Jim Cramer's Top Takeaways: Chipotle, Merck, Pfizer

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Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG) : Cramer spoke with Jack Hartung, chief financial officer of Chipotle Mexican Grill, the restaurant chain with shares lower by 24% for the year while the company struggles to recover from last year's health issues.

Hartung said that the restaurant industry overall has seen softness due to the negativity and uncertainty surrounding the election and he hopes to see things improve soon at Chipotle's 2,178 locations across the country.

When asked about their recovery, Hartung said sales are increasing by about 1% per month and he's confident it's only a matter of when, not if, they return to their previous sales levels. He said that currently the focus is on the recovery and delivering a great experience. Once that is complete, they will turn toward increasing efficiencies and margins.

Asked whether activist shareholders are a distraction, Hartung said he found the opposite to be true: All of their shareholders, he said, are aligned with promoting long-term value.

Cramer said while Chipotle has begun to bottom, history has told us that food safety scares take 18 months to fully recover and Chipotle is not ready to deliver just yet.

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