Every night on "Mad Money," Jim Cramer offers market commentary and general investment advice, and he makes calls on specific stocks, both of his own choosing and in response to viewer requests. He relies on his many years of experience and strong track record, and he takes full responsibility for his calls.

"

I never shirk from admitting my mistakes; instead, I dwell on them to learn from them. I change my mind, I take losses, I own up to them

," Cramer has said.

Here we track some of his calls from the previous episode of "Mad Money" and find out, at least in the very short term, how the stocks are performing. Keep in mind that Cramer might not have been recommending that viewers take immediate action on a stock. And, of course, it's up to the individual investor to

do his or her own homework

.

That said, here's how some of the stocks that Cramer talked about on

Friday's "Mad Money" show

fared today.

Best Buy

(BBY) - Get Report

: Retail sales numbers are due out on Tuesday, but Cramer will be focused on Best Buy's earnings, which the company is scheduled to report the same day, to see if the consumers pass the ultimate test: buying things they don't need.

On Monday, Best Buy added 65 cents, or 1.6%, to close at $40.41.

Palm

( PALM): Palm is also set to report earnings this week, but Cramer warned that Palm is a false indicator in its space. For example, if it reports a poor quarter, that likely means that competitors such as

Apple

(AAPL) - Get Report

are seeing strength.

On Monday, Palm closed up 46 cents, or 3.3%, at $14.37, and Apple added $1.56, or 0.9%, to $173.72.

Bank of America

(BAC) - Get Report

: The latest housing starts number will also be announced this week, and Cramer said that if the number's good, he recommends steering clear of the homebuilders in favor of

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Bank of America

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, the largest mortgage company in the U.S.

On Monday, Bank of America gained 2 cents to close at $16.99.

PPG

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: Cramer thinks natural gas is the bridge fuel to energy independence, and he'd like to see Congress push for the conversion of 18-wheelers to nat gas from diesel. Until then, though, he said, PPG stands to earn up to 28 more cents a share if natural gas falls in price by just $1, and

Owens Corning

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could earn 24 more cents per share. He owns PPG for his

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charitable trust.

On Monday, PPG rose 61 cents, or 1.1%, to $57.91, while Owens Corning gave up 57 cents, or 2.4%, to close at $23.65.

McDonald's

(MCD) - Get Report

: During his

"Lightning Round"

segment, Cramer said the market is "bored" with

McDonald's

(MCD) - Get Report

because it's "too consistent." He preferred

CKE Restaurants

( CKR) and

Wendy's

(WEN) - Get Report

.

On Monday, McDonald's slid 16 cents, or 0.3%, to $54.23, while CKE added 19 cents, or 1.9%, to $10.46, and Wendy's lost 2 cents, or 0.4%, to $5.01.

China Unicom

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: "China still rocks," Cramer said, and he called China Unicom a "winner."

On Monday, China Unicom closed up 26 cents, or 1.8%, at $14.93.

At the time of publication, Cramer was long PPG and Bank of America.

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