NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- "Once people feel stocks aren't the enemy, we'll head higher," Jim Cramer told his "Mad Money" TV show viewers on Tuesday. As he pondered the significance of the Dow hitting 13,000, he asked whether the milestone matters. "You bet it does," he replied. Cramer said the Dow Jones Industrial Average isn't a closely watched indicator for professional investors, who tend to focus on the S&P 500, but for smaller investors, retail investors, Dow 13,000 could be significant. That's because up until now, the market rally has occurred with fairly few participants. But breaking 13,000 could be just want the little guys need to jump back in. Cramer said that its true that stocks have been lost for more than a decade, and that volatility has been a major factor in keeping individuals out of the game. But on a longer time frame, stocks are still the best game in town when compared to bonds, U.S. treasuries and bank CDs, he noted, and with so many people indirectly invested in stocks via 401Ks, pensions and college savings accounts, all the markets need is a little boost in confidence. Cramer remained bullish on high-yielding dividend stocks, names like Cedar Fair ( FUN) and American Electric Power ( AEP), especially given that dividends receive special tax treatments. He said that stocks might not be perfect, but they're definitely a lot better than they were.
Sky-High Bar"If you can't beat them, own them," Cramer told viewers in his "Executive Decision" segment. Cramer spoke with Mark Papa, chairman and CEO of EOG Resources ( EOG), a stock that delivered a 28-cent-a-share earnings beat on a 55% rise in revenues last week. Shares of EOG are currently trading below where it reported those stellar numbers. Papa explained the drop in EOG's share price by saying the markets were expecting "sky high" earnings, but the company was only able to deliver "very high" earnings, resulting in a feeling of disappointment. He said that despite what Wall Street thinks, he's very comfortable with the company's game plan and will continue to reduce natural gas production and ramp up oil and liquids production until natural gas prices stabilize. When asked about those falling natural gas prices, Papa remained bearish saying that he predicts another 50-cent fall in the price of the commodity over the summer months. His outlook on oil prices however, remained strong. Papa estimated the price of oil to be between $100 and $110 a barrel, barring a conflict in Iran, based simply on rising worldwide demand. Turning back to specifics about the company, Papa said that the company's perceived funding gap is "not a big factor" given the value of the company's assets and its growth projections. He said that with oil trading at $105 a barrel and EOG's cost of production hovering at $40 a barrel, the company enjoys "pleasant gross margins." Papa remained bullish on the outlook for U.S. oil production, saying that horizontal drilling has turned around a 40-year downtrend in U.S. production, all without government assistance. Cramer remained bullish on EOG, telling investors that the company is still one of his favorite oil plays.
Apple's Earnings PowerIn the "Off The Charts" segment, Cramer went head to head with colleague Dan Fitzpatrick over the chart of Apple ( AAPL), a stock which Cramer owns for his charitable trust,