Why Citi Won’t Repeat JPMorgan’s Success

Don’t think JPMorgan Chase’s stellar quarter on Friday means investors will see similar results from Citigroup on Tuesday, Cramer said during “Stop Trading.”

JPMorgan’s results were a product on higher net-interest margin, or the difference between the interest rate it pays on its deposit accounts and the rate it charges for loans, something that Citi has less exposure to. Cramer doubted the latter bank would report strength in this area on par with JPM.

“I don't want them to be surprised when they don't hear that Citi's as good as JPMorgan,” Cramer said.

One bank with good exposure to a wider net-interest margin is PNC Financial , which Cramer said was his favorite bank stock to own right now. He also likes Bank of America because investors had sold the stock down to bargain levels, as well as for its vast housing inventory. But he worried that BAC most recently had run too much going into the quarter, and therefore could trade flat for awhile before heading higher.

Cramer wondered what took a Citigroup analyst so long to upgrade MGM Mirage to “hold” from “sell” when he’s been bullish on the stock for months. He thinks MGM is headed to $20.

And lastly, Cramer remains bullish on the semiconductors. He likes Intel , he said, though many investors don’t seem to share his view.

When this story published, Cramer’s charitable trust owned Bank of America, Intel, JPMorgan Chase and PNC Financial.

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