There's no denying that Mad Money host Jim Cramer is entertaining, popular, and passionate. On many occasions, he's even right. So he's smart, funny, and the closest thing to a stock market rock star -- but is he smarter than you?

Cramming for Cramer
The Fool's free investing community, Motley Fool CAPS, aggregates the opinion of more than 150,000 members to assign ratings for each stock's likelihood of outperforming or underperforming the market.

Below, we look at some top stocks that Cramer picked and panned during last week's "lightning rounds," and compare them to how the CAPS community sees their future.

Stock

Lightning Round Show Date

Cramer's Rating 

CAPS Rating

SDPR Gold Shares (NYSE:GLD)

Monday

Bullish

**

PotashCorp (NYSE:POT)

Monday

Bullish

****

NVIDIA (NASDAQ:NVDA)

Tuesday

Bullish

****

Rambus (NASDAQ:RMBS)

Tuesday

Bullish

**

Dole

Tuesday

Bearish

*****

RF Micro Devices (NASDAQ:RFMD)

Wednesday

Bullish

****

Bucyrus International

Wednesday

Bearish

****

First Solar (NASDAQ:FSLR)

Thursday

Bearish

**

Best Buy (NYSE:BBY)

Thursday

Bearish

***

Weatherford International

Thursday

Bullish

*****

Cramer says:
After the torrid run-up in fertilizer stocks, shares fell in 2009 as a part of the global financial crisis. The International Fertilizer Industry Association estimates that demand for fertilizers declined by 6.7% last year. Phosphates and potassium suffered much sharper declines, at 10.5% and 19.8%, respectively. However, analysts expect a recovery to start this year as farmers replenish the nutrients in their soil, followed by an even stronger rebound in 2011.

That's in line with how Jim Cramer sees the industry shaping up, with Potash Corp of Saskatchewan leading the way. Expect the ride to be a rocky one, though:

Oh, you know that I like it… POT is my favorite because I like the yield, however, once again, as I saw Monsanto just wilt today, we have to understand Potash is what I call a high beta stock… meaning that it could go up or down in a heartbeat… I want you to be careful with that one… I think, even though I like the fundamentals in 2011 for a return in fertilizer, POT is going to be a difficult one… as difficult as owning Electronic Arts, another one that blows up again that I still like... POT is a stock that I like, but I do not expect it to go up anytime soon.

CAPS says:
The need for food is the driving force behind many of the comments on CAPS advocating Potash as a market outperformer. Highly rated CAPS All-Star FreeMortal even sees food being used as a hedge:

Potash has been beaten down a bit much I think. Food commodities will do well, both as a hedge against further disaster, and as a way of diversifying from gold.

Some 96% of the more than 4,600 CAPS members rating the world's largest fertilizer company believe it will outperform the market as well. A similar percentage of All-Star members have the same opinion.

This Fool says:
Back in 2008, as the prices of fertilizer stocks were in freefall, I believed that PotashCorp would recover and ultimately beat the market. Commodities in general were being routed, but as the CAPS community notes, the need for food continued unabated. Farmers need fertilizers to boost their yields, and with the high output of natural gas producers keeping the price of the fuel low, fertilizer producers -- particularly those trafficking in nitrogen -- can produce their nutrients more profitably.

PotashCorp's stock has gained about 23% since I rated it to outperform; in the same time frame, the market's up less than 15%. The stock is trading at just 22 times 2010's earnings, and with the prospects for significant growth as the company matures, it may well have plenty more room to rise.

Your say
While CAPS members may stand with Jim Cramer or on opposite sides of the field, the investor intelligence community is more than what some All-Stars think -- even if they are TV personalities. What do you think? Is Cramer right, or off his rocker? Dig deep to share your thoughts on our Potash Corp of Saskatchewan CAPS page, and tell us whether it can mine its way out of the recession.

Motley Fool CAPS is a great place to start your own research on these stocks. Read a company's financial reports, scrutinize key data and charts, and examine the comments your fellow investors have made -- all from a stock's CAPS page. Best of all, it's free.

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