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TheStreet.com TV Recap: See Dow Run

Cramer sees the blue-chip index as beginning a 17% move up this year.
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"You're seeing the beginning of the major run I have been predicting for the

Dow

this year when I said it was going to be up 17%," Jim Cramer said on TheStreet.com TV's Wall St. Confidential

Web video Wednesday.

There are "way too many" Dow stocks that are selling at 12 to 14 times earnings, which are generating "too much cash" and beating their numbers "substantially," he told Gregg Greenberg, the host of Wall St. Confidential. "We came into this earnings season with very low expectations."

Coca-Cola

(KO) - Get Report

has been in the range of $45 to $50 for many years "because it hasn't had an acceleration in earnings or revenue," Cramer said. And now it has double-digit revenue growth and a "real big" acceleration in earnings.

"Why that stock would only be at $51 a year from now is ridiculous," he continued. "It could be at $60."

Similarly, Cramer believes

Merck

(MRK) - Get Report

is still "very cheap" at $50 and could also go to $60, if not more.

"Historically, what has happened is that you get an initial burst when you have a big upside surprise," he said. "Then you mark time, and as soon as earnings season is over, you see a gallop."

People agree that Coke is really good, but they're waiting for

PepsiCo

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to report next week, Cramer said. They also feel Merck is really good, but are waiting for all the drugs to come out with earnings. "The Dow components in each of these areas are much better," he said.

Out of them all, Cramer said he believes that only

General Electric

(GE) - Get Report

and

IBM

(IBM) - Get Report

have reported numbers that can't seem to get their stocks going. "GE did not have a strong quarter," he said.

Further, Cramer said company buybacks are starting to play a role, as people witness a "shrinkage of the float." In fact, 29 out of 30 companies in the Dow have been buyers of their own stock, he said.

"The buybacks have been bountiful but haven't meant anything," Cramer said. "Suddenly they are really starting to mean something." And in the meantime, initial public offerings have slowed down and the deals have accelerated.

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