"mad money" starts now. hey, i'm cramer. welcome to "mad money." welcome to cramerica. other people want to make friends. i'm just trying to save you money. my job is not just to entertain, bu teach. call me e tweet me. today was the perfect illustration of the fact that panic is not a strategy, even though it certainly seems pretty but you can be paralyzed with fear, because oil comes down or interest rates are coming down, bank stocks are going down -- >> sell sell sell. or we can collectively roll up our sleeves and find out what high quality stocks are on sale simply because they're caught up in the marketwide selloff. today paid off after initially geing obliterated, the averages rebounded nicely, to close down 255 points, the nasdaq inching down just 0.39%. first let's get the negative going on. what's reay ailing the market is that all stocks trade together off of news that shouldn't produce such an homogenized output.
something is ailing the europe banks. so are european banks stocks ranked to go down? why not? they're acting hideously. it could be because they have more oil loans than we don't know about, , maybe just they're going downwnecause they're going down, ththindustry is collectively lying to us. they have all the huge exposure to european banks. in other words, peop are worried that there's systemic risk, that haven't yet happened again, and for the report might not happen at all again, but we have tore scared out of our wits, because that's what we did in 2011 and decided to sell everything, because the market went count 19%. there, that's the scenario. plus oil is going down. we have oil executives chatteringngbout how we'll have to put crude in swimming pools, because there's so little storage space left. i thought it was a funny comment. but the oil futures guy realize it's danrous to own oil. the market bounced somewhat when once again we heard press reports -- i could have said lies -- but that there might be an emergency opec meeting. that's after crude fell. its lowest level since 2003. the rumor was certainly right on
maybe the ststk market is right and d l is going higher, but every mor about production cutting has been wrong, so let's presume this one is, too. let's presume that oil could repeat the scenario, when it plummet fred almost exactly where it is now down to ten bucks in a very short period of time, january to march, that's right, 26 to 10 in less than three months. that would cause a lot of pain among banks. that makes sense, there is a lot of exposure. i'm not sugarcoating that, but let's stand everything on its head. let's leave crazy-town. we're going to walk over to non-crazy town. we aren't s&p 500 futures traders here. we're not trying to catch these intraday moves. we're not big hedge funds that are nimble, doing algorithms. we're trying to buy stocks of companies we like and prices we like, but didn't expect to get, because we didn't think this would be a marketwide sale. last night i said if the stock of disney were to go back to the low of '86, down from 122, you
things change, except it's more positive, more people go to the parks when gasoline is cheaper. if you followed that and bought disney, well you're already um four bucks, but that's not what we're in it for. we want you to hold it for maybe months, maybe years. how about procter & gamble? the darn thing just won't sell off. easily 1.6%, a 3.3% yield from a company that has a huge energy bill. suddenly they come up and you get a chance to buy into weakness. thank you deutsche bank, socgen, thank you jpmorgan. you can't afford to not buy pg at these levels. added bonus -- you know that super freaking strong dollar i'm always talking about. the exchange rate from the dollar and euro has come back down to where it was a year ago. the super freakin' strong dollar ain't super freakin' anymore, that's monstererood for procter. they do a lot of stuff around there. how about cisco? when cisco reported much better than expected quarter last night and boosted the different to the point where it gave you a 2.45%
rallied. all i can say is chuck roberts did a good job, but i want to thank the german banks, french and italian babas for giving a price to ciscocohat was positively insane. sometimes the market truly angers me. no matter how they tell you they're in huge trouble and big derivatives, the book of this and that, and they're going to fail, this darn mcdonald's stock won't come in. i mean, what the heck is that about? you get a stock that yields 3% and a hue beneficiararof a strong euro, plunging raw costs, and the darn thing won't sell off. i thought the declines would cause the s&p 500 to go down enough to get a bargain at mcdonald's, nah, i guess we'll have to rumor more german banks doing badly. it gives you a chance -- how about this j & j?
countries were indeed blowing up in remember, remembering the piigs? and all hell was breaking loose? these banks should have gone belly you have, but they regulate differently over there. they like, you know, give them a wink a a nod, the authoritieie look the other way, they let the poorly run totally lacking banks stay in business. now that these countries are all sol vent and the european bank is run by a smart guy, you think they don't have a plan to recapitalize every bank in trouble? they have genuine crony capitalism. they did it before when the banks were technically solvent, or bail them hoyt in some way that doesn't bring downwn the house. honestly.
i do know that the situation is ceding opportunities for those willllg to own individual stocks rather than flit in and out of the futures, which will be hit every time there's a rumor of a bank failure or oil goes down or some federal reserve officials says something crazy and all three of those will happen repeatedly. that's the kind of year it's shaping up to be. if you're a futures trader, then you have a lot more pain ahead. that's just the game. all right? you didn't get any ches off the checklist today, but if you buy the individual stock, i mentioned better prices and you own them for more than 45 minutes?
john in new york, please. >> calr: jim, bad day for the european banks. recently you recommended key bank. it's proposed a merger with first niagara bank, both of western new york banks, today paper quotes governor cuomo has joined the growing chorus of pool tick of the acquiuition. gogornor claims negativevempact with merger and threatening that legal acac are we going to socialism? >> i was surprised at that. we have banks so big you would think they would let beth mooney take over this bank and make it so it works. i don't like the financials now, i think that key represents real value. i was shocked at that. i didn't see it coming. i stililbelieve in key, but i am financials on n e show. i do think they have a alace in
wrong. let's go to mark in pennsylvania, please. >> hey, jim, i was wondering what you thought about nvcr, novacure. they have new w ncer treatments. i wanted to knkn where you think the stock is going. >> it's down 50%, it's a total spec, if you understand that, then you're find. this market is not kind to speculators, if you have that understanding and you want to go there, i'm not going to stop you. mike in new jersey? mike? >> caller: jim.. >> mike, what's happening? >> caller: not too much. hey, i know this stock is not the best in breed, but i have about five to ten years to wait. nokia with t intellectual property and recent acquisition of lucent. i like it.
can they turn it around? >> maybe, but why not own cisco? it's got a 4% yield, great balance sheet, chuck robbins is doing a terrific job. i say no to nokia and yes to cisco, the csco kind. take your pick. in a market like this, you can be scared or paralyzed. maybe you can be smart. smart investors know that patients can actually be wait for your pitch. >> it's where is the beef? i'm sitting down wititthe mpany's top executives, or where is the bean burger? which i like. janet yellen, i'll tell you why she didn't do it right. did panera cook up a comeback? don't miss my exclusive with the founder to find out if the pnra.
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boon to all sorts of companies. that brings me to wendy's. the fast-foot change with 6500 location, with a stock currently trading at just above the 52-week low. yesterday morning they if reported a good quarter, including a one-sent earnings beat, 4.9r 8% increase in same-store sales. that's the best number in decades, plus a solid outlook, and indicated the first few weeks of the next quarter are looking terrific, and a new kids would love. of this panicked stock markeke throwing the baby out with thehe bath water? let's deal with the outgoing ceo and successor to find out where the quarter is headed. welcome back to "mad money", and welcome to "mad money.." >> this is taking a bow here. you delivered an amazing return, yet ear starting with
are the expectations for that program? >> well, jim. this is a great opportunity for us to tell the consumer what separates us from everybody else out there, and we've got about food since 196 and deliciously different will really drive home those differences and talk not just about the hamburgers, but great items like our black bean burger that you had the opportunity to taste. >> let me ask todd about that. this is a burger, yes, indeed, i struggle sometimes do go with meal kids. why? because they want a veggie burger. this is not an easy think to make? can it go national? >> it definitely can go national. what we want to do is provide the consumer with some options within the restaurant, but really in the spirit of quality is our recipe, this is offering that can ladder up to that quality message. we feel very good in the test
today. today it would be the irsats, no, it's real, and tastes better to me than a hamburger. i do want to talk about the gasoline notion. you have customers, not all wealthy, right? this must be good for them. they must maybe step up to wendy's from another place or maybe an extra fry, an extra chili? >> no, absolutely. you know, it wasn't that long ago that gas was -- regular gas, $3.94 at peak, and now it's more like $3 -- excuse me $1.70. this has put a lot of money in pockets of individuals with wer households incomom who are very heavy users of quick-serve restaurants. we they it's been an important factor in putting togethtr several very nice quarters. there's a perception among something that all -- wendy's has always prided itself on being fresh, recent flitting in this market?
it's spot on with the trends, jim. fresh, never frozen, north amereran beef. it's who we have always been. we have the vegetables cut fresh every day in that restaurant. we're spinning our lettuce fresh every single day and preparing it how and when you want it. we've been doing that for 46 years. >> you are from a franchise background. you know how important the franchisees are. what's the relationship? >> the relationship is as good as it's ever beeee we've done a nicicjob connecting and partnering with a franchise community to make sure we are all in this togeth in the spirit of bug one team united. my father was a franchisee, so i've had a long connection to make sure that the economic model works for our franchise community, and we'll continue to partner through joint capital plans to bring that all to light. >> you've been buying back a
a good use of capital? >> absolutely. we bought back almost 100 million shares, and we believe it's a great way to return value to our shareholders, and we're going to continue to do that with excess cash, as well as cocoinue to grow our dividends at t t same pace of net income growow. we think we're a stock that can provide growth as well as -- and food safety costs a lot of money, and it's obviously from the news we've had. can fast-food restaurants afford higher -- >> jim, that's why we've madada conscious invevement in technology. we have a lab called 90 degree labs on the outskirts of ohio state university, and we're spending a lot of money to really work on consumer-facing technology kiosks, mobile ordering, mobile payment. we want to put the hands of the
they want to control their own destiny. that will allow us to free up other labor costs to do other things, to invest back in the food, to invest back into the service model. okay. last question. emil, the younger people might be naturally interested in a bean burger are people who watch media, they watch social media. >> sure. >> what are you doing to get in tough touch with the natural maet, what the youngereople want. >> we use very much a 360-degree approach to our media efforts for all our products. with a product like this, you'll see a very significant push against social and digital media. we've even used this on a local level and really have connected with c csumers on it. therers a lot of consumersrs groups called a flexitarian.
two every week. >> i'm a flexitarian. >> that's a growing, significant group of people. this is not just targeted at the flexitarian, but the broader group as well. you've done a good job. you brought out great gross margins, just terrific sasa-store sales, and emem is the outgoing ceo, and i'm a flexitarian. "mad money" is back after the break. coming up, the great outdoors? high performance apparel giant columbia sportswear supplies the gear. bubuwith this roller coaoaer winter climate, is i itime to bundle up with the stock? or shoyld it be left out in the cold? cram is on the trail with the ceo, fresh off of earnings, just
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so i guess we've got to start rooting against job growth. boy, i hate this kind of situation, but fed chief janet yellen rather than embracing the notion of the united states is perhaps the growth engine that could pull the rest of the world out of its obvious slump, has chosen the higher, and perhaps into a recession if necessary
than we thought. typically you would expect the fed to tightening given the strong job growth, but the united states no longer exists in a vacuum. we have to understand that our interest rates are dramatically hihier than much of the developed world, where there's an actual bond shortage given the horrid rend out rates of growth. deflation, i feel like this could be a savior moment for yellen, because she has a chance to save not just america, but the entire world. she could say in front of congress let's not talk about higher rates until the global economy is in a less precarious position, let's speak of inflationary or deflionary extremes. simple comments, but instead the agenda is incredibly narrow-minded. i waffle between being angry at the fed coming out and saying some tough stuff and wanting to shake the members into reality
d so much good, singngd me out "the courage to act" when i did my rant in the summer of 2007 about how they knew nothing and they had to take action before a lot of firms went belly up, and the, and i was, it kind of hurt my feelings, but i'm a big boy. i'm all right. so let me puts it in a more statesman like manner. those texts s re written before amazon and wmart laid waste to highereraying retail jobs, before of digitizazaon and offshoringhat behalf the way of our country. they were written before nafta, they were written before the shared economy made it so people have to scrape by on multiple shifts. lastly the new state and local -- the minimum wages being put through, that's what's moving up wages, not a tht labor market. there's such a glut. millions of people would work for less than they do if it
however, if jan janet yellen stays on message, we only have a choice that the hope that somehow the aerospace, housing and auto cycles do top out to throw some people out of work. we won't'tet anywhere with herer noticingnghere the credit default swaps are, or how the bubble burt in oil will cause tremendous credit contractions or how china is probably contracting for a good part of the industrial economy. these things -- jobs increasing and radical decline in credit -- aren't suppopod to be happening at the same e me. that's what the texts said. they are, though, that givers he a chance why not become the world's beacon? let's shelf any rate hike discussions for now. it could have the added advantage of keeping extremist anti-wall street candidates off the ballot.. yellen continues on her r urce,
come november someone with a radical different set the ideas on how to run the government, certainly ones where the fed could be obviated, could win the white house. i doubt anyone in the commodity market wants to see that options. the ceos just say this toe me over and over again, andhey wonder why i haven't said it. i just did. they just know too much about the way things used to be in the country, and not enough about the way things are now. let's go to mike in pennsylvania, please. mike? >> caller: jim, big fan. >> thank you, partner. what's up? >> caller: what do you think about marathononil's ability to stay afloat, and a long-term play. >> they were one of the first to cut their different. that was prudent. they are about to report next week. i don't favor -- i don't want to own any fossil fuel stocks. the world has turned against them.
could go to ten. it happened against in 1986. under no situation would you want to own marathon. it's a shame. a good company, but thiss not the environment, and fossil fuels, no. we're not going to recommend on the show. john in pennsylvania, john? >> caller: jim, a great big boo-yah from quakertown, pennsylvania. >> holy cow, man. hey, i had a fist fight in quakertown at a track race. i did. a guy tripped mel it was unbelievable. i knew i got the shaft. you could ask my coach, but i -- i'm willing to forgive and forget. jim, i'm a longtime holder of new york community bank. i still have a solid gain even though the financials have taken a hit, i'm enjoy a nice different. buy? sell?
>> that's the musical sound that says take your profit and move on. we're not going to fool around with the financials, either. we don't need the oils or financials on our balance sheets. and that quakertown guy? that didn't exactly work out for him. anyway, my message to the federal reserve, it's time to way up. open your eyes to the real economy and change course, before you end up causing all kinds of problems you're mandated toresolve. panera has failed to may your dough rise, under recently that is. i love that place. and columbia up more than 12%, my wife loves the sorel boots. don't forget my exclusive interview with the ceo.
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they reported a truly amazing quarter, sending shares up nearly 5%, something thahamade me happy, because we own it in my charitable trust. higher than expected revenues, uptick on company of same-store sales. it continue toss upgrade many of the stores for the new format, and the company has an aggressive buyback. i found the commentary to be very reassuring. let's check in the founder and ceo to learn more about the quarter and the company's prospects. welcome back. >> good to see you, ron. you came on the show, said we're going to be back, we're going to fix the mosh pit, we're going to get people in and it's going to be better. you did it. >> we're doing it, yes. >> it's increasingly clear that
but it's working, and you have empirical evidence. what's going on at those stores? >> all you have to look at it the comps for the first 41 days of this quarter, up 6.4%. that's really speaking. >> best of any of the restaurants i deal with. >> absolutely. what is happening at the store level that's making that occur. >> you said it, it's panera 2.0. we're seeing the 2.0 stores that we have converted, they're up 3% to 5% than what the comps would have been otherwise. that's a sustained growth we're seeing, so it builds year after year. a better competitive alternative through innovation in food, in marketing, in store operations, our operation are continuing to get better, and we're beginning to play with delivery. >> you said in the conference call that delivery is already producing some good results.
world. 2.0 0 really a better guest experience. it allows us to do a better job for the eaten customer, for the to-go customer. we also understood the technology we built to enable that is completely relevant to allowing us to do deliveries. >> how far along are we with 2.0? our investors who are watching, is it almost over? or a lot more to roll out. >> when you return a large company like panera, 80 thousands people, anything with value takes years to do. 3 1/24 years ago we have this vision. >> starting in north carolina, you said you have to believe, you were right. >> absolutely. not only do you have to believe, but you see what's going on with guests. i'll tell you a story, my own experience. >> my son in the mosh pit. exactly. you go into a panera, seeing people wait in a long line and@ play the game of find your food
said, isn't there a better way to do takeout? wouldn't it be better if people could place their orders simultaneously when they'r'r driving in, place e on mobile and web, and we started to t tnk about the t-in business. i remember a meeting in our stores, meeting a university president, and i showed up at 9:00 a.m., and he said do you want to get some food? i thought i have to way four, five minutes for my drink and muffin, wouldn't it be if i had my food delivered to me? i only had 30 minutes for the meeting. >nd it's all happening. i was ininucson about four weeks ago. >> tucson? no longer florin park? >> you know i always go to 9 short hills one. >> but this is one in tucson. it brought me the food at my table. >> wasn't it nice? >> i thought it was fabulous. >> can you do it everywhere? >> i would say about 20%, and soon about half. imagine you can go to a kiosk, go to your table, you place your ororr and the food is brought to you.
that's really great. raw cos, you said some are2 going pretty good, some of the ag stuff, the complex is going your weigh way? >> yeah, the other side is we have legislated labor increases. >> you i know. but your decision to buy back as much stock as you did, and admittedly at $10 lower, versus this fantastic inversion, is it a trade-e-f? i tell you, i would rather have the growth than the buyback. >> no, it's not a trade-off for us. i think it was clear that the opportunity existed. we had always been very, very conservative with our balance sheet, and this was an opportunity for us to basically access about one turn of ebitda in debt, and use it for buyback, and it seemed like an appropriate time to do it. or board was in support of it. that was really the key. they're always conservative. rightfully so. but they felt confident to do it.
i'm always shocked at the huge number of people you have in your program. >> it's actually the largest loyalty program in the restaurant industry. >> isn't that incredible? >> 50% of our consumers. next best is starbucks at 125%. not a lot of people think that anyone is ahead of starbucks, but you have managed to do it quietly. >> i think we try to do more things quietly. we're more interested in the customer. we're the leading digit at restaurant, including starbucks outside of the three big pa operations. 16% of our sales came through digital last quarter. >> you're doing a lot of facebook or google? or -- >> no, i'm saying digital ordering. >> are you advertising on social media? >> we mix it. we're doing social media, a bunch of that. some national advertising, but mostly what matters is what happens in the cafe, which is do we touch people or don't we?
value, then they'll continue to come in. if we don't all the advertising in the world doesn't work. >> strategy is not only y ght, but it's working. congratulations for totally getting the stock together. ceo of panera, he promised, and he delivered. "mad money" is back after the break. i think we should've taken a left at the river. tarzan know where tarzan go! tarzan does not know where tarzan go. hey, excuse me, do you know where the waterfall is? waterfall? no, me tarzan, king of jungle. why don't you want to just ask somebody? if you're a couple, you fight over directions. it's what you do. if you want to save fifteen percent or more on car insurance, you switch to geico. oh ohhhhh it's what you do. ohhhhhh! do you have to do that right in my ear?
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go to jay in new jersey. >> caller: cramer, a pleasure talking to you. >> same. >aller: i want to knows on the growth potential for thehe boyer pharmaceceical bio -- >> that one is done. move on. let's go to john in california. john? >> caller: love you, jim, reynolds american. >> i don't recommend tobacco starts. just got to have some principles. not recommending them. michael in kentucky? >> caller: hey, jim, boo-yah. >> boo-yah. >> caller: i had a question about sing ronnie financial. >> that thing has been clobbered. i'm going to go against the -- and say it's a buy. let's go to dennis in california. dennis? >> caller: denens in california. i like your pipion tiffany & company.
all these great things, and then they different deliver. here's what i say about tiffany -- buy buy buy. [ buzzer ] no-no no. >> sell sell sell. >> caller: hello, jim, how are you? >> great. >> caller: fantastic. it's 80 degrees plus. >> i'll join you. >> cler: give me your xp logistics. >> in another market it's perfect, but in a roll-up with borrowing money and buying different things, it is not one you can only herein. >> don't buy, don't buy. >> it's just the wrong time. nick in ohio. >> caller: yes, this is nick frfr ohio. boo-yah, mr. cramer. >> boo-yah. >> caller: from the football hall of fame. >> hofer. >> caller: high max. >> i have not looked at it in a long time. it's an integrated circuit company. you can't just say buy or sell. it has to do with the product iteration and where they are. considering that sworks
well and it can't get out of its own way. i can't go out tre and recommend high max jim? kell hello, jim. >> how are you? >> caller: with the change to ionis, pharmaceuticals and 38 drugs in their pipeline, do you ink it's a buy, sell or hold. >> the old isisi here's the problem with ionis. i'm trying to quantify to people this is a speculative and this market hates speculation. if you own it, it's for another market that's not this one. okay. fair enough? please, it's not this one. david ininalifornia. david? >> caller: cramer, boo-yah, i watch you every day, you're might man.
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a winter apparel company like columbia? i recommended it aggressively three weeks ago, because i thought after months of being beaten down, this company could benefit from a multistate blizzard, but the stororturns out to be much more than just about the weather. it's a well-run house of brands. sorel boots among others. now columbia jt reported after the close today, and it was a terrific. higher than expected sales, increased by 3% year over year on a -- 7% constant currency basis, plus management gave pretty darn good solid guidance. so let's hear more about the quararr. march h yle, welcome back toto "mad money." >> thanks, jim i appreciate you inviting me. >> this was the quarter where i think that columbia sportswear is a technology company with brands that touch secular growth areas like yoga, and the idea a
your numbers is a thing of the past? >> well, listen, it's always great for us when the weather is cold, but frankly we have focused diligently on making the business better and less weather dependent. north of 30% of our sales are outside the u.s., , the chances of it being the proper temperature all over the world is just remote, so we dave to have business that can sustain our growth on a less weather-ant time of the year. >> the prana acquisition is looking brilliant. is that something thth's suststnable? >> yeah, wthink so. for sure, it's a relatively small company, a small part of our business, very well-run. we'rthrilled with the business, especially the fact that it's less weather-sensitive, about 50% small, 5% spring, but most importantly it's about 70% women. they're buying apparel much more heavily than men.
focusing, making or products and brands more relevant. >> rock climbing, yoga, maybe a few years ago i would -- this is a much bigger category than we realize, i guess. >> it's really how that product, which is based on those kinds of activities can extend beyond just those limited activities. so these products are made for people who are active, who enjoy being outside, being passionate about what they do, whether they're e imbing or doing yogaga or just enjoying theheutdoors, these prodts are designed to be comfortable. with that basis it allows us tows differentiated from the united states or the world for that matter that's selling apparel. really the opportunity for prana is outside the u.s. as well. >> my wife loves sorel, three people on our staff have them t 14% growth. even though it's'sssociated in our country if your feet are
it hasn't been that cold. is there something else going on here with this brand? >> well, there is, and it's realal an extension of thehe product into apparel, which is small and was really a microcapsule collection we put together this year, but really the brand has so much strength outside of just winter, but again, as we talk about how to differentiate these brands from others, we have to have some basis upon which to rely our design effffts and focus those, , and really for us it's about protection, whether it's protection from rain or snow or cold or just making a good pair of boots for great weather. >> now, you have also shown us time and again there's a lot morereechnology in your clclhes that almlmt -- we hear about wearables, but you continue to
whether it's colder, better? is that continuing, the technology in your materials? >> exactly. that's, again talking about points of differentiation from us from evererother brand. we're about makingngeople be comfortable, so they can stay outdoors longer. it's one of the reasons the manchester united team has approached us. not only do our products very different from our products in their man shops, but it's also the global nature of the manchester united team as well as our own distribution. we can keep people comfortable globally and really be different that way. last question -- you mentioned the great balance sheet. you said we can do this great balance sheet. to me that meant you're either going to continue to buy back stocks or you have your eye on other brands that can be put into your family, or can you do
>> i think at the end of the day we're obligated to manage all of our assets, including our cash, in the best way. however, we really believe the best -- least risky way for us to grow our business and to expand our operating margins is to concentrate othose brands that we already have. that having been said, we've been successful, we're managed our balance sheet carefully, and we have the opportunity to acquire brands should they become available. but frankly the focus is on making our existing brands better and bigger. >> congratulations. it was a quarter i know we were because we recognized the transition you put into place. sir. >> thanks, jim. the stock is up very big. always better to buy it when it's cheaper, but what a great transformation of a great american company. stay with cramer.man (sternly): where doyou think you're going? mr. mucus: to work, with you. it's taco tuesday. man: you're not coming.
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i'm not going to be glib. yes, the european banks, there probably are real issues. i'm not guarantees anything. for all i know, many are in trouble. all i hear is every minute you hear they're in trouble, but they have a different level of regulation. they tend to be crononand tend to keep the banks alale. i'm nonosaying buy any of ththe, i'm sang buy procter & game, j & j. every time a hedge fund gets on the tv and says this bank is teetering, buy j & j. there's always a bull market somewhere. i promise to try to find it here on "mad money." i'm jim cramer. i'll see you tomorrow. it's friday, february 12th.
threatening wind chills a polar vortex is hitting the northeast and the midwest with a vengeance. bernie sanders took a few punches from the former first lady on debate night. >> the kind ofticism that we've heard from senator sanders about our president i expect from republicans, i do not expect for someone running for the democratic nomination to succeed president t ama. >> madam secretary, that is a low blow. >> and the fbi is looking into a deadly machete attack at a columbus restaurant as a possible terror attack. plus, dozens killed at a massive riot at a mexican prison. and is it really worth risking the zika infection. anan plenty to keep you entertained during thiz frozen valentine's day weekend. "early today" starts right now. good to be with you.