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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- It's hard to keep a good market down, Jim Cramer announced to his Mad Money viewers Friday, especially when that market is fraught with mergers and acquisitions. That's why Cramer's game plan for next week's trading continues to keep one eye on earnings and the other on the next possible takeover targets.
The week begins after the holiday on Tuesday with AutoZone (AZO) and cloud-computing giant Workday (WDAY). Cramer said AutoZone should be bought, especially on any post-earnings weakness, while Workday should also be strong and offer positive pin action for other cloud stocks.
Must Read: 7 Stocks Warren Buffett Is Buying in 2015Wednesday is jam-packed with earnings from Michael Kors (KORS), a stock Cramer doesn't like, and DSW (DSW), which he does. Palo Alto Networks (PANW) remains a favorite as are Costco (COST) and Popeye's Louisiana Kitchen (PLKI). Also on Wednesday, an investor meeting for Humana (HUM) that should buoy other health care stocks including Cigna (CI) and Unitedhealth Group (UNH). Then, on Thursday, it's Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF), a stock Cramer doesn't like, down 27% for the year. Semiconductor maker Avago (AVGO), on the other hand, should post a fabulous quarter. Finally, on Friday it's another retailer, Big Lots (BIG), in the spotlight. Cramer said he hasn't been impressed with this company, even though it represents a decent risk/reward at these prices.