Jim Cramer Stock Watch: June 17th Stock Picks

One of the more colorful and controversial stock market pundits out there is Jim Cramer, of Mad Money fame. Here at Wall St. Watchdog, we update our database with his picks every trading day.

Jim Cramer made the following calls on June 17th, 2011. What do you think about his picks?

  1. Alcoa, Inc. (NYSE:AA): Jim Cramer ranked this stock a Buy. The stock closed at $14.72, its 52-week high is $18.47, and its 52-week low is $9.81. About the company: Alcoa Inc. produces primary aluminum, fabricated aluminum, and alumina, and participates in mining, refining, smelting, fabricating, and recycling. The Company serves customers worldwide primarily in the transportation, packaging, building, and industrial markets with both fabricated and finished products. Top Competitors to Watch: Century Aluminum Company (NASDAQ:CENX), Alumina Limited (NYSE:AWC), Kaiser Aluminum Corp. (NASDAQ:KALU), Noranda Aluminum Holding Corporation (NYSE:NOR), and Aluminum Corp. of China (NYSE:ACH).
  2. AutoNation Inc. (NYSE:AN): Jim Cramer ranked this stock aBuy. The stock closed at $33.11, its 52-week high is $36.22, and its 52-week low is $18.08. About the company: AutoNation, Inc. retails, finances, and services new and used vehicles. The Company also provides other related services and products, such as the sale of parts and accessories, extended service contracts, aftermarket automotive products, and collision repair services. AutoNation operates throughout the United States. Competitors to Watch: Group one Automotive, Inc. (NYSE:GPI), Penske Automotive Group, Inc. (NYSE:PAG), Sonic Automotive, Inc. (NYSE:SAH), Asbury Automotive Group, Inc. (NYSE:ABG), Copart, Inc. (NASDAQ:CPRT), CarMax, Inc (NYSE:KMX), Lentuo Intl. Inc (ADR) (NYSE:LAS), Lithia Motors, Inc. (NYSE:LAD), AutoChina Intl. Ltd. (NASDAQ:AUTC), General Motors (NYSE:GM), Toyota (NYSE:T), Ford (NYSE:F), CarMax (NYSE:KMX), AutoZone (NYSE:AZO) and America’s Car-Mart, Inc. (NASDAQ:CRMT).
  3. The Cheesecake Factory Incorporated (NASDAQ:CAKE): Jim Cramer ranked this stock a Buy. The stock closed at $29.75, its 52-week high is $34.00, and its 52-week low is $21.56. About the company: The Cheesecake Factory Incorporated operates casual dining restaurants under the name The Cheesecake Factory. The Company’s restaurants offer appetizers, sandwiches, pasta, various meats, and varieties of cheesecake. The Cheesecake Factory operates in the United States.
  4. Estee Lauder Companies Inc. (NYSE:EL): Jim Cramer ranked this stock a Buy. The stock closed at $97.32, its 52-week high is $104.00, and its 52-week low is $54.61. About the company: The Estee Lauder Companies Inc. manufactures and markets a wide range of skin care, makeup, fragrance, and hair care products. The Company’s products are sold in countries and territories around the world. Competitors to Watch: Avon Products, Inc. (NYSE:AVP), Alberto-Culver Company (NYSE:ACV), Revlon, Inc. (NYSE:REV), Elizabeth Arden, Inc. (NASDAQ:RDEN), Inter Parfums, Inc. (NASDAQ:IPAR), Nu Skin Enterprises, Inc. (NYSE:NUS), The Procter & Gamble Co. (NYSE:PG), Parlux Fragrances, Inc. (NASDAQ:PARL), Physicians Formula Hldgs., Inc. (NASDAQ:FACE) and Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ).
  5. Family Dollar Stores Inc. (NYSE:FDO): Jim Cramer ranked this stock a Buy. The stock closed at $52.60, its 52-week high is $56.92, and its 52-week low is $35.31. About the company: Family Dollar Stores, Inc. is a national discount store chain. The Company operates stores located throughout the United States that offer merchandise that includes consumables, home products, apparel and accessories, seasonal and electronics. Competitors to Watch: Dollar General (NYSE:DG), 99 Cents Only Stores (NYSE:NDN), Dollar Tree, Inc. (NASDAQ:DLTR), Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE:WMT), Target Corporation (NYSE:TGT), Costco Wholesale Corp. (NASDAQ:COST), Big Lots, Inc. (NYSE:BIG), Fred’s, Inc. (NASDAQ:FRED) and Gordmans Stores, Inc. (NASDAQ:GMAN).
  6. HCA Holdings Inc (NYSE:HCA): Jim Cramer ranked this stock a Buy. The stock closed at $34.59, its 52-week high is $35.37, and its 52-week low is $30.36. About the company: HCA Holdings, Inc. operates hospitals. The Company operates acute care hospitals, outpatient facilities, clinics and other patient care delivery settings. HCA operates hospitals in the United States and the United Kingdom.
  7. Kinder Morgan Energy Partners LP (NYSE:KMP): Jim Cramer ranked this stock a Buy. The stock closed at $70.61, its 52-week high is $78.00, and its 52-week low is $63.15. About the company: Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, L.P., is a pipeline transportation and energy storage company. The Company operates pipelines and terminals. The pipelines transport natural gas, gasoline, crude oil, carbon dioxide and other products; and its terminals store petroleum products and chemicals, and handle bulk materials like coal and petroleum coke.Competitors to Watch: Enterprise Products Partners LP (NYSE:EPD), Copano Energy (NASDAQ:CPNO), Kinder Morgan (NYSE:KMI), MarkWest Energy (NYSE:MWE), El Paso Pipeline (NYSE:EPB), El Paso (NYSE:EP), Enterprise GP Holdings (NYSE:ETP), Energy Transfer (NYSE:ETP), Duncan Energy (NYSE:DEP) and Magellan Midstream Partners (NYSE:MMP).
  8. CarMax Inc. (NYSE:KMX): Jim Cramer ranked this stock a Buy. The stock closed at $29.25, its 52-week high is $37.02, and its 52-week low is $18.62. About the company: CarMax, Inc. sells at retail new and used cars and light trucks. The Company purchases, reconditions, and sells new and used vehicles in its superstores and franchises throughout the United States. Competitors to Watch: Copart, Inc. (NASDAQ:CPRT), America’s Car-Mart, Inc. (NASDAQ:CRMT), KAR Auction Services Inc (NYSE:KAR), AutoNation, Inc. (NYSE:AN), Penske Automotive Group, Inc. (NYSE:PAG), Group one Automotive, Inc. (NYSE:GPI), Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F), General Motors (NYSE:GM), Toyota Motor (NYSE:TM) and Sonic Automotive, Inc. (NYSE:SAH).
  9. Lithia Motors Inc. (NYSE:LAD): Jim Cramer ranked this stock a Sell. The stock closed at $17.08, its 52-week high is $19.09, and its 52-week low is $5.87. About the company: Lithia Motors, Inc. retail sells new and used vehicles in the western United States. The Company offers domestic and imported makes of new automobiles and light trucks through dealerships in California, Oregon, Washington, and Nevada. Lithia also arranges related financing and insurance contracts, as well as provides vehicle parts, maintenance, and repair services.
  10. McCormick & Co. Inc. (NYSE:MKC): Jim Cramer ranked this stock a Buy. The stock closed at $49.75, its 52-week high is $50.50, and its 52-week low is $37.37. About the company: McCormick & Company, Inc. manufactures, markets, and distributes flavor products (including spices, herbs, extracts, seasonings and flavorings) and other specialty food products to the food industry. The Company sells to retail stores, food manufacturers, and food service businesses.
  11. Micron Technology Inc. (NASDAQ:MU): Jim Cramer ranked this stock a Sell. The stock closed at $7.83, its 52-week high is $11.95, and its 52-week low is $6.36. About the company: Micron Technology, Inc., through its subsidiaries, manufactures and markets dynamic random access memory chips (DRAMs), very fast static random access memory chips (SRAMs), Flash Memory, other semiconductor components, and memory modules. Competitors to Watch: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NYSE:AMD), Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT), Nvidia (NASDAQ:NVDA), Oracle Corp (NASDAQ:ORCL), Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL), Broadcom (NASDAQ:BRCM), Intel (NASDAQ:INTC), Intel (NASDAQ:INTC), ARM Holdings (NASDAQ:ARMH) and Texas Instruments Inc. (NYSE:TXN).
  12. Saks Incorporated (NYSE:SKS): Jim Cramer ranked this stock a Buy. The stock closed at $10.39, its 52-week high is $12.97, and its 52-week low is $6.60. About the company: Saks, Inc. operates department stores in the United States. The stores offer a wide variety of branded and private label merchandise including luxury apparel, shoes, accessories, cosmetics, and decorative home furnishings. Competitors to Watch: Macy’s, Inc. (NYSE:M), J.C. Penney Company, Inc. (NYSE:JCP), Dillard’s, Inc. (NYSE:DDS), Nordstrom, Inc. (NYSE:JWN), Kohl’s Corporation (NYSE:KSS), Sears Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ:SHLD), Coach (NYSE:COH), Vera Bradley (NASDAQ:VRA), Fossil Inc (NASDAQ:FOSL), Liz Claiborne (NYSE:LIZ), Guess? (NYSE:GES), Polo Ralph Lauren (NYSE:RL), The Estee Lauder Companies (NYSE:EL), Avon Products (NYSE:AVP) and Steven Madden (NASDAQ:SHOO).
  13. Valero Energy Corp. (NYSE:VLO): Jim Cramer ranked this stock a Sell. The stock closed at $24.10, its 52-week high is $31.12, and its 52-week low is $15.49. About the company: Valero Energy Corporation is an independent petroleum refining and marketing company that owns and operates refineries in the United States, Canada, and Aruba. The Company produces conventional gasolines, distillates, jet fuel, asphalt, petrochemicals, lubricants, and other refined products as well as diesel fuel, low-sulfur and ultra-low-sulfur diesel fuel, and oxygenates. Competitors to Watch: Tesoro Corporation (NYSE:TSO), Alon USA Energy, Inc. (NYSE:ALJ), Western Refining, Inc. (NYSE:WNR), CVR Energy, Inc. (NYSE:CVI), Sunoco, Inc. (NYSE:SUN), Holly Corporation (NYSE:HOC), Chevron Corporation (NYSE:CVX), Frontier Oil Corporation (NYSE:FTO), Delek US Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:DK), BP plc (NYSE:BP), ConocoPhillips (NYSE:COP), United States Oil (NYSE:USO), Marathon (NYSE:MRO), Hess (NYSE:HES), TOTAL (NYSE:TOT), Suncor (NYSE:SU), Petroleo Brasileiro (NYSE:PBR) and Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE:XOM).

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