But Cramer cautioned that perception may be better than reality, which is why he's not endorsing ICE as a long-term investment.
ICE, which has already had a gigantic run, is trading at its 52-week high. Cramer said this may be one case where investors need to buy high and sell higher.
For longer term investors, Cramer said the
will likely be the longer-term winner when it comes to reforms. He also gave the nod to
with its 3.5% yield.
Cramer told a viewer that he likes
, in part for its excellent chain of Home Goods home furnishing locations.
Cramer told a second viewer that he would hold
Permian Basin Royalty Trust
, despite recent volatility in its volume.
Finally, Cramer told a viewer that the upside potential in
is done, and he'd move on.
Cramer was bullish on
He was bearish on
Research In Motion
Mead Johnson Nutrition
Cramer said he likes the secondary offering from
and thinks investors need to be in on the deal.
-- Written by Scott Rutt in Washington D.C.
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At the time of publication, Cramer was long Weatherford.
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