Jim Cramer's Mad Money Lightning Round Picks, May 17

by: Miriam Metzinger

Miriam Metzinger submits: Stocks discussed in the lightning round session of Jim Cramer’s Mad Money TV program, Thursday May 17. Click on a stock ticker for more analysis:

Bullish calls:

Potash (NYSE:POT): 'POT has been on the 52-week high list for what seems like months. I still like it ... Stay with POT.'
Mosaic (NYSE:MOS): ' ... fertilizer ... Mosaic, Agrium and Monsanto ... these are all ag plays. And the ag complex, along with the aerospace complex, are in major bull market mode.'
Monsanto (NYSE:MON)
Agrium (NYSE:AGU)
Cisco (NASDAQ:CSCO): 'I think CSCO - with a lot of stock to buy back - with some great product offerings - should be bought at $26 ... we're down a buck and a half, and I think it's worth it to pull the trigger right here.'
Virgin Media (NASDAQ:VMED): ' ... hasn't even started the triple play yet. I was early in that stock. Early means 'wrong' in the parlance of Wall Street... But we're down a dollar in this stock and I think we should stay with VMED.'
Clearwire (CLWR): 'It should never have gone down to $17. That was just crazy. I want to stick by CLWR. '
ViaSat (NASDAQ:VSAT): 'I was surprised to see that stock go down too ... grows at 17%, with a 20x multiple. I think you've got to stick with it! I would even pull the trigger now that I've taken a look at it.'
ING Group (NYSE:ING): 'I say ING is maybe one of the cheapest banks in the world. I like their online strategy. I am with you, I'd buy that stock!'
Cleveland-Cliffs (NYSE:CLF): 'I think that CLF - which is the largest iron ore producer in this country - is going to be hard to maintain its independence. I want to buy some below $70...but I was, like you, chagrinned about that delayed earnings report.'
3M (NYSE:MMM): 'This is a weak-dollar stock. We've got a weak dollar environment, a big Asian proprietary business. MMM has been a monster, a monster! MMM is going higher. MMM is still cheap. It can go up another two multiple points on that growth rate. I say it goes to $100. It's the strongest stock in the Dow.'
Dynegy (NYSE:DYN):
El Paso (EP): 'We have been behind this company, ever since they decided to clean up their balance sheet.'
Dynegy (DYN)
Halliburton (NYSE:HAL)

Bearish calls:

Harris Interactive (NASDAQ:HPOL): 'I don't see a lot going on there ... Don't buy, don't buy.'
Lamar Advertising (NASDAQ:LAMR): ' ... even though the quarter was terrific, I worry about regulation coming in ... They make billboards that change, and they're very exciting, but maybe so exciting that they cause accidents! ... Sell, sell, sell!'
HMS Holdings (NASDAQ:HMSY): 'This stock is very expensive. It sells at more than twice its growth, so I cannot recommend it on this show. Don't buy, don't buy. But I do like that segment very much. But valuation keeps me from pulling the trigger.'
Giant Industries: 'I myself am a seller of the refiners. I think that margins have peaked. I would sell that stock. Ring the register. You've got a gigantic gain. Please don't give that gain back. Sell, sell, sell!'

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