Cramer's 'Mad Money' Recap: Stop Worrying

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- "We were worried too much," Jim Cramer told "Mad Money" viewers Tuesday after taking a hard look at recent history.

Cramer said it's easy to fall into a worried mindset and ignore the market's many positives, which is why so many investors missed the market's terrific rally.

The markets have been fretting higher interest rates for months, noted Cramer, but when they finally happened last month the markets, instead of dropping like a stone, booked their best winning streak since 1990. Higher rates, it turned out, was a terrific buying opportunity.

Investors also worried about the toll $4 gasoline would take on the average consumer, shorting the restaurants, retailers and all of the theme parks. Yet, when the earnings arrived, Cramer said there was no mention of higher gas prices on any of these companies conference calls .

Profits were taken in the banks and there were fire sales in the PC stocks, said Cramer, yet the banks posted solid results and PC-related stocks like Seagate ( STX) and Hewlett-Packard ( HPQ) continue roaring higher.

Worrisome stocks from last quarter, like 3M ( MMM) and Starbucks ( SBUX) recovered nicely, said Cramer. Biotechs, led by Regeneron ( REGN) and Biogen Idec ( BIIB), also remain very strong.

Even the most high-flying, highly valued names such as ( AMZN) and Netflix ( NFLX) are hitting 52-week highs, noted Cramer.

So with so much going right and so many stocks powering higher, being negative was clearly not the place to be over the past few weeks.

Off the Charts

In the "Off The Charts" segment, Cramer went head to head with colleague Tim Collins over the chart of Petrobras ( PBR), the Brazilian oil producer that's down 30% for the year and over 80% from its all-time highs in 2008.

According to Collins, Petrobras could see a 10% to 20% pop before the end of the 2013. His research noted that while the stock has been in a serious downtrend since 2008, in between PBR has seen little trading rallies that have been led by the stock's 10-day moving average. Follow that average when it ticks higher, he said, and investors are being rewarded.

But in the longer term, the stock of Petrobras looks even better. Overall, the stock is forming a rounded bottom and the approaching its ceiling of resistance at $14 and $14.50 a share. Once through these ceilings, the sky's the limit. Collins noted that both the relative strength indicator and the stochastics are displaying a bullish divergence, which is a very bullish sign.

Cramer said investors have been trying to correlate the stock of Petrobras with that of crude oil, but when these two charts are analyzed together there simply is no correlation. Instead, Petrobras trades not with oil but with the Brazilian markets, markets, which only just recently started their move higher, Cramer said.

Valero: Up on Down News

When a company pre-announces bad news and shares go higher, investors need to take notice, said Cramer. Such is the case of oil refiner Valero ( VLO), which saw its shares pop 3.8% after the company pre-announced a sizable quarterly shortfall.

Cramer said when he saw Valero's move on the news, he knew immediately that the stock had already baked in the shortfall and everyone who was going to sell had already sold. This makes sense, he said, as refining is a margin game that's been helped immensely by the spread between Brent crude and West Texas crude. That spread has been narrowing in recent weeks, with West Texas rising from $91 to $105, putting pressure on refining margins.

But even with shrinking margins, Cramer said Valero is a solid operator. The company yields 2.3% and is working on breaking up its parts to unlock value. It's already spun off its gas stations and retail business, and there's talk the company could create a high-yielding master limited partnership with its midstream assets.

Cramer said Valero is ridiculously cheap, trading at just 6.4 times earnings with an 8.6% growth rate. Given that the bad news is already in the stock, he said he can't blame anyone for wanting to own this stock to see what it does when the news actually turns positive.

Lightning Round

In the Lightning Round, Cramer was bullish on Exelixis ( EXEL), Advanced Micro Devices ( AMD), Microsoft ( MSFT) and Gigamon ( GIMO).

Cramer was bearish on MannKind ( MNKD), Activision Blizzard ( ATVI), Tesla Motors ( TSLA) and Deluxe ( DLX).

Pepsi, Not Coke

"I'm not buying the excuses," Cramer told viewers as he opined on the disappointing results from Coca-Cola ( KO). He said that citing challenging macro-economic conditions and poor weather makes no sense for a company that's a consumer staple. Is soda a major purchase? Do we buy it only in fair weather? Cramer thinks not.

Cramer said the disappointing Coke quarter highlights only one thing, that PepsiCo ( PEP) has the better model. He said that while Coke is still heavily reliant on carbonated beverages, PepsiCo has been diversifying itself in snack foods, and healthier snacks at that.

It's clear now that the diversified model is the right one, said Cramer, and one that under the leadership of PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi will continue to deliver for shareholders.

Florida's Recovery

In a special interview, Cramer sat down with Governor Rick Scott to discuss Florida's remarkable recovery from the depths of the recession.

The Republican Scott said Florida is on track for record tourism this year and housing prices are on the mend and jobs are once again returning to his state. Florida is the gateway to Latin America, he said, and the expansion of the Panama Canal means more business for Florida ports and ultimately over 25,000 new jobs so far in that industry alone.

When asked about home prices in particular, Scott said people not only prefer to live in Florida, but that's also where the jobs are, two factors that have helped to stabilize the housing. That's also why companies like Hertz ( HTZ) recently chose to relocate their headquarters in Florida.

Scott also sounded off against Obamacare, saying the health care plan will be a disaster for our economy.

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