Textile TactA broad textile trade agreement reached by the U.S. and China this week should be a boon to U.S. synthetic-fiber maker Albany International ( AIN - Get Report), said Jim Cramer Thursday on his "Mad Money" TV show. Albany is levered to the high-quality outdoor and outerwear market in the U.S. and is now protected from Chinese competition, he said. That means Albany should be able to sell more of its product at higher prices, said Cramer. Albany's stock, which is near a 52-week high, is expensive, said Cramer. Nevertheless, he believes that the stock is going higher and sees Albany as an 18-month play. So, consider buying a partial position now and buying more later if the stock goes down, he said. Cramer is not a fan of any other publicly traded U.S. textile stocks. "They're all bad companies," he said. "For a bad company in a bad spot, good news like this is not enough," he said. In response to a question about how to play the record U.S. trade deficit announced Thursday, Cramer said he likes Toyota Motor ( TM - Get Report) and Honda Motor ( HMC) off those numbers.
Ink IndiaCramer said that a recent blurb in The Washington Post quoted Treasury Secretary John Snow saying that India is making "excellent" progress in its financial and banking sectors and that Snow wants India to "open up its financial sector to foreigners." President Bush is scheduled to travel to India during the first quarter of next year, said Cramer, adding that Bush is sure to second what Snow says about India's banks. Cramer believes that Bush's India trip will create buzz around that country's financial sector. "Wall Street ... listens to Bush, and they always listen to buzz," said Cramer. "Why not get into India ahead of the buzz?" Cramer recommends HDFC Bank ( HDB - Get Report) as the best way to play it. HDFC pulled back about 20% in October from its 52-week high, but Cramer believes that the stock is coming back now.
Paper ChaseMarketWatch senior columnist Herb Greenberg joined Cramer to talk about Hansen Natural ( HANS), Marvel Entertainment ( MVL) and Knight Ridder ( KRI). Cramer asked Greenberg if he was "sticking with the negative case" on Hansen. "I am sticking with the negative case," said Greenberg. "I think this stock was priced for invincibility many points ago. It's still priced for invincibility. ... All I have to tell you is this: It's my favorite game. It's stock roulette." Cramer then asked Greenberg what he thinks of Marvel. Greenberg had been bearish on Marvel when the stock was at $20, said Cramer. With the stock closing at $14.25 Thursday, "Is it a 'mon back?"* asked Cramer. Greenberg said Marvel may have "some other movies that will get that to be the case." But, right now, "if you look at their guidance, they're starting to pay the price, I think, for aggressively recognizing revenues on some of their licensing deals," he said. Of Knight Ridder, Greenberg said the company isn't going to get taken over by Tribune ( TRB) or any other large newspaper company. But, "there is going to have to be this level of consolidation. There are still good assets. Ultimately it has to happen. I still feel very strongly about that," Greenberg said. "Wow, you're really wrong about that," said Cramer. Cramer summed up the interview saying he doesn't want to buy Marvel with "accounting problems." Hansen is "two thumbs up -- way up," he said. Of Knight Ridder, Cramer said, you're being a pig if you don't ring the register.
Get On Over to Under ArmourWednesday Cramer recommended then day-old IPO, iRobot ( IRBT - Get Report), only to see the stock open too high Thursday morning to get in at a price where he thought you could still make money. But Cramer says he has spotted the next hot IPO, athletic-apparel maker Under Armour. Under Armour is scheduled to come public next week on the Nasdaq under the ticker symbol UARM at an offering price of $7.50 to $9.50 a share, said Cramer. Goldman Sachs is the lead underwriter. "The only reason Goldman could possibly have for pricing Under Armour in the single digits right now is that they want the thing to run. I think it goes higher," said Cramer. "Even if Under Armour opens 25% higher than where it's priced and you don't get any of the deal, I still want you to pick up shares the moment it starts trading," he said. "I think it's only going to go up from there like iRobot." Cramer believes that Under Armour will be a big winner because the company has a "cult following" among college kids and athletes who've just finished school, he said. Cramer said even though Nike ( NKE - Get Report) offers nearly identical products, ask anybody under 25 -- they all want Under Armour, said Cramer.
Press PLAYCommenting on Portal Player ( PLAY) of which Cramer had been critical two weeks ago when it announced a secondary offering, Cramer said the company announced Thursday night it was withdrawing the offering and had guided up. "Portal Player's going higher," he said. Of China Medical Technologies ( CMED), Cramer said it is piggish not to ring the register.
BullishCramer was bullish on Starbucks ( SBUX - Get Report), Sherwin-Williams ( SHW - Get Report), NitroMed ( NTMD), Wal-Mart ( WMT), SonoSite ( SONO), Activision ( ATVI - Get Report), Amgen ( AMGN - Get Report), Genentech ( DNA), Genzyme ( GENZ), Gilead Sciences ( GILD), Celgene ( CELG), aQuantive ( AQNT), Sears Holdings ( SHLD), CapitalSource ( CSE), CIT Group ( CIT), Terex ( TEX), Univision Communications ( UVN), Popular ( BPOP), Merrill Lynch ( MER), Goldman Sachs ( GS - Get Report) and Morgan Stanley ( MWD).
BearishCramer was bearish on Ford Motor ( F), Williams Companies ( WMB), El Paso ( EP), Dynegy ( DYN), Unisys ( UIS), American Oriental Bioengineering ( AOB), Click Commerce ( CKCM), H&R Block ( HRB), Great Plains Energy ( GXP), Cimarex Energy ( XEC), Gateway ( GTW) and Peabody Energy ( BTU).
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