CNBC’s Jim Cramer said Wednesday that Estee Lauder is doing well in China amid trade tensions, thanks to millennials.
The stock took a bit of a roller coaster ride in May – selling for as high as $174 and as low as $160 as U.S.-Sino trade talks took a negative turn – and settled just shy of $170 at Wednesday’s close.
The cosmetics company showed strength in China in its May 1 earnings report, which prompted Telsey Advisory Group to increase its price target by $5 to $195.
“The only American company that I think is doing really fine in China is Estee Lauder,” the “Mad Money” host said, “and they’re in the consumer packaged goods space so that’s about what you’d expect in a slowdown with customers worldwide, including China, in the selfie generation.”
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Investors are betting the economy is slowing and a recession is on the way, Cramer said.
That explains the defensive stock rallies in PepsiCo (1.80%), Kimberly-Clark (1.57%) and Hershey (2.16%) during the session, he said, along with the roughly 5% surge in cloud stocks Salesforce and Okta.
The stocks outperformed the major indexes, which all posted gains under 1%.
“[Defensive stocks] can do just fine during a slowdown,” the host said.
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Cramer suggested that investors should take a chance on FleetCor and be patient, as the financial technology play could turn out to be a “terrific investment.”
FleetCor, the Georgia-based workforce payment provider, is more than $25 per share off its May high and trades at 19-times 2020 earnings estimates. At about $251 per share, Cramer said it’s cheap given its growth rate.
“FleetCor has a superb long-term story, and the fintech stocks are very hot,” he said. “The stock could pull back a little more. I think you have to be prepared to buy it on the way down, particularly if the price of oil keeps falling.”
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Anaplan, the software company that’s focused on connecting communities of people with data to improve decision-making across enterprises, has found the financial planning space to be great for business, CEO Frank Calderoni told Cramer.
“We’re in a great space,” he said. “If you look at connected planning, it’s in a space that really hasn’t been addressed in such a long time, so [there’s] a tremendous amount of opportunity for us.”
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Cramer’s lightning round: Moderna is speculative, but I like them
In Cramer’s lightning round, the “Mad Money” host zips through his thoughts on callers’ stock picks of the day.
Moderna: “I’m gonna tell you to stick with it, it is speculative. I like them very much.”
Cedar Fair: “Yeah, I like Cedar Fair. I know, look. The group is down … I like this much more than Six Flags. I think Six Flags is bringing them all down though. “
Mirati Therapeutics: Sell. “Play with the houses money.”
Disclosure: Cramer’s charitable trust owns shares of Salesforce.com.
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