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Cramer: How to Play Chinese IPOs

Friday, 10 Jun 2011 | 6:28 PM ET

Despite the fact that he dislikes the Chinese market, Cramer believes there is money to be made in Chinese initial public offerings – if home gamers play their cards right.

Cramer's Market Game Plan
The pain is not going to stop until the facts change for the better, says Mad Money host Jim Cramer. "We need to watch for anything that might make us feel like things are getting better," he adds.

Over the last 12 months, three of the four best first day performers on the NASDAQ were Chinese IPOs – Youku.com, Qihoo 360 Technology and ChinaCache International Holdings.

But the “Mad Money” host cautioned that Chinese stocks usually make terrible investments. They tend to be “destroyers of wealth” because the government does not have enough regulatory frame work to make owning the stocks safe.

“There’s very little corporate governance, informal auditing, and of course, the prospect of government intervention since, remember, it's still officially a communist country,” he added.

So how can home gamers capitalize on Chinese IPOs without taking too much risk?

“You will only make money in these stocks if you get in on the deal,” Cramer noted. “The IPO price is the only price worth paying.”

But these are not stocks to own. According to Cramer’s research, the Chinese IPOs get a pop that lasts a day, but after that it’s downhill. He said the only way to speculate safely is by getting in on the deal and then selling within the first couple of days.

As for non-IPO stocks, Cramer is sticking to his guns and only recommending Baidu , China’s version of Google , as an investment. He thinks the Chinese market is in bear mode until at least September, when he suspects the interest rates may be tightened. If home gamers are looking for another play, he suggests Louisville, Ky.-based restaurant company Yum! Brands, which owns KFC. KFC, Cramer said, is highly popular in China.

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