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Cramer's Calls on 3 Stocks

Friday, 4 Nov 2011 | 6:59 PM ET

When “Mad Money” viewers ask Cramer about a stock he’s not familiar with, he will research it before making a call. In the past week, viewers brought up three names Cramer had to do a little homework on. On Friday, he shared his opinion on each of them.

Cramer's Homework on Three Stocks
Mad Money host Jim Cramer, does his homework on Fusion-io, Banner Corp., and Telefonica Brazil, and answers viewer mail.

Fusion-IO : This technology company makes computer expansion cards for the fast-growing server-flash storage space. When the company reported earnings on Wednesday, it posted 32 percent sequential growth in its core business with 175 percent revenue growth. Its results far surpassed its competitors in big data. The problem, Cramer said, is that its stock has gone through the roof. For those that own it, he would take profits. Otherwise, he recommends investors interested in this space go with EMC because he thinks it’s a less volatile play on big data.

Banner : This is a small bank that operates in Washington State, Cramer said. It’s done a good job of turning itself around lately with improved credit quality and growth in deposits. Nevertheless, Cramer remains bearish on the banking sector and would avoid this name, too.

Telefonica Brazil : This is the second-largest wire-line phone company in Brazil, as well as its largest provider of wireless communications. While landline telephones are in decline, the company benefits from its wirelesss segment, as well as data and Internet businesses. Its stock pays a huge dividend that yields 10 percent, but Cramer thinks its dividend coverage looks pretty tight. He’s not sure how much longer it can last. For those interested in phone companies, he would rather go with AT&T or Verizon .

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