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NEW YORK (
TheStreet) -- Investors need to pay attention to individual companies for the most accurate read on how the economy is really faring, Jim Cramer told the viewers of his "Mad Money" TV show Friday.
Cramer then mentioned which stocks he'll be watching next week. He said the most pivotal stock reporting next week is BlackBerry maker
Research In Motion(RIMM).
When the company reports on Thursday, it will give us the latest read on the mobile Internet tsunami, said Cramer. But with RIM already up 20% in 20 days, he said he's staying away from the stock and will just use it as a gauge for the rest of the sector.
He said drugstore-chain giant
RiteAid(RAD) is being used as a play on the upcoming flu season, but with the company running a distant third behind rivals
CVS Caremark(CVS), he would use strength in RiteAid to buy the other two.
For a read on the broader markets, Cramer's looking to
General Mills(GIS). If these historically defensive names rise on their earnings, he'd begin scaling out of more cyclical stocks.
Other notable names reporting next week include
AAR(AIR), which should provide a glimpse into the health of the aerospace sector,
AutoZone(AZO), which will tell investors whether to double down on
Monro Muffler(MNRO), and finally
PayChex(PAYX), which will provide insight into the state of hiring in the U.S., he said.
All of these companies, along with
Bed Bath and Beyond(BBBY) in retail, can tell investors what's really going on, said Cramer, if they're smart enough to listen.