Cramer Reviews 2007 Into 2008 (AUY, ABX, BMRN, HAL, AAPL, MO, SVNT, RIMM, GOOG, AMZN, RAD, LVLT, NYX, CSCO)

On tonight’s MAD MONEY on CNBC, Jim Cramer kicked off 2008 by being somewhat cautious on the volatility in 2008.  Cramer said he wants to Add gold to the portfolio  with Barrick Gold (NYSE: ABX) for speculative gold and Yamana (NYSE:AUY) growth gold.  Cramer did review TOP 9 PICKS FOR 2007 and showed that if you contain your losses you can make money since the 9 picks he said were up 16% collectively.  He wants to contain losses and let the winners win:

  • Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) is one he wants to stick with.  Halliburton (NYSE:HAL) is another one he wants to stick with as well as it underperformed the sector.  Altria (NYSE:MO) beat the averages and he likes the management there.
  • Rite Aid (NYSE:RAD) was a horrible loser with -53% and Level 3 Communications (NASDAQ:LVLT) was down by -49%, but they did both rise substantially before rising.  Both had bad balance sheets and that was an omen he won’t try to repeat.Goldman Sachs (NYSE:GS) as a company only rose 8% because of the financial stocks, despite that it won in the entire group.  NYSE Euronext (NYSE: NYX) was the worst one with a horrible loss.  Cheap technology companies don’t work and that ended up being the case with Cisco Systems (NASDAQ: CSCO). 
  • Cramer said that the market is just too fickle to make year-end predictions in companies.  So with an election and a crazy market he is not going to play that game.

Cramer did say that BIOTECH is the sector to speculate in during 2008, although he notes that with large rewards you can expect large risk.  He noted that his pick of Savient (NASDAQ:SVNT) and then the trade out into BioMarin (NASDAQ:BMRN) turned more than a 70% gainer there.

If you want to see our consolidated summary with our top Cramer coverage with all of his various lists of 2007 stocks that are being updated in the coming days you can see that here.  This morning he said that he sees agriculture and solar continuing to win, and his best sector for 2008 was just listed as oil & gas.  He also said he wouldn’t be a seller of Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) because of the 30% earnings growth that only a handful of companies have; he’s still positive on three of his Four Horsemen of Tech Research-in-Motion (NASDAQ:RIMM) and Google (NASDAQ:GOOG), although he’d sell (NASDAQ:AMZN) above $100.00.

Jon C. Ogg
January 2, 2008