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NEW YORK (

Stockpickr

) -- 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

.

Ford

(F) - Get Report

: Ford has settled all "substantive commercial terms" of its

Volvo sale

to China's

Zhejiang Geely Holding Group

and expects to sign a definitive sale agreement in the first quarter of 2010 and close the sale in the second quarter.

Who Owns Ford? George Soros Ken Heebner

In a post to his

RealMoney blog

yesterday, Cramer wrote:

"I like

Johnson Controls

(JCI) - Get Report

for my

Action Alerts PLUS

portfolio, but Ford is the way that the big money managers get their exposure to the group. It's an up stock that is liquid, and the company has a chance to be the biggest producer in the world with a management everybody trusts.

"Ford is remarkable. Simply by not taking government money, it has become a favorite, and its cars are the most fuel-efficient and least polluting. The quality ratings just go higher and higher.

"This company could be a

huge

2010 story, and managers are positioning themselves as such. I am hoping Ford does a tender offer for the preferred I like so much. It keeps going up, so that's a possibility."

Pulte Home

(PHM) - Get Report

: Pulte and

KB Home

(KBH) - Get Report

both

rose yesterday

on news of the highest existing-home-sales level in almost three years.

In another

blog post

yesterday, Cramer urged readers not to buy the homebuilders on the existing-home-sales number. "It makes no sense at all," he wrote. "These stocks are

not

the beneficiaries." He said that the number of "existing homes that are for sale and on bank balance sheets far overwhelms demand for existing homes" and that Pulte,

Horton

(DHI) - Get Report

and

Lennar

TST Recommends

(LEN) - Get Report

"should be

sold

,. and sold aggressively on this."

Jabil Circuit

(JBL) - Get Report

: In an article today,

L.A. Little

examined the chart of Jabil Circuit, which

hit a new high

on Tuesday after a Monday earnings beat.

On his

"Stop Trading!" segment

yesterday, Cramer said Jabil is a better tech indicator than

Microsoft

(MSFT) - Get Report

or

Dell

(DELL) - Get Report

. He predicted that tech stocks "will shock in the first quarter."

Exxon Mobil

(XOM) - Get Report

: Soleil Securities

downgraded Exxon to hold

from buy with a $79 price target.

In a

blog post on Dec. 17

, Cramer wrote:"Three days ago, Exxon made an historic buy of

XTO

(XTO)

. Now because of the strong dollar, all of the stocks that have run are down.

"Doesn't matter that it is cold as all get out. Doesn't matter that natural gas futures are on fire. Doesn't matter if we have received some proclamations from governors that drilling in the Marcellus is 'all systems go.' These stocks get hammered because all stocks are now soybeans and corn.

"This is precisely when you take advantage of the commoditization and choose your favorite natural gas stock or driller. I think that

Halliburton

(HAL) - Get Report

and

Nabors

(NBR) - Get Report

work, but you know all of the natural gas players work too.

"Just pointing it out."

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

Cramer's Take

portfolio.

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

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