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NEW YORK (

TheStreet

) -- Regardless of why a stock is in the news, it never hurts to hear what a professional investor has to say about it. The key is to gather as much information as you can in order to make the most informed investment decisions you can. As Jim Cramer often reminds, investors must do their homework.

So what has Cramer had to say lately about today's headline-makers? At Stockpickr, we've combed through his recent

RealMoney

blog posts, "Mad Money" TV show recaps and "Stop Trading!" segments to find out

what he thinks

about some of today's newsworthy stocks, including

Microsoft

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and

Macy's

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Toll Brothers

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: In its third quarter, Toll saw a 3% rise --

the first increase in four years

-- in signed home contracts. The sale of 792 homes generated revenue of $461.3 million, a decline from last year due to declining home prices. Toll is scheduled to release final quarterly results on Aug. 27.

In a

video filmed today

, Cramer gave his recommendations for how to play the housing recovery:

Housing Recovery Stocks

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-- Written by Rebecca Corvino in New York.