Publish date: TV Recap: British Bank Invasion

HSBC and others set their sights on the U.S.

Call it the second British invasion -- only this time, banks are being targeted.

British bank



is cutting into business at

JP Morgan

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Bank of America

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and other U.S. banks while igniting worries about the mortgage market, said guest host Gregg Greenberg on the TV's

Wall St. Confidential video Thursday.

HSBC and


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both made the decision to get in this country big and they did it, Jim Cramer said, and it's interesting to compare their approaches.

While ING has "the best, most sophisticated online" approach, HSBC "is trying to buy your business by being the lender of last resort, and that's a bad game," he told Greenberg.

When Greenberg asked why HSBC chose not to buy another big American bank to get in the game, Cramer said it should have, and he believes HSBC made a "major mistake" to think it could grow here.

Meanwhile, people are worried about

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25% yield and the probability that

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is going to have more defaults than generally thought, Cramer continued.

However, he still believes



is "right." But because the whole group is coming down now, Cramer said he'd wait a couple of days before picking a stock to buy.

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Moving on to retail and same-store sales, Greenberg pointed out that the numbers have come in little bit better.

Cramer said it's "interesting to see that the winners keep winning here, with the exception of

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He said



had a "monster month" and has been turning around. And although Cramer had written off

Federated Department Stores


, it seems the company has fixed its problems.

Further, he said he believes that J.C. Penney is a good opportunity because the retailer "has a lot of things going for it."

Other higher-end retailers, such as


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and Saks, are "on fire," Cramer added.

Even though there are big short positions in Ralph Lauren, Cramer said he has always felt its brand is "fantastic." He advised people who don't believe in this story to take a look at its accelerated revenue growth. "This is a story with tremendous momentum in 2007," Cramer said.

At the time of publication, Cramer had no positions in stocks mentioned.

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