Jim Cramer listed his top 10 predictions for 2008 this week. Some of his forecasts are more likely than others, while others may just be wishful thinking.
1. Goldman Sachs (NYSE:GS) makes more money than every other brokerage firm in New York combined and finishes the year at $300 a share. Not a prediction—an inevitability. In fact, it’s only January, and I think it’s already come true.
2. Oil goes much higher, maybe as much as $125 a barrel... We are running out of oil more quickly than people can imagine, and that means great returns for oil companies. Just buy the stock of the company you filled up at today or buy a driller (Transocean (NYSE:RIG) is my favorite), then sit back and make money.
3. The Fed arranges an Arabic Heimlich maneuver on Citigroup (NYSE:C), so the banking giant doesn’t choke on the worst mortgage portfolio in the country.
4. Verizon (NYSE:VZ) becomes your cable provider.
5. Turning to private equity, Cramer predicted that Cerberus Capital Management will fail to resuscitate Chrysler (which he attributes partly on the choice of Bob Nardelli), and that Congress will agree to bail out the fund.
6. Cramer is bullish on Google (NASDAQ:GOOG):
Google stock reaches $1,000. The company becomes one of the top three companies in the U.S. in market capitalization... and succesfully challenges Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) for operating-system dominance.
7. With the dollar weak, Cramer foresees European companies swooping in to buy up the likes of Merrill Lynch (MER), JPMorgan (NYSE:JPM), Colgate (NYSE:CL), Clorox (NYSE:CLX), Whirlpool (NYSE:WHR), and Black & Decker (BDK), which, he forecasts, will all see their stocks rise as a result.
8. Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL), he predicts, will reach $300. He sees it successfully taking over the music business, and, among other knock-on effects, he forewarns that Warner Music Group (NYSE:WMG) will file for bankruptcy.
9. Turning to the media, Cramer posits that the cash-strapped New York Times (NYSE:NYT) will accept a buy-out offer from Mayor Michael Bloomberg at $20 a share.
Don’t be so quick to scoff: The cash is spare change for Bloomberg, who, don’t forget, already owns a small media company. I’d say the $10 share price is even money. That’s how bad it is at the Times. The Bloomberg buyout is probably a 100-to-1 shot, but may be less if he decides not to run for president and needs something else to do this year.
10. Returning to his lament over governmental and Fed policies, Cramer predicts that the victims of foreclosure will lead a march on the White House and lay siege on the Fed. This, he says, will lead to Bernanke resigning, his replacement slashing rates, and the markets rebounding. As Cramer admits, this one's a very very long shot.
But if Bernanke or a future Fed chair does cut rates meaningfully, here’s a sure bet: That’s the time to start buying.