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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- It always pays to stick with the big long-term themes that are working, Jim Cramer told his Mad Money TV show viewers Monday, in a special "Invest in America" show in front of a live studio audience of men and women serving in our armed forces.
Cramer said home gamers will never be able to beat the professional day traders or programatic trading over the short-term, but sticking with long-term themes can pay an annuity for many many years. He highlighted three stocks that he said fit this model.
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First up was Whitewave Foods (WWAV) , the natural and organic food maker that's hands down the winner in the plant-based milk segment. Whether its almond or soy milk, Whitewave is seeing growth in the U.S. and in Europe, all while poised to start operations in China later this year.
Then there's Gilead Sciences (GILD) , a company which Cramer said is beating big pharma at its own game, with numerous successful drug franchises and a pipeline of terrific prospects.
Finally, Cramer said Alibaba (BABA) is playing for the long-term, becoming larger than Amazon.com (AMZN) and a lot more profitable too. Shares are already up big since the company's IPO and Cramer said he may have to revise his $120 price target even higher.
Whole Foods Turnaround
With shares of Whole Foods Market (WFM) going from Wall Street darling to the most-hated list last year, is it finally time to buy back into this organic grocer? Cramer said after listening to the company's conference call last week, he thinks it is.
Cramer explained that shares of Whole Foods fell from $64 to $39 a share over the past 12 months as investors fretted about cannibalization and increased competition in the natural and organic food space, but thanks to a number of new initiatives, Cramer said Whole Foods can once again be a core holding in your portfolio.
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