If Democrats win control of the House of Representatives, is it time for investors to panic? Jim Cramer asked
"RealMoney" radio show listeners Tuesday.
There's been all the usual hand-wringing over the prospects of a Democrat-controlled Congress, he said, thanks to the assumption that Republicans are supposed to be more fiscally prudent.
But when it comes to runaway spending, an unbalanced budget and too much borrowing, "we already have that for heaven's sake," he said.
This government has done nothing good for the dollar, and the stock market is suffering, he said. Cramer also reminded listeners that there is nothing to fear from a two-party government and that the best gains he's seen in stocks happened when Congress was controlled by Republicans, and Democrats were in the White House.
Government gridlock is good for the market because then the politicians stay out of our way, he said.
Techs are getting hit especially hard in this environment, Cramer said, because people worry that more
rate hikes will result in less spending on consumer electronics.
This happened in 2000, so it could happen again. However, Cramer said that this doesn't mean that all technology plays are worth dumping.
He said to go after stocks based on product cycles and specific company stories. For example, he said that business at
Cramer believes this is because the companies are not just levered to the U.S. economy. A lot of their growth is coming from overseas, he said, adding that expanding your scope overseas will allow people to avoid some of these Fed-related problems.
Sometimes good news happens, and a stock refuses to move higher. Cramer said that this is often because the market has "discounted" the news before it happens.
This is not the discount you get at the supermarket, he said. The term is used when good news is known about well in advance of the event.
For example, the drug Tysabri was withdrawn last year because it was linked to a rare, but fatal, brain disease. This hurt
, which make the treatment.
But both companies have long been telling the market that approval for Tysabri was coming, so when it got permission Monday to resume sales, no one was surprised.
The good news was there, but the stocks slid lower.
The time to own these stocks was when people had given up on Tysabri, Cramer said; the time to sell was when everyone realized that the drug would hit the market again.
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