Jim Cramer's Mad Money In-Depth Stock Picks, Nov. 15

by: Miriam Metzinger

Stocks discussed in the in-depth session of Jim Cramer’s Mad Money TV program, Wednesday November 15.Click on a stock ticker for more analysis:

Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) and Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL)

Although Microsoft is trying get into the portable music industry, its Zune is not going to defeat Apple's iPod, says Cramer, because Zune is too big, does not appeal to the younger set, is not user-friendly and does not have an original design. In addition, rankings for Zune are not as high as expected. Cramer adds that Apple's laptops are "popular with the college generation" and that the company has "the most differentiated brand and only has a tiny bit of market share." Also, people may get annoyed with having to update their systems for Vista and instead may move over to Apple. Cramer thinks that Apple could go to $100 by the end of the year.

Related: Phil Davis disagrees with Cramer about Zune and Vista.

CEO Interview: Nelson Marchioli, Denny's (NASDAQ:DENN)

Cramer asked Nelson Marchioli how Denny's sales could improve its balance sheet, and he replied that the customer counts have been positive for the last three months and that Denny's has had positive same-store sales for 12 quarters in a row."We have to continue to deleverage, and it shouldn't be much longer." Denny's refinancing could bring the stock from $4 to $6, according to Cramer, who says that the restaurant has a better story than he thought.

Related: Cramer has been bearish on Denny's until recently.

Canetic Resources Trust (CNE), Enterra Energy Trust (NASDAQ:ENT), Baytex Energy Trust (NYSE:BTE) and Precision Drilling Trust (NYSE:PDS) and Pengrowth Energy Trust (NYSE:PGH)

Cramer says that Canadian energy trusts are worth owning and would back up the truck on Canetic Resources Trust (CNE) and Enterra Energy Trust (ENT) because he believes that they are going up. Even if they stay put, he would still buy the stocks because they are "dividend-licious" with CNE giving a 19% yield and ENT offering 20%. These stocks are down because the Canadian government announced that energy trusts would be taxed like corporations in four years; CNE lost 30% on this news. Since this law will go into a effect in a few years, and the government might even change its mind by then, Cramer would pick up these stocks now, in addition to Pengrowth Energy Trust (PGH), which was upgraded by Merrill Lynch, Baytex Energy Trust (BTE), and Precision Drilling Trust (PDS).

Related: Eli Hoffmann discusses Enterra Energy's debt.

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