Sometimes Jim Cramer tells a caller that he needs to do homework before he can make a decision on a stock. And he's not kidding.
Following is Cramer's research or homework on stocks recently called to his attention by investors who watch the TV show.
On March 17th, Michael in Illinois asked about Inovio, then on Thursday's Lightning Round, Chris in New York asked about the same name.
"I don't know enough about this stock to opine," said Cramer at the time. "I need to do some homework."
Fortunately Cramer is a quick study. In a day's time, he's learned that Inovio is a small biotech company that has run from about $0.50/share a year ago to well over $3/share today.
Largely the gains are pegged to the promise of vaccines made by the company that are used in the treatment of cancers and infectious diseases. "The company's SynCon technology enables vaccines to protect patients from changing strains of pathogens, including influenza and HIV. And the clinical programs include cervical dysplasia, avian influenza, prostate cancer, leukemia, Hep C and HIV. "
Cramer always says "Mad Money" viewers are among the smartest investors that he knows. And this is no exception. He thinks viewers have found a potential buy.
"I believe that the pipeline breadth makes Inovio an interesting spec," he said. But, as with every spec play, Cramer also added a word of caution. "If you go into this stock, you must realize it's a bet on a very early stage pipeline and the bet could go wrong."