When the president tweets something that tanks the stock market, it’s a mistake to sell, Jim Cramer told his Mad Money viewers Wednesday. That’s because President Trump hates lower stock prices and almost always reverses himself.
Cramer said the same is true with Washington’s desire to break up big tech. When you see bad headlines, that’s your signal to start buying.
Nobody likes monopolies. Without competition, big business has no incentive to improve and consumers ultimately pay the price. But are Apple (AAPL) – Get Report, Amazon (AMZN) – Get Report, Facebook (FB) – Get Report and Alphabet (GOOGL) – Get Report really monopolies? Cramer thinks not.
While it’s true that our nation is in the middle of a small business apocalypse, it wasn’t caused by big tech. Cramer said Facebook not only has plenty of competition from Twitter (TWTR) – Get Report, Snap (SNAP) – Get Report and TikTok, it’s also providing a lifeline for millions of small businesses to set up shop and advertise online.
Apple, too, has been a champion for small business, creating millions of software jobs and tens of millions of applications we all use every day. Access to Apple’s ecosystem is worth every penny, Cramer said.
Speaking of Google, Cramer said if the government were to separate Google search from YouTube, Google Health, Waymo and its other parts, the stock would actually go up, as the sum of Alphabet’s parts far exceed its value as a single entity.
America’s big technology companies are a national treasure, Cramer concluded, and that’s why they should be bought on weakness, and not sold on negative news out of Washington.
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Executive Decision: Levi Strauss
In his first “Executive Decision” segment, Cramer spoke with Chip Bergh, president and CEO of Levi Strauss (LEVI) – Get Report, the apparel maker that just posted a surprise eight-cents-a-share earnings beat when analysts were expecting a 22-cent loss. Shares of Levi surged 5% by the close.
Bergh said that while overall revenues have been lower during the pandemic, there are still areas of growth. He said the trend of “casualization” continues as more people work outside of the office and denim is still a bigger category than athleisure.
Bergh added that Levi has seen years of digitalization plans compressed into a short period of time. Online sales are booming, up over 50%, as are new options like buying online and shipping from stores or utilizing curbside pickup options.
Levi is also supporting the secondhand denim market, buying back used products and reselling them. Bergh noted the secondhand market is very popular with younger consumers and is already a $30 billion opportunity. That number is expected to double to $60 billion in the coming years.
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Executive Decision: BioReference Labs
For his second “Executive Decision” segment, Cramer also spoke with Dr. Jon Cohen, executive chairman of BioReference Labs, the COVID testing provider that is a part of Opko Health (OPK) – Get Report.
BioReference Labs is the sole testing provider for both the NBA and NFL sports franchises. Cohen said that they have performed over 150,000 tests for the NBA, which is operating in a bubble in Florida. They’ve also conducted almost half a million tests for the NFL, which is operating in multiple cities across the nation.
Cohen explained that while some have criticized his company for false positives, in reality, they have implemented new protocols that automatically quarantine and retest borderline cases. That procedure, he said, has been working well as an extra step in keeping everyone safe.
In regards to the NFL, Cohen added that they are likely moving to daily testing for everyone involved, especially given how long the incubation period is before positive results appear.
Executive Decision: Exact Sciences
For his final “Executive Decision” segment, Cramer checked in Kevin Conroy, president, chairman and CEO of Exact Sciences (EXAS) – Get Report, makers of Cologuard, the colon cancer screening test that replaces traditional colonoscopies for some people.
Conroy said that cancer remains the second largest killer in our country, claiming 600,000 people a year. Yet despite those numbers, most people are still not tested for most cancers. That’s why the early data from their multi-cancer screening test is so important. It can detect up to six cancers 84% of the time with very low false-positive rates.
Conroy added that without proper screening, most people only find out about their cancers in the late stages, when it’s too late for treatment. Access to screening is vital, he said.
Exact Sciences is also active in COVID-19 testing. Conroy said his company has tested hundreds of thousands of people in all 50 states and he couldn’t be more proud of his team and the diagnostic industry which is stepping up to help their communities.
Even China’s Economy is Better
In his “No-Huddle Offense” segment, Cramer cited the Latin phrase res ipsa loquitur, which means “the thing speaks for itself.”
The U.S. saw more new COVID-19 cases Wednesday than countries like Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan and South Korea have seen in the entire course of the pandemic. The reason? Their governments told everyone to wear a mask… and they did.
Cramer said President Trump may indeed feel “20 years younger” after contracting COVID-19, but the president was given world-class healthcare and an experimental drug that’s not widely available to the public. Trump’s refusal to embrace masks has cost us as a country, Cramer said, and now even China’s economy is stronger than ours.
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