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Jim Cramer's 'Mad Money' Recap: Next Week's Game Plan

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- This market is having a hard time making up its mind, Jim Cramer said on "Mad Money" Friday as he laid out his game plan for next week's trading.

Cramer said Monday will hinge on the Chinese manufacturing PMI number. A weak number could roll back many of the recent gains in the industrials. Also beginning on Monday is the Howard Weil Energy Conference, which should help boost stocks like Ensco (ESV), Cheniere Energy (LNG) and Schlumberger (SLB).

Next, on Tuesday, it's McCormick (MKC), Walgreen (WAG) and PVH (PVH) reporting. Cramer said if good numbers sends these stocks higher that could mean good things for the rest of the market.

Wednesday brings the hotly anticipated initial public offering of King Digital, maker of the popular game Candy Crush, along with earnings from Paychex (PAYX) and more comments from the Federal Reserve. Cramer said investors should get in on the IPO and pay attention to the other two.

Then, on Thursday, it's Lululemon Athletica (LULU) and Restoration Hardware (RH). Cramer said strength in these two names would be great for the technology and biotech groups.

Finally, on Friday, Cramer said he'll be watching two cloud IPOs, 2U and Aerohive Networks. Good news for these IPOs would be great for the speculative biotech sector, Cramer concluded.

Cramer's Playbook

In a Friday edition of "Cramer's Playbook," Cramer answered the question of whether exchange-traded funds or mutual funds are the best way to invest.

ETFs and mutual funds are everywhere, said Cramer, and the choices are enough to make your head spin. He's long been on record despising leveraged ETFs but low-cost index funds, like those that mirror the S&P 500, are a good bet.

What about mutual funds? Cramer said mutual funds do offer diversification but often at much higher fees than ETFs, making returns lower.

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