The market threw us a curveball Tuesday, Jim Cramer told his Mad Money viewers. Today we learned from Chemical giant BASF that the global economy was slowing because of tariffs and trade, yet many of the go-to recession stocks plunged instead of rallied.
Cramer said stocks like PepsiCo (PEP – Get Report) and Procter & Gamble (PG – Get Report) have long been the stocks investors flock to when the economy is slowing. But today, they went in a different direction, choosing the fast-growing tech names over the slow-and-steady consumer packaged goods stocks.
Stocks don’t exist in a vacuum, Cramer concluded, the money needs to flow somewhere. So when bad news hits, if the money isn’t flowing into consumer goods, you can bet it’s headed toward technology.
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Executive Decision: IBM
For his “Executive Decision” segment, Cramer spoke with Ginni Rometty, chairman, president and CEO of IBM (IBM – Get Report) , and Jim Whitehurst, former CEO of Red Hat, which was officially acquired by IBM today.
Rometty said IBM’s $34 billion acquisition of Red Hat gives IBM the leading platform for hybrid cloud deployments. The deal allows Red Hat to grow in the 175 countries IBM operates in and it expands the market opportunities for IBM and its many services businesses.
When asked about their vastly different corporate cultures, Whitehurst explained that there are no plans to “merge” the two cultures, but rather to work in concert going forward. Each team will continue to do what they do best.
Finally, when asked about growing competition in the cloud space, Rometty noted that Red Hat’s platform works across all clouds and ultimately, that’s what IBM’s clients are looking for, one solution that can be deployed to a number of different locations.
Executive Decision: Wex
Smith explained that companies like Expedia (EXPE – Get Report) , they can’t afford to handle the tens of thousands of payments from customers to hotels and airlines, so Wex handles those payments on their behalf, providing both technology and payment processing.
Wex also has a fuel-related business that uses a mobile app to speed transactions and eliminate fraud for corporate fleet vehicles.
On the consumer side of their business, Wex handles virtual card payments for applications like flexible medical spending accounts, ensuring that purchases qualify for those special-use functions.
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Off the Charts: Online Retail
In the “Off The Charts” segment, Cramer checked in with colleague Tim Collins over the charts of four companies challenging Amazon in online retail: Etsy (ETSY – Get Report) , Lululemon Athletica (LULU – Get Report) , Pinterest (PINS) and Stitch Fix (SFIX – Get Report) .
Collins first looked at a daily chart of Etsy, which has been trading sideways for the past four months, a pattern he said that makes the stock a coiled spring. Collins liked the stochastics, which just saw a bullish crossover.
Next, Collins looked at Lululemon, noting the rising wedge pattern that has a ceiling at $190 a share that will likely be taken out soon. He was also a fan of Pinterest, which also just saw a bullish crossover in its stochastics.
Finally, Collins liked the flag pattern of Stitch Fix, suggesting the stock could be bought right here.
Lessons From My Pop
In his “No-Huddle Offense” segment, Cramer offered up some of the wisdom shared by his father, “Pop” who would have been 97 years old today.
Cramer recalled how Pop was a middleman, selling paper products to retailers that were too small to deal with the paper mills directly. For years, Pop’s business thrived until Walmart (WMT – Get Report) came to town and targeted these small, mom-and-pop stores. At the time, Walmart was unbeatable — until the Internet came to town.
Shortly thereafter, the paper mills themselves came under fire, this time from subsidized Chinese paper products unfairly imported under the guise of free trade.
So for as much as things change, things also stay the same, Cramer concluded, as he wished Pop a happy 97th.
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