Jim Cramer's Mad Money In-Depth Stock Picks, 8/17/07

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Includes: BSC, CFC, CTX, DWNFQ, GS, HAL, LEH, NYX, SHLD, SLB, THMR, WFC, WMIH
by: Miriam Metzinger

Stocks discussed in the in-depth session of Jim Cramer’s Mad Money TV program, Friday August 17. Click on a stock ticker for more analysis:

Wells Fargo (NYSE:WFC)

Cramer said Friday was a "great day for the market" and indicated the cut of 50 basis points to 5.75% was partly the result of his "heart felt plea" to Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke to slash the rate. Cramer reiterated his bullishness on WFC, but regrets he didn't recommend the stock earlier. Although investors are now "playing offense," Cramer says the change is one of psychology, not fundamentals.

Thornburg Mortgage (TMA), Countrywide Financial (CFC), Goldman Sachs (NYSE:GS), Lehman Brothers Holdings (LEH)

Cramer wondered "where was that 500 point rally?" that was supposed to accompany a rate cut, but added the cut averted a 1,000 point decline. He said the slash in the rate saved TMA and CFC from almost certain collapse. Although hedge funds are still in sell mode and the market could experience a hiccup, like the 5.4% drop in Japan's Nikkei, Cramer believes the worst is over and would buy GS and LEH on the rate cut.

"Post-Bernanke Enlightenment Game Plan:" Sears Holding (NASDAQ:SHLD), Bear Stearns (NYSE:BSC), Downey Financial (NYSE:DSL), Washington Mutual (NYSE:WM), Centex (CTX), Schlumberger (NYSE:SLB), Halliburton (NYSE:HAL), NYSE Euronext (NYSE:NYX)

As always, Cramer likes SHLD, not only because of CEO Eddie Lampert but also because the company has "lots of cash." In addition to Goldman and Lehman, Cramer says it is time to buy financials BSC, DSL and WM. He added Countrywide and Thornburg's recent problems could lead to takeover bids. Because of hurricane season and renewed vitality in the housing sector, Cramer discussed CTX, which could see a short squeeze, and revisited his perennial favorites SLB and HAL. He thinks NYX will finally get some respect because its estimates are too low in spite of high trading volume. Cramer said these picks are good to "buy high and sell higher," and if they rise on Monday, Cramer would wait five days before buying.

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