Jim Cramer's Mad Money In-Depth Stock Picks, May 4

by: Miriam Metzinger

Stocks discussed in the in-depth session of Jim Cramer’s Mad Money TV program, Friday May 4. Click on a stock ticker for more analysis:

Good As Golden Star Resources (NYSEMKT:GSS)

Cramer likes GSS as a way to play the CNBC Million Dollar Portfolio Challenge. The company operates in South America and Africa, and is therefore highly speculative, but has a large mine in Ghana, "an island of stability." The bears are worried about a sulfide-processing plant GSS is building in Ghana, but Cramer thinks investors should use this anxiety as an opportunity to buy. He predicts the announcement of a new plant, which will double production and lower costs, will be sooner than expected. With this news, analysts will raise their numbers and the stock will go higher. Cramer also believes GSS may be taken over, and he likes the sector, since gold is moving up. Cramer would not swap out of best-of-breed Yamana to buy GSS, but likes the price at $4.46, and urges investors to use limit orders when buying.

Laser King: Ionatron (IOTN), Palomar Medical Technologies (NASDAQ:PMTI), Syneron Medical (NASDAQ:ELOS), Cynosure (NASDAQ:CYNO)

Cramer noted that last Friday's laser pick, IOTN has risen 17% since his recommendation, and he decided to choose a new "laser king." Cramer has liked PMTI in the past and declared ELOS the "czar of lasers" when he was discussing cosmetic laser procedures. Now CYNO wears the laser king crown, since it has doubled while ELOS hasn't moved. In addition, CYNO has 30% growth and is levered to the rest of the world. Cramer added he prefers "a performer that's pricey" to "an underperformer that's cheap." PMTI is Cramer's second-best pick, but is more costly than CYNO, and he likes ELOS, but doesn't see it going up in the near future.

Game Plan for the Coming Week: Fluor (NYSE:FLR), McDermott International (NYSE:MDR), Foster Wheeler (FWLT ), CVS/Caremark (NYSE:CVS), Dynegy (NYSE:DYN), Nabors (NYSE:NBR), Halliburton (NYSE:HAL), Parker Drilling (NYSE:PKD), Forest Oil (NYSE:FST), L-1 Identity Solutions (NYSE:ID), Precision Castparts (NYSE:PCP), Six Flags (NYSE:SIX), Syntax-Brillan (BRLC)

Cramer suggesting looking at infrastructure, especially MDR, FLR, and FWLT which are "terrific" companies and which should benefit from high oil prices. He would establish half a position before their reports and half after, and would buy the stocks on any weakness. On Monday, he would also buy FST. Cramer praises CVS as having "valued itself even further into the health care heaven" with its cheap Caremark purchase, and would buy ahead of its Tuesday report, adding he also likes DYN. PKD, which also reports on Tuesday, may be bought by NBR or HAL which discussed expansion during their conference calls, Cramer commented. His Wednesday picks include ID, PCP and SIX. Since the LCD TV sector is improving, Cramer likes BRLC which reports on Thursday after the markets close.

CEO Interview: Nolan Archibald, Black and Decker (BDK)

Nolan Archibald says BDK's report was strong because of the company's "great brands and innovative products" which thrive in down times. BDK is featuring new Dewalt brand products including concrete breakers, hammers and generators. Archibald added the company is going to continue buying back shares. Cramer commented BDK is "the real deal" and sees it rising from $92.36 to $100.

Related: Black & Decker shares jumped on upped Q1 Guidance.

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