Investors used to crave growth and loathe value, Jim Cramer told his Mad Money viewers Tuesday, but in today's market, the tide has turned and investors reward or punish stocks on an individual basis.
Playing a game he called, "Mercy or No Mercy," Cramer said shares of Kroger (KR) - Get Kroger Co. (KR) Report had been left for dead earlier this year as investors fled from the grocery stocks. But today, shares soared 11% after the company told analysts it's forecasting between $2.30 and $2.40 a share in earnings, well beyond the $2.19 they had originally forecast.
There was no mercy for the stock of Uber (UBER) - Get Uber Technologies, Inc. Report , however, as shares plunged 9.8%. The company says it will be profitable in 2021, but Cramer said he doesn't see how Uber gets there given its huge losses. Investors also showed no mercy to Starbucks (SBUX) - Get Starbucks Corporation Report , as an accelerating economy makes tried and true winners like Starbucks less valuable.
But investors were merciful to Marriott Worldwide (MAR) - Get Marriott International, Inc. (MAR) Report , sending shares up 2%, and were even willing to give Boeing (BA) - Get Boeing Company Report a little love after the company showed some humility regarding the 737Max. Meanwhile, high growth names like Shake Shack (SHAK) - Get Shake Shack, Inc. Class A Report and Peloton (PTON) - Get Peloton Interactive, Inc. Class A Report both fell sharply.
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Executive Decision: Twilio
In an "Executive Decision" segment, Cramer spoke with Jeff Lawson, chairman and CEO of Twilio (TWLO) - Get Twilio, Inc. Class A Report , the cloud communications provider that has plunged 39%, giving up all of its gains for the year, after the company announced accounting irregularities that have rattled investor confidence. Twilio is an Action Alerts PLUS holding.
Lawson explained that the error in their earnings release was nothing more than a clerical error where numbers were not added correctly. He apologized to investors, adding that new procedures are being put into place to ensure that mathematical errors like this cannot happen again.
That said, Lawson noted that their fundamental business and their guidance has not changed. Revenues were up 75% year-over-year.
When asked about their forecasts, which were also called into question, Lawson explained that Twilio has 172,000 customers and $1 billion a year in revenue, which makes forecasting complicated, but he assured investors that no assumptions have changed.
Lawson concluded by saying Twilio's end markets remain enormous and their business continues to be strong. He promised Cramer and all investors that they will do better and make sure these types of mistakes never happen again.
Executive Decision: FireEye
For another "Executive Decision" segment, Cramer spoke with Kevin Mandia, CEO of FireEye (FEYE) - Get FireEye, Inc. Report , the cybersecurity company that saw mixed results when it reported a week ago. Shares for FireEye are virtually flat for the year.
Mandia said that FireEye just completed a global poll of over 800 companies worldwide to learn more about what's happening on the front lines of cybersecurity. He said companies are reporting more breaches this year, but overall the response have been better and there have been fewer major breaches making headlines.
Mandia noted that many hackers are still targeting easy targets with ransomware, which encrypts your data and holds it hostage until payment is made.
When asked about hacking our upcoming elections, Mandia said he doesn't see a direct attack against our voting infrastructure being very likely. Hackers and nation states are instead taking a softer approach, going after the hearts and minds of voters with misinformation, which is harder to detect and fight than a direct attack.
Off the Charts: Stocks Poised for Gains
In the "Off The Charts" segment, Cramer checked in with colleague Dan Fitzpatrick for a read on the markets and which stocks he thinks are poised for the biggest gains. Viewers may recall that in mid-September, Fitzpatrick recommended both Apple (AAPL) - Get Apple Inc. (AAPL) Report and Microsoft (MSFT) - Get Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) Report , two stocks that have steadily been marching higher.
Fitzpatrick was bullish on the outlook for the market. He looked at a daily chart of the Dow Jones Industrial Average and noted that the index has been resting while making a symmetrical triangle pattern, which signals another leg higher is near. He saw the average potentially hitting 29,000.
Among the members of the Dow, Fitzpatrick liked the high-yielding dividend payers like Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA) - Get Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc Report , Dow Chemical (DOW) - Get Dow, Inc. Report and Verizon (VZ) - Get Verizon Communications Inc. Report . After trading flat for months, Walgreens finally broke above its 200-day moving average. Meanwhile, Dow Chemical yields 5.5% and is well off its August lows of $40 a share. Verizon was equally attractive to Fitzpatrick thanks to its flat triangle pattern.
Cramer advised against chasing after Walgreens after the stock's big move today, but he endorsed buying both Dow Chemical and Verizon.
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Understanding the Industrials
In his "No-Huddle Offense" segment, Cramer said he hates markets that surge higher for no reason, but in the case of the industrials, he thinks he knows why it's happening.
Cramer said when Caterpillar (CAT) - Get Caterpillar Inc. Report reported hideous earnings, shares initially plunged $6, but now they're breaking out to the upside. Shares of Union Pacific (UNP) - Get Union Pacific Corporation Report and CSX (CSX) - Get CSX Corporation Report saw similar patterns, with shares surging on a lack of good news. So, too, did FedEx (FDX) - Get FedEx Corporation Report .
Cramer said jumps in stock prices like this don't come from humans. Humans aren't willing to pay up big for a stock without positive news supporting the move. Machines, however, will buy at any price. Cramer explained there are likely not enough sellers in these stocks to meet the demand from machine-managed ETFs.
Real buyers, Cramer concluded, wait for weakness. That's the only explanation for these unjustified rallies.
In the Lightning Round, Cramer was bullish on Delta Air Lines (DAL) - Get Delta Air Lines, Inc. Report , United Continental (UAL) - Get United Airlines Holdings, Inc. Report , Constellation Brands (STZ) - Get Constellation Brands, Inc. Class A Report , Barrick Gold (GOLD) - Get Barrick Gold Corporation Report and Agnico-Eagle Mines (AEM) - Get Agnico Eagle Mines Limited Report .
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