Stop Trading!: Obama: Enemy of Stocks?
Web Editor, "Mad Money"
Wall Street seems to like AeroVironment as play on President Obama’s defense budget, but Cramer’s not so sure that’s a good idea anymore. The Mad Money host is worried the same shareholder-unfriendly approach the White House took toward Medicare, which hurt health-care stocks, could hurt the Pentagon as well.
“We’ve got to get over the idea that you can make money on the long side with Obama,” Cramer said during Monday’s Stop Trading!. “That has proven to be very difficult.”
Cramer recommended instead that investors preserve cash and assume a protective stance against any future White House moves.
In natural gas, Anadarko Petroleum might be the best-positioned, best-hedged and best-managed company in the sector, Cramer said, but that’s not enough keep the stock from declining. The whole nat-gas group is “under great distress,” Cramer said, because President Obama seems to discourage drilling and the use of this cleaner carbon fuel. As a result, APC has been forced to raise much-needed capital.
“If they’re raising money,” Cramer pointed out, “what does it say about the others in the business?”
Coal company Peabody Energy is in “freefall,” Cramer said. President Obama’s attitude toward coal seems to be much the same as natural gas right now, so BTU is taking a hit.
So, too, are Duke Energy and other utilities that have followed a coal mandate up until Obama entered the White House. And consumers of this energy will feel the pressure as well.
“There is a price to be paid,” Cramer said, “for being more clean.”
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