Jim Cramer's Mad Money In-Depth Stock Picks, Feb. 12

by: Miriam Metzinger

Stocks discussed in the in-depth session of Jim Cramer’s Mad Money TV program, Monday February 12. Click on a stock ticker for more analysis:

Case for Trades: Marvell (NASDAQ:MRVL)

Cramer discussed the outdated stigma that surrounds trading, and said that there is no reason to avoid trades now that taxes and commissions are the lowest he has seen them. "Buy and hold" doesn't cut it anymore, he commented, adding that his Mad Money picks are not meant to be held forever; investors "should try to buy as low as possible and sell high ... That doesn't make you a trader. It makes you an intelligent manager of your own money." In spite of an upgrade by Deutsche Bank and J.P Morgan, semiconductor stocks will not be strong until the middle of the year, and he expects MRVL to get hit harder than the rest. However, Cramer would buy the stock low because "Marvell is not a trade. It's not an investment. It's just a good idea." He would pick up the stock below $18 before it reports, but would do homework first.

Oil is Well: National Oilwell Varco (NYSE:NOV), Teneris (NYSE:TS), Hydril (HYDL)

Although The Street has abandoned oil, Cramer likes NOV, since it "is the biggest maker of oil rigs on earth," reported an amazing quarter and is cheap. He points out that just as Teneris has agreed to buy HYDL for $97 a share, another buyer could pick up NOV. Cramer would buy some before it gets a takeover bid.

Q & A and Mad Mail: Sears Holdings (NASDAQ:SHLD), Sprint (NYSE:S), Electronic Arts (ERTS), THQ (THQI), Domino's (NYSE:DPZ), Diageo (NYSE:DEO), Vonage (NYSE:VG)

Cramer says that he is recommending SHLD because it could be another Berkshire Hathaway, but said that he would get rid of the stock if he saw "deviation from... the Berkshire plan." Concerning Sprint, he says he would not recommend a stock when its fundamentals are deteriorating, and adds, "I keep waiting till the estimates get so low that they can't deteriorate further," and says that he would back up the truck when that happens. While the success of one game would not make such an impact on $15 billion company ERTS, it could affect$2 billion company THQ, and since the stock is expensive, Cramer would not buy it. Cramer says that "the worst is over" for DPZ, and would hold on to it, since it is a good chain. Finally, Cramer says Diageo is "terrific" and VG is "radically overpriced."

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