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Lightning Round: Pepsico, Yahoo!, Starwood Hotels and More

Brigham Exploration : Don’t buy, Cramer said. Go with Chevron and its 3.7% dividend yield instead. Investors who want natural gas should consider Chesapeake Energy’s preferred shares.

Hartford Financial : Sell HIG, Cramer said. Travelers and Prudential Financial are better plays.

SandRidge Energy : “That stock’s been … just awful,” Cramer said. After two bad quarters in a row, he can’t get behind SD.

Medifast : Cramer said he’d rather see investors in Weight Watchers WTW.

Starwood Hotels : Cramer is bullish on HOT, telling investors to consider buying it on Thursday’s dip.

Yahoo! : Hold on to YHOO, Cramer said. He thinks CEO Carol Bartz could turn the company around.

J.C. Penney :Home Depot or Urban Outfitters would make a better pick, Cramer said.

Strayer Education : Cramer thinks the federal government could cause problems for these for-profit schools, so he won’t endorse STRA.

Pepsico : “I think that is one of the best buys out there,” Cramer said.

When this story published, Cramer’s charitable trust owned Home Depot and Prudential Financial.

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