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The economy's improving, said Jim Cramer on Monday's "Mad Money" TV show, and there are opportunities to make "good money." Sure, he said, there's Chrysler, which has since filed for bankruptcy and the banking stress tests, but what really demands our attention is that as of Friday, the market was up in seven out of the past eight weeks.

Cramer cited a turn in consumer spending and a forming real estate market bottom as examples of stories readers should follow.

Better-than-expected earnings reports from countries across the board are evidence of the turning economy. Cramer mentioned specifically

Fortune Brands

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Darden Restaurants

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On Monday, Fortune Brands closed up 40 cents, or 1%, at $42.45. Kohl's added $1.21, or 2.8%, to $43.77. Darden gained $2.36, or 6.5%, to close at $38.48. Apple was up $4.83, or 3.8%, at $132.07, and Schlumberger was up $3.41, or 6.7%, at $54.08.

Cramer said that

Dean Foods

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could be the first company to benefit from the credit crisis. To be able to cover the $122 million of bonds due in May, Dean Foods announced.

a secondary stock offering


Cramer said that other recent secondary stock offerings, including from

Northern Trust

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U.S. Steel

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, have been successful, which bodes well for Dean Foods.

Cramer said he liked Dean Foods at its current price and that he recommended getting in on the secondary offering.

Dean Foods closed up 7 cents at $19.

Cramer also gave a nod to

Scotts Miracle-Gro

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, which fell after reporting earnings last week in spite of beating earnings by a penny and reporting a 10% increase in sales in North America. Cramer said the weak housing market has been tough of the stock, but that once housing turns, Scotts will turn, too.

On Monday, Scotts closed flat at $32.92.

At the time of publication, Cramer had no positions in stocks mentioned.

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