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RealMoney Radio Mailbag: Steer Clear of Merck

Cramer explains to a listener why he doesn't find this stock attractive. Plus, Cendant.

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Is Merck (MRK) - Get Merck & Co., Inc. Report a buy here below $28?-- Erica from New Jersey

James J. Cramer:

I don't believe Merck is a buy because the downside from Vioxx litigation can't be quantified, and there is no turnaround in sight for the situation.

There are plenty of good pharma and biotech companies out there, so it just doesn't make sense to toy with something that could go so wrong.

Is your position in Cendant (CD) a trade or an investment?-- Robert from South Carolina

James J. Cramer:

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Cendant, which I own for

ActionAlertsPLUS, my charitable trust, is most definitely an investment, and not only because of my trading restrictions.

While the company has had some serious problems in the past, I believe the future for Cendant will be bright. I intend to hold the stock as long as the fundamentals continue to improve.

Cendant has leading positions in travel and real estate, and management is selling off non-core assets to make the company easier to understand, removing a huge obstacle for investors.

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