Cramer's 'Mad Money' Recap: March 19

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"What's it mean when stocks goes higher on the worst of news?" Jim Cramer asked the viewers of his "Mad Money" TV show Thursday.

Cramer said it means that people think the worst is behind us.

Cramer brought up the case of FedEx ( FDX) where he said it's almost impossible to imagine how the stock could rally in the face of a 75% profit decline. Yet instead, investors chose to hone in on CEO Fed Smith's comment that "we do believe we've seen the worst of the declines."

Just three short months ago, said Cramer, the markets would not have believed comments like these from a CEO. What's changed? Cramer said there's now leadership in the markets, and where there are leaders, eventually there are followers as well.

According to Cramer, this market is being led by oil above $50 a barrel, by technology with its upside surprises, and by the banks with their swing towards profitability. The markets are no longer a bottomless pit of despair, said Cramer, and soon the hedge funds and short sellers will also reverse course and join in.

Adding to the virtuous circle are the food and drug stocks, both of which got clobbered today as money continues to move away from those sectors. "People feel like the worst is over," said Cramer, "they're following the leaders."

A Fan of Oil

Cramer said the big story in today's market shouldn't be big bonuses at AIG ( AIG), it should be that oil is back above $50 a barrel.

Cramer said he's a big fan of the oil story, and of BP ( BP), a stock which he owns for his charitable trust, Action Alerts PLUS . Cramer said BP is currently trading at the same level it did when oil was at $40 a barrel and that just doesn't make sense.

Cramer said he's also a fan of BP subsidiary BP Prudhoe Bay Royalty Trust ( BPT). This master limited partnership pays all of its profits to shareholders, said Cramer, and should also be trading 1 to 1 with the price of oil. Yet while oil is 52% off its highs, Prudhoe Bay is only up 23% from its lows.

Cramer said Prudhoe Bay is a safe bet, with 10 years of proven reserves to back it up. With the industry overall shutting in extra capacity, oil is poised to trend even higher, and both BP and Prudhoe Bay should be popping higher as they play catch up to the price of crude, he said.

Cramer said said he's also still a fan of Permian Basin Royalty Trust ( PBT), which he mentioned on Feb. 26, and is up 27%.

Sell Block

In this segment, Cramer found two REITs that are taking the "trust" out of "Real Estate Investment Trust." He said with the help of colleague David Peltier, he's discovered that the dividends of both companies cannot be trusted.

In much the same fashion as his comments last week on Alcoa ( AA), he said both Kimco Realty ( KIM) and ProLogis ( PLD) are in danger of cutting their dividends.

Cramer said Kimco lost 44 cents a share in fourth quarter and needs to issue almost $1 billion in equity to sustain its operations. ProLogis has $260 million worth of bonds it needs refinance in August. Both companies face record high vacancy rates and continued problems in the credit markets.

Cramer said dividend cuts usually indicate other bad things to come. In the case of Alcoa, that company diluted shares with a secondary offering in order to raise much needed cash. Cramer said to stay away from all three of these names.

Outrage of the Day

Cramer said that if there ever was any doubt that the SEC under Christopher Cox was beyond bad, an article today article in the Wall Street Journal should prove it.

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For months, Cramer has railed against the SEC and Cox for their failure to enforce practically every law on the books. The article, he said, proves without a doubt that this was the case. According to the article, of the 5,000 complaints the SEC received, only 123, or 2.5%, were ever investigated. Of those, none was ever brought to trial.

Cramer said it was this complete disregard for the rules that allowed naked short sellers to destroy the financials. He said in the days leading up to the Lehman Brothers collapse, 32.8 million shares were sold short, but never delivered. "If this isn't manipulation, I don't know what is," said Cramer.

Cramer said he doesn't want to say "I told you so," but noted that "this stuff is just killing me."

Lightning Round

Cramer was bullish on Whole Foods ( WFMI), Tiffany & Co ( TIF), Fluor ( FLR), Hawaiian Electric ( HE), Terra Nitrogen ( TNH) and Apple ( AAPL).

He was bearish on Tetra Tech ( TTEK), Matthews International ( MATW), Xerox ( XRX), International Paper ( IP) and Sun Microsystems ( JAVA).

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At the time of publication, Cramer was was long BP.

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