Eddie Lampert's now got his own man running
, James Cramer said on his
"RealMoney" radio show.
Cramer acknowledged that Thursday's numbers were
disappointing, but he said the change atop the big retailer is far more important for investors. "These numbers were former CEO Alan Lacy's numbers," Cramer said Thursday afternoon. "Alan Lacy did nothing at Sears. He would have done nothing with Sears and Kmart."
But now, with the installation of Lampert lieutenant Aylwin Lewis, Cramer believes "the vast bulk of the pain is over at Sears." Now is the right time to buy.
Elsewhere, a "stock you have to own," said Cramer, is
. Morgan Stanley issued a report Thursday on Altria saying the company would be worth $105 a share if it split up its tobacco and food businesses. The main problem with the stock has been litigation risk, said Cramer, and that risk is going away. Altria has only two lawsuits pending against it, and Cramer thinks Altria will prevail in both. The stock fetched $72 and change Thursday.
A caller asked about
. Cramer said despite disappointing quarterly results last month, he is encouraged by recent insider stock purchases.
In the "Stump Cramer" segment, in which listeners ask about obscure and not-so-obscure stocks, Cramer was asked about
. Cramer said Johnson Outdoors was a "sleepy" company that would make a great combination with
, which owns Coleman. Cramer would rather own Jarden than Johnson, though.
Cramer was not a fan of Rambus, saying Rambus was vulnerable to video-game component price wars. The only component maker Cramer likes is
Marvell Technology Group
because of its proprietary technology, he said. Cramer's favorite way to play the upcoming video-game cycle is via
, he added.
In response to a listener's question about hurricane cleanup plays, Cramer said most cleanup stocks have already priced in the good news. The only stock in that group Cramer still likes is
Finally, a caller asked about
, which was trading higher Thursday after the company announced it would form an energy trading operation with
( BSC). Cramer said the news isn't important and that Calpine's stock "isn't worth owning." Shares of Calpine traded at $3.15 Thursday.
At the time of publication, Cramer was long GameStop, Altria and Sears Holdings.
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