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Get Ready for M&A Wave

Originally published on Dec. 3 at 11:51 a.m. EST

Philips

(PHG) - Get Report

buys

Genlyte

( GLYT). Vivendi buys

Activision

(ATVI) - Get Report

.

This is it. This is the next wave of M&A action, because we are now putting a bottom in the dollar.

There are always going to be companies that are worth more to others than to themselves. We got so much private-equity money in the last few years because there were so many "hated" companies in the market, companies that were clearly worth more to others in a private way than they were in a public way.

I am convinced that we are at last at the cusp of the foreign invasion and that this invasion will be the next leg that propels this particular brand of mergers and acquisitions in a world where M&A has always supported valuations.

I can see drug companies being bought, medical device companies being bought, chemicals, papers and steels being bought and, of course, our banks, now that we are starting to get our arms around things. (Right now, only

Commerce Bancorp

(CBH) - Get Report

has been hooked; many more are to come.) I believe

PPG

(PPG) - Get Report

,

Cleveland Cliffs

(CLF) - Get Report

,

FMC

(FMC) - Get Report

,

Rockwell

(ROK) - Get Report

,

Olin

(OLN) - Get Report

, they are all possibles.

The Europeans care more about the dollar than anything else. They didn't want to catch a falling knife of a currency, even as they might have liked our companies. That's no longer the case.

I see deals galore.

And I think that's going to be a very important prop to the next leg up as everyone else frets about the

Federal Reserve

.

At the time of publication, Cramer had no positions in any of the stocks mentioned in this post.

GPS Finds Its Way Again

Originally published on Dec. 6 at 9:44 a.m. EST

Time to recognize the turn at

Gap

(GPS) - Get Report

. There's something real going on there, and this one is going to gain traction as it annualizes easy comps and cuts overheard. That matters because we are going to see a lot of talk about "profitless prosperity" for retailers, meaning that most analysts will explain away the good sales last month with calls that they gave the merchandise away and numbers will, if anything, go down.

I like Gap because the new management is firing people like mad and it isn't hurting the stores one darned bit. It looks like the main Gap business is stabilizing and Old Navy is no longer hemorrhaging, so we have real hope here that the turn is a good one.

Lots of other goodies in these same-store numbers:

Nordstrom

(JWN) - Get Report

and

Kohl's

(KSS) - Get Report

returning to favor, both very cheap. Still good numbers from

TJX

(TJX) - Get Report

. Another good one for

Wal-Mart

(WMT) - Get Report

. And, most overlooked, continued excellent numbers from

Saks

(SKS)

, despite all of the bellyaching you hear about the rich not spending.

Of course, there were some real bad ones.

Penney's

(JCP) - Get Report

is just awful. What the heck happened there? No one even knows.

But all in all, a pretty good report, considering what's supposed to be going on.

Random musings

: Speaking of retail, Don Wood, the fabulous CEO of

Federal Realty

(FRT) - Get Report

, the strongest of the REITs out there, talked positively about the value of

Sears'

(SHLD)

leases. I haven't said word one about buying Sears in ages because of the really poor earnings and the toughness of the cohort. But the story is a breakup story at this point -- I know you like to win with earnings

and

a breakup, but you can't have everything. Woods' talk on "Mad Money" made me feel a whole lot better about the name.

At the time of publication, Cramer was long Sears Holdings.

Energy Bears, Hibernate

Originally published on Dec. 6 at 12:33 p.m. EST

What happened to those oil bears? Where did they go? Remember them, the ones who said the cycle is finished? The ones who said you can't own the stocks anymore?

I can't find them.

This is another case of the oil companies being behind on price and the Street outthinking this thing.

Companies like

Chevron

(CVX) - Get Report

are finally stepping up to spend more. So will

Exxon

(XOM) - Get Report

. Only

Conoco

(COP) - Get Report

has been really realistic about the new world of higher prices. It is drilling where it can, and as fast as it can.

That's why we are seeing

Transocean

(RIG) - Get Report

and

Schlumberger

(SLB) - Get Report

and

Core Labs

(CLB) - Get Report

and

Halliburton

(HAL) - Get Report

moving. Those are ready to run again.

I don't understand why people still fail to realize that there is a supply problem. I debated with our own oil correspondent at

TheStreet.com

, Chuck Marvin, the other day about supply. He mentioned that if the Saudis drilled more, they could get more out because it is so plentiful.

Cramer Drills for Info on Oil's Future

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I'm not buying it. If there were that much excess supply and it was so easy to drill, then I think they would be drilling like crazy because they don't want prices too high. That's causing an umbrella for nuclear (

Shaw

( SGR)) and for solar (

First Solar

(FSLR) - Get Report

).

I just think that oil's hard to find and hard to get at, and that most oil companies simply didn't believe in these prices. At these prices, I have to believe that day rates can go up substantially for outfits like Transocean, which is the best of the best.

I also,

like Bob Marcin, really like nat gas, which is

XTO Energy

( XTO) and Conoco, plus, of course, Halliburton.

The bears, once again, had everything in their favor: a non-nuke Iran, a less violent Iraq, no new terrorism in Nigeria, no more outages in the North Sea, no hurricane damages and most of all, a mild fall almost all over the world.

They couldn't knock it down.

It's not going down because of supply, not because of demand.

Random musings

: If you did

my in-the-money momentum suggestion Wednesday on

Intuitive Surgical

(ISRG) - Get Report

, you need to know that this is where I'd sell a little stock short against the common. I'd also sell a little

Google

(GOOG) - Get Report

common against that position. But I wouldn't sell

Research In Motion

( RIMM) or

Apple

(AAPL) - Get Report

yet; they need to go higher. ... A big thank you to all who came to my book signing last night at the Barnes & Noble here in New York. If you missed it, I'd love to see you at one (heck, both!) of the next two: Wednesday, Dec. 12, at 7 p.m. in Bridgewater, N.J.'s Borders; and Saturday, Jan. 12, at 1 p.m. in Westbury, Long Island's Costco.

At the time of publication, Cramer was long ConocoPhillips, Transocean and XTO Energy.

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