Market is surprising to the upside

And that's not what's supposed to be happening right now.

By Jim Cramer Aug 21, 2012 9:43AM

Just when you think that there should be land mines, or questionable days you had marked on your calendar, you are getting pleasantly surprised.

 

Right now I had marked that we should be ready for a Greek default. It is hard to imagine, but during the discussions about the last Greek bailout, the supposition was that Greece would fail to pay this week, which would cause Italian and Spanish bond yields to spike.

 

Where did that forecast get you? Yet it is entirely possible that people kept out of the market or hid in Treasurys waiting for this day to pass.

 

Or Urban Outfitters (URBN). I figured blah. No more than blah. Turnaround. Worried still about why Glenn Senk left or was pushed. Just seemed like a weak retail story after years of expecting good things. What can I say? We got great things, with direct to consumer and Free People doing well. Free People? Up 12%. The turn is not only complete, but URBN is becoming a leader once again, a three-headed leader that had previously lost its way.

 

One that I thought would have nothing but negative was Nordson (NDSN). Here's an American company with worldwide tech and industrial coatings businesses, just one of those companies that were supposed to miss, at least on sales and probably on earnings. It not only didn't miss, it reported superb earnings and sales in both units, with even Europe coming in strong.

 

Now, naysayers could say look at that shortfall at Tech Data (TECD) and think about that supermarket having all sorts of problems. But the commentary was quite positive, including decent growth in Europe. And while the company had no problems saying there was plenty of weakness, it also said currency and gross margin pressure -- not sales -- caused the shortfall.

 

Overall, you are simply getting surprised to the upside when you expect the downside, and that's not what's supposed to be happening right now.

 

Don't worry, we will soon hear the litany: low VIX, low volume and add in the horrible month of September -- isn't it always? -- and you will have enough to keep you out again.

 

Last night when I said good things about the market, I went on Twitter -- big mistake -- and saw many "now he goes positive" and "Cramer's bullish, time to short."

 

Boy, people can be morons. To bet against me has been to lose, except for in 1998, at least in terms of relative performance in the market. I started managing money in 1979. Last I looked, that's a long streak.

 

But it reminds me, again, that people want out in the worst way and that unless you are Peter Thiel dumping hundreds of millions of dollars in Facebook (FB) stock, you didn't get a great case to sell, at least coming into this morning.

 

 

Jim Cramer is a co-founder of TheStreet and contributes daily market commentary to the financial news network's sites. Follow his trades for Action Alerts PLUS, which Cramer co-manages as a charitable trust and has no positions in the stocks mentioned.

 


 

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Aug 21, 2012 11:23AM
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"Boy, people can be morons." - Cramer

 

...and you're "King Moron" Jimmy boy.  There have been many whom have tracked your "winning track record" Cramer, and lets just say, a blind monkey on crack throwing darts at stock charts could do better. You are truly at perfect fit at CNBC...shill corporate hack!

Aug 21, 2012 11:12AM
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The reason the market is up is anticipation of more QE.
Aug 21, 2012 10:32AM
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JIMMY BOY YOU BETTER STOP EATING THAT BS YOU ARE PUTTING OUT. ITS NOT GOOD FOR YOU!!! I HAVE MADE A LOT OF MONEY SELLING WHEN YOU SAY BYE AND HOLDING WHEN YOU SAY SELL. PLEASE SHUT YOUR PIE HOLE YOU MORON.
Aug 21, 2012 9:51AM
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With governments everywhere PRINTING money, and interest rates being held at near zero, there are only really two places to invest, Specie and Stocks.  Normally Real Estate would be a good place too, but it is too heavily taxed to profit from anymore.

Thus the only places to park money and not have its value destroyed by government is Stocks and Specie.  Both will do well.  Stay  out of cash and bonds.  Stocks will more higher!
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