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NEW YORK (
) -- "Stop fearing high gold prices," was Jim Cramer's lesson to the viewers of his "Mad Money" TV show Wednesday.
He said that gold is no longer the barometer of global chaos, and the rally in gold, is actually a good thing.
Cramer said the bears, of course, always spin the rally in gold as a sign of pending doom for equities. But that's simply not the case, he said. Investors need to stop worrying about the rally in gold, and in fact, should embrace it. Cramer cited reasons why he believes a rally in gold is good for stocks.
Reason No. 1: A rally in gold means a falling dollar. Cramer said a falling dollar is fantastic for any company that exports its products. He said a weak dollar benefits construction equipment companies, aerospace firms and drug makers.
Reason No. 2: High gold prices means no deflation. Cramer said it was deflation that derailed the economy in the Great Depression, but that's just not possible now with gold continuing to rally.
Reason No. 3: High gold prices means reflation. Cramer said there's a big difference between reflation and inflation. While inflation is bad, reflation means companies are growing their earnings, which is exactly what Wall Street wants to see.
Of the many whys to invest in gold, Cramer again gave the nod to the
SPDR Gold Trust
He also added the
Market Vectors Junior Gold Miners
, a new gold ETF that focuses on the small to medium gold miners. He the new ETF gives investors a new opportunity to invest in the miners that still some room to grow.
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Too Big to Fail
New York Times
columnist and author Andrew Ross Sorkin to the show to discuss Sorkin's new book,
Too Big To Fail,
which provides an in-depth look of the financial crisis.
Sorkin said he found it difficult to pick out just one hero or villain from the book, saying that if he were a prosecutor, he'd have to either indict everyone in the book, or no one at all. He said that many of the heads at our largest banks made bad decisions, but also a few good ones, as the crisis unfolded.
When asked about the government's role in the crisis, Sorkin said that his book helps to explain why the government lent so much money to the banks with so few requirements. He said the thinking at the time seemed to be that if there were too many strings attached to the government's bailout money, the banks wouldn't take it, and given the dire conditions of the banks, they needed to have it.
Sorkin said there are many unresolved issues in his book, such as why Lehman Brothers was the only large firm allowed to fail. He said that after Lehman and Morgan Stanley, the next domino to fall would have been
, a fact that few people realize.
Finally, when asked about
, a stock which Cramer owns for his charitable trust,
Action Alerts PLUS, Sorkin said that this particular bank seems to take its time and doesn't just jump into deals without first knowing the facts. This was welcome news for Cramer.
Investors looking for one of the greatest comeback stories of all time need to look at the forgotten stock of
, which Cramer has panned for almost a decade.
Many will remember the dot-com boom, when between 1997 and 2000 JDS Uniphase rose a stunning 7000%, only to then lose 99% of its value in the free fall that followed. But Cramer said JDS Uniphase is deserving of redemption, thanks in part to his mobile Internet tsunami thesis.
JDS derives 47% of its sales from test and measurement equipment for broadband and wireless carriers. It's the kind of equipment needed to build out wireless networks and fix issues with dropped calls and slow network performance.
With companies like
both expanding their wireless networks to deliver more services, this means JDS Uniphase's equipment is in demand.
JDS's other businesses are also doing well, including its optical communications, laser products and even its 3D movie glasses. Cramer said this is a case where the sum is worth less than its parts. He sees JDS Uniphase being worth as much as $11.30 a share, 36% higher than where it trades today.
With only two analysts rating the stock a buy and five rating it a hold, Cramer said there's a lot of room for upgrades in JDS Uniphase, and he'd get in ahead of the action.
Am I Diversified?
Cramer played "Am I Diversified" with callers to see if their portfolios have what it takes. The first caller's portfolio included
EV Energy Partners
Cramer said this caller has perfected the concept of diversification.
The second caller's top holdings included
Cramer said this portfolio was about as perfect as you can get.
The third caller had
Bank of America
Cramer said Kinder Morgan is not the same as BP and no changes need to be made to this great portfolio.
Cramer was bullish on
He was bearish on
Melco PBL Entertainment
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At the time of publication, Cramer was long Wells Fargo, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Visa, BP, Bank of America.
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