Stocks discussed on the in-depth session of Jim Cramer's Mad Money TV Program, Thursday January 29.
Are infrastructure stocks still worth buying after the disappointment surrounding Obama’s stimulus? Both fell Thursday, and the charts seem to indicate that Terex, Caterpillar and Jacobs Engineering are sells. Cramer says Terex is a worst of breed stock and is not even worth considering. Jacob’s Engineering has little to recommend it, since it lacks a strong dividend yield, is too levered to oil and gas and not levered enough to
Obama’s stimulus plan, and it is up 55%. Caterpillar, however, may still be a buy, especially with its dividend at 5%. Even after reporting a bad quarter and laying off 20,000 workers, Cramer thinks the yield is safe.
The Dow dropped 226 points on Thursday, and Cramer blamed the government this time. While everyone had high hopes about the stimulus plan, Cramer noted the bill passed by the House didn’t do anything to aid financials, didn’t create enough jobs and is neglecting housing, which is the backbone of the entire crisis. Where was the money for tech and infrastructure? Cramer just saw some aid for manufacturing and a whole lot of pork.
Implied in Obama’s harsh words for bank executives was a punishment for those participating in the “bad bank” program. Cramer predicts dividend cuts or appropriating some of their earnings. So now it is back to recession-resistant names like Kraft, Kellogg Colgate, Kimberly Clark, Coke, Pepsi, Altria and Celgene.
Oil and gas stocks have been beaten down, but now that some edge has been taken off the volatility, it might be time to buy at least one or two names. Bigger is better, because larger companies are diversified in various parts of the oil sector. And of course, Cramer likes generous dividends. Cramer’s favorites are BP with a 7% yield and ConcoPhillips which yields 4.8%. He would pick up Marathon and Chevron when oil goes to $30. He would wait for a disappointing earnings report on Friday from Exxon to create an entry point. Cramer thinks ConcoPhillips is the strongest and is a buy now under $50. BP is a buy just for its 7.8% dividend, but Cramer also likes its diverse array of businesses.
Chesapeake Energy (CHK) CEO Aubrey McClendon
Chesapeake had a devastating decline from $74 in July to under $10 in December. The stock has risen slightly to $16. McClendon was forced to sell $31 million in shares. The company is cutting costs and selling assets, its joint-venture with BP is still strong. Aubrey McClendon said the reason for the decline was caused by the greater economic problem, but he thinks the current Administration is pro-natural gas and predicts the fuel will be favored over coal and oil. McClendon foresees a recovery by 2010 and 2011. Concerning his forced sell of his 21 million shares incurred a huge loss, mainly because he bought on the margin. When asked why he didn’t sell his stock, McClendon said “I couldn’t look my shareholders in the eye and say ‘I got out, you didn’t.” However, since the company makes twice as much oil as Exxon, is a greener option than other fossil fuels and has growth prospects, McClendon says Chesapeake energy “Is set for a really bright future.”
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