Click here for an archive of Cramer's "Mad Money" recaps.


Many people dream of holding a stock that will blow through the roof overnight. Jim Cramer, who believes it's his job to make this dream a reality, offered his best bet for such a rocket stock play to viewers of his "Mad Money" TV show Monday.

Immediate, enormous gains happen all the time, whenever a company gets taken over, Cramer said. One of the companies he believes is next in line to get bought out is online marketing firm ValueClick ( VCLK).

ValueClick, he said, belongs to the same family of stocks as DoubleClick ( DCLK), which Google ( GOOG) is buying, and aQuantive, which Microsoft ( MSFT) bought earlier this year.

Back in April, Cramer said aQuantive and ValueClick could get bought. He was right about aQuantive and he believes he will be right about ValueClick.

Before Microsoft's acquisition of aQuantive, aQuantive was in merger talks with ValueClick, Cramer explained. Now Brian McAndrews, the former CEO of aQuantive, is a "key player" in Microsoft's online ad business, and Cramer believes ValueClick still has a chance of getting bought out.

Microsoft might make this "defensive acquisition" of ValueClick, or there's a possibility Yahoo! ( YHOO) could pick it up if it wants to stay competitive, he said. Either way, ValueClick should get a "gigantic takeover premium."

In the case that ValueClick doesn't get taken over, the stock should still perform well, Cramer said. Its fundamentals are good and it's in the sweet spot of a hot industry: Internet advertising. "It is a triple buy."

Jumping Jakks

"Going into the holiday season, how would you like to own the next Mattel ( MAT)?" Cramer asked viewers.

Jakks Pacific ( JAKK), which has a lot of great toys, is that stock, he said. People should want this stock for its Hannah Montana, World Wrestling Entertainment ( WWE) and Pokemon figurines.

Usually Cramer doesn't like to talk about trades on his show because people often don't have the time to monitor trades, but Jakks is "irresistible," he said, and could be bought as a trade or investment.

On Wednesday, Jakks is hosting a big analyst meeting, and if the company preannounces better-than-expected numbers for the fourth quarter it could shoot higher, Cramer said.

The stock closed Monday at $26.65 -- that's the price Cramer said he likes. If it leaps up, the trade will not work, he said, warning market players not to buy it for a trade if it climbs above $28.75. "Any higher you will lose money," even if it preannounces great numbers on Wednesday.

Cramer said he likes how Jakks is positioned right now. The company has $83 million in net cash and its free cash flow could reach $100 million soon, he said. With that, Jakks could buy smaller stores or buy back shares. Plus, it's trading at its growth rate and at "a big discount" to Hasbro ( HAS) and Mattel, Cramer continued.

Trends come and go, but Jakks brands have staying power. It's possible Jakks could lose its right to market WWE toys, but Cramer said he's not that worried about it.

He advised people to buy it for the long term or the short term, but not for both.

On the Defensive Line

New York Giants defensive lineman Michael Strahan joined Cramer in the studio to tackle finance together.

The seven-time NFL Pro Bowler talked to Cramer about his new book, Inside the Helmet: Life as a Sunday Afternoon Warrior. The book, Strahan said, answers a lot of questions fans have always asked him, not only about money and his divorce, but also about player injuries and what really goes on in the locker room.

"If you're going to write a book, you tell the truth," he said. "I would rather tell the truth than figure how to lie about a lie."

Regarding his finances, Strahan told Cramer he is very conservative and realistic about investing. "I don't want to take a dollar and make a million off of it," he said. "I'm in mutual funds. I'm global."

Strahan also owns one stock, Under Armour ( UA), which he said he got into during the company's initial public offering. Since buying Under Armour, Strahan said, his costs have been covered and he is operating on profits.

When Cramer asked if a lot of players are broke when they retire, Strahan said he wouldn't be surprised if many were. "When you're a player, you have to trust people," he said. There are a lot of schemes out there. Strahan said he has been fortunate, but he's sure there are some players that might be in a lot of financial difficulty.

Despite the injuries and pain associated with the game, Strahan said it has all been worth it. "I'm 35 and I could retire," he said. "It's been a long journey to get where I am and I appreciate everything I have."

Mad Mail

In his "Mad Mail" segment, in which Cramer answers viewer letters, he explained that a global company like Caterpillar ( CAT), which has substantial international exposure, is not a hostage of the U.S. GDP. This is part of the reason he likes Caterpillar so much. It's a stock he owns his Action Alerts PLUS charitable trust.

Responding to another viewer query, Cramer warned against trading after hours. "Everything you do will be completely wrong if it's done after hours," he said. "Wait until the next morning and use limit orders."

Lightning Round

Cramer was bullish on Indevus Pharmaceuticals ( IDEV), Nastech Pharmaceutical ( NSTK), Foster Wheeler ( FWLT), Halliburton ( HAL), AT&T ( T), Consolidated Edison ( ED), Verizon ( VZ), GameStop ( GME), Transocean ( RIG), Diamond Offshore ( DO), China Digital ( STV), McDonald's ( MCD), Yum! Brands ( YUM), Intel ( INTC) and ConocoPhillips ( COP).

Cramer was bearish on Great Lakes Dredge & Dock ( GLDD) and InterDigital ( IDCC).

Want more Cramer? Check out Jim's rules and commandments for investing from his latest book by clicking here.

For more of Cramer's insights during the most recent Lightning Round, click here .

At the time of publication, Cramer was long Caterpillar, ConocoPhillips, Halliburton, McDonald's and Transocean.

Jim Cramer, host of the CNBC television program "Mad Money," is a Markets Commentator for TheStreet.com, Inc., and CNBC, and a director and co-founder of TheStreet.com. All opinions expressed by Mr. Cramer on "Mad Money" are his own and do not reflect the opinions of TheStreet.com or its affiliates, or CNBC, NBC UNIVERSAL or their parent company or affiliates. Mr. Cramer's opinions are based upon information he considers to be reliable, but neither TheStreet.com, nor CNBC, nor either of their affiliates and/or subsidiaries warrant its completeness or accuracy, and it should not be relied upon as such. Mr. Cramer's statements are based on his opinions at the time statements are made, and are subject to change without notice. No part of Mr. Cramer's compensation from CNBC or TheStreet.com is related to the specific opinions expressed by him on "Mad Money."

None of the information contained in "Mad Money" constitutes a recommendation by Mr. Cramer, TheStreet.com or CNBC that any particular security, portfolio of securities, transaction, or investment strategy is suitable for any specific person. You must make your own independent decisions regarding any security, portfolio of securities, transaction, or investment strategy mentioned on the program. Mr. Cramer's past results are not necessarily indicative of future performance. Neither Mr. Cramer, nor TheStreet.com, nor CNBC guarantees any specific outcome or profit, and you should be aware of the real risk of loss in following any strategy or investments discussed on the program. The strategy or investments discussed may fluctuate in price or value and you may get back less than you invested. Before acting on any information contained in the program, you should consider whether it is suitable for your particular circumstances and strongly consider seeking advice from your own financial or investment adviser.

Some of the stocks mentioned by Mr. Cramer on "Mad Money" are held in Mr. Cramer's Action Alerts PLUS Portfolio. When that is the case, appropriate disclosure is made on the program and in the "Mad Money" recap available on TheStreet.com. The Action Alerts PLUS Portfolio contains all of Mr. Cramer's personal investments in publicly-traded equity securities only, and does not include any mutual fund holdings or other institutionally managed assets, private equity investments, or his holdings in TheStreet.com, Inc. Since March 2005, the Action Alerts PLUS Portfolio has been held by a Trust, the realized profits from which have been pledged to charity. Mr. Cramer retains full investment discretion with respect to all securities contained in the Trust. Mr. Cramer is subject to certain trading restrictions, and must hold all securities in the Action Alerts PLUS Portfolio for at least one month, and is not permitted to buy or sell any security he has spoken about on television or on his radio program for five days following the broadcast.

More from Jim Cramer

Snap, Gilead Sciences, Cronos Group: 'Mad Money' Lightning Round

Snap, Gilead Sciences, Cronos Group: 'Mad Money' Lightning Round

The Trouble With Trump's Tariffs: Cramer's 'Mad Money' Recap (Friday 6/22/18)

The Trouble With Trump's Tariffs: Cramer's 'Mad Money' Recap (Friday 6/22/18)

REPLAY: Jim Cramer on the Markets, Oil, Starbucks, Tesla, Okta and Red Hat

REPLAY: Jim Cramer on the Markets, Oil, Starbucks, Tesla, Okta and Red Hat

Jim Cramer: Some Industrials Stocks Are Becoming Great Values

Jim Cramer: Some Industrials Stocks Are Becoming Great Values

Jim Cramer Reacts to Toni Sacconaghi's Latest Tesla Note

Jim Cramer Reacts to Toni Sacconaghi's Latest Tesla Note