Jim Cramer’s 2022 forecast for worst performing Dow stocks in 2021

CNBC’s Jim Cramer on Wednesday released his 2022 outlook for last year’s worst-performing stocks in the Dow Jones Industrial.

The host of “Mad Money” also gave his predictions for the best performers of the blue chip index.

“There are a few comeback stories in dogs from the Dow Jones, but for the most part I don’t expect these dogs to have their day in 2022,” Cramer said.

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“These phone and cable companies are fundamentally competitive utilities,” Cramer said, describing it as “a terrible place to be.”

“I do not know how Verizon can become something else. Right now it’s pretty much a higher yield bond… but the stock was down 12% last year, so the performance offset didn’t help. “


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It’s been a tough few years for Boeing, Cramer said, but he noted that his charitable trust still owns the shares. Allegiant Air’s decision to buy 50 new Boeing 737 Max could be a “harbinger of a setback” for Boeing, Cramer said.


Cramer criticized Amgen’s recent performance and its future prospects, calling the drugmaker’s actions “dug.” He added: “I thought Amgen was supposed to be a growing company, but when it comes to biotech, it’s a fossil.”



Cramer called Merck’s recent stock market performance “extremely disappointing.” As the stock rose 2.43% on Wednesday, Cramer said he was unsure of “what could support the recovery” and suggested investors sell the stock.


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While Visa stocks have lagged the Dow Jones over the past year, Cramer said historically it is “often the prelude … of a very big move.”

Small businesses that have tried to take part in the payments processing space have been a headwind for Visa stocks, as well as their competitors. Mastercard, Cramer said. Of the two, Cramer said he prefers Mastercard for his growth.


Walmart shares have struggled over the past year, and Cramer has said he is rethinking ownership of his retail giant’s charity trust.

“If they can’t get more users from their [membership program, Walmart+]”Cramer said he could use his future strength to sell the stock” because there are many more consistent retailers. “


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Industrial giant 3M has had “a difficult year and yet it always ended in the dark, despite several guide drops based on several different divisions – which is not typical for this large company,” Cramer said. “The stock doesn’t look like it’s going to go much lower here, but I don’t see anything that could reverse it,” he added.

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“I love this one. I also believe in management,” Cramer said. “However, I don’t care where we are in the chemicals cycle – they’ve almost all peaked.… Bad stock to own when the Fed starts to tighten. There are better fish to whip.”

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