Jim Cramer's Mad Money In-Depth Stock Picks, May 15

Includes: ACM, AMFW, HET, HPQ
by: Miriam Metzinger

Stocks discussed in the in-depth session of Jim Cramer’s Mad Money TV program, Tuesday May 15. Click on a stock ticker for more analysis:

It's For Real: Herbalife (NYSE:HLF)

Cramer regrets having been negative on HLF, which he says is not a typical multi-level marketing scheme and deserves his respect. The company's first quarter earnings were better than expected and delivered in-line, beatable guidance for the second quarter. HLF was granted permission to market its product in two Chinese provinces, has a high-margin business model and "enormous" cash flow. In addition, HLF's $300 million buyback has been approved, and it has a new 2% dividend. The fact that HLF sells at 10% less than its rivals does not make sense to Cramer, who says that situation will not last. Cramer declares HLF is a triple buy, but would not make a move until after the open, because the price higher early.

Related: Stockerblog discusses HLF among 7 heavily-shorted multi-level marketing schemes.

The Next Foster Wheeler (FWLT), with AECOM Technology (NYSE:ACM)

FWLT went up beyond Cramer's wildest expectations and now he feels it is time to pick "another Foster Wheeler." Because the tape was "miserable on Friday" the day of its IPO, the stock opened way below the $25 level which Cramer thinks it would be trading now. He considers this low start as an opportunity to buy. ACM has many important contracts, including a rapid transit system at the World Trade Center and plans for the 2012 London Olympics. Cramer says the key metric when it comes to infrastructure is the backlog. Currently, ACM's backlog is up 63%, which means steady sales, according to Cramer. He would buy the stock, but would do some research first.

Related: Bill Simpson discusses ACM's impressive IPO.

The "Multiple Expander:" Mark Hurd, CEO of Hewlett-Packard Co. (NYSE:HPQ)

Continuing his series on "transformational CEOs," Cramer discussed Mark Hurd, the "multiple expander" of HPQ. Hurd found the company in "total disarray" and helped the stock double in only two years. Recently the company exceeded its earnings estimates and delivered an upside surprise; Cramer gives Hurd the credit.

Related: HPQ's earnings are double the industry's and are up 36% in Asia.

CEO Interview: Gary Loveman, Harrah's Entertainment (HET)

Gary Loveman discussed the advantages of going private; management is not distracted on extraneous tasks, but can concentrate on "things that really do build value" in the long term. "The company is being run now to a large degree as if it's private, so I'm living a bit of it now," Loveman said. "It opens up other avenues for value creation." In addition, a company can save and "mature gracefully," whereas if a company is public, it constantly has to worry about the bottom line.

Seeking Alpha publishes a summary of Jim Cramer's stock picks every day including: Mad Money Recap, Lightning Round, Stop Trading and his Wall Street Confidential Picks.

Get Cramer's Picks by email -- it's free and takes only a few seconds to sign up.

Seeking Alpha is not affiliated with Jim Cramer, CNBC or TheStreet.com