- CNBC’s Jim Cramer expounded on the ongoing rotation of investments in the stock market.
- The “Mad Money” host goes off the charts to understand if the gold and bond prices are nearing a top.
- Cramer gives his thoughts on activist investor Elliott Management’s $3.2 billion stake in AT&T and explains why he think the move will bring value to the telco giant.
Don’t game the rotation, buy the stocks of high-quality companies
Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on March 22, 2019.
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Consistently growing stocks are out and cyclical stocks are officially back in on the market as big fund investors rotate holdings based on their emotion, Cramer said.
Wall Street saw a mixed day of trading with the adding 73 points and the inching up 0.03%. The went 0.04% the other way.
The market is a reflection of how institutional investors see the future. Cramer recommended that individual investors don’t try to game the rotation.
“I think you need to view it as an opportunity to get in, not get out,” the host said. “If a high-quality stock is down enough, like Merck was this morning, then that’s your chance to pounce.”
Gold and bond prices could soon peak
Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange
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The migration of money from stocks to safety assets could soon reach a tipping point, Cramer said.
Gold and U.S. government bond prices have risen as many investors worry that a recession is looming. These investment instruments might not be riskier than most think as those who bought at lower prices take profit and the number of buyers whittle down, according to chart analyst Carley Garner.
“For months, investors have been moving their money into safe-haven assets like treasury bonds and gold,” the host said. “But they’ve now run up dramatically and the charts, as interpreted by the always-astute Carley Garner, suggest that it’s time for both bond prices and gold prices to come down — or perhaps come down hard.”
Expect big upside in AT&T on activist firm Elliott Management’s big stake in the company
A pedestrian walks in front of an AT&T location in New York.
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Cramer said that AT&T should work with the hedge fund that recently took a multibillion-dollar stake in the company.
Elliott Management, the same activist firm that helped improve value in eBay this year, is an organization that can spark the needed interest of big fund investors, the former hedge fund manager said.
While shares of the telco giant are up more than 31% this year, the stock is up just 3% since AT&T announced it would acquire DirecTV in May 2014, according to FactSet.
“AT&T’s a cheap stock, trading at less than 10 times next year’s earnings, 5.5% yield that I believe is safe and now, finally, thanks to Elliott, a catalyst,” Cramer said. “That’s why I think you should be buying the stock. I bet the upside is huge, even with just a little bit of improvement.”
VMware plans to lead the container movement in digital transformation
Sanjay Poonen, COO, VMware
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Cramer got more insight into the container movement in digital transformation in a one-on-one interview with VMware COO Sanjay Poonen. The cloud virtualization company created the virtual machine, which led to a million new jobs in that realm of infrastructure over the past two decades, Poonen said.
VMware is determined to lead in the latest trend emerging in the space, he added.
“There is a movement going on in digital transformation right now called containers and we believe it’s our birthright to own that movement because there’ll be, potentially, tens of millions of jobs among developers created on top of this virtual machine,” he continued. “In the 1950s containers completely transformed ships. VMware created the [virtual] ship and now these containers are going to allow apps to be fundamentally transformed.”
In Cramer’s lightning round, the “Mad Money” host zips through his thoughts about callers’ favorite stock picks of the day.
Planet Fitness: “It is going down pretty fast and I’ve got to tell you that I think it’s still a great secular trend, but I understand that it’s in a downturn so let’s be careful. Buy it slowly, but I do think that we’re nearing a bottom in that stock.”
: “Payment processing remains a hot industry. A lot of these stocks have given up the gains. … but this is a nice small spec that’s come down a lot.”
Schlumberger: “My charitable trust owns it and it’s been a bad stock and I’ve gotten hurt in it. I don’t want you in it. I know that there was a nice upgrade today, but I don’t trust it anymore. They got new management, the dividend’s good, but I don’t want to hurt people and I’ve hurt my charitable trust with that one.”
Disclosure: Cramer’s charitable trust owns shares of Schlumberger.