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Note to buyers and sellers of stocks: Calm down and think before you act. Those were Jim Cramer's cautionary words to his Mad Money viewers Friday after another down day that found the stocks of some high-profile tech names getting slaughtered.
Cramer said the big fund managers have made up their minds and they're no longer willing to pay up for high-growth tech. That's how a stock like LinkedIn (LNKD) gets cut in half, down 43%, and likewise with Tableau Software (DATA) , down 49%.
It's still too early to pick at the rubble, Cramer explained. Investors are still coming to grips with the fact that world growth is indeed slowing. That makes this week's game plan tricky.
Cramer told viewers to stay away from Yelp (YELP) when the company reports on Monday. This is another stock that's still expensive on earnings.
On Tuesday, however, Coca-Cola (KO) will be reporting and this is a steady business that's safe to invest in. Not so with Walt Disney (DIS) , which also reports Tuesday. Disney now trades on its cable subscription numbers and nothing else, which is why investors should be prepared for weakness.
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Thursday brings a mixed bag of earnings. Kellogg (K) , Molson Coors (TAP) and Pepsico (PEP) all fall into the "safe" camp with Coca-Cola. But then there's also Zillow (Z) , which is another hard-to-value tech name that must be avoided.
The tech stocks are falling knives, Cramer concluded, and it's best to stay out of the kitchen until gravity has run its course.
Executive Decision: Mark Fields
For his "Executive Decision" segment, Cramer sat down with Mark Fields, president and CEO of Ford (F) , the automaker that trades at just five times earnings with a 5.2% dividend yield.
Fields said Ford shares are being undervalued by the markets as investors underestimate the health of the U.S. economy and Ford's ability to improve overseas. Ford remains focused on growth, improving margins and rewarding shareholders, he said.
When asked for some specifics, Fields noted Ford saw its best sales ever in China, while here in the U.S. jobs and wages are up, interest rates and gasoline remain low and the auto fleet continues to age.
Turning to the Federal Reserve, Fields said as long as the Fed is smart and increases rates gradually, he sees no effects from interest rates.
Finally, when asked about eventual autonomous vehicles taking a big bite out of sales, Fields said self-driving cars could actually be a good thing for automakers because more vehicle accessibility could translate into a lot more miles traveled.
Executive Decision: Kevin Plank
In his second "Executive Decision" segment, Cramer sat down with Kevin Plank, chairman and CEO of athletic apparel maker Under Armour (UA) .
Plank said that while the markets may be abuzz about Under Armour's connected fitness products, at its core this company still sells a lot of shirts and shoes. In fact, Under Armour has delivered 25 consecutive quarters with apparel growth in excess of 20%.
Under Armour is not only changing how athletes dress, Plank continued, but is also changing how they live. With its connected fitness products, even the definition of who's an athlete is expanding.
When asked how he runs his business, Plank said he focuses on controlling the controllable. Winning is a culture at Under Armour, that's why the apparel company is rushing to do technology before the technology companies start doing apparel.
Plank said Under Armour now has over 160 million users in its community and all that data about workouts, activities and steps not only makes Under Armour better, it makes the lives of its customers better.
Executive Decision: Lowell McAdam
For his third interview segment, Cramer sat down with Lowell McAdam, chairman and CEO of Verizon (VZ) , the telco and wireless provider with a 4.4% yield.
McAdam said Verizon is proud to be a partner in this year's Super Bowl and installed hundreds of cellular sites throughout the city to ensure that fans had the best mobile experience possible.
Beyond the Super Bowl, McAdam said that Verizon remains focused on balanced growth and profit. He cited Verizon's recent acquisition of AOL, along with the Internet of Things, as two of Verizon's biggest growth drivers.
Executive Decision: Michael Rapino
For his final "Executive Decision" segment, Cramer welcomed back Michael Rapino, president and CEO of Live Nation Entertainment (LYV) , the concert promoter that includes TicketMaster.
Rapino said Live Nation is celebrating its 10th year as a publicly traded company and this year the company will put on more than 25,000 shows in over 41 countries. Live events are the center of the entertainment universe, Rapino added, and that's where artists connect with their communities.
Live Nation had a record 2015, Rapino said, and 2016 is already on track to beat it.
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