Cramer Highlights Chipotle: 'Incredible Numbers' Lifted Stock To New Highs
Investors looking to take advantage of a future potential market sell-off should take a look at stocks that "got plastered the last time around" and then "bounced right back," Jim Cramer said on Tuesday's "Mad Money."
What Happened: Casual fast-food chain Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. (NYSE:CMG) would fall under Cramer's list of stocks that sold off only to bounce back. Shares fell from $1,523 to $1,479 in reaction to its Feb. 2 earnings report despite announcing 11% same-store sales growth in January.
"I don't really care about November and December," Cramer said. "I care about the most recent month because that's how you are supposed to think."
January's results show the company is seeing "incredible numbers" when it is up against pre-COVID numbers when stores were already packed," Cramer said.
Why It's Important: Investors that sold the stock after earnings were on the wrong side of the trade as Chipotle's stock hit a fresh all-time high of $1,564.91 on Tuesday. Chalk this up to an irrational reaction investors have when a stock turns red.
"People get scared when they see something go down so they figure there has to be a reason," Cramer said. "They think it's rational."
What's Next: The chain's focus on innovation in how consumers are able to order or get their food means it "barely skipped a beat" throughout the pandemic. As restaurants continue to reopen over the coming months, Chipotle has a potential catalyst in recapturing lost sales from customers that went to enjoy their food indoors.
"I'm betting it has more room to run," Cramer said.
Chipotle's stock traded around $1,532.87 at publication time.
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