Currency game isn't about minor moves
With the dollar deflated, major US brands are cheaper than ever -- and forward-thinking foreign companies realize it.
Why is this so important? Because Sara Lee is also Kimberly-Clark (KMB), which is also Clorox (CLX), which is also Heinz (HNZ), which is also Kellogg (K) -- big brands that need better homes than they have. And they can be bought because the dollar is weak and the people who don't think small want these brands as a way to move beyond their home markets.
They look at all of the billions spent to make these brands famous. They walk through the aisles of supermarkets in their home countries, and they know that they are ripe for the taking because the acquirers' currencies are strong and ours is weak.
That's why I could not care less if the dollar moves a penny or two vs. the euro. I care much more about the attraction these conglomerates in foreign countries have for us.
Consider Clorox. It blew the quarter for certain. It has a game plan that could give it a way out, but it has struggled to execute.
Do you think there is some Brazilian capitalist or Australian company or even a European one that doesn't think about currency every minute, that doesn't think, "Hmmm, big brand, little stock"?
Because that's what's really happening today. I watched the morning shows, and all that mattered was the euro going up or down fractionally.
What matters is that when one of the worst of the U.S. brands stagnates, someone from a country stronger than ours -- whether it be Brazil and Sara Lee or China and GNC -- doesn't look at the futures, it looks at the future.
At the time of publication, Cramer had no positions in the securities mentioned.
Follow Cramer's trades for his Charitable Trust.
MORE ON MSN MONEY
Copyright © 2013 Microsoft. All rights reserved.
Quotes are real-time for NASDAQ, NYSE and AMEX. See delay times for other exchanges.
Fundamental company data and historical chart data provided by Thomson Reuters (click for restrictions). Real-time quotes provided by BATS Exchange. Real-time index quotes and delayed quotes supplied by Interactive Data Real-Time Services. Fund summary, fund performance and dividend data provided by Morningstar Inc. Analyst recommendations provided by Zacks Investment Research. StockScouter data provided by Verus Analytics. IPO data provided by Hoover's Inc. Index membership data provided by SIX Financial Information.
Try as the bears might, they couldn't break U.S. stocks. But investors still face frothy prices and considerable headwinds.
VIDEO ON MSN MONEY
Top Stocks provides analysis about the most noteworthy stocks in the market each day, combining some of the best content from around the MSN Money site and the rest of the Web.
Contributors include professional investors and journalists affiliated with MSN Money.
Follow us on Twitter @topstocksmsn.