What the heck is going on when somehow a better economy means that investors should sell stocks? Jim Cramer is seriously confused as to why the market closed down on Monday on fears of growth and the idea that higher interest rates could be right around the corner.
"We've had many a Fed in the past that would have raised rates multiple times already based just on employment, and I think that would have crushed our growth and strangled the nascent economic rebirth post the great recession, However, this Fed, led by Janet Yellen, has actually been very smart," Cramer said.
The flaw in this argument is that the Fed isn't going to just raise rates dramatically at the closest whim of good employment numbers. It has said over and over again that it is data dependent.
It is not just taking into consideration employment; it also looks at inflation, industrial production, wages and other items such as the health of the global economy.
"Now, if the Fed took rates up to those levels in a straight line, I think that could pose a real problem for the stock market. However, it's highly unlikely to actually happen," said the "Mad Money" host.
Cramer anticipates that while rates may rise eventually, they will do so gradually. Especially given how prudent the Fed has been so far.
Now that the price of crude has rebounded back up to $52, Cramer wants to know whether black gold has reached a rally that is sustainable, or will it make a staggering decline back down into the $40s?
"That is a huge question for this market, especially since the make-or-break point for so many oil companies is roughly $45 a barrel, just $8 below the current price of crude," said the "Mad Money" host.
At the time, Boroden also provided two signals that would indicate a bottom in oil. First, if the WTI five-day exponential moving average crossed above its 13-day exponential moving average, that would be a bullish signal.
So while oil has been extremely volatile lately Boroden thinks that the dark days of oil could be behind us, in the form of an oil bottom on Jan. 29, and it could keep rallying higher.
"That's good news for the oil stocks, especially since just a couple of weeks ago we were worried that many of the marginal players might be in trouble," said Cramer.
Cramer has a memo to the board of directors at Twitter: Stop the insider selling. If not for the sake of Twitter stock, do it for your own portfolios!
The "Mad Money" host would like to see a moratorium on selling the stock for at least six months to a year, so that the board can show it believes in the stock again. The recent activity has created an enormous red flag, and it is counteracting the good news that has surrounded the stock recently.
"There's no reason for a rich guy like Jack Dorsey, the chairman, to necessarily sell 75,360 shares of stock as we just learned, or for CEO Dick Costolo to unload another 125,000 shares as was reported last week," Cramer said.
Cramer spent some time reminiscing about the legendary John Whitehead, who ran Goldman Sachs at the time that the "Mad Money" host worked there.
"I was a lowly associate, not even on the totem pole, but beneath it. He simply took me to go meet as many people as I could and go learn as much as I could, and he'd say I did a great job in case anyone asked. He had a twinkle in his smile, and I was pretty blown away. He could have asked me to run into brick walls for him and I would have," Cramer said.
During the time that Cramer worked there, the strategy was for the firm to provide the capital to get the first part of an order done, or to shorten the first part of the order if you were buying, and then to find "natural" buyer for the rest of the order.
If Cramer were running the firm today, he would fire someone for doing this. The immense risk that the firm was taking to execute in this style, is just plain suicidal in his opinion. That is why the "Mad Money" host always says to buy on the third day.
So while it may be nostalgic to look back at the passing of Whitehead, one must do so with an understanding that things change over time. The world is a different place, and the old ways of doing things won't be making a comeback.
Cramer also took the time to do some housekeeping on a few stocks that callers asked about previously, for which further research was to be done.
First, was Pembina Pipeline. After doing further research, Cramer decided that even though the stock has fallen 36 percent since the collapse of crude in September, that is simply because people do not understand the company.
The "Mad Money" host is willing to bless investors taking a small position of the stock here, though his favorite player in this space remains Kinder Morgan.
Next up was AllianceBernstein. Cramer discovered that the company has gone through significant transformation in the past six years, into a more diversified global player. However, he is concerned that fixed income products account for 56 percent of the company's assets. That is too much of a fixed income exposure in his opinion. He prefers better financials, such as Wells Fargo or Goldman Sachs.
In the Lightning Round, Cramer also gave his take on a few caller favorite stocks:
Bristol Myers: "This company is fine. You need to take a long-term view on it. I've been recommending that stock since before they merged with Squibb."
Tal International Group: "Leasing fleets has had a very big run, and a lot of people know that this is a good business. I don't know if it can sustain that, given the way that the transports are going. I would be careful. I say, don't buy."