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"Welcome back, stock owners, we've missed you," Jim Cramer announced to his Mad Money viewers Thursday, as the post-election rally roared on.
Yes, it appears that equities are back en vogue and people are again buying stocks they way they used to. It's almost as if someone waved a magic wand and optimism was unleashed.
Cramer recalled two other times the stock market behaved this way. The first time was in 1980 when Ronald Reagan was elected and promptly shook America from its economic "malaise" much the way Donald Trump is expected to.
The second time was in 1991, Cramer said, when the Federal Reserve raised interest rates to help bolster bank earnings, instilling a level of confidence that infected the entire market.
Stocks have fallen out of favor over the past few years, Cramer admitted, but now that they're back, he doesn't see the rally in the banks ending any time soon. He was also bullish on the industrials, rails and the airlines, all of which have investors excited again.
Finally, Cramer said, with so much new money entering the market, there's even enough to go around for the tech and semiconductor stocks to rally.
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Coming up on this episode of Mad Money: Cramer's special guest is Salesforce (CRM) CEO Marc Benioff; Plus, Cramer's inducting a new member into the CEO Wall of Fame.
Executive Decision: Salesforce
For his "Executive Decision" segment, Cramer checked in with Marc Benioff, chairman and CEO of Salesforce.com (CRM) , a stock that rose 4.8% after it reported strong quarterly results.
Benioff said that after dealing with currency headwinds and Brexit last quarter, Salesforce rallied back for a great third quarter and he's optimistic for the fourth quarter and for 2017. This quarter saw some exciting wins, including Morgan Stanley (MS) and PNC Financial (PNC) .
When asked about the election, Benioff said that everyone wants progress and there's nothing better than everyone moving forward together.
Benioff continued to have strong words for Microsoft (MSFT) , saying the tech industry won't stand for how Microsoft plans to handle LinkedIn data now that it has acquired the company.
Benioff reiterated that he feels Twitter (TWTR) is a great company, but he works in concert with his shareholders and they were not keen on the idea of an acquisition.
The CEO Wall of Fame
When a chief executive does a tremendous job of creating value, that CEO deserves to be celebrated, Cramer told viewers, as he added Rick Clemmer, CEO of NXP Semiconductor (NXPI) to his "Wall of Fame" list of the absolute best CEOs.
Just five years ago, NXP was trading at just $15 a share, but since taking the helm in 2009, Clemmer has overseen a multi-year run that was capped off by a $110 a share takeover bid from Qualcomm (QCOM) .
NXP was largely known for making cell-phone chips, but Clemmer saw the need to diversify through innovation, helping to invent NFC, or near-field communication, chips that now power all sorts of devices and wireless payments. NXP also has a hand in the smart chips consumer now find in their credit and debit cards.
But Clemmer took things one step further, acquiring Freescale, and giving NXP further diversification into autos and the connected car along with cybersecurity and the Internet of things. And now Qualcomm finds itself also in need of diversifying, snapping up everything Clemmer has built for a 34% premium.
Cramer gave honorable mentions to Dinesh Paliwal, CEO of Harman International (HAR) , and Jeff Bewkes, CEO of Time Warner (TWX) for their value creation as well, but said he's waiting for both of these deals to close before committing them to the Wall of Fame as well.
If even Wells Fargo shares can rally...
How do you know when a rally is the real deal? Keep your eye on the worst stock in the sector, Cramer told viewers. In the case of the banks, that would be definitely be the stock of Wells Fargo (WFC) .
After a cross-selling scandal that culminated in the resignation of CEO John Stumpf, Cramer said, Wells Fargo had been gearing up for a big fight with Hillary Clinton and Elizabeth Warren.
But suddenly we have a president who's not targeting the banks and a Senate that isn't likely too, either. And so shares of Wells Fargo went from $44 to $50.
Then today, Wells Fargo provided investors with an update and it wasn't good. Among other abysmal metrics were new account openings, which fell 44% from year-ago levels. Yet shares of Wells Fargo extended their rally, up 1.5% today.
That's how you spot a rally that's for real, Cramer concluded.
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Cramer was bearish on Weatherford International (WFT) .
Am I Diversified?
In the "Am I Diversified" segment, Cramer spoke with callers and responded to tweets sent via Twitter to @JimCramer to see if investors' portfolios have what it takes for today's markets. The first portfolio included Merck (MRK) , Walt Disney (DIS) , Apple (AAPL) , Exxon-Mobil (XOM) and Procter & Gamble (PG) .
Cramer said this portfolio was "fantastic."
Cramer said he'd allow this portfolio to include Google, Facebook and Amazon, but only if it also adds Merck.
Cramer said this portfolio was "perfect."
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