In this market environment, you need companies that you can count on despite what’s happening in Europe, “Mad Money” host Jim Cramer said Friday.
On Friday, he focused on McDonald’s .
“This is a superbly managed company with terrific execution, and it’s poised to have a great 2012 and a truly fantastic 2013, which is why the stock makes so much sense here,” Cramer said.
While 38 percent of the company’s sales come from Europe, he’s not worried about its exposure. He thinks it’s the kind of business that can survive just about anything. Plus, the stock held up incredibly well versus the rest of the market in 2008.
The company has been posting excellent numbers, with global same-store sales up 5 percent, Cramer said. McDonalds is also a consistent dividend raiser, recently giving investors a 15 percent dividend boost in October.
Most importantly, though, McDonald’s is ramping up its next leg of international growth in Asia Pacific, the Middle East and Africa. It is also accelerating its roll-out of new stores.
However, Cramer wouldn’t buy the stock right here, where it’s flirting with its 52-week high. He would wait for it to pull back first.
“Almost invariably, usually once a quarter, McDonald’s will have a month where they’re same-store sales numbers are weaker than expected and the stock will get pounded,” he said. “That’s when you have to buy, because it always bounces back."
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