Jim Cramer’s acronym for the hot places to invest is BRIC ME. This stands for Brazil, Russia, India, China and the Middle East. But, in his usual hyper kinetic reasoning, he often clarifies this by saying the Rest of the World really includes nearly every country but Japan and the United States.
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Cramer’s central thesis is the US Federal Reserve, by limiting inflation is preventing adequate growth for companies domestically. “What happens,” Cramer said in an online interview, “is that companies, by their own admissions, have said that this is a no growth country and what we have to do is move everything, DOW chemical (DOW) has done this, to where the oil is; the Middle East because they can grow business there. We are in a peculiar moment where if you have an international business you’re doing well, and that’s why 50% of the S&P 500 is doing business overseas.”
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The pundit has a fairly negative view of the policy positions of the current Fed Chairman, Ben Bernanke, “I have pretty much given up on Uncle Ben, because he does not understand that the economy is divided… There are companies that are domestic only and there are companies that have decided, like I have, that the Federal Reserve cannot be trusted and that we have a policy in this country of tolerating no inflation. Not tolerating a little excess growth and some inflation. The rest of the world stocks are not hostage to the FED – When it doesn’t go well, as it hasn’t for the last couple of months, these stocks don’t sell off – everything else does.”
Cramer goes on saying, “Clorox (CLX) is moving into places like Ecuador. That is really recognition once again (of this theory). Ecuador is better than San Francisco.” Cramer also touts Foster Wheeler (FWLT) in the video cast saying it combines overseas investments and machinery – two things Cramer loves. “Whenever you hear of a clean coal plant, it’s Foster Wheeler. If nuclear were ever to kick in, it would be gigantic.”
Although, Cramer admits there are domestic companies bucking what he perceives as a trend, “There are periodically companies that break the rules: Black and Decker, Whirlpool, and American Standard.”
This PowerOptions blog entry is an example of how the average investor can identify the most attractive option trade based on their view of whether a stock will rise or fall. In this instance we will assume Jim Cramer is correct and look at DOW Chemical, Clorox, and Foster Wheeler.
However, whatever your personal opinion about the movement of an individual stock, PowerOptions can help you identify the most attractive trade. For example, If an your view is bullish, you might choose to use a covered call investment strategy, bull call debit spreads or bull-put credit spreads to make money off your hunch. Conversely, if you believe a stock will fall, you might choose bear put debit spreads or bear-call credit spreads.
|PowerOptions Covered Call Based on Cramerâ€™s Rest of World (60 days)|
|DOW||$ 45.77||DOWGI||07 JUL $45.00||$1.90||4.20%||2.60%||2.60%|
|CLX||$ 67.07||CLXGN||07 JUL $70.00||$1.10||1.60%||1.70%||6.10%|
|FWLT||$ 97.41||UFBGT||07 JUL $100.00||$5.20||5.30%||5.60%||8.40%|
DOW – DOW Chemical. This trade involves the July $45 call option and offers 4.2% downside protection and 2.6% potential profit if the stock is above the $45.00 strike price at the end of the option period. The stock is currently trading at $45.77.
Competitors for DOW include: BASF AG (BF), EI DuPont de Nemours & Co. (DD), ExxonMobil Chemical Company (private), Bayer AG (BAY), Eastman Chemical Co. (EMN), FMC Corp. (FMC), Georgia Gulf Corp. (GGC), Hercules Inc. (HPC), Huntsman Corp. (HUN), Lyondell Chemical Co. (LYO), NOVA Chemicals Corp. (NCX), Rohm and Haas Co. (ROH), and Westlake Chemical Corp. (WLK).
CLX – The Clorox Company. This trade involves the July $70.00 call option and offers 1.6% downside protection and 6.1% potential profit if the stock is above the $70.00 strike price at the end of the option period. The stock is currently trading at $67.07.
Competitors for CLX include: Colgate-Palmolive Co. (CL), Procter & Gamble Co. (PG), S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc. (private), and Prestige Brand Holdings Inc. (PBH).
FWLT – Foster Wheeler Inc. This trade involves the July $100.00 call option and offers 5.3% downside protection and 8.4% potential profit if the stock is above the $100 strike price at the end of the option period. The stock is currently trading at $97.41.
Competitors for FWLT include: Fluor Corp. (FLR), Fuel Tech NV (FTEK), and Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. (JEC).
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