Take a step back and look at the bigger picture, Jim Cramer advised his Mad Money viewers Wednesday. When you do, you'll find there are a number of reasons why the stock market ended the day higher.
The first reason stocks are stronger is that the situation in Houston appears to be under control by local, state and federal authorities. Cramer said he expects the rebuilding efforts to kick in soon for companies like Weyerhaeuser (WY) , Owens-Corning (OC) and U.S. Concrete (USCR) .
Second, our economy is humming along with 3% GDP growth with almost no inflation. Add to that President Trump being on message for the past few days, and it gives investors hope for his economic agenda.
Next, Cramer said that activist investors have been quiet, which is good news for a thinly-traded late-summer stock market.
The weak dollar is a another big win for stocks, with companies like PVH (PVH) powering higher.
All of these reasons add up to a rally, Cramer concluded, which is exactly what we saw today.
M&A Madness Season
Is there a post-Labor Day boom coming in mergers and acquisitions?
It looks like CEOs have given up waiting for tax reforms from Washington, which may usher in a new wave of deals.
Cramer said the stock of Gilead Sciences hasn't done anything in years, but after announcing a bid for Kite Pharmaceuticals, the stock has reignited. The same would happen to United Technologies if that company makes a bid for Rockwell Collins, another high-flying aerospace and defense name.
But these deals go well beyond just these companies. Shares of Celgene (CELG) were buoyed on the notion that it might follow in Gilead's footsteps and do a deal of its own.
So keep an eye out for the next big deal, Cramer said, because there are likely a lot more coming.
Over on Real Money, Cramer says that if the acquirers' stocks move up, then there will be a ton of acquisitions soon. Get Cramer's insights with a free trial subscription to Real Money.
Executive Decision: Hain Celestial
For an "Executive Decision" segment, Cramer again sat down with Irwin Simon, chairman, president and CEO of Hain Celestial (HAIN) , the packaged food maker with shares that are up 6.7% in the increasingly competitive grocery sector.
Simon explained that he's overcome a lot of challenges in his 24 years at Hain, and in the end, what matters most is having great brands and great people in a category of the market that is red-hot. There will always be obstacles, he said, but he's a fighter.
When asked about the elephant in the room, the combination of Amazon (AMZN) and Whole Foods, Simon noted that over 30% of all organic foods are bought online and that's where the growth is coming from. Amazon and Whole Foods are already a big part of their business, he said, and that will only accelerate with this merger.
Simon also said that while he's always focused on growth and his balance sheet, this year Hain will also focus on consumers, spending $50 million to help further connect millennials to their stable of great brands.
Finally, when asked about activist investors, Simon recalled that Carl Icahn took a stake in Hain back in 2012 and they're still great friends today. As long as activists aren't distracting from the mission, Simon welcomes all shareholders.
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Executive Decision: Workday
In his second "Executive Decision" segment, Cramer also checked back in with Aneel Bhusri, co-founder and CEO of Workday (WDAY) , a stock that's up 62% so far this year.
Bhusri said that as of this quarter, 30% of the Fortune 500 are now using Workday as their core HR solution. He said every opportunity is competitive, but Workday is winning.
Innovation and a commitment to their customers is helping Workday around the globe, Bhusri added, saying that they have an excellent sales team in Europe and elsewhere in the world. Workday is the clear leader in their space, he said, but there are still lots of opportunities ahead.
When asked about competitors like Automatic Data (ADP) , Bhusri explained that ADP is both a partner and a competitor. He said ADP is a 50-year-old company that is transitioning to the cloud, while Workday as born in the cloud.
In the Lightning Round, Cramer was bullish on AT&T (T) .
Executive Decision: Centene
For his final "Executive Decision" segment, Cramer spoke with Michael Neidorff, chairman, president and CEO of Centene (CNC) , the managed care provider with shares that have been on fire since the election, and up 50% for 2017.
Neidorff said the key to Centene's success has been providing excellent care in a decentralized model, where they can do what's needed in each and every state. He said when it comes to Obamacare, he likes when Centene is the only provider in the exchange and he likes it when they're able to compete. Either way, Centene can win.
Neidorff even had a simple fix for Obamacare, suggesting that the program broaden the pool of applicants by offering simple plans with subsidies. You can't be all things to all people, he said, which is what many in Congress keep trying to do. "Keep it simple," he concluded.
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