Jim Cramer and Mad Money celebrated their 12th anniversary on the air Tuesday, and Cramer said he's going to continue finding that elusive bull market for individual investors for many years to come.
Mad Money has evolved a lot over the past 12 years, Cramer said, and the most important lesson he's learned is that teaching is a lot more rewarding than just picking stocks.
That's why he continues to teach how the big money managers decide on what to buy and what to sell, and on the importance of being diversified. Learning from your mistakes is also important, he said, which is why he teaches those lessons as well.
But Cramer said he also knows that investors still want to hear about individual stocks, which is why he continues to pick stocks every night.
Cramer still advocates keeping retirement savings and your first $10,000 in S&P 500 index funds, but for discretionary income, there's nothing like doing your homework and seeing your picks soar. There is much to be learned from the CEO interviews that Mad Money provides every night.
But the real gift of Mad Money, Cramer said, is taking the complex topic of stocks and investing and making it accessible for everyone, no matter what your level of experience. He said he has been honored to serve the investing public for the past 12 years and plans to keep doing so every weeknight.
Meanwhile, on Real Money, Cramer says there's not a lot that would make Valeant (VRX) particularly attractive. Check out his pithy analysis with a free trial subscription to Real Money.
Off the Charts
In the "Off The Charts" segment, Cramer checked in with colleague Carolyn Boroden over the charts of Apple (AAPL) , Facebook (FB) and Tesla (TSLA) , the first two of which are Action Alerts PLUS holdings.
Today, Boroden highlighted a new tool in her toolbox, bullish and bearish crossovers, particularly when the five-day and 13-day exponential moving averages cross.
In the case of Facebook, Boroden noted that on Jan. 5, the five-day exponential average crossed above the 13-day and the stock has been on fire ever since. She noted the same move in Tesla on Dec. 8 with a similar result. Apple also experienced the bullish cross in December and began to rally as well.
Boroden doesn't only look as these crossovers, but uses the data along with her typical Fibonacci analysis to decide when to be bullish or bearish. Cramer said these types of technical analysis aren't foolproof, but can certainly help an investor make better decisions.
Executive Decision: Prologis
With the Federal Reserve poised to raise interest rates, are the real estate investment trusts about to fall out of favor? Cramer sat down with Hamid Moghadam, chairman and CEO of Prologis (PLD) , which specializes in warehouse space, to find out.
Moghadam said that Prologis is more than just a REIT, it's a global company that helps its customers reach their customers.
In a recent report, Prologis proclaimed that ecommerce needs three times the amount of warehouse space it currently occupies. Moghadam said if you believe ecommerce will continue to grow, so will his company. In many international markets, countries are even skipping retail and going directly to an ecommerce model.
Moghadam then expanded on the concept of "last mile," saying that Prologis customers are looking for that "last touch" which may include them driving to a Prologis location to pick up their delivery. The last touch concept is helping Prologis to see its lowest vacancy rate in 30 years.
Don't Invest With Your Emotions
The stock market is fast approaching one of those fulcrum moments, Cramer cautioned investors, one of those moments where perception could trump reality.
The reality, as Cramer sees it, is that our economy is strong enough to handle multiple interest rate hikes this year. Cramer said the CEOs of countless companies have told him that while rate hikes won't help their earnings, they won't hurt that much either. Add to that the tax reforms and other items from the Trump agenda that should be coming soon and Cramer said he's confident things will pan out just fine.
But then there's the perception, the echo chamber that is the media. It won't be long before the pundits begin drawing correlations between the rate hikes this year and the rate hikes that ultimately led to the recession in 2008. This perception, Cramer said, could do a lot of damage in the short term.
But that's what makes Mad Money viewers better than average investors, Cramer concluded, because he's hopefully taught you to not be swayed by popular opinion, to stick with the facts and keep a level head at all times.
Executive Decision: Nucor
For his "Executive Decision" segment, Cramer spoke with John Ferriola, chairman, president and CEO of Nucor (NUE) , the steel maker that's up 18% since election.
Ferriola said that 2017 is shaping up to be better than 2016 for Nucor and industry-wide utilization rates and pricing are up while imports and inventories are down. Nucor is in an especially good position, Ferriola noted, as his company invests during the downturns so it will be at its strongest during the upswings.
When asked about President Trump's tax reform and border tax proposals, Ferriola said that Nucor would invest and grow if it paid less in taxes. He added that his company's joint venture in Mexico is actually exporting steel into that country since the automakers have invested billions in new factories that need steel.
Turning to the topic of trade, Ferriola said that Nucor will continue to fight for free, but fair, trade and while the U.S. has made progress on rolled products, others items, like rebar, still could use some government assistance to level the playing field.
When it comes to the steel stocks, Cramer said simply, "This is the one to own."
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