Stocks discussed in the in-depth session of Jim Cramer’s Mad Money TV program, Thursday March 29. Click on a stock ticker for more analysis:
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"Never-Look-Back-Ville": Gol Linhas Aereas Inteligentes (NYSE:GOL)
"Monopolistic, anti-competitive behavior is now in style in Brazil!" declared Cramer, who is bullish on GOL, a Brazilian airline which is acquiring its long-time competitor, Varig, after it went "belly up." At less than $100 million in cash, Varig was a bargain, and Cramer thinks the acquisition should send GOL up 30% in a straight line to $40. While Wednesday's 10% increase would otherwise inspire caution, Cramer does not think investors should wait for GOL to pull back, but would go ahead and buy; "We're in 'never-look-back-ville'!"
Related: Travis Johnson says he's glad he bought GOL.
Next on Cramer's list of executives who deserve the benefit of the doubt is RL's COO Roger Farah. While CEO Ralph Lauren is a "visionary" Cramer credits Farah for breathing new life in the brand "which had been spread out, truncated, over-licensed and diluted... and he turned it back into a powerhouse." Cramer likes RL because it is "the ultimate high-end play" and should have 12% to 15% growth. He also praised the company for purchasing the rest of Polo.com. However, market players turned on Farah after RL's fantastic quarter because they suspected him of guiding down estimates. In spite of Farah's assurances, the stock is still down, although it has recovered somewhat, and Cramer would stay with RL. He also likes SKS CEO Steve Sadove because he "keeps the money coming in" and its vice chairman and chief merchant Ron Frasch who is a"merchandizing genius," according to Cramer.
Related: Ted Allrich discusses RL's brand expansion.
Sell Block: Syntax-Brillian Corp. (BRLC), AT&T (NYSE:T), Verizon (NYSE:VZ), BP (NYSE:BP), Exxon Mobil (NYSE:XOM), Transocean (NYSE:RIG), Movado (NYSE:MOV), BigBand Networks (NASDAQ:BBND), Sourcefire (NASDAQ:FIRE), Glu Mobile (NASDAQ:GLUU), Aruba Networks (NASDAQ:ARUN), Clearwire (CLWR), ETelecare (ETEL)
No matter how much he likes BRLC's story, he would sell the stock after CEO Vincent Solitto touted his company on Mad Money but failed to mention that he raised $15.5 million through a side deal which involved issuing shares at a special price "To me, it was galling... it was disspiriting," said Cramer; "Syntax-Brillian?... I don't like your style." Cramer would trade some T for VZ because VZ is less expensive and has a higher yield. He also suggested selling BP and picking up XOM "if you absolutely have to own an integrated" or RIG. He mentioned MOV has a good entry point at $28.74. Cramer gave an update on IPOs, saying he still likes BBND which he would buy it on any weakness, but suggests schnitzeling out of (selling the profits from) FIRE. He still doesn't like GLUU or ARUN. Cramer says CLWR is "on sale" now that it is settled into the $20-$21 range. Finally, Cramer would take profits from ETEL on any strength, since it has increased substantially.
Cramer asked Scott Huennekens to explain VOLC's agreements with GE and PHG; "GE has rights to one version of our product that it can integrate into its cath lab, and earlier this week we announced the deal with Philips for another version. So as we move forward, GE is going to have exclusivity to the advanced functionality version of the product, and the lower functionality version will also be incorporated onto Philips and other larger manufacturer systems," Huennekens said. He envisions every cath lab with an Ivus machine in it as the need to visualize arteries through less invasive approaches increases. Cramer gave VOLC a triple buy.
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