Cramer Remix: This stock has engineered the greatest turnaround story of our era

  • CNBC's Jim Cramer reveals how Bausch Health has put together an amazing comeback.
  • The "Mad Money" host also sits down with the CEO of Zebra Technologies.
  • In the lightning round, Cramer gives a bad review to the Netflix of China.

In an uncertain investing environment, CNBC's Jim Cramer likes to highlight "the best of the best" of the "slowdown plays," or stocks that do well in a weaker economy.

So, on Tuesday, the "Mad Money" host profiled the turnaround at Bausch Health Companies, the drugmaker formerly known as Valeant Pharmaceuticals. Under the leadership of Chairman and CEO Joe Papa, Bausch has undergone what Cramer said "may be the greatest turnaround story of this particular era."

Shares of Bausch, which changed its name from Valeant in July 2018, have more than tripled from their April 2017 lows. The company's latest quarterly report handily beat expectations on earnings and revenue, with organic revenue growth in all of its segments.

"How did Papa do it? First, he told us that he was going to start cleaning up the hideous balance sheet," Cramer said. "Second, he explained that Valeant really did have an attractive pipeline of new drugs, they just needed to double down on developing the good ones. Third, he had to … motivate the staff. It was an incredibly dispirited workforce."

The CEO's hard work has already paid off, but according to Cramer, Bausch's stock is "not done" and is "dirt-cheap" at its current price-to-earnings multiple of seven times next year's earnings estimates.

"The bottom line? Joe Papa has orchestrated an amazing comeback at Bausch Health. The results speak for themselves, which is why I believe, in the end, this story has more room to run," the "Mad Money" host said.

Don't give up on FAANG

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Cramer is tired of seeing negative Wall Street coverage suffocate the stocks of Apple and FANG, his acronym for Facebook, Amazon, Netflix and Google, now Alphabet.

"Perhaps the most maligned" of them all is Apple, shares of which fell below their 200-day moving average on Tuesday as they dragged on the broader market, Cramer said.

"The stock has been getting shelled lately, down $41 from its highs, and it shows no sign of stabilizing," he said. "I can see how [buying] Apple here might feel like jumping in front of a speeding freight train."

But analysts, who have been peppering the iPhone maker's stock with downgrades, may be overlooking the possibility that Apple anticipated some sales weakness when it reported earnings on Nov. 1, he said.

Click here for his full analysis.

Slowdown signals?

A pedestrian walks outside the Federal Reserve Bank building in Washington.
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A pedestrian walks outside the Federal Reserve Bank building in Washington.

The Federal Reserve needs to take note of the economic forces already weighing on the U.S. economy before it plans more rate hikes for 2019, Cramer argued after yet another wild trading session on Wall Street.

"It's important to recognize that the most important inputs ... for future inflation are already going lower, not higher. It'd be crazy to ignore that," he said Tuesday. "While I think [Fed Chair Jerome] Powell's been mistaken in his approach, he's not crazy. The man is prudent — there's no reason for him to be rash, especially not with the deflationary impact of the strong dollar helping him."

As the strong dollar squeezes global companies' profits because overseas currencies are translated into fewer dollars, higher interest rates are crimping domestic demand for real estate, Cramer warned.

"We've seen steady deceleration in real estate and construction projects at a host of banks. American Electric Power, ... the biggest utility in the country, talked about a downtick in activity," he said. "We know that housing starts and housing sales are just abysmal. And while Home Depot assured us of stronger sales, it acknowledged that housing is slowing."

Click here for his full take.

The chart master's top 2018 trades

Craig Hubbs loads wood into his truck at a The Home Depot store in Kill Devil Hills in the Outer Banks of North Carolina on September 11, 2018. 
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Craig Hubbs loads wood into his truck at a The Home Depot store in Kill Devil Hills in the Outer Banks of North Carolina on September 11, 2018. 

When the stock market is this volatile, Cramer likes to use technical analysis to get a better read on the investment landscape.

With Wall Street awaiting the Fed's decision on whether it will pause or continue hiking interest rates after December, companies are facing a binary outcome, he said: either the Fed pauses after the widely anticipated December hike and 2019's earnings results are more or less safe, or it doesn't, and cyclical companies are likely suffer.

But even "in a confusing and volatile market, there are still trades that have worked year-in and year-out for decades," Cramer said Tuesday as stocks ticked up after a brutal Monday sell-off.

For more on that, he turned to Larry Williams, a legendary technician with over 50 years of experience trading futures, commodities and stocks. Cramer called Williams, who has also written 11 books, created numerous technical indicators and runs the website IReallyTrade.com, a "chart master."

Click here for Williams' top two trades for the end of the year.

Zebra Technologies CEO talks China

Anders Gustafsson, CEO, Zebra Technologies with Jim Cramer on "Mad Money."
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Anders Gustafsson, CEO, Zebra Technologies with Jim Cramer on "Mad Money."

Zebra Technologies, a maker of high-tech printers, barcode scanners and other types of trackers and mobile devices, is fielding possibilities of moving some of its supply hubs out of China, CEO Anders Gustafsson told Cramer on Tuesday.

"We have a team, cross-functional team, that is looking at all ways that we can mitigate," he said in an exclusive interview. "What's been announced, so the first three lists, impacts only a very limited number of our products."

Even so — and despite the fact that Zebra has nearly 50 percent market share in its space, according to Gustafsson — the company is exploring ways to shift production away from the center of the Trump administration's target on trade.

"We're looking at things all the way from moving supply chains out of China to sourcing components elsewhere," the CEO told Cramer. "We're looking at including pricing. That's also on the table."

Click here to watch Gustafsson's full interview.

Lightning round: Netflix of China?

In Cramer's lightning round, he sped through his take on callers' favorite stocks:

Iqiyi Inc.: "I have enough problems with the Netflix of America. I don't need the Netflix of China. We are going to say don't buy."

Linde PLC: "It's going to be a powerhouse [when the Praxair deal closes]. I happen to love industrial gases and I happen to like Linde very much. I would take advantage of this decline. Not all at once, please. Do some buying."

Disclosure: Cramer's charitable trust owns shares of Apple, Facebook, Amazon and Alphabet.

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