NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- "The most painful buys sometimes are the most profitable," Jim Cramer told the viewers of his "Mad Money" TV show Monday, as he explored a handful of high-growth stocks that seem to be headed forever higher. "The sky's the limit," when it comes to stocks like Apple ( AAPL), a stock which Cramer owns for his charitable trust,
Going StrongIn the "Executive Decision" segment, Cramer spoke with Kelly King, chairman and CEO of BB&T ( BBT), a bank with Cramer called a strong regional player that's repaying its TARP loans while still paying the fourth largest bank dividend in the S&P 500. King said BB&T has had banners hanging in their branches that read "Still strong, still lending," all throughout the recession, and the bank continued to make loans throughout that time. He said December was a great month for new loan activity, and he looks for that trend to continue. King also said BB&T is hiring revenue producers in its wealth management, capital markets, corporate banking and mortgage departments. He said that now is the time to invest in the future of America, and that's what BB&T has been doing. The bank is also looking to expand its territory, which it recently did through its acquisition of Colonial Bank. Looking towards the future, King said BB&T's priorities will be making sense of the new financial reforms passed by Congress followed by creating jobs. King said no matter what shortcomings the U.S. economy may have, there's nothing better than creating jobs to help fix them. Cramer said he remains a believer in King and in BB&T. He reiterated his buy recommendation.
Cloud-Based Services Spark GrowthIn a second "Executive Decision" segment, Cramer sat down with Jeff Lunsford, chairman and CEO of Limelight Networks ( LLNW), a company that delivered a one-cent-a share earnings beat when it last reported and a stock that's up 17% since Cramer first recommended it on Sept 29. Lunsford explained that Limelight is more than just content delivery services, which now accounts for two-thirds of the company's business. He said that cloud-based services, such as video, ad delivery and cloud storage, makes up 36% of Limelight's revenues. Lunsford said that while core services grew by 21% year over year, cloud services, which allow customers to plug into Limelight's 70 data centers around the globe, is the company's high-growth, high-margin side of the business, and it also involves far fewer capital expenditures to make it work. Limelight is hiring, Lunsford also noted, as the company continues to take share from competitors. He said Limelight needs sales people to handle incoming sales inquiries and teams to manage large strategic partners like Hulu and Netflix. Cramer continued his recommendation of Limelight, saying that rival Akamai's ( AKAM) recent weakness has made Limelight all the more attractive.