Jim Cramer's Mad Money Lightning Round Picks, March 12

by: Miriam Metzinger

Miriam Metzinger submits: Stocks discussed in the lightning round session of Jim Cramer’s Mad Money TV program, Monday March 12 . Click on a stock ticker for more analysis:

Bullish calls:

Denny's (NASDAQ:DENN): 'I want to be candid. They did not have a good month. I am sticking by them because, what I liked them for is the restructuring that's fixing their balance sheet ... it's part of my little under-$10 package that I think is ramping, and that I think goes still higher. DENN is fine with me. I want to hold it.'
Blockbuster (BBI)
Dynegy (NYSE:DYN)
Companhia Vale do Rio Doce (NYSE:RIO): 'This company accomplished something that no other company could do in the western hemisphere... It literally merged with its #2 competitor ... and it has created a mineral powerhouse ... I think it's got $45 written on it. I have liked this company for 10 points. I bet you I like it for another 15! But, I've got to tell you - let's understand - it's had a big run. It is up 68% year over year. It goes to $40, and goes to $45. It probably pulls back a little, and ultimately goes to $50.'
NYSE Group (NYSE:NYX): 'I think this is the most undervalued stock on the New York Stock Exchange - how ironic... I just bought some again for my charitable trust last week, and I am anxious to pull the trigger again, because I just think it is so darn undervalued versus when that Euronext deal closes. This one is a keeper.'
Yahoo! (NASDAQ:YHOO): ' ... there was an article in the Wall Street Journal that really said that the Yahoo AT&T relationship is ka-put, that it's just a trainwreck ... Now, over the weekend, YHOO and AT&T put out a series of releases that basically said that the Journal was dead wrong. Maybe it's something in between, but the people who tossed this stock out on Friday overreacted to what I think may have been a lot wrong in that article. I'm staying with YHOO.'
Big Lots (NYSE:BIG): ' ... As soon as I saw the Dollar General buyout, I said that someone is going to bid for this BIG, so I hit it up. Sure enough, 52-week high but, you know what? It probably has a little bit more to go. Now, let me caution... If I owned it, it's up 120% year-over-year, and that means bulls make money, bears make money, but hogs get slaughtered. So, if you owned it for the last year....'
BEA Systems (BEAS): 'I recommended it at $12. Right now, I'm giving myself 30 lashes... I am disappointed in how this company reported. I still believe that Oracle could take them out ... I want to stick with it for now.'

Neutral calls:

Ford (NYSE:F): 'I don't mind the company, but the stock is wrong ... I think that Ford will be successful in its turnaround, but I like to play it with the right piece of paper - the convertible bond.'

Bearish calls:

USG (NYSE:USG): 'USG is a really interesting situation, because it never seems to ever go right where Warren Buffet says that he would buy the rest of it, which is mid-40s... Now, USG in the end, is deeply levered to the housing market, and you know that I am a bear on housing.'
Heelys (NASDAQ:HYLS): 'I think that HLYS is over-valued ... I went recently to a couple of sporting goods stores. They're stocked to the gills with Heely's. I don't like to see that. Sell, sell, sell!'
News Corp. (NASDAQ:NWS): 'We're a dollar away from register ringing on NWS. It doesn't mean I dislike it. It does mean it's had a really big run.'
Quiksilver (NYSE:ZQK): 'Awful. Awful. I've got to tell you. This is one of the worst quarters I have seen from any apparel company, and they're blaming the warm weather ... I hate those kind of excuses. In other words, what I'm saying is, it's probably too late to sell right now but, if that stock rallies, sell, sell, sell!'

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