TV Recap: Goldman Still Good

It still trades at a cheap valuation, and people who sell the earnings report are mistaken.
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Goldman Sachs

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is a stock people have consistently reacted negatively to once it has reported earnings -- and they've been wrong almost every time, Jim Cramer said on TV's Wall Street Confidential

Web video Thursday.

"There should be no reaction," he told George Moriarty, the host of Wall Street Confidential. "It's literally just another good quarter."

Although Cramer said he recognizes Goldman had a weaker quarter seasonally, the stock, which he owns for his charitable trust,

Action Alerts PLUS, has a earnings power of $20 per share. This means that when the stock was at $230 earlier today, people were selling it at 10.5 times earnings, which doesn't make sense, he said.

"More importantly, on a time sensitive basis, there was a very big put trade being put on all day

Wednesday," Cramer said. "There were lots of guys buying the June 230 puts when the stock ran to $233."

Those buyers, he continued, are "furiously" blowing out those puts, and the effect of that should be to push the stock closer to $230. "I would urge people to recognize that as the short trade is taken off, the stock will go higher," Cramer said.

This week brings a bunch of brokerage earnings report, and everyone is measured off of everyone else, he said. If

Lehman Brothers


has a blowout quarter and Goldman does not, people wrongly conclude Goldman's bad.

People should recognize "that the trading itself during the week of the brokerage earnings has not been indicative of anything," Cramer said. "What's more important is the long-term trend which is

that Goldman is increasing in book value and increasing buybacks." This is really what drives the stock.

"Those that want to do short-term trading on Goldman have been gravely mistaken," he added.

Further, a lot of people have the perception that the stock is always right, Cramer said. However, those who know the market well know that is not the case.

"As a matter of fact, stocks are often wrong," he said. "They're not wrong six months or a year from now, but they're almost always wrong when they trade violently after a quarter.

"I would caution people who are new and even people who are somewhat experienced not to believe a stock," Cramer advised. "Believe your own work."

At the time of publication, Cramer was long Goldman Sachs.

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