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To Reopen or Not?: Cramer's 'Mad Money' Recap (Tuesday 5/12/20)

Inconsistent restrictions are confusing businesses and investors alike, says Jim Cramer.
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To open or not to reopen, that's what's on Wall Street's mind, Jim Cramer told his Mad Money viewers Tuesday. But what does reopening even mean?

Cramer said we're in a brave new world and only a handful of companies have figured out this new economy. Retailers like Walmart  (WMT) , Target  (TGT) , Costco  (COST)  and Amazon  (AMZN)  have. Both Home Depot  (HD)  and Lowe's  (LOW)  have as well. In the restaurant space, there's Chipotle Mexican Grill  (CMG) , Domino's Pizza  (DPZ)  and little else. What we need now is a plan for everyone else.

Without a cohesive strategy at the federal level, companies are forced to navigate a grab bag of state and local rules that are often in conflict. Consider Tesla's  (TSLA)  battle with regulators over reopening its factory in Fremont, Calif. 

Cramer said the U.S. needs masks for everyone, hand washing, social distancing, testing and contract tracing. Without all of those things, small and medium businesses will need another bailout to stay afloat. Without another bailout, we should expect a wave of loan defaults that could cripple our banks and send our economy into a depression.

"We need to do the best we can to get as close to normal without taking unnecessary risks," Cramer concluded, otherwise we will continue to sit in Purgatory. 

Special Interview: Nancy Pelosi 

In a special interview, Cramer spoke with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi about the $3 trillion rescue package that is now being debated in Congress. 

Pelosi said the coronavirus has already cost us 80,000 lives and has infected 1.3 million Americans. Add to that 30 million people on unemployment and it's easy to see why we need another rescue package.

The path forward is clear, Pelosi said. We must test, trace and treat -- all things that are within our grasp, but only if we have a strategic plan to get it done. She said the current legislation is centered only on COVID-19 and is up for negotiation for anyone with ideas on how to reopen the economy safely.

When asked why the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)  isn't stepping in and ensuring that businesses are being operated safely, Pelosi said that a strong OSHA is the best defense companies can have. She said OSHA can help settle disagreements like the one Tesla is having with local officials.

Executive Decision: Novavax

In his first "Executive Decision" segment, Cramer spoke with Stanley Erck, CEO of Novavax  (NVAX) , the vaccine maker with shares up 900% for the year.

Erck explained that Novavax is no stranger to vaccines. The company has worked on two previous coronavirus vaccines as well as an Ebola vaccine. They have a proven platform that should produce good results against COVID-19, but testing will take up to six months to complete.

Novavax has raised $300 million over the past 90 days to fund their operations, Erck said, but to deal with a pandemic, you need to make a bet that the vaccine you have will work, so it can be scaled up while final testing is completed. Novavax's current plan is to produce up to 100 million doses by the end of the year, with the capacity to produce one billion doses in 2021.

Only time will tell if their vaccine candidate is producing the desirable response in primates, which would then pave the way for human trials.

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Executive Decision: Logitech

For his second "Executive Decision" segment, Cramer spoke with Bracken Darryl, president and CEO of Logitech International  (LOGI) , a stock that's up over 16% as consumers outfit their home offices with new computer peripherals.

Darryl said that Logitech has been on the cutting edge of four high-growth categories including video conferencing, gaming, creativity and remote work -- all of which have been accelerating since the pandemic began. He said creativity and content creation was once just for big media companies, but now anyone can create content and Logitech has all of the tools to support it.

Turning to the topic of eSports, Darryl said Logitech remains committed to gaming with products for every price point. The company continues to support colleges and universities setting up eSports leagues for students.

Finally, when asked about remote work, Darryl said everyone can benefit from upgrading their webcam to include better audio, video and ergonomics. 

Uber-GrubHub Deal

In his "No-Huddle Offense" segment, Cramer considered the reports that Uber  (UBER)  might acquire GrubHub undefined for $6.25 billion. Shares of GrubHub responded by rallying 29% in after-hours trade.

Cramer said UberEats just doesn't have the scale to compete in the delivery market, which is why acquiring GrubHub would make perfect sense. The company has terrific technology and restaurants need delivery to survive.

The acquisition of GrubHub would allow rival PostMates to come public, Cramer said, and any merger activity would be welcomed news for the stock market.

Lightning Round

Here's what Jim Cramer had to say about some of the stocks that callers offered up during the Mad Money Lightning Round Tuesday evening:

Sprout Social SPT: "I'd sell 50% now to lock in your gains and let the rest run. "

Dow  (DOW) : "I'd take profits. That one is suffering from the weakness in the economy."

Fiverr International  (FVRR) : "That one has moved too far, too fast."

Braskem  (BAK) : "I don't see it happening. That's a dangerous situation."

Ventas  (VTR) : "That was a tough quarter. I can't recommend that stock."

Inseego  (INSG) : "This one is a little overheated but I like it."

VectoIQ Acquisition  (VTIQ) : "That one is too hot."

Delphi Automotive  (DLPH) : "Auto can stop an elephant in this environment."

Yext  (YEXT) : "That's an interesting company and a good story."

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