3 stories to combat the gloom
There is another economy, one that's robust and not seeing a slowdown, and these names showcase it.
I'm talking about Dominion Resources (D), American Tower (AMT) and Kimco Realty (KIM). We selected these companies last night to come on "Mad Money" in order to give a sample of the other economy, the one that's robust and not seeing a slowdown. It's the economy that's seeing an uptick, and I don't think it's all that ephemeral.
Let's start with Dominion. Here's a power company that has connected 20% more lines than it did last year, one of the best year-over-year comparisons it has ever seen. It's a company that, despite weather that's unfavorable to power use, has still achieved that number basically because of growth in lines to people and small business. The company has got a data center business that's the strongest in the U.S. because it is known for its cheap and reliable power. It has a network of pipelines to bring cheap natural gas in from Pennsylvania and Ohio, the Marcellus and the Utica Shales.
Plus, it's getting permits to convert an inbound import facility for natural gas to an export facility, as Cheniere (LNG) is doing. Dominion will put 5,000 people to work after it gets the approvals.
To me that's just a growth story, plain and simple -- from a utility. That's not to mention its 3.9% dividend yield that gets raised year over year. If people thought of Dominion instead of Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF) or Zynga (ZNGA) or Facebook (FB) or Bank of America (BAC), they would love the stock market.
Now let's turn to Kimco. Here's a shopping center company that was supposed to be left for dead by Amazon (AMZN). Instead, not only has that moment passed, but the retailers in its centers all embrace the Web. It augments their brick-and-mortar businesses. Kimco is actually in a position wherein it has very few empty spaces, less than 6%, and is very close to pre-recession levels. It raises rates regularly. Kimco is a nationwide real-estate investment trust, and it encompasses all levels of commerce. Plus, it, like Dominion, has been able to refinance debt at low coupon rates. That alone has enhanced cash flow.
Kimco is simply a great American story, and it yields at 3.8%, even at the stock's 52-week high.
Finally, there's one of the greatest long-term growth stories out there, American Tower. By the way, this is the only company I follow that is moving aggressively into international markets because it is taking advantage of weakened competitors and sewing up gigantic markets such as Brazil and India.
The tower market is fabulous. Once you have a tower, you can load it up with as many transponders as you want, making it so that the gross margins fly on all the additional revenue. Every iteration of G -- 3G, 4G and now 5G -- requires more transponders, and you get more rent. It's a constant stream worldwide that's is growing, and I can't see any end to it.
With gigantic cash flow, an ability to grow and return capital, and a domestic oligopoly with CrownCastle (CCI) and SBA Communications (SBAC), American Tower has more runway here than it can handle. But that's nothing compared with its international opportunities. Oh, and by the way, while India's power went out, American Tower didn't go down. It has a generator with every tower. It was probably the only thing that worked there!
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 stocks mentioned.
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''If people thought of Dominion instead of Abercrombie & Fitch or Zynga or Facebook or Bank of America, they would love the stock market.''
Cramer is absolute scum. Is this guy for real? Maybe if you didn't recommend people buy FB on it's IPO only to watch it lose 50% people would love the stock market. And by the way for any thumbs down I have never taken any advice from this fool and am not in any way venting about poor investment decisions. He is just absolutely disgusting giving the advice he does and then making a comment like this. I feel sorry for anybody who takes his advice and really MSN, why do you allow this snake oil salesman to write articles on here? Have some integrity for crying out loud!
Cramer is a joke, two recommendations today came out. Hold CRM and buy LULU. really? What Cramer was saying is please buy and hold so I can exit.
It's joke that retail investors are being told by the so called experts to buy stocks like FB, LULU, CRM, AMZN and the list goes on and on.
AMZN 280 times earnings. Really? Only a crock can recommend a stock that these prices.
Retail investors should take their money out of the market and start investing in companies that look good and trade at 10 times earnings. If they are luck some of those companies will grow which will cause the price to go up. But right now the companies don't make money, they sell you higher and higher multiples of earnings. Nope.
Cramer is a crock. It's too bad that people make money stealing from had working people.
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