Knowing he "sounds like a broken record," Jim Cramer started off his
"RealMoney" radio show on Thursday by saying defensive stocks are what's working right now.
Johnson & Johnson
generic-products unit, people disagreed with the move, and the stock price fell. But now the stock is at $64 -- and it's going to $70, Cramer said.
that Johnson & Johnson is in is recession-proof," he said.
is another stock Cramer predicted will go higher -- from $49 to $55.
lost verdicts on its Vioxx drug as recently as 10 days ago, the stock is back above where it was before it lost the suits, he said.
Procter & Gamble
are two more stocks that are going up, Cramer said.
These companies supply products that people buy regardless of how the economy is doing, he said.
Unlike defensive stocks, however, "the housing business is weak," and the numbers here are discouraging enough that people are pausing.
In addition, aluminum company
, which Cramer owns for his charitable trust,
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, a company related to aerospace, also reported unbelievable earnings.
But, "it doesn't matter," Cramer said. "People don't want these stocks."
In three more months, these stocks will go up, but not yet, he said.
"The American Dream is not as dreamy as it once was," Cramer said.
The housing sector is in trouble, and it's understandably causing ripple effects, Cramer said.
"got hammered," but not because they have bad merchandise. The reason is because they have too much merchandise, he said.
"Nobody wants to fix up their homes right now," Cramer said.
He believes that although it's fine to invest in a home you are living in, it's not OK to invest in one in which you are speculating. Housing is not something that loses value when you are living in it, he said.
"I don't believe homes can fall as precipitously as stocks because they're not as liquid," Cramer said. "The government encourages home buying, not stock buying."
Further, he said he doesn't believe it won't become worse in the housing sector because the cause of the inventory bulge is that the
has "raised rates dramatically, and people have lost confidence."
But "this is no time to panic, as the Fed sees what we see," Cramer said. "And if anything, they should cut rates."
"Homes are not stocks because you can't live in stocks," he said. "Over 20 to 30 years time, you are going to gain equity on a house."
They are tax-favored and still "the No. 1 investment" -- that has not changed, Cramer said.
There was a time when
"was the stock to own," but over time it lost its way and has been stagnant for a long time, Cramer said.
The company has gone through a series of acquisitions "that don't make any sense," he said.
IBM's made 12 acquisitions this year alone as it plans to revitalize its businesses. The company is always boasting that it's the most forward-looking company, Cramer said. But this has him wondering why IBM's divisions are not able to develop the products they are acquiring on its own.
"IBM's buybacks and acquisitions are not going to do anything for it," he said.
Instead, Cramer suggested buying application software company
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Cramer said he believes over the long term -- six to 10 months -- coal will be "a more important piece of puzzle for the U.S. because it is the Saudi Arabia of coal."
"Arch Coal and
are two of the best coal operators in this country," he said.
He advised pulling the trigger on Arch Coal when it hits $30, but he reminded his listeners to buy in stages. Recently, Arch Coal was at $34.60
A Pinch of UST
is probably the best stock he's been asked about this week, Cramer said.
It is a defensive stock, since people use smokeless tobacco regardless of the economy, Cramer said.
UST will go to $60, he predicted. Recently the stock was at $52.63.
Responding to another caller, Cramer said he does not like
and would ring the register on the stock.
"China is an unstable place to invest," he said.
When asked about
, Cramer called it "the worst-of-breed in an infrastructure sector" that he likes, but the market hates.
He said he would dump it right here and buy UST instead.
Cramer advised his next caller to swap out of
and move into
Although Nordstrom is four points off its low, it could get back to its low again, he said. Plus, he pointed out that the store is a little high-end and more subject to economical whims.
Cramer said he likes
Burlington Northern Santa Fe
as a way to ship coal and ethanol, but it is the worst-of-breed in its sector.
"They are probably the least safe rail
company," he said.
It is not the time to be in rails, Cramer said, but
is a rail company he likes.
When a caller asked about
, Cramer said that although there was an inventory build, we know from
that the big liquid-crystal-display glut has been worked off, and it's time for Corning to rally.
He would only buy it on a pullback, he said.
At the time of publication, Cramer was long Alcan.
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