Jim Cramer was watching TV Tuesday on his
"RealMoney" radio show.
Specifically, Cramer was taking a look at the high-end TV sets that are likely to be scorching hot at retail this Christmas. He said investors could buy
to take advantage of building demand.
Prices are coming down significantly, Cramer said, for digital light processing and liquid crystal display televisions, and that is sure to spur demand. (Cramer noted that the dynamics are different for so-called plasma screen TVs.) But don't buy the stocks of TV manufacturers such as
. Margins will be squeezed by falling prices. Instead, buy suppliers. Of the three, Cramer said, Corning is his favorite.
If you wait until Christmas to buy these stocks, though, you're going to miss the trade, said Cramer. You must act now. Sony, Samsung and others are placing orders in order to make the holiday season list at
. Christmas season comes now for the suppliers, he said.
in the Danger Zone, which highlights the stocks of troubled companies. Cramer said he thinks both stocks are headed to zero. Both companies have serious problems with liquidity, and Cramer doesn't think the companies can survive without declaring bankruptcy.
A caller wanted to know about what technical analysis signals, if any, Cramer uses to spot a bottom in a stock. Cramer said he looks for patterns that have held in the past and volume spikes. He is even more confident when he sees these signals occur with high-quality stocks that pay good dividends.
A caller wanted to know if there were any other
coming public. Cramer said no.
An emailer wanted to know if she should sell
. Cramer, who has been negative on Merck said yes.
A caller asked which company Cramer liked between
Coventry Health Care
WellCare Health Plans
. Cramer said he liked both companies and thought that both were likely candidates for takeovers. But, between the two, he prefers Coventry because it is cheaper relative to its growth rate.
An emailer asked which, if any, stocks might benefit from the new Medicare prescription drug plan. Cramer recommended
An emailer wanted to know if he should sell Pfizer. "I have no desire to own Pfizer," Cramer said because there are no catalysts. "Cheap stocks can stay cheap for a long time" without catalysts, he added.
An emailer wanted to know about
. Cramer said he didn't dislike Lilly, but it would be his third choice among large-cap pharmaceutical companies. His favorite among large-cap pharmaceutical companies is
, and is second favorite is
Johnson & Johnson
. J&J is the "cheapest I can ever recall," said Cramer, who thinks J&J is being penalized for being part of an out-of-favor sector and for its announced acquisition of
. "I would buy it," he said.
A caller wanted to know about reports that
Research In Motion
had agreed to a joint development deal with
. Cramer thought the rally in RIM's shares "was only a little traders' rally. RIM is not something I want to buy here." On the other hand, Cramer said, "I think INTC should be bought."
In response to a caller's question on
, Cramer said, "I think business is finally stabilizing there. I would hold on to the stock and buy more if it were to drop $1 from here."
Finally, Cramer said to be aware when managements play the "UPOD" game: underpromise and overdeliver. A recent UPOD situation happened with
. "Please do not sell Panera," Cramer said. "It's going higher."
At the time of publication, Cramer was long Intel and UnitedHealth.
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