Cramer: I Don't Believe Coach and Comcast
When a company says that it didn't do well because of the economy, people should consider the idea that there might be something more to it, Jim Cramer said on TheStreet.com TV's "Wall Street Confidential" Web video Monday. Whirlpool ( WHR) said on its conference call that demand is not there, he said. The reasons, the company said, are the current housing situation, the fact that it has had to raise prices because of the raw costs, and because "people feel poor." "I totally buy that," Cramer said. "I'm not fighting the notion that there is a problem out there. "What I'm saying is that when a company like Coach ( COH), which has a classic high-end franchise, says that things are slowing down, what I want to do is look beneath that and think, did something change in their franchise?" he said. "Is there new competition? Have they fallen out of style?"
There's a great proliferation of Coach bags, Cramer said, and he's beginning to wonder whether fashion has moved on. "I haven't pinned it down yet, but I feel like there could be something else at work besides the economy that's causing Coach sales to slow," he said. "I'm always attuned to who uses the excuse, and
this is an excuse."
There are a million reasons why a product might not sell as well, and one of them is the economy, Cramer continued. However, he has been "so conditioned" by CEO Lew Frankfort saying that Coach is immune to the economy that suddenly when Frankfort says the company is hurting because of the economy, it becomes questionable. Moving on, Cramer said he feels the same way regarding Comcast ( CMCSA). Cable had previously been a monopoly and it's not anymore, he said. Plus, Comcast had a disappointing quarter. PepsiCo's ( PEP) Indra Nooyi, Cramer added, also blamed the economy and said people aren't buying as many FritoLays or soft drinks. "Again, I find that questionable because Coca-Cola ( KO) told me the economy didn't matter," he said.