Cramer Likes Boston Beer, Regeneron, and These 2 Stocks; Not Feeling Westport

Jim Cramer made the following calls on July 31st, 2013. What do you think about his picks?

Boston Beer Co. Inc. (NYSE:SAM): Jim Cramer ranked this stock a Buy. Cramer previously ranked this stock a Buy on April 25, 2012. The stock’s 52-week high is $182.99, and its 52-week low is $97.66.

Investors like alcohol, or at least that’s what Cramer is noticing in the market, warranting a Buy call on Boston Beer. Chief executive officer Jim Koch highlighted a strong quarter in this quarter’s conference call, talking about depletion growth, which is the rate at which beer leaves from the wholesaler to the consumer.  Growth in this area was strong, and Koch said that,”We achieved depletions growth of 24% and record total depletions in the second quarter. Depletions growth in the second quarter improved from our first quarter results of 16% primarily due to the improved growth of our Samuel Adams Seasonal program and our Samuel Adams Boston Lager. We believe that our depletions growth is attributable to strong sales execution and support from our wholesalers and retailers as well as our quality beers and strong brands.”

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Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:REGN): Jim Cramer ranked this stock a Buy. Cramer previously ranked this stock a Buy on July 25, 2013. The stock’s 52-week high is $283.99, and its 52-week low is $131.24.

Cramer was optimistic on Regenereon’s changes for the remainder of 2013, saying that, “It’s been a great stock for the year. I think they can go up for the rest of the year.” The company’s earnings are due out on August 6th, and its drug EYLEA®, used for the treatment of macular edema, has been recommended for approval in Europe.

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Phillips-Van Heusen Corp. (NYSE:PVH): Jim Cramer ranked this stock a Buy. Cramer previously ranked this stock a Buy on June 12, 2013. The stock’s 52-week high is $133.74, and its 52-week low is $74.91.

Cramer recommended this stock to viewers last night during the lightning round, throwing it out as a potential alternative to Fifth & Pacific (FNP). Projecting revenue of $8.2 billion for all of 2013, this stock has also been upgraded to a Strong Buy by ratings agency Zachs.

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V.F. Corporation (NYSE:VFC): Jim Cramer ranked this stock a Buy. Cramer previously ranked this stock a Buy on October 3, 2012. The stock’s 52-week high is $200.55, and its 52-week low is $142.79.

V.F. was another alternative to Fifth & Pacific that Cramer suggested, a stock that has been boosted to near its 52-week high on the back of a strong earnings report that showed a large growth in its gross margin, and a 4 percent growth in revenue from the same period last year to $2.2 billion.

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Westport Innovations Inc. (NASDAQ:WPRT): Jim Cramer ranked this stock a Sell. Cramer previously ranked this stock a Buy on March 8, 2013. The stock’s 52-week high is $39.69, and its 52-week low is $23.01.

“I think this one is speculative. They are in danger of being eclipsed by other companies,” warned Cramer during last night’s lightning round. The company is scheduled for its conference call today at 5 p.m. Eastern Time.

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