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) -- 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


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

what he thinks about some of today's newsworthy stocks



(IBM) - Get Report

: IBM will

buy Texas-based software maker Lombardi

, the latest in a string of M&A activity for IBM.

On Dec. 9's

"Mad Money"

show, Cramer reiterated busy on


(AMZN) - Get Report



(GOOG) - Get Report



(AAPL) - Get Report

as well as


(INTC) - Get Report


Best Buy

(BBY) - Get Report

and IBM


(C) - Get Report

: The Abu Dhabi Investment Authority has

TST Recommends

filed a claim against Citigroup

, alleging that the bank engaged in "fraudulent misrepresentations" regarding its stock sale. Citigroup says the claim is "entirely without merit."

On last night's

"Mad Money"

show, Cramer said that even though stocks such as Citigroup and


(BA) - Get Report

might be great dividend plays, they're currently great values. He also liked


(PEP) - Get Report

, which he owns for his

Action Alerts PLUS

charitable trust, and Best Buy.


(NUE) - Get Report

: Nucor

expects to report a breakeven profit

in its fourth quarter, below the average analyst estimate of 28 cents a share.

In a Dec. 9 post to his

RealMoney blog

, Cramer wrote:

"Can steel lift despite oil's decline? I have been trying to figure out the interaction between oil and minerals on one hand and every industry on the other, and one of the industries most affected by higher energy costs is steel. When you add the fact that inventories are low -- my friend Michelle Applebaum is by far the best on inventory monitoring -- you get a situation where we should have a big run as oil goes down. As Michelle's recent bulletin, Steel Market Intelligence, says, "Prices Set to Soar -- the Whipsaw of an Empty Steel Supply Pipeline." That's the reason Nucor,

Steel Dynamics

(STLD) - Get Report


AK Steel

(AKS) - Get Report


U.S. Steel

(X) - Get Report

are so strong."

For more of what Cramer's had to say lately about stocks in the news, check out the

Cramer's Take


(Editor's note: At the time of this publication, Cramer owned Pepsi for his Action Alerts PLUS charitable trust.)

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