Editor's note: The following are questions received from viewers of "Mad Money," seen every day at 6 p.m. EST on CNBC.


I'm new to the market. Can I make mad money buying Lucent (LU)?

-- Brian from Michigan

Jim Cramer: I used to own this stock in my charitable trust, Action Alerts PLUS . It was a painful and costly position however, as management never could live up to its targets. In my opinion, Lucent's proposed merger with Alcatel ( ALA) doesn't improve its future prospects enough that I'd want to invest in the company. Frankly, I believe that viewers looking for technology exposure would be better off owning Intel ( INTC).


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