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Did you miss last night's "Mad Money" on CNBC? If so, here are Jim Cramer's top takeaways for today's trading.
General Mills (GIS) - Get General Mills, Inc. (GIS) Report : In an exclusive interview, Cramer sat down with Ken Powell, chairman and CEO of General Mills, the food company that remains one of Cramer's most favorite stocks.
Powell said General Mills has been working hard to remove artificial colors and flavors from its cereals and the response has been both fantastic and almost instantaneous. As soon as the artificial ingredients were gone, sales went up, he said. Customers want clean, simple food with simple ingredients, Powell said, and General Mills is listening.
Powell also commented on his company's cost-cutting efforts, saying the company has been borrowing the best ideas from around the globe and has been reducing complexity, implementing smarter pricing and introducing better technology in its plants. Best of all, "there's still more to go," Powell said.
Turning to his company's stock, Powell said General Mills listens to investors and has been committed to both its dividend and buying back stock. Powell is not opposed to more acquisitions if those acquisitions are the right fit for his company.
EPR Properties (EPR) - Get EPR Properties Report : In his second interview, Cramer sat down with Greg Silvers, president and CEO of EPR Properties, the entertainment real estate investment trust with a stock that's up 35% for the year and sports a 4.9% dividend yield.
Silvers said that in a low-interest-rate environment, REITs with consistent dividends are becoming more and more valuable to investors. He said our economy of things is evolving into an economy of experiences and activities that fit perfectly into EPR's portfolio of properties.
EPR currently has 25 movie theaters in its portfolio and Silvers noted that luxury seating with more food and beverage options are expanding the movie goer demographic at a time when the total number of theater seats is actually contracting, making each one more valuable.
Unlike many sectors of our economy, Silvers said experiences cannot be eclipsed by the Internet and his team focuses exclusively on their areas of expertise.
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