Jim Cramer's Mad Money In-Depth Stock Picks, Dec. 22


Stocks discussed in the in-depth session of Jim Cramer’s Mad Money TV program, Friday December 22. Click on a stock ticker for more analysis:

Four Dividend Gifts: U.S. Bancorp (NYSE:USB), National City (NCC), Asbury Automotive (NYSE:ABG), and United Online (NASDAQ:UNTD)

Cramer listed four stocks that "keep on giving" with their great dividends. U.S. Bancorp has a 4.4% yield and a 35 year history of consistently raising its dividend, Cramer observes, adding that it has a good buyback program and a "pristine balance sheet." In addition to National City's 4.2% dividend and its "big fat buyback" Cramer applauds the company for getting rid of its low-margin mortgage business and setting up a position in Florida. ABG, which sells cars in the $30,000 to $35,000 range has good earnings growth, comments Cramer, and has the money to raise its 3.3% dividend. Finally, Cramer calls UNTD "the big one" with a 6.1% dividend and a "serious growth business."

Related: U.S. Bancorp Raises its Dividend, but What About Capital Gains?

Hot and Cool: Omniture (OMTR), InnerWorkings (NASDAQ:INWK), Riverbed (NASDAQ:RVBD), DivX (DIVX) and Acme Pocket (NASDAQ:APKT)

Last week, Cramer discussed "hot stocks" and said that OMTR, INWK and RVBD were not "too hot to buy," and are good for the next six to nine months, but on Friday he emphasized that he would sell DIVX. Cramer's fifth hot stock is APKT, which is a pioneer in the Internet telephony business and "hasn't even started to run yet." Cramer notes that it has reported good profits for four consecutive quarters, has "massive revenue growth" and, since it is covered by only five analysts, APKT has upgrade potential. Although those who hold the stock on the April 10th expiration of its share lockup will be hurting, Cramer assures investors that they have a few months to watch the stock rise and says ACME is "too cool not to handle, and it is far from being too hot."

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Desperate Hedgies: Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL), Google (NASDAQ:GOOG), Goldman Sachs (NYSE:GS), Research In Motion (RIMM), AIG (NYSE:AIG), Devon Energy (NYSE:DVN), Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) and Halliburton (NYSE:HAL)

Hedge fund managers whose funds have not been doing well in the past year are frantically selling stocks such as APPL, GOOG and GS which are "symbolic of the market" to make it seem as if the performance of their funds is related to the health of the Dow. Instead of worrying, Cramer suggests investors use this "short-term, rumor-down market" to pick up some good quality stocks such as RIMM, AIG, DVN, JNJ and HAL at low prices; "After buying them on the cheap next week, take them in 2007 and enjoy it," he said.

CEO Interview: Bruce Williamson Dynegy (NYSE:DYN)

Bruce Williamson said that his company's deal with LS Power will increase assets under management by 70% and will add more cash flow. When asked how the deal will affect DYN's exposure to natural gas, Williamson replied, "With LS Power, it is going to to drop our exposure of a dollar move of natural gas down from 10% of EBITDA to a 4% move in EBITDA... It stabilizes the platform." Cramer applauded Williamson and called him a "winner."

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