Cramer's Mad Money Recap 10/6: Dow, General Motors

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Why did stock open sharply lower this morning? Jim Cramer told his Mad Money viewers he struggled to find a reason that explained the weakness. Yes, there were some negative headlines out of Europe and Asia, but nothing new that would have a real impact on U.S. companies. On fact, most of the market’s biggest problems are manmade, Cramer said, and those are the easiest to solve.

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If we had the political will, for example, we could solve the looming debt ceiling standoff with the stroke of a pen. Lowering oil prices is as easy as opening the strategic reserves.

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None of these things affect the earnings of Dow Chemical or General Motors , two great companies that gave investors positive outlooks for the future. Cramer said it’s ludicrous that GM trades for just nine times earnings, and shares of Dow should be markedly higher as well. Both of these companies are committed to shareholders and have gotten religion when it comes to the environment.

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That’s why after weeks of carnage in the market, where every rally turned into a trap, Cramer said it’s time to start having some conviction on down openings like Wednesday’s. If your investing theses are still intact, it might be time to start doing some buying when the market gets hit next.

Executive Decision: Marvell Technology

In his first “Executive Decision” segment, Cramer spoke with Matt Murphy, president and CEO of Marvell Technology, the semiconductor company that just wrapped up its annual investor day. Shares of Marvell closed up 7.34% Wednesday at $63.75 and are up 34% year-to-date.

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Murphy said Marvell is completing its five-year investment plan and now finds itself in the exciting position of being a leader in 5G wireless, automative and high-performance computing. The cloud is in the middle of a long-term secular growth trend, he added, and Marvell is in the “sweet spot” of cloud-optimized silicon that will help drive that growth for years to come.

When asked about the automative sector and the many chip shortages there, Murphy explained that Marvell is busy building the next generation of chips for autos, those that will provide networking, storage and computing for autos with even more capabilities than we see today. Marvell had zero automative business just a few years ago, but now has $100 million in revenue from that industry.

Executive Decision: Constellation Brands

For his second “Executive Decision” segment, Cramer also spoke with Bill Newlands, chairman, president and CEO of Constellation Brands , the beer, wine and spirits company that just raised forecasts despite running into headwinds this quarter. Shares of Constellation current trade at 18 times earnings.

Newlands said that despite rising commodity prices and a one-time charge on their hard seltzer business, Constellation was still able to raise their guidance thanks to the growth profile of all of their brands. For example, the beer market remains flat in the U.S., but Constellation is still taking market share and saw 8% growth in the quarter.

When asked about the disappointment with seltzer, Newlands explained that everyone seemed to overestimate the growth in this hot new category. Seltzer seemed to hit a wall over the past eight weeks, however, which prompted the write-down. Seltzer will be an important part of Constellation’s portfolio, he said, but at a lower growth rate going forward.

Newlands also commented on Constellation’s share buy-back program. He said despite the headwinds, the company remains committed to returning $5 billion to shareholders and is already about 60% complete in its efforts.

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