Does the stock market have what it takes to keep powering higher, despite the Fed, trade and Iran? That was the question Jim Cramer explored with his Mad Money viewers Thursday, as he looked at the best performers in the Dow Jones Industrial Average to see whether this amazing rally is sustainable.
Leading the Dow was Microsoft (MSFT) - Get Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) Report , an Action Alerts PLUS holding with shares up 35% for the year. Cramer said this stock has gotten ahead of itself. Cramer was bullish on the second-best performer, Cisco Systems (CSCO) - Get Cisco Systems, Inc. Report , which trades at just 17 times earnings. When it came to Visa (V) - Get Visa Inc. Class A Report , Cramer said he prefers American Express (AXP) - Get American Express Company Report , which happens to be No. 4 on the list.
Cramer said investors are late to the party with Walt Disney (DIS) - Get Walt Disney Company Report , but he was still a fan of Travelers (TRV) - Get Travelers Companies, Inc. Report and Apple (AAPL) - Get Apple Inc. (AAPL) Report . Cramer was bullish on Home Depot (HD) - Get Home Depot, Inc. (HD) Report , which trades at 19 times earnings. He suggested waiting for a pullback, however.
Rounding out the top 10 were IBM (IBM) - Get International Business Machines (IBM) Report and Procter & Gamble (PG) - Get Procter & Gamble Company Report . Cramer was a fan of both stocks as IBM has a 4.7% dividend yield and Procter, up 20% for the year, is a go-to name for investors worried about a slowdown.
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Red Hot or Too Hot
When stocks have parabolic moves to the upside, someone always gets hurt, Cramer reminded viewers. Back in 1999 and into 2000, Cramer recalled his list of "red-hots," telecom and Internet stocks that seemed to defy gravity day after day. All of these names stayed red hot, until March of 2000 when they suddenly weren't.
Today, we see another crop of red-hot stocks. Stocks like BeyondMeat (BYND) - Get Beyond Meat, Inc. Report , Revolve (RVLV) - Get Revolve Group, Inc Class A Report , Zoom Meetings (ZM) - Get Zoom Video Communications (ZM) Report and today's debut of Slack (WORK) - Get Slack Technologies, Inc. Class A Report , are all stocks which continue to soar higher, seemingly with no end in sight.
But these stocks too will eventually roll over, Cramer cautioned, and they often do so with no warning. Before you invest in any of these companies, make sure you know what you own, know why you own it and be sure you can explain what the company does to others.
Executive Decision: Caterpillar
For his "Executive Decision" segment, Cramer sat down with Jim Umpleby, chairman and CEO of Caterpillar (CAT) - Get Caterpillar Inc. Report , the construction equipment maker that had been written off by investors who feared tariffs, even though only 10% of the company's sale stems from China. Last month, Caterpillar raised their dividend by 20%.
Umpleby explained that after being in business for over 94 years, Caterpillar knows how to navigate trade disputes. The company committed itself to a profitable growth plan in 2017 and has been executing on that plan ever since. For example, Caterpillar has improved gross margins from 11% in 2014 to 16% in 2018.
Umpleby said Caterpillar is investing for the long haul, allocating resources to the areas with the most future growth. Their services revenue is expected to double over the next 10 years, as the company grows its fleet of over 850,000 connected machines.
Autonomous cars may garner all of the headlines, Umpleby noted, but Caterpillar has 11 mining sites around the world that are using autonomous mining vehicles that are operating 24 hours a day.
Caterpillar is also a major player in the oil and gas market, making not only construction equipment, but also pumps and compressors that help keep America's oil and gas flowing.
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Executive Decision: MongoDB
In his second "Executive Decision" segment, Cramer welcomed back Dev Ittycheria, president CEO of MongoDB (MDB) - Get MongoDB, Inc. Class A Report , to the show for an update. Shares of MongoDB are up 440% since their October 2017 debut.
Ittycheria explained that every application has a database behind it and increasingly, that database is MongoDB. He said unlike databases like Oracle (ORCL) - Get Oracle Corporation Report , which was originally designed in the 1970s, MongoDB was built for today's world and is highly scalable and distributed.
Oracle was designed before the cloud, before the web and before the Internet, Ittycheria said, which explains why Oracle is seeing 1% revenue growth compared to MongoDB at 80%.
MongoDB has 14,000 customers around the globe in a host of industries including telecom, media, gaming and financial services. Every company is becoming a software company, Ittycheria said, and more services means more data and more MongoDB.
Am I Diversified?
In the "Am I Diversified" segment, Cramer spoke with audience members to see if their portfolios have what it takes for today's volatile markets.
The first portfolio included Microsoft, Alphabet (GOOGL) - Get Alphabet Inc. Class A Report , Twillio (TWLO) - Get Twilio, Inc. Class A Report , Canopy Growth (CGC) - Get Canopy Growth Corporation Report and Viacom (VIA.B) .
Cramer said this portfolio had too much technology and needed to add a healthcare stock.
The second portfolio's top holdings included Microsoft, Cisco Systems, Ford (F) - Get Ford Motor Company Report , ExxonMobil (XOM) - Get Exxon Mobil Corporation Report and Carrizo Oil & Gas (CRZO) - Get Carrizo Oil & Gas, Inc. Report .
Cramer said this portfolio had too much exposure to oil and gas also needed a healthcare stock.
In the Lightning Round, Cramer was bullish on TransDigm Group (TDG) - Get TransDigm Group Incorporated Report , Lockheed Martin (LMT) - Get Lockheed Martin Corporation (LMT) Report , Amarin (AMRN) - Get Amarin Corporation Plc Sponsored ADR Report , Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMY) - Get Bristol-Myers Squibb Company Report , HP (HPQ) - Get HP Inc. (HPQ) Report , Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) - Get Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) Report , Mercadolibre (MELI) - Get MercadoLibre, Inc. (MELI) Report and Bausch Health (BHC) - Get Bausch Health Companies Inc. Report .
Cramer was bearish on ArcelorMittal (MT) - Get ArcelorMittal SA ADR Report , Nucor (NUE) - Get Nucor Corporation Report , PPL Corp (PPL) - Get PPL Corporation Report , McKesson (MCK) - Get McKesson Corporation (MCK) Report , B&G Foods (BGS) - Get B&G Foods, Inc. Report , Zynga (ZNGA) - Get Zynga Inc. Class A Report , America Movil (AMX) - Get America Movil SAB de CV Sponsored ADR Class L Report and America Movil (AMX) - Get America Movil SAB de CV Sponsored ADR Class L Report .
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