Jim Cramer's Mad Money In-Depth Stock Picks, 8/16/07

by: Miriam Metzinger

Stocks discussed in the in-depth session of Jim Cramer’s Mad Money TV program, Thursday August 16. Click on a stock ticker for more analysis:

Wells Fargo (NYSE:WFC), Countrywide Financial's (CFC), Washington Mutual (NYSE:WM), Bank of America (NYSE:BAC), Wachovia (NASDAQ:WB)

Thursday's dash for financials may indicate the sector will be one of the "long-term beneficiaries" of Bernanke's position, but Cramer does not think they are safe. He tacked a double sell on WM but thought BAC and WB could survive. However, he reserved the lion's share of his praise for WFC, and said, "It is the great speculative play that should prosper." He believes WFC will "own the mortgage market" and will win with investors because it offers a great dividend. Cramer would wait for WFC to drop to the $32 - $34 range.

Sell Block: VMware (NYSE:VMW), H&R Block (NYSE:HRB), Capital One Financial (NYSE:COF), Friedman Billings Ramsey Group (NYSE:FBR) Lamson & Sessions (LMS), Six Flags (NYSE:SIX)

Cramer urged investors to "stay the course" and added "no one ever made a dime panicking." However, he added it isn't too late to sell minerals and he feels tigher consumer spending will put pressure on retail. Cramer would sell VMW after its highly successful IPO, and would stay away from HRB, COF and FBR. He would also sell LMS as well as SIX because of low attendance due to the weather. He concluded it is better to invest in long-term stocks rather than quick trades in the current environment.

KKR Financial (KFN), Thornburg Mortgage (TMA) and Reynolds American (NYSE:RAI)

Not all high dividends are good dividends, Cramer declared and used KFN and TMA as examples. He added high-dividend names KFN and TMA aren't worth the investment because as their stocks fall so will the yields. Cramer likes RAI which has a dividend of 5.5% and is a "smart play" in this environment because "nothing is more defensive than cigarettes."

Mad Mail: Bear Stearns (NYSE:BSC), Jones Soda (NASDAQ:JSDA) and Google (NASDAQ:GOOG)

Cramer would avoid BSC and JSDA whose climb was "how to make a million" in the market. He adds GOOG is safe and likes the tech sector for its pristine balance sheets and great products.

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