Search Jim Cramer's "Mad Money" trading recommendations using our exclusive "Mad Money" Stock Screener.
Cramer said the rally was all about money managers covering their shorts ahead of a possible Chinese stimulus plan and if one arrives on Monday, the markets will be off to the races.That's why on Monday Cramer will be watching Citigroup (C), a bank that he doesn't like as much as some domestic names. But if China can jump-start the rest of the world's economies, Citigroup might become more attractive. Tuesday brings earnings from Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), Coca-Cola (KO) and Intel (INTC). Cramer said he hopes to hear the phrase "unlock value" from J&J, but expects rough earnings from Coke between a strengthening dollar and a shortage of corn. Intel's earnings will also be tough, but if the stock manages to hold its ground Cramer said it might be time to buy into all of tech. For Wednesday, Bank of America (BAC), US Bancorp (USB)m Honeywell (HON) and Yum Brands (YUM) will be reporting. Cramer said Bank of America will likely be bad and US Bancorp good, but he wants to hear about aerospace from Honeywell before opining. Cramer said that it's time to sell Yum Brands ahead of earnings given the weakness in China and rising grain prices. Then on Thursday, Verizon (VZ) and Google (GOOG) take the stage. Cramer said that Verizon remains a favorite but Google will struggle with a huge business in Europe and nothing in China. Finally, on Friday, General Electric (GE) reports. Cramer said he wants to hear good things from GE's financial services division and hopes strength there can offset the company's alternative energy business.
Speculation FridayFor "Speculation Friday," Cramer highlighted another high-risk, high-reward stock that may be just what your portfolio needs to keep your head in the game. He said that the little-known stock Health Care Services Group (HCSG) offers both domestic security and a defensive business that can stand up to a possible recession. Health Care Services offers housekeeping, laundry, linen and dining services for hospitals and long-term care facilities. The company is 99%-based in the U.S. and is not a cyclical business that will suffer in a slowdown. The company offers a solid 3% dividend yield and has raised that yield every quarter for the past nine years.
Select the service that is right for you!COMPARE ALL SERVICES
- $2.5+ million portfolio
- Large-cap and dividend focus
- Intraday trade alerts from Cramer
- Weekly roundups
Access the tool that DOMINATES the Russell 2000 and the S&P 500.
- Buy, hold, or sell recommendations for over 4,300 stocks
- Unlimited research reports on your favorite stocks
- A custom stock screener
- Upgrade/downgrade alerts
- Diversified model portfolio of dividend stocks
- Alerts when market news affect the portfolio
- Bi-weekly updates with exact steps to take - BUY, HOLD, SELL
- Real Money + Doug Kass + 15 more Wall Street Pros
- Intraday commentary & news
- Ultra-actionable trading ideas
- 100+ monthly options trading ideas
- Actionable options commentary & news
- Real-time trading community
- Options TV