Jim Cramer's Mad Money In-Depth Stock Picks, 7/19/07

by: Miriam Metzinger

Stocks discussed in the in-depth session of Jim Cramer’s Mad Money TV program, Thursday July 19. Click on a stock ticker for more analysis:

Predator and Prey: BASF (BF) and Nova Chemicals (NCX)

Cramer continued his series on European stocks with BASF, the biggest chemical company in the world, and a stock he likes because "...it has nothing to do with the United States. " While chemical companies have been attractive takeovers, Cramer thinks of BASF as a predator rather than the prey and doesn't expect it to get a bid. However, as long as chemical companies are in bull mode, Cramer says BASF will thrive with its secure earnings. It is also linked to two other bull markets: agriculture and natural gas and oil. He predicts BASF will rise from $136 to $150. Cramer likes NCX as a good "prey" play since Access founder Len Blavatnik is trying to build a global chemcial company and is looking for acquisitions like NCX with strong fundamentals. Cramer thinks NCX could be bought at $56.

Sell Block: Blackstone Group (NYSE:BX), Google (NASDAQ:GOOG), Johnson Controls (NYSE:JCI), Washington Mutual (NYSE:WM), Goldman Sachs (NYSE:GS)

Cramer hopes people listened when he said they should get out of BX, but he suggests he may have been a hog with Google, which missed its quarter. He added a caveat; "Please don't buy the first trading day the week after I recommend a stock," he said. "You have to wait for weakness" and if the stock is high "take a pass." He identifies JCI as one of his picks for which investors should have taken a pass. However, Cramer still thinks JCI is an anointed stock with some upside. Cramer would leave the financials in Rumorville, since they have been vulnerable to Street Gossip, even WM. Concerning his golden pick, GS, Cramer says it hasn't bottomed yet and he would only recommend investors who can take the pain stay in GS.

CEO Interview: James Young Union Pacific (NYSE:UNP) with CSX (NYSE:CSX)

James Young commented on how overcapacity in the industry is getting lighter, and is responsible, along with congested traffic, for the stock's rise. Cramer said UNP is not going to stop rising at $125 and also gives CSX two thumbs up.

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