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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- If things are really so bad, then why are so many good things still happening? That was the question Jim Cramer posited to his Mad Money TV show viewers Monday as he cited just a few examples of stocks that aren't tied to the Russia and are still making investors money.
Petsmart (PETM) was first positive on Cramer's list. The company announced an $8.3 billion tender offer, making it the largest leveraged buyout of the year. Then there's Riverbed Technology (RBVD) , which announced its taking itself private at $21 a share. Cramer said neither of these companies is anything spectacular, yet their shareholders were rewarded handsomely.
Cramer also noted positive news on iPhone sales, which led to gains in Cirrus Logic (CRUS) , Skyworks Solutions (SWKS) and, of course, Apple (AAPL) , a stock Cramer owns for his charitable trust, Action Alerts PLUS.
Also in the positive column today was Bob Evans Farms (BOBE) , which announced the resignation of its CEO thanks to activist investor pressure; Honeywell (HON) , which reaffirmed its guidance; and Alcoa (AA) , which announced the purchase of a German company.
Maybe things really aren't as bad as the headlines tell us, Cramer concluded. Yes, some stocks are tied to Russia and the global economy, but clearly these names aren't.
Executive Decision: Klaus Kleinfeld
Kleinfeld said that while the Tital acquisition was a fairly small one for Alcoa, it does play into two important themes for the company: aerospace and Europe. He noted this is the second acquisition Alcoa has made this year.
Kleinfeld also noted that Alcoa is not giving up on organic growth and is actively expanding its capabilities in many areas to become more competitive. Alcoa continues to bring new, lower-cost facilities online and continues to close older, higher-cost ones.
When asked about new technologies, Kleinfeld said that in addition to constantly striving to make stronger, lighter materials more affordable for a variety of applications, Alcoa also uses technology such as 3-D printing to help speed up the process of prototyping. He noted that 3-D printing is only beginning to realize its full potential.
Cramer said he continues to be a fan of Alcoa.
How can cheaper oil prices be so bullish for the U.S. economy yet so bearish for U.S. stocks? Cramer said investors would have to be out of their minds to not see that paying less at the pump and less for heating oil is a good thing. They'd also have to be blind to not see that lower oil prices are great for industrial companies, chemical companies and anyone that has to ship things over great distances.
Yet, as oil prices continue their slide lower, so, too, does the stock market, despite the fact that this newfound oil stimulus is far more broad and effective than the one President Obama signed into law back in 2009 at the onset of the recession.
Cramer said this illogical linkage between oil and stocks won't be broken anytime soon, which means investors can only wait for prices to fall far enough where oil simply won't matter anymore. Only then will the madness end and sanity return, he concluded.
Executive Decision: David Cote
In his second "Executive Decision" segment, Cramer sat down with David Cote, chairman and CEO of Honeywell, another company with a great read on the state of the global economy going into 2015.
Cote said that Honeywell is doing "pretty good" relative to everyone else with its 4% rise in organic sales growth. He said that while places like Russia and Brazil make him nervous, Honeywell was able to forecast and prepare for the weakness currently seen in the Europe.
Turning to the U.S., Cote agreed with Cramer that lower oil prices are a good thing. He said GDP growth matters and oil over $100 a barrel was a drag on GDP growth in our country. With oil at $50 a barrel, there may be a crimp in some of Honeywell's energy businesses, Cote continued, but for other areas, like aerospace, it will only accelerate growth.
When asked about the company's use of its cash, Cote said he's always been a fan of mergers and acquisitions when applied in a systematic fashion. That's why Honeywell has done 80 deals over the past 10 years, deals that have added over $12 billion in sales.
For all these reasons, Cramer said Honeywell remains one of his "absolute favorite" companies.
Executive Decision: Burton Goldfield
In a third "Executive Decision" segment, Cramer sat down with Burton Goldfield, president and CEO of TriNet (TNET) , the employee benefit manager that's seen its shares pop 37% since Cramer last checked in on May 13. Shares of TriNet currently trade at 21.6 times earnings.
Goldfield said investors should ignore the headlines because small business is alive and well here in the U.S. He said TriNet is seeing growth across all its industries, from hospitality to hedge funds and law firms.
Goldfield said TriNet is now the HR department for over 10,000 companies across the U.S. and is helping all of them deal with the increasing complexities of managing payroll and benefits. HR is finally becoming cool, Goldfield quipped, noting that as companies get more overwhelmed, they increasingly want to talk to TriNet.
Cramer said that while TriNet didn't have the hottest IPO of the year, the stock has been a real winner ever since.
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-- Written by Scott Rutt in Washington, D.C.
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