Cramer's 'Mad Money' Recap: Europe's Problems a Global Problem
Speculation keeps investing fun, Cramer told viewers, and he highlighted one such stock on what he affectionately called "Speculation Friday." Today's company: Lithia Motors (LAD) , an auto dealership chain with 84 locations in 11 western states.
Cramer said for investors who are bullish on the American consumer, Lithia is the perfect speculative stock. Lithia is domestic and it's in a fragmented market with tons of room to grow.
In its most recent quarter, Lithia increased its same-store sales by a stellar 22%, with new car sales growing by 25%. Compare that to the next closest competitor, Sonic Automotive (SAH) , which only grew by 12.1%. In addition to sales, Lithia has great margins and is taking market share from its rivals.
Cramer said Lithia clearly knows what works and offers not only sales, but service, financing and insurance, three services with high margins and steady income streams. Service alone accounts for 32% of Lithia's profits.
Despite beating Wall Street expectations by 18 cents a share, Lithia remains the cheapest of all the auto dealership stocks, said Cramer.
But as great as Lithia may be, Cramer said he still cannot recommend the stock given the weak unemployment data received today. Consumers stopped buying cars before, he said, and they may stop again. For investors who are bullish on American growth however, Lithia "may be the stock for you."
Circling the Wagons
In a terrible market, it pays to circle the wagons around recession-resistant company you can count on, Cramer said. Investors can't just invest for today, they must invest in the bargains that are being created, the stocks with high yields that will snap back quickly.
That's why Cramer recommended Johnson & Johnson, a once-hated company that now sports a new CEO and a 4% dividend yield. Cramer said that J&J is now a potential breakup story as the company is actually three businesses in one.
According to a recent research report, J&J could split itself into a pharmaceutical company, a consumer products company and a medical devices company, thus unlocking $76 a share worth of value, a 23% premium from today prices. Breakups in health care work, Cramer reminded viewers, as evidenced by Abbott Labs (ABT) , another Action Alerts PLUS holding, as well as Pfizer (PFE) and Covidian (COV) .