There are lots of ways to win in the stock market, even without a Chinese trade deal, Jim Cramer told his Mad Money viewers Monday. Investors need to stop focusing solely on China and trade, he said, and pay attention to everything else that's working.
The first way to win without a trade deal is with mergers and acquisitions. Today's announcement that Danaher (DHR) - Get Danaher Corporation Report is buying General Electric's (GE) - Get General Electric Company (GE) Report biopharma business for $21 billion sent shares of GE soaring 6.3% and Danaher's up 8.5%.
Spark Therapeutics' (ONCE) - Get Spark Therapeutics, Inc. Report shares were also higher on the news that Roche is acquiring the company. Cramer was also bullish on Barrick Gold (GOLD) - Get Barrick Gold Corporation Report , which announced a $17.8 billion bid for Newmont Mining.
The second way to win in the market is with the financials, Cramer said, as they benefit from not only from the rise in mergers and acquisitions, but also from the steady stream of new IPOs.
Next, there are earnings, which remain strong. Carters (CRI) - Get Carter's, Inc. Report posted strong results today, as did Etsy (ETSY) - Get Etsy, Inc. Report , which soared 11.4%. Even Wayfair (W) - Get Wayfair, Inc. Class A Report , which reported last week, tacked on another 6.8% today.
The Return of the Semis
What's the biggest surprise rally of 2019? It's the semiconductors, Cramer told viewers. After being left for dead in last year's decline, investors simply got too negative, Cramer said, and that's led to an incredible rally this year.
The semiconductors were hit with a one-two punch of declining end markets, falling prices and an overall market decline. Shares of Texas Instruments (TXN) - Get Texas Instruments Incorporated Report , Micron Technologies (MU) - Get Micron Technology, Inc. (MU) Report , Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) - Get Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. Report and Nvidia (NVDA) - Get NVIDIA Corporation Report all seemed to be in free fall.
But there's more to semiconductors than just the price of DRAM and flash memory, Cramer said, there's also 5G wireless. 5G is what's going to power the cell phones of the future, and that's why shares of Xilinx (XLNX) - Get Xilinx, Inc. (XLNX) Report are up 45% for the year. Cramer said he's bullish on Skyworks Solutions (SWKS) - Get Skyworks Solutions, Inc. Report and Lam Research (LRCX) - Get Lam Research Corporation (LRCX) Report , an Action Alerts PLUS holding.
Bunch of Baloney?
Cramer warned viewers back in November that the dividend at Kraft Heinz (KHC) - Get Kraft Heinz Company (KHC) Report might be in danger, and now the company has slashed that very dividend by 36%, sending shares plunging 27%.
Cramer called "baloney" on the makers of Oscar Meyer, Kool-Aid, Cool Whip and Velveeta, saying these tired, old brands simply don't resonate with consumers any more. The company took at huge $15.4 billion write-down as a result, despite famed investor Warren Buffett still owning 27% of the company.
Cramer said Kraft Heinz is in a Catch-22. The company must spend to revitalize their brands at the same time commodity costs are rising and the consumer is turning against them. That's why the company has struggled to convince retailers to pay up for their goods, as there are simply far too many better-selling options and Kraft Heinz' brands are not as strong as the company thought.
Executive Decision: LivePerson
For his "Executive Decision" segment, Cramer spoke with Rob Locascio, founder and CEO of LivePerson (LPSN) - Get LivePerson, Inc. Report , the artificial intelligence technology behind many of your online customer service inquiries. Shares of LivePerson were up 3% Monday on strong quarterly earnings.
Locascio said companies are still spending $1.2 trillion a year on analog phone technologies to service their customers and it's long past time to digitize those transactions. Younger consumers don't want to call a company and sit on hold, he said, they want to message a company and get their questions answered quickly. That type of conversational commerce is what LivePerson makes happen.
From routine customer service inquiries to ordering food for delivery to getting your seat at your favorite sporting event, LivePerson is making all sorts of interactions possible. Locascio said he's spending to accelerate growth and has always taken a long-term view of his company.
Cramer said that chatbots and artificial intelligence remains an interesting story and he's still a fan of LivePerson.
FOMO's Not an Investing Strategy
In his "No-Huddle Offense" segment, Cramer reminded viewers that the fear of missing out, or FOMO, should never be an investing strategy because it's always hazardous to your portfolio. By the time you've heard about a hot stock, the easy money has often already been made. And you simply can't catch them all.
That's the case with Zendesk (ZEN) - Get Zendesk, Inc. Report , which has seen its shares rally more than 780% since its IPO in 2014. Shares are up 35% in 2019 alone. Cramer said while Zendesk is a great company with a great story, investors shouldn't chase the the stock at these levels. The company is now competing head to head with the likes of Salesforce.com (CRM) - Get salesforce.com, inc. Report and Workday (WDAY) - Get Workday, Inc. (WDAY) Report , yet trades for a premium by comparison.
In the Lightning Round, Cramer was bullish on Trimble Navigation (TRMB) - Get Trimble Inc. Report , Sarepta Therapeutics (SRPT) - Get Sarepta Therapeutics, Inc. Report , Foot Locker (FL) - Get Foot Locker, Inc. Report , Nike (NKE) - Get NIKE, Inc. (NKE) Report and Cisco Systems (CSCO) - Get Cisco Systems, Inc. Report .
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