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Stocks discussed Jim Cramer's Stop Trading! TV Segment, Friday January 21.

BB&T (NYSE:BBT), Citigroup (NYSE:C), General Electric (NYSE:GE), Comcast (NASDAQ:CMCSA), Whirlpool (NYSE:WHR)

What is causing stocks to go down? Companies are beginning to hire, or at least that's what company managers are saying in their quarterly conference calls. Companies are finally realizing that to grow their margins, they need to hire new workers.

Cramer praised BB&T (BBT) and is wondering about a prospective takeover target. "People keep doubting them and they keep delivering." Even though the company delivered a great quarter, there is a lot of short covering. "My hat is off to BB&T."

Citigroup's (C) sell-off following its earnings is typical; after five of the last nine quarters, Citi's stock ran up prior to earnings, sold off and stabilized three days later. "The problems in Citi are receding not advancing." Cramer admits he wishes more institutional investors were in Citi rather than retail investors because people who don't understand bank earnings tend to sell off the stock. While he was worried about the "bad bank," Citi Holdings, Cramer thinks "it just gets better and better each quarter."

While Cramer says he doesn't usually like to talk about CNBC parent company General Electric (GE), he praised the company for using its finance arm to fund big equipment projects from locomotives to healthcare. Whirlpool (WHR) should be a big beneficiary in the increase on appliances. He added, "Comcast (CMCSA) is not up idly," on the success of NBC.


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Source: Cramer's Stop Trading! The Problems at Citigroup Are Receding (1/21/11)