How is free cash flow calculated? -- Jonah from New York James J. Cramer: Free cash flow is calculated by taking cash flow from operations and subtracting capital expenditures. Both of these can be found on a company's statement of cash flows. Free cash flow is an important metric because it gives a rough estimate of how much money a company can put towards share buybacks and dividends.
Do you like First Marblehead (FMD)? -- Rodney from Texas James J. Cramer: I believe First Marblehead is a buy, even after the big run it has had this year. The private student loan business is growing very quickly, and First Marblehead is a pure play on that growth. In addition, my buddy Tom Brown over at BankStocks.com is a big fan, and Tom is simply one of the best analysts around.
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