Editor's Note: Thursday's program was a rebroadcast comprising parts of two shows that originally aired Aug. 24 and Aug. 28.
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.
Working Wall Street
Looking back at his years of experience in the market, Cramer said he first got into this business by managing his own account, and then he moved on to managing other people's money. He worked at
, and now he handles his charitable trust,
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The best job on Wall Street is the job of being a full-time trader, he said. The trader is the guy that makes the meeting of the minds occur. He is the one that brings the seller and the buyer together and negotiates the price.
The reasons Cramer believes this is the best job on Wall Street is because: a) you're paid a fortune and b) you get in at 8:30 a.m. and are out by 4 p.m.
The second-best job is that of a broker, he said. This is the person who finds the client that wants to do the stock trade. As a broker, Cramer said he got his clients by taking them out to shows and dinner every night.
"When I was a trader I entertained four times a week and it made me a lot of money," he said.
Another job one can have on Wall Street is that of an analyst. They would try to find companies that are private and try to convince them to become public.
But it was corrupt, and New York State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer found out, Cramer said. Now analysts have to actually be good at what they do, since only a few survive, and some of them have gone over to the buy side, which are the hedge funds, he said.
A terrible job that used to be great is that of a floor trader. Floor traders used to be able to clip you and take a little extra money from your pocket, but because of wiretaps and cameras and other ways of checking this behavior, this job is no good, he said.
Another area to work is in mergers and acquisitions. These people are slaves to their work, Cramer said.
"When everybody else is having a great family life, you are working," he said. "You're sitting in that linoleum cafeteria and trying to drink a little scotch in between making deals on the weekends."
But at the same time, you make $10 million if you're bad, and $20 million if you're good at your job, he said.
In the end, all jobs have upsides and downsides, he said. Now that you have the menu, maybe you'll decide to stay away from all these jobs, or maybe you'll make a move to Wall Street, where there is big money. Either way, Cramer said, he couldn't blame you.
Another question Cramer gets asked a lot is what CEOs are like, and what makes them good.
"A CEO is like a politician," he said. "He has to be able to talk the talk and make you believe in the company."
A CEO is 50% operator and 50% promoter, because if they can't sell the company, what good are they? he asked. At the same time, they need to act as an operator, too, and know what's going on in the company -- otherwise it "might mess up."
An example of a bad operator is
CEO George Buckley, he said, adding that James McNerney, the company's former CEO and current CEO of
, is an example of a good operator.
CEOs should be gregarious and tireless, and give up their personal life while they hold the position. While some people might call this heartless, it's just business, Cramer said.
"In business there's no touchy-feely," he said. "If you're not going to put in the time and make the company great, then give it to someone else."
In response to another frequently asked question, "Can the market ever crash like it did in 1929?" Cramer said that while it is unfortunate, it could happen. We could also have a multiday decline.
It crashed in 1987. However, it is unlikely, he said.
The characteristic of a bad stock is when it gets good news it barely goes up, and when it gets bad news it gets hammered, Cramer said. A bad stock is one that goes nowhere when everything in the market is going up, and when everything is going down, it plummets. A bad stock has no buyback in place, so when everyone comes to sell it, it gets annihilated, he said.
In this case, you must sell a little, Cramer advised.
In response to another question, Cramer said the most he has made in one day is $18 million.
He said it hurt his family life, because the day it happened he was supposed to go on vacation with his family to Mexico, but then he decided at the last minute not to go.
It was in April 2000, when the market had declined for two straight weeks. In terms of life, it was a mistake, but in terms of business, Cramer said he ended up making a lot of money.
"I missed the vacation, but I do know that sometimes you have to be there and get it right, and that time I nailed it," he said.
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