While CNBC’s Jim Cramer is confident about the future of FANG, his acronym for the stocks of Facebook, Amazon, Netflix and Google, now Alphabet, he knew concerns would arise after Tuesday’s market pain.
“Here’s how I see today’s pullback: this entire market is getting a well-deserved breather, led by FANG, after a gigantic rally,” the “Mad Money” host said.
But Cramer pushed back on claims that FANG was outright dead. The tech stocks have simply “caught a cold” amid otherwise strengthening businesses, he argued.
The company’s appointment of respected Republican former Senator Jon Kyl to review its practices in light of the scandal “clos[ed] the door on one of the company’s biggest vulnerabilities,” Cramer said.
Netflix is also upping its prospects, Cramer said, referencing a recent survey by Wall Street firm Piper Jaffray that showed a majority of 1,100 domestic customers would pay more for Netflix’s content if the streaming giant raised prices.
“It gets better: Piper did an identical survey two years ago and back then Netflix didn’t have that much stickiness,” Cramer noted. “You have to conclude that the company’s benefiting enormously from its amazing original content.”
With Alphabet, the “Mad Money” host centered on Waymo, the Google parent’s self-driving car project that UBS said could generate $114 billion in revenues by 2030.
“That’s much higher than others were expecting,” Cramer said. “I think the upside from Waymo is simply not baked into Alphabet’s numbers, which means it could be a real needle-mover.”
So while many market-watchers tend to see upticks in the 10-year Treasury yield as a sign that stocks should head lower, Cramer argued that that trend had nothing to do with FANG.
“Many of the sell-offs in the last five years start like this,” he explained. “The next day we tend to get a further down-leg that encompasses other growth stocks and also brings down the health cares, which drop when people are concerned about inflation, a natural inference from higher interest rates.”
“Finally, on day three, we see the industrials and the banks crack, but by then FANG will have resurrected itself after some downgrades and some nasty … premature obituaries,” he continued.
Still, he acknowledged how scary the FANG stocks can seem when they decline.
“Those who can’t take the pain will eventually just give up — that’s when you have to pounce. I urge you to recognize the ebbs and flows of these high-flying stocks,” he said. “Of course, if you can’t take the pain yourself and you have good gains, feel free to ring the register.”
“But here’s the bottom line: I need you to steel yourself [and] stay strapped to the mast as the sirens begin to blare that FANG is dead,” the “Mad Money” host concluded. “Next time your hear that FANG is dead, here’s the correct response: ‘Long live FANG!'”
Disclosure: Cramer’s charitable trust owns shares of Facebook, Amazon and Alphabet.
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