The stock market is all about perspective, Jim Cramer told his Mad Money viewers Monday. Sometimes, the market sees the glass half full, while other times half empty. That's why today was such a rarity, with the market putting a positive spin on a host of potentially negative events.
Cramer said the markets viewed North Korea's inaction -- not firing a missile -- on Saturday to be a positive thing, which buoyed international stocks like Honeywell (HON) and 3M (MMM) . The damage from Hurricane Irma was not as bad as some had feared, but between Irma and Harvey, both the housing and auto sector could be poised to rally as recovery efforts get underway.
So while things may be not so great in the real world, positivity ruled, at least for today, on Wall Street.
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Executive Decision: Procter & Gamble
For his "Executive Decision" segment, Cramer sat down with David Taylor, chairman, president and CEO of Procter & Gamble Co. (PG) , the storied consumer packaged goods giant that's currently in a proxy fight with activist investor Nelson Peltz.
Taylor explained that Procter & Gamble is a very different company than it was 10 years ago. He said they've refocused on growth and have realigned their product portfolio around 10 categories where superior products drive growth. Shares of P&G are up 37% over the past five years.
Procter & Gamble has also made changes to its international efforts, working hard to mitigate what were previously billions of dollars of foreign-exchange impacts to both their top and bottom lines.
Taylor said he's had multiple conversations with Peltz, and Procter & Gamble has already implemented many of the changes Peltz is advocating, including better execution and holding people accountable for that execution. He said, however, the last thing the company needs right now is a reorganization.
In the end, customers decide whether Procter & Gamble wins or not, Taylor said, and lately, they've been winning, even with the fickle millennial demographic.
Cramer asked whether Taylor found it odd that a company with 61 consecutive years of dividend increases would catch the eye of an activist investor. Taylor responded that they didn't ask for the proxy fight, and that the Procter & Gamble board already has 10 independent directors who are outstanding, and who have deep experience.
When asked why they chose to fight rather than to give Peltz a seat on their board, Taylor said that some of Peltz's ideas, like a reorganization, are not good for the company in the short term, while others, like reducing R&D spending, are not good over the long term.
Is Peltz a good candidate for the company's board? "Sure," Taylor said, "But good is not enough, we want the best."
Taylor explained that he works for all shareholders and not just activists who are looking for quick, short-term gains. Procter & Gamble and its board have done their homework, he added, and Peltz is not a good fit.
Now that the tie-up between Dow Chemical and DuPont is complete and the combined entity is trading as DowDuPont (DWDP) , is it the right time to buy? According to Cramer: absolutely!
Cramer reminded viewers that this is only step one in the company's plan to unleash value. Over the next 18 months, the combined company will be slashing costs and reorganizing itself to prepare for a split into three new entities.
Investors who buy now will get a piece of an agriculture and seed giant, a specialty chemical maker that will include Kevlar and bioscience products, and a materials science company which will make plastics and other consumer chemicals.
All told, DowDuPont expects to slash $3 billion in costs, and Cramer said the company's CEO, Ed Breen, will likely deliver even more. Shares trade at a scant 15.6 times earnings, making it a tremendous value given Breen's track record for bringing out value at Tyco International.
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Remembering Sept. 11
In his final segment, Cramer reflected on the date -- the 16th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of 9/11. He urged all Americans to go see the memorial at the World Trade Center and remember that fateful day, so that the lives that were lost will never be forgotten.
Many school children take field trips to sites and museums that celebrate America's greatness, Cramer said, and that sometimes makes it easy to forget the events of 9/11. The World Trade Center memorial is truly stunning, he said, and it's worthy of remembering.
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