Cramer's 'Mad Money' Recap: April 20

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After today's 290-point sell-off in the markets, Jim Cramer simply said "ouch" to the viewers of his "Mad Money" TV show on Monday.

He said that today's decline -- the biggest since the market bottom in March -- has reminded us that that bear can still waken from its slumber.

But Cramer also reminded viewers that they can't let short-term fluctuations in the market scare them. He said despite the market's gyrations, the fact remains that things are still better off today than they were in March.

To illustrate his point, Cramer returned to his "Obama Index" basket of stocks created on Jan. 20, inauguration day. After starting at 100, the index slipped to just 49.9 on March 6, before rallying back into the green, excluding today.

Cramer said simply that Obama's moves are working -- whether its increased regulation, changes in the tax and accounting standards, or even his cap-and-trade initiatives. He said Obama has reversed the road to Dow 6,300 we were once traveling on.

Just six weeks ago, Wall Street pundits were calling for the nationalization of all of the banks. Yet today, real winners like JPMorgan Chase ( JPM), a stock which he owns for his charitable trust, Action Alerts PLUS, have emerged.

Cramer said if there's one thing that kills an economy, it's inventory. He said excess inventory is not only the enemy of retail but it clogs up the entire economic system. And he said companies are telling us that inventory is lower for homes, computers, cell phones and televisions.

"A new cycle is struggling to emerge. It just needs a little more time," he said.

Buying Opportunities

"Take today's sell-off as a gift," Cramer told viewers. He said while the economy is still definitely in a recession, pullbacks of 5% of larger are great buying opportunities for the sectors that are working.

What's working? Cramer said China is still on fire and will be the engine that pulls the train of global Capitalism out of the station. He said the iShares China 25 Index ( FXI), which he owns for his charitable trust, Action Alerts PLUS, needs a pullback before he'd invest there.But he noted other sectors, like the oils, minerals and dry bulk shippers such as Nordic American Tanker ( NAT) should all do well.

In banking, Cramer said it's safe to stick with the winners, like JPMorgan Chase ( JPM) and Goldman Sachs ( GS), two stocks which he owns for his charitable trust, Action Alerts PLUS.

Industrials are another safe bet, said Cramer. He likes Emerson ( EMR), another Action Alerts Plus name, in that group. In the housing sector, Cramer said to stay away from home builders and pick up retailers like Home Depot ( HD), an Action Alerts Plus stock, or Lowes ( LOW) as a play on the housing bottom.

There's also technology. He remains a fan of Apple ( AAPL) and Research In Motion ( RIMM) as well as others like Qualcomm ( QCOM) or Hewlett Packard ( HP), two Action Alerts Plus names, and Amazon.com ( AMZN). He said this group turns first and is the hottest sector out there.

Finally, Cramer gave a shout out to beaten down healthcare names like Abbott Labs ( ABT) and also consumer stocks like Pepsi ( PEP), both of which Cramer supports in Action Alerts Plus. All of these sectors are ripe for the picking anytime the market falls 5% or more, said Cramer.

Listen Up

"We need to bring back the uptick rule, and the SEC better listen," said Cramer.

He once again went on the offensive, imploring the authorities to bring back honest enforcement of the rules to protect the average investors from the "bad interests" that are currently in charge.

Cramer said its no secret on Wall Street that the bad interests, mainly hedge funds and ultra short ETFs, are waging war on the average investors, and are using every loophole in the book to do it.

Cramer said the SEC needs to reinstate the uptick rule, which was repealed in 2007 by then SEC Chairman Chris Cox. He said the SEC also must ban the ultra short ETFs that do nothing but hurt those who invest in it. He also said naked shorting must be banned.

On the topic of indictments, Cramer wondered where are the show trials for those at AIG ( AIG), those who committed mortgage fraud and those who were responsible for destroying the American financial system.

Until these rules are reinstated, until there's honest enforcement, and until those responsible are in jail, Cramer said he would rather buy a house than a stock.

Mad Mail

Cramer told a viewer that between AECOM ( ACM) and URS ( URS), he'd choose AECOM.

Cramer told a second viewer that he'd be a buyer of Permian Basin Royalty Trust ( PBT) until they only have five years left of oil reserves. At that point, he said, investors will begin to see a drop in the company's share price.

Lightning Round

In the Lightning Round, Cramer was bullish on Texas Instruments ( TXN), AT&T ( T), Southern Peru Copper ( PCU)and Joy Global ( JOYG).

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At the time of publication, Cramer was long iShares China 25 Index, Pepsi, Abbott Labs, Qualcomm, Hewlett-Packard, Emerson, JPMorgan Chase, Goldman Sachs.

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