After working in the financial world for two decades, Jim Cramer said on his
"RealMoney" radio show Monday that he has learned that stocks have the ability to foreshadow sector downtrends.
For example, when homebuilding stocks first began to slide, there were no "For Sale" signs anywhere, Cramer said. In fact, there wasn't any sort of sign that there was anything bad in the housing market.
When Bob Toll, the chairman and CEO of
appeared as a guest on Cramer's "Mad Money" TV show months ago, he said that Cramer didn't know homebuilding.
Cramer agreed that he doesn't know homebuilding, but said one thing he does know is stocks. And eventually as the homebuilding stocks kept going down, "For Sale" signs sprung up.
Now "these stocks have bottomed and are not going down anymore," Cramer said. "The stocks will turn ahead and the
homebuilding business will follow -- the way it always works."
Although the actual commodity of housing has not bottomed, the stocks have, he said. Similarly, Cramer believes that the underlying asset, oil, is going to go 20% from its high, because the stocks have gone 20% below their high.
"When it goes there, we will take a look at the group, but not until then," he said.
Although it's good to have a positive attitude, sometimes too much optimism can cost you, Cramer went on.
"The oil stocks are down 19% in a straight line," he said. "There are always people who say the worst must be over and believe they should get in as the stocks are too low."
But investors should not hold these stocks through a rally, because the commodity of oil is not going higher, Cramer stressed.
"Don't be fooled by the 'oil is bottoming call,'" he said.
Instead, take opportunity in a lift to cash out, and take a longer-term view and recognize that oil commodity and stocks will bottom in the next six to nine months, Cramer said.
"If you have more than 10% of your portfolio in oil, you need to lighten up," he advised.
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