Cramer's 'Mad Money' Recap: The Clear Value of Mixed Data

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- When it comes to the stock market, the best thing you can get is mixed data, Jim Cramer told his "Mad Money" TV show viewers Thursday. Cramer said that's what is propelling the market higher.

What exactly is "mixed data?" Cramer said it's a weak leading economic indicator number with a stronger jobs number. It's higher consumer sentiment from one firm while another predicts a five-month low. It's good manufacturing numbers over here, with weak numbers over there.

Why should investors like mixed economic data? Cramer said mixed data mean the Federal Reserve doesn't have to worry about inflation and can remain in pro-growth mode. That notion alone accounts for much of the 2,440-point gain in the Dow Jones Industrial Average so far in 2013.

Among the biggest contributors to that gain are Boeing ( BA), which is selling fuel-efficient Dreamliners to combat rising fuels costs. 3M ( MMM) also makes the list, as that company is seen as a big beneficiary as the economy improves. On the flip side, investors have also been clamoring for Johnson & Johnson ( JNJ) as a hedge in case the mixed data turn bad.

There will certainly be some disappointments in the "mixed bag" market, said Cramer, as seen today with Google ( GOOG), Microsoft ( MSFT), eBay ( EBAY) and Intel ( INTC), but those are all par for the course. While some stocks may stumble, the vast majority are on the move higher.

Executive Decision: Mike Sutherlin

In the "Executive Decision" segment, Cramer sat down with Mike Sutherlin, president and CEO of Joy Global ( JOY), a stock Cramer owns for his charitable trust, Action Alerts PLUS, and one that's down 20% for the year on fears of a slowing Chinese economy.

Sutherlin said much of the weakness in Joy Global's stock stems from a general lack of understanding about his company's business model. He said while many investors view the company as a capital equipment supplier, in fact nearly 60% of Joy's business comes from service and support services in the after-market. While capital equipment is a volatile business, in the after-market things are much more stable, Sutherlin noted.

When asked about the company's outlook, Sutherlin said both he and his customers have been disappointed with the lack of growth thus far. He said everyone expected the recovery to be farther along as this point than it is. However, Joy's order rate has been consistent, indicating things have stabilized. Looking at the projects that his customers are planning, it's looking very solid.

In the end, Sutherlin said, there may be weakness in the short term but looking longer term he sees only upside for Joy Global. Cramer said he agreed with Sutherlin's outlook and remains optimistic, even though shares are down for Action Alerts PLUS.

Executive Decision: Bob Dudley

In his second "Executive Decision" segment, Cramer sat down with Bob Dudley, CEO of BP ( BP). Three years after the Macondo oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, Cramer said BP has become a terrific company, beating earnings by 22 cents a share and paying a hefty 4.9% dividend yield. However, it is still being held back by litigation despite having $42 billion in reserves set aside for damages.

Dudley said BP has always acknowledged there was a terrible accident in the Gulf of Mexico and immediately stepped up to meet all its obligations, which it has continued to do for the past three years.

He said BP remains committed to paying all legitimate claims for damages but that process has been hijacked by broad interpretations of the company's settlement agreement. BP plans to fight against the illegitimate claims that have nothing to do with the oil spill.

Outside of the litigation, Dudley said BP is not being distracted and has growth and momentum going in its favor with a huge pipeline of new projects in the works. He said BP will remain primarily an oil producer but it does have some natural gas projects in the works as well.

When asked about rising gasoline prices here at home as our country continues to export gasoline and other refined products, Dudley said U.S. gasoline prices are set by the global price of oil, which has been once again on the rise. He noted that every time prices go up, the oil industry is investigated. Unfortunately, there is little the industry can do to break the global linkage.

Cramer said that he's a believer in BP, both the company and its ability to rein in the fraudulent litigation.

Lightning Round

In the Lightning Round, Cramer was bullish on Sprint ( S), Cree ( CREE), Opko Health ( OPK), Zynga ( ZNGA), Sirius XM Radio ( SIRI), First Solar ( FSLR), Synovus Financial ( SNV) and SanDisk ( SNDK).

Cramer was bearish on Rackspace Hosting ( RAX), Revolution Lighting Technologies ( RVLT) and JinkoSolar ( JKS).

Executive Decision: Bill McDermott

In a third "Executive Decision" segment, Cramer spoke with Bill McDermott, co-CEO of SAP ( SAP), the cloud computing player that's been down on its luck. Shares have slid 8% for the year as the company reported a weaker-than-expected quarter.

McDermott said every company will eventually need cloud computing because it provides the most innovation at the lowest possible cost. That said, he noted that companies offering cloud solutions can still have good margins but being in the cloud usually means different revenue recognition models that can disrupt normal flows. SAP remains committed to the promise of moving entire companies to the cloud, McDermott said.

When asked about weakness in the Asia-Pacific region, McDermott said that slow growth in China did spill over to Australia and Japan, but many orders were just postponed and not cancelled. He predicted that in six months the region would be back to the levels SAP was expecting. In Europe, McDermott was also positive, saying southern Europe is growing well and even Germany was able to post a gain for the quarter.

All of these factors led to SAP being able to reiterate its full-year guidance, which is why Cramer remains bullish on the company.

No Huddle Offense

In his "No Huddle Offense" segment, Cramer asked the question, "How did so many tech companies not see mobile and cloud coming?"

He said it was clear on their conference calls that many tech firms, from Intel ( INTC) to Yahoo! ( YHOO) to Oracle ( ORCL), were caught totally off-guard by these emerging tech trends, while others like SanDisk and Xilinx ( XLNX) are flourishing from them.

Cramer said it's sad that a great company like Intel ceded the Internet revolution to Cisco ( CSCO) and now cedes mobile to Qualcomm ( QCOM). Meanwhile, Oracle struggles to sell legacy software to the enterprise against ( CRM), which was built from the ground up to be a next-generation platform.

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-- Written by Scott Rutt in Washington, D.C.

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At the time of publication, Cramer's Action Alerts PLUS had a position in CSCO and JOY.

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