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Nothing is more important to the market than the non-farm payroll numbers, Jim Cramer reminded his Mad Money viewers Monday. That’s why in the absence of more trade rhetoric from Washington, stocks were able to extend Friday’s gains and continue their long march higher.
Among the sectors on the move were the industrials, with Caterpillar (CAT) able to tack on some gains, despite being down 10% for the year over trade worries. Cramer said he’s still a fan of United Rentals (URI) , which has zero China exposure and was up 3.7% on the day. Other industrial picks included Emerson (EMR) , United Technologies (UTX) and 3M (MMM) , an Action Alerts PLUS holding.
Aerospace was also able to rally today, with Boeing (BA) once again proving that China needs it more than it needs China. Cramer said he would also consider General Electric (GE) , which he talked about in depth on Friday.
Finally, Cramer said shares of Wynn Resorts (WYNN) have become way too cheap over worries about its Macau casinos, and the financials should also be on investors’ buy list, with Citigroup (C) being his favorite.
Cramer and the AAP team are balancing near-term expectations as we head into earnings season by trimming Eli Lilly (LLY) on strength. Find out what they’re telling their investment club members and get in on the conversation with a free trial subscription to Action Alerts PLUS.
Cramer said he doesn’t always get it right. That was the case with his recommendation in November to avoid StitchFix (SFIX) $22 a share. At the time, Cramer said the “apparel as a service” company seemed too risky. For awhile, it seems he was right, as shares slipped to $18 by June. But then the company stunned Wall Street with a six-cents-a-share earnings beat that sent shares over $31.
Cramer reiterated that he thinks StitchFix is a well-executed concept, one that is only getting better as the company gathers more data on its customers and what fashions they prefer. With a 29% rise in revenues and 2.7 million active customers, the StitchFix is clearly doing something right.
The question remains on the stock’s valuation. Shares trade at 110 times earnings, which seems outrageous, but is actually in line for a company that is barely profitable. Cramer said price-to-sales is a better metric to value StitchFix by, and using that metric, shares trade for 2.2 times next year’s estimates, which is a bargain compared to other fresh IPOs that trade for five, six or even seven times sales.
Cramer said he wouldn’t chase the stock high, but would be a buyer under $30 a share, considering any weakness a gift.
Over on Real Money, Cramer says the thirst for anything domestic is so overwhelming that you can see why investors like the real estate investment trusts and utilities. Get more of his insights with a free trial subscription to Real Money.
Executive Decision: MongoDB
For his “Executive Decision” segment, Cramer sat down for the first time with David Ittycheria, president and CEO of MongoDB (MDB) , the database software provider which recently reported inline earnings with 49% revenue growth.
Ittycheria said that software is disrupting just about every industry and databases are the lifeblood of every company. Databases are where companies store, process and analyze data and they simply cannot afford to be stuck with legacy systems, some of which were designed 40 years ago.
MongoDB currently has customers including banks, telcos and media companies, as well as up and coming industries like cryptocurrencies — all of which are looking for technologies that can scale to meet today’s and tomorrow’s needs.
Ittycheria said that MongoDB’s biggest challenge is reach, which is why they’ve partnered with IBM (IBM) to help gain access to thousands of customers that they wouldn’t have otherwise been able to speak to.
Cramer reiterated his buy recommendation of MongoDB, even with the stock’s 70% gain since he first got behind it in October.
Ready to Play and Win
Now that Toys R Us has closed its doors for good, is it finally time to buy some shares of Hasbro (HAS) ? Cramer said if the bankruptcy of Sports Authority in 2016 taught us anything, the answer is likely “yes!”
Cramer explained that when Sports Authority liquidated, it sent shockwaves in the athletic apparel space and sent shares of Nike (NKE) tumbling for almost a year. But once the industry worked through the excess inventory, Nike soared over 50% from its lows.
Hasbro is now in a similar situation, Cramer said, with shares off 17% from their highs. The company just reported a 15.7% decline in revenues, down from a 10% gain prior to the Toys R Us announcement. But once the inventory situation is remedied, Hasbro remains a compelling story with great brands including toys for Marvel and Star Wars franchises. The demand for toys remains the same, Cramer reminded viewers, there’s just one fewer player to fill it.
Hasbro is also benefiting from weakness at rival Mattel (MAT) and Hasbro’s previously announced $500 million share buyback.
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