Mozilo “took advantage of an era,” Cramer said, one where subprime lending helped to fuel rampant home buying—and in the end, the eventual housing bust as those borrowers failed to replay their loans. “He understood the notion of giving mortgages to everybody. Unfortunately that was a mistake.”
“He was a chief purveyor of the era,” Cramer said, “and I think we all paid for his understanding of the era.”
Elsewhere in the market, J.P. Morgan is out with a note on how e-book gross margins are improving for Amazon.com . That in turn will improve the online retailer’s overall gross margin profile and most likely prompt analysts to raise their earnings estimates for the company. Cramer noted the importance of this report, saying, “Gross margins have been the determinate of where this stock trades.”
“Amazon remains a favorite of mine,” he said, “I still believe it is the premier retailer in this country.”
Cramer adjusted his previous tepid call on Google , made Thursday, saying the quarter showed strength in the search giant’s businesses that he hadn’t expected, especially in mobile advertising.
“I really think that Google is the mobile story,” Cramer said.
Finally, the Financial Select Sector SPDR usually brings down all its constituents stocks, but US Bancorp seems to be doing better. He credited the bank’s higher underwriting standards. He also said that Goldman Sachs “is beginning to become the leader in the banking game.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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