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  • the bears' lack of claws, and
  • flying with aerospace.

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Small-Fry Investors Jump on the Sub-$5 Stocks

Posted at 11:36 a.m. EDT, Aug. 24, 2009

Retail investors are warming up to this market. You can see by the jumps in the low-dollar stocks. I just hope it is warming up to


low-dollar stocks. They are in love with


( FNM) and


( FRE), I imagine because they think these are the best plays on the turn in housing. I don't think the government has really spelled out how much money these companies must return to the government before figuring out what is left for the common. There is little research out on either, so it is pretty much a dice roll. Man, are they ever on the move, though. Same with

Sirius Satellite

(SIRI) - Get Report

. Not a lot of there there, at least for the common stock.

I have obviously been a huge supporter of


(C) - Get Report

, betting that it should trade back to book value, but I also don't have a case that it should go


book value of $5.75 until after we see the quarter, which will be additive to book. In the meantime, the government will be able to take its profit and the overhang can be easily chewed up. I do not know why the government doesn't declare victory rather than wait until Sept. 10. The government's playing the market, which isn't what we want.

I am a huge believer in

Fifth Third Bank

(FITB) - Get Report


Huntington Bancshares

(HBAN) - Get Report

and even

Regions Financial

(RF) - Get Report

, with the last two having a lot of room to romp and the former in good shape to do an acquisition. Given that we are waiting for hundreds of banks to fail, there could be ample opportunity. (Query -- why haven't more failed yet? Answer -- the FDIC is letting the bad banks run and run and run, bad banks meaning banks that have to pay up for hot money via high interest CDs that we will all be on the hook for.)

I like the mobile Internet plays on the move, notably

RF Micro






ADC Telecom

( ADCT),


( TLAB) (still very cheap),

ON Semiconductor




(CY) - Get Report

. They are all cheap on a multiyear-move basis. On the other hand, I don't know how people can buy

Level 3 Communications


given that balance sheet. That's


a mobile Internet play.

Finally, there's a new one today:

Advanced Micro Devices

(AMD) - Get Report

. I have been behind this one since $2, and when it hit $4.75 and then dropped a dollar, I felt like I was totally off my game.

But when I read the Citigroup upgrade, I have to tell you that all of the reasons I liked it -- big cash position, good relationship with


(HPQ) - Get Report

, a good back-to-school season and a new replacement cycle of equipment using AMD's chip are now coming true. Plus, as Citigroup points out, the company trades at a 45% discount to the group. Valuation? Citigroup's saying that its two pieces -- the product company, worth $5.08 (how is that for granularity) and the global foundries' 54 cents -- give you the $5.62, certainly a reasonable price target.

It's cool to speculate. AMD should be up. It is


cool to speculate without facts. Sometimes I feel that's exactly what's happening. One last thought: If you think the trend continues, go buy some

Knight Capital


. They have huge share in stocks like Citigroup and are making fortunes, hence the stock flirting with its 52-week high.

Random musings

: Not included in this under-$5 piece is


(AIG) - Get Report

, which has really caught everyone's fancy after Robert Benmosche's comment that he is confident of paying the government back. Tall order. ... Those who came in short because they were short calls, perhaps because the Transports didn't confirm, might have to scramble because of the Transports' breakout...

At the time of publication, Cramer was long Hewlett-Packard.

The Bears Have No Claws

Posted at 3:38 p.m. EDT, Aug. 25, 2009

They had their chance.

The Transports had given up the ghost. The banks were reversing. Oil's down 2 bucks. Tell me this shouldn't have been the bears' day. I mean, this was a fabulous combo they had ... and yet they couldn't deliver the knockout punch.

Maybe it's mark-up fever. Or perhaps people recognize somewhere that consumer confidence and Case-Shiller

do matter

and that we are in better shape than we thought.

I do marvel, though, that even when you think this market's on the canvas, when popular fave


(C) - Get Report

reverses and when house-on-fire


(RIG) - Get Report

gets clobbered and the levitating natural gas plays give it up, we should have gotten hammered.

I know, I read the site. I know that the advance-decline and new-highs and put-call and sentiment indicators are signaling that this market ain't so hot.

But the market itself?

Hot as a pistol.

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

Flying With Aerospace

Posted at 2:37 p.m. EDT, Aug. 27, 2009

This reversal seems to have some oomph to it, and I wonder how much of it is simply the desire of fund managers to move their stocks up. I bet it is, so I would take some


(AAPL) - Get Report

here and some


(GOOG) - Get Report

, and I like


(MMM) - Get Report


Bank of America

(BAC) - Get Report

here as stocks that are up nicely that can be propelled well.

And now we have a whole new cohort going, which is aerospace. If


(BA) - Get Report



ship, then you can buy a host of companies, including

BE Aerospace




(TGI) - Get Report



(ATI) - Get Report



(HON) - Get Report



( GR) and


(SPR) - Get Report

-- the last could be



I know there is tremendous back and forth on this site about a top. But this market is led by oil, banks and tech ... and now aerospace. I like


(BP) - Get Report

, Bank of America, and Apple as ways to play it.

Oh, and one man's opinion -- it feels like we had the dip.

At the time of publication, Cramer was long BP and Bank of America.

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