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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.