Forget about investing in the obvious economic reopening stocks, Jim Cramer told his Mad Money viewers Monday. That ship sailed weeks ago, Cramer said, but there are a handful of stealth reopening stocks that are hiding in plain sight.
The problem with investing in the obvious reopening stocks, like Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) - Get Report and Walt Disney Co. (DIS) - Get Report, is that they've already posted big gains, making you late to the party. They're also prone to secondary stock offerings like we saw today in Royal Caribbean Cruises (RCL) - Get Report, which plunged 2%.
Instead, Cramer said he's betting with stocks like payment processor Square (SQ) - Get Report, which today announced the company is starting a bank to broaden its offerings. Investors can also consider Ralph Lauren (RL) - Get Report, which used the pandemic to close under-performing stores and is now on a solid footing for reopening. Shares closed up 2.7% by the close.
Next was Ulta Beauty (ULTA) - Get Report, which begins rolling out to Target (TGT) - Get Report locations this year, adding to its already strong retail and e-commerce footprint. Cramer also recommended Federal Realty Trust (FRT) - Get Report, the shopping center REIT with an excellent CEO, Don Wood.
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Executive Decision: Martin Marietta
In his first "Executive Decision" segment of the week, Cramer spoke with Ward Nye, chairman, president and CEO of Martin Marietta Materials (MLM) - Get Report, on the heels of the company's analyst day.
Nye said that while pricing for products typically remains strong during downturns like the pandemic, what we are seeing now is both good pricing coupled with good demand. He said the boom in housing, expected government spending and the economic reopening, all are contributing to record performance.
When asked about the prospects of Democratic-led infrastructure spending, Nye noted that the U.S. hasn't seen significant federal infrastructure spending in almost 15 years.
Outside of government spending though, Nye said mega-regions, like the "golden triangle" in Texas, continue to be a huge driver for growth. He also called out data centers, especially for Apple (AAPL) - Get Report, Amazon (AMZN) - Get Report, Google (GOOGL) - Get Report and Facebook (FB) - Get Report, as being especially aggregates intensive.
Finally, Nye said the move towards green energy also will increase demand for materials from Martin Marietta. Going green does not mean you won't need concrete, he said.
Off the Charts
In the "Off The Charts" segment, Cramer checked in with his colleague Mark Sebastian over the direction of markets using the "fear gauge," also known as the CBOE Volatility Index VIX.
Sebastian first noted the difference between a spike and a swell in the VIX. A spike, he said, is a sharp move higher followed by a sharp decline. Spikes are buying opportunities. A swell, on the other hand, is a slow rise in the VIX that occurs in tandem with a rise in the broader markets. Swells are danger signs.
When looking at a chart of the VIX alongside the S&P 500 over the past year, Sebastian noted spikes in June and November of 2020 and in January of this year, all of which were followed by weeks of the markets heading higher. He also noted two swells in February and August of 2020, both of which were followed by market declines.
What does that leave us now? According to Sebastian, what we are seeing now is a spike and one that should be bought as there is more upside ahead.
Executive Decision: Sailpoint Technologies
For his second "Executive Decision" segment, Cramer also spoke with Mark McClain, cofounder and CEO of SailPoint Technologies (SAIL) - Get Report, the cybersecurity company that just posted their 13th consecutive quarter of revenue and earnings growth. Shares of SailPoint are up 138% over the past year.
McClain said the market for identity management is huge, as many companies are still struggling with legacy systems. He explained that the old security model was to have strong firewalls around a centralized network. But in today's cloud-enabled, work-from-home world, your applications and data are everywhere, which calls for new models.
Identity management is a central control point for modern company networks, McClain continued. Not only do they control who has access and who doesn't, but they also control which applications and services every employee needs. That way, even if an identity is compromised, the damage can be contained.
When asked about competition, McClain noted that the market for cybersecurity is big enough for everyone and is only getting bigger as companies realize they cannot afford not to upgrade to the best protection.
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Tech Stars Shine
In his "No Huddle Offense" segment, Cramer circled back on last Thursday's show when he interviewed executives from Nvidia (NVDA) - Get Report, Salesforce.com (CRM) - Get Report, Fisker (FSR) - Get Report, Twitter (TWTR) - Get Report and Airbnb (ABNB) - Get Report, all in a single show.
Cramer reiterated that the market got it wrong with Nvidia and the semiconductor market is still very strong. As for Salesforce, Cramer said that deferred revenue is the key metric to look for and Salesforce is hitting it out of the park.
Fisker is not just a clone of Tesla (TSLA) - Get Report, Cramer said, it's a unique approach to selling cars. Meanwhile, Twitter is a turnaround story that has become the fourth largest advertising platform.
Finally, there's Airbnb, which is poised to soar as travel returns and travelers opt for staying with friends in homes rather than at big, soulless resorts.
Here's what Cramer had to say about some of the stocks that callers offered up during the "Mad Money Lightning Round" Monday evening:
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