Mad Money Mailbag: Don't Associate With Computer Associates

A viewer learns Cramer's take on Computer Associates.
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Editor's note: The following are questions received from viewers of "Mad Money," seen every day at 6 p.m. EDT on CNBC.

What is your take on Computer Associates (CA) - Get Report? Eddie from New York

James J. Cramer:

In my opinion, this stock should be avoided just like

Symbol Technologies


. And, this is not just because both companies are headquartered a few exits apart on the Long Island Expressway. Rather, it's because both firms operate in highly competitive areas of the technology industry and have a poor track record with living up to investor expectations. In the near term, I'd focus on the technology stocks that manufacture or make components for the must-own hi-tech gadgets this holiday season.

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