James Cramer told listeners on his
"RealMoney" radio show that Thursday's market action underlines the need to own "best of breed" companies.
and Rayovac pusher
( SPC) blew up after bad quarters. Cramer told listeners the stocks got killed because these companies "are not only not the best of breed, they might be the worst."
As always, Cramer recommends ignoring makers of second-rate products and focusing on the companies that sell stuff that can command a premium. In consumer goods, that means
, which spend huge advertising dollars to make sure their brands stay in the top spots.
"Gillete and P&G are two best-of-breed companies and they are merging," said Cramer. "And that's a tough combo to beat."
Cramer was particularly bemused by Prestige's 41% plunge because the company came public just five months ago. But he said you can't feel pity for the second-tier brands. "Wall Street is a cynical place," Cramer said. "They are not looking out for the small guys."
have multiple good years ahead of them, Cramer said, unless the
derails the housing sector by raising long-term rates. Get the regional guys before they go national, Cramer said.
quarter was fine, Cramer added. "They are not done going up," Cramer said. "It's well managed and has state of the art drugs."
A caller asked about
, which Cramer thinks will soar when the Fed is done with its rate hikes. "It's one of the best performing stocks in the past 10 years, why abandon it now?" Cramer asked.
What stocks does Cramer think are hot now? Gun manufacturers like
Smith & Wesson
( SWB) and
can benefit from changes in gun control legislation, Cramer said.
Cramer said he would hold onto contract driller
( GW) as well as wireless supplier
, despite a middling quarter there.
results were nothing special. The company is less interested in finding new oil reserves than in buying back stock. That's a sign of a geriatric company, Cramer said. "They are sinking like the Valdez -- their production is declining," he said.
Cramer advises buying
Cramer was stumped by
, a small but profitable snack foods maker, and IPO
( PEC). He was also stumped by tortilla maker
But he was to be neither stopped nor even contained in his knowledge of concrete churner
( RIN), test kit maker
or box manufacturer
Graphic Packaging International
At the time of publication, Cramer was long Gillette.
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