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

by: Miriam Metzinger

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

How Much are Those Cubbies in the Window? Tribune (TRB)

Wednesday's Mad Money was broadcast from Indiana University as part of Cramer's Back to School tour. "The bears have gone into hibernation," he declared noting that they were held back by fear because they don't want to miss out on the money that will be made from Fed rate cuts or the resulting rallies if oil falls below $60. He welcomed Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks and IU alumnus, and asked if Cuban was looking at buying the Chicago Cubs from TRB. Cuban replied it was too early to tell, but indicated after baseball season and if given an offer, he would think it over. Cramer and Cuban locked horns briefly on the issue of buying stocks early, a strategy Cramer recommends, while Cuban urged, "Invest in equity you understand and you know better than anybody else. Improve your own value first." However, Cuban added it is advisable to buy a stock if one feels strongly about it, and sees a "great opportunity" in the market.

Gentlemen Start Your Cummins Engine (NYSE:CMI)

The Hoosier stock which should make investors "truckloads of money" is CMI, according to Cramer, who regretted missing an opportunity to get behind the stock because he believed the money men rather than doing homework. Cramer called CMI the "perfect local company" for Indiana residents who, unlike the analysts, can go to Columbus, Indiana, and investigate the company. At $145, CMI isn't cheap, but students without cash should buy at least one share, said Cramer. CMI didn't suffer from the local slump in truck sales because of its international business, and Cramer thinks it could go "much, much higher."

Related: On his January 22 Stop Trading! Segment, Cramer said CMI "just kind of stands there."

Any Questons: Google (NASDAQ:GOOG), Spartan Motors (NASDAQ:SPAR), Rock-Tenn (RK), Plantronics (NYSE:PLT)

During the Q & A session, a student asked Mark Cuban if he still thinks it was a mistake for Google to buy YouTube. Cuban answered that while YouTube has been sued for allegedly stealing content, Google can deal with the problem. When a student pitched SPAR, Cramer asked why he considered it "money in the bank" since SPAR is very cyclical and its end markets are sluggish. However, Cramer agreed with another student about RK after the student noted it is paying off debt, is buying back stock and has pricing power; Cramer added that he likes the short action in RK. Although Plantronics had a disappointing quarter, Cramer would stay with this "worldwide leader in headsets" because he "likes controversy."

Related: Daniel Andreas Jacome, the student with whom Cramer disagreed about Spartan Motors, explains why he thinks the stock is "money in the bank."

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