Cramer's Lightning Round - Verizon Is Watching the Paint Dry (4/16/10)

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Includes: AB, ANTM, HIG, HKTV, KMP, PRU, UNH, VZ, ZION
by: Miriam Metzinger

Stocks discussed on the lightning round session of Jim Cramer's Mad Money TV Program, Friday April 16.

Bullish Calls:

Verizon (NYSE:VZ): "Verizon I think is fine… I needed to see a little dividend boost… the stock is kind of watching the paint dry… I think it could go back to $32, $33."

AllianceBernstein Holding L.P. (NYSE:AB), Kinder Morgan Partners (NYSE:KMP): "That (Alliance Bernstein Holding) is kind of a black box… what they own, you own… and I endorse it, I have to tell you, it has got a good yield… It is not my kind of thing… I like Kinder Morgan because it is safer… but I have to tell you, I think that is a decent stock."

City Telecom H.K. (CTEL): "I think that it is a good story… I like the yield, I like high growth and yield… it is very rare that you get a 5% high growth… I want you to own the stock."

Zions Bancorp (NASDAQ:ZION): "Alright, we have had a huge run in Zion. It reports next week.. I have got to tell you, since that guy came on it was at $14, $15... you sell half, you ring the register on half and let the rest run… they still have to do an equity offering… they have been smart… let’s wait for that."

Prudential (NYSE:PRU): "It is safer and it is better (than Hartford Financial Services)… it has got more of an upside… I say swap out of HIG and swap into PRU."

Bearish Calls:

United Health (NYSE:UNH), Wellpoint (WLP): "(United Health is) not as good as WellPoint Inc, but I have got to tell you, I am not a buyer of any of those… What do I like? I like companies that are levered to the economy… I like companies that can get you back to even, I have a whole bunch of recovery stocks and man they are smoking, red hot, sizzling…"

Hartford Financial Services (NYSE:HIG): "Neither here nor there, let me give you another name that is much better… Prudential is safer and it is better… it has got more of an upside… I say swap out of HIG and swap into PRU."

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