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Did you miss last night's "Mad Money" on CNBC? If so, here are Jim Cramer's top takeaways for today's trading.
Adobe Systems (ADBE - Get Report) : Some companies seem to always be misunderstood. Adobe is one of them. The cloud-software provider has seen its shares up 32.5% for the year. No one gives Adobe credit for successfully transitioning its software business to the cloud, Cramer noted. That's why when Adobe had its analyst day on Oct. 6 and offered up 20% revenue annual growth through 2018, shares promptly tanked 12% in after-hours.
Some analysts did come out afterwards and defend the company but largely the analysts remain unimpressed, even though Adobe has a history of beating its projections.
If you compare Adobe to old-tech names such as Microsoft or Oracle (ORCL - Get Report) , which trade at 20 times earnings and 15 times earnings respectively, Adobe may seem expensive at 32 times earnings. But if the company hits its targets for 20% growth, that multiple falls to just 20 times earnings.
Investors may not know the name Signet but they will likely recognize the company's brands, including Jarrod and Kay Jewelers and the company's most recent acquisition, Zales. All combined, Signet is the largest mid-tier jeweler in the country with over 2,063 locations.
So why are things so rosy at Signet? In a word, Zales. When Signet acquired the chain, it was operating with productivity 50% less than that of its own Kay Jewelers. While the company hasn't fully seen the benefits of its cost-cutting and restructuring efforts at Zales, Signet was still able to deliver a 13-cents-a-share earnings beat when it last reported.
Signet is also shareholder friendly, returning 75% of its free cash to shareholders via a dividend and possibly a coming share buyback program.
Given that diamonds aren't likely to have much online competition anytime soon, Cramer said this stock is a winner.
Ventas (VTR - Get Report) : In an exclusive interview, Cramer sat down with Debra Cafaro, chairman and CEO of Ventas, the the health care-oriented REIT with over 1,200 properties that has seen its shares fall over 24% in just the past six months.
Cafaro said that Ventas is still predicting 7% to 8% earnings per share growth for 2015, estimates that are higher than the company's initial estimates. She also reminded viewers that while some hospitals may have weaker than expected earnings, they still pay their rent.
Turning an eye towards growth, Cafaro noted demographics are still in Ventas' favor and the company has great assets in great markets and there is no shortage of properties that can be acquired.
Cramer reiterated his buy on Ventas.
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