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?

The Fool's free investing community, Motley Fool CAPS, aggregates the opinion of more than 125,000 members to assign ratings for each stock's likelihood of outperforming or underperforming the market. For the first 20 months since we began tracking the CAPS community's collective intelligence in late 2006, the data shows that newly minted five-star stocks offer the best opportunities for investors, while the lowest-rated companies fared the worst.

Cramming for Cramer
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 (out of 5)

Monsanto (NYSE:MON)

Tuesday

Bearish

****

Lloyds Banking Group

Tuesday

Bearish

****

Huntsman (NYSE:HUN)

Wednesday

Bearish

****

CME Group (NYSE:CME)

Wednesday

Bearish

*****

Electronic Arts (NASDAQ:ERTS)

Wednesday

Bearish

***

General Motors

Thursday

Bearish

*

Sprint Nextel (NYSE:S)

Thursday

Bearish

**

Target (NYSE:TGT)

Friday

Bearish

***

Cal-Maine Foods

Friday

Bearish

****

Allscripts-Misys Health care Solutions

Friday

Bullish

****

Sources: Mad Money roundup and CAPS.

Cramer says …
You can't blame Cramer for finding specialty chemical maker Huntsman too risky of an investment. The economic recession has dampened demand, and falling prices in the sector have caused potential customers to wait to see whether prices fall further still. Sounds just like the housing market. Says Cramer:

Huntsman … now my friend Frank Mitch, who is the chemical analyst of BB&T, I caught up with him to be able to ask if that was a good call on a turn in the chemicals market. … He was adamant that he thought that it was too speculative ... even though it was a very single-digit number ... he wasn't sure that it would make it. … I come back and give you a conservative play, which is PPG Industries, which is at a 5% yield, that is doing fine. ... I am not going to speculate with Huntsman ... it is way too risky.

The faltering economy upended Huntsman's acquisition by Apollo Capital, and it may yet be the undoing of the merger between Dow Chemical (NYSE:DOW) and Rohm & Haas. Dow just informed its target that the $15 billion deal will be delayed, even though federal regulators approved it.

CAPS says …
The economy is also weighing on Huntsman's immediate future. It announced plans to cut 9% of its workforce as well as close one of its factories in the U.K. The cost-cutting measures seek to add $178 million to Huntsman's coffers as it looks to ride out the storm. It also received $1 billion from Hexion for the failed merger.

More than 90% of CAPS members think the specialty-chemicals company will outperform the market, and RJBell5 likes that it paid off debt with the settlement money, which shored up its financial position. It still has lawsuits pending against the banks that threw the merger into turmoil, and if those cases settle successfully in the company's favor, that could add to its cash cushion. Says RJBell5: "The recent settlement used to pay off debt and the fact that an Obama presidency will be progressive rather than reactive like Bush makes this a good play for an advancing economy. While the yield is high, an economy that should begin to accelerate will make this a good play both growth and sustainability."

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Commodities exchange leader CME Group is another pick on which Cramer and CAPS diverge. Some 94% of those rating the exchange have marked it to outperform the market and have bestowed a top five-star rating on it. Cramer, meanwhile, thinks that if you're bullish on the securities markets, there are stronger picks to choose from. However, at least one CAPS member, 312scout, seems to endorse that view:

Markets will see reduced growth of volume due to problems with the hedge funds, foreign govts. restriction of trading, and rising competition from new exchanges wanting a piece of the pie. Also wary of more govt restriction and intervention of the exchanges and marketplace. These stocks will suffer if the [Federal Reserve] keeps breaking and changing the rules.

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. But what do you think? Is Cramer right, or is he off his rocker? Why not head off right now to CAPS, and sound off with your thoughts on Huntsman, CME Group, or any other stock?

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, CAPS is free!

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