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Mad Mail: Is Owens-Illinois a Buy?

Booyah Jim: Back in the spring you highlighted Owens-Illinois. I began monitoring this stock and saw the stock price get killed when the natural gas prices exploded. Now that prices have eased, I would have thought OI would have drifted upward. However, just the opposite is the case. It appears to be trading at just a little over 8 times estimated 2008 earnings. Is this stock a buy here, or are other factors that I'm missing keeping this stock down? --Joe

Cramer says: “There is a little bit of a demand problem, but you’re absolutely right in terms of raw costs. I’m looking at it again for my charitable trust. It’s just too darn cheap. But I have to tell you, it is chilling to see some of these stocks that are owned by hedge fund managers, and that one’s heavy, the way they plummet. I think there’s real value there. We should call the CEO and get him back on.”

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Hey Jim: I would like to know your opinion on Best Buy. Now that they sell the iPhone and have a recent expansion into Russia, do you think they would be a good buy? Love the show. I've just gotten into it, so don't quit anytime soon! --Timmy

Cramer says: “I believe that there’s a resurgence in retail coming. I’ve been suggesting Lowe’s, Home Depot, Urban Outfitters. I believe that Sears has had a turn after that last quarter. Best Buy’s pretty good. I think those others are better. I really think that people should stay close to Sears. Because if they get a turn there, then Eddie Lampert will be vindicated.”

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Hi Jim!: Booyah! I am a new investor, and I love your show as well as your books! I was wondering what you thought about ConAgra Foods. It lowered its earnings guidance and its price has dropped because of it. On the bright side, it has a pretty high yield. Is this a good buying opportunity? Thanks for all of your investment advice! --Marla in Ohio

Cramer says: “We do not own food stocks for yield. We own them for growth. ConAgra…that guy is a very good guy who’s running it but he has got the worst raw costs other than Tyson Foods. I do not want you in ConAgra.” Campbell Soup, which reported a good quarter Thursday, is a better pick.





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