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NEW YORK (
) -- Next week's game plan will rely heavily on what happens in Europe on Monday, Jim Cramer told his
TV show viewers Friday.
Cramer said that by Monday morning, the markets need to hear about a French recapitalization plan for their banks, or a plan to save Greece or that the European central bank is lowering interest rates. Without at least one of those three, said Cramer, all bets are off.
That said, Cramer will be watching
on Tuesday, and expects this drug store giant to deliver great news. Cramer said to listen to, but don't buy,
on Tuesday, as they will update us on the health of the tech sector and of unemployment.
For Wednesday, Cramer said he's hoping for a turnaround in
, now that commodity and gasoline costs are on the decline. He said this 3.7% yielder remains a favorite.
Also on Wednesday,
reports. Cramer said he still likes
better, but Family Dollar could be a takeover target.
Finally on Thursday, Cramer said that
will report. Cramer said simply, "no, sorry, I have standards." He said this single-digit semiconductor company just can't seem to get its act together and should be avoided at all costs.
Rounding out his "Paid To Wait" series of high-yielding dividend stocks, Cramer focused on
, with its juicy 4.4% dividend yield.
Cramer said that while Waste Management is often seen as a cyclical play, one that declines with the economy, the company is diversifying so that it can weather any storm. "People have gotten too negative on Waste Management," said Cramer.
Cramer noted that the company's dividend yield offers the stock protection as the price falls, since the yield increases. Dividends also deter short sellers, as they are required to pay the dividends on any shares they borrow. Over the past decade, Waste Management has returned 20.5% to shareholders, but adding in reinvested dividends, that yield doubles to just over 51%.
Waste Management did surprise last quarter with disappointing results. Pickup volumes were down 1.7% as the company faced higher-than-expected pricing pressures. However Cramer noted that the company's landfill business as well as its waste to energy businesses are both growing to offset those pressures. Waste Management is also set to have 80% of its fleet converted to natural gas by next year, another windfall for the company.
Cramer said he'd start building a position at today's levels, then buy more if the falls.
Cramer's last "Paid To Wait" pick was
, a consistent 3.1% yielder that has a 112-year track record of paying and raising its dividend.
Cramer said that General Mills was ravaged by cost inflation last quarter, having to raise prices to consumers which caused a 3% down tick in sales. However now that everything from gasoline to corn, wheat, soy and oats are all heading lower, the General is set to profit handsomely.
Plus, Cramer noted that even if the economy falls into recession, that's still good news for General Mills, as people don't stop buying cereal and a slowing economy would send commodity prices even lower. When it comes to General Mills dividend, it's hard to match the company's performance. General Mills has raised its dividend by 69% just in the last six years alone.
Cramer said there are still some negatives surrounding General Mills, mainly competition from the likes of
as well as private label brands. However, General Mills is also aggressively expanding in China, as well as in emerging markets, growth that will most than offset any pricing pressures here in the U.S., he said.
Cramer said that he missed the move in
, which stumped him during an earlier show. Cramer said the stock, which is up big, has too much risk now and no one knows the market potential for the company.
When asked to choose between
, two stocks which Cramer owns for his charitable trust,
Action Alerts PLUS, Cramer said that he'd give the edge to Deere, but now is not the time for either company.
When another viewer asked about buying
Enterprise Products Partners
using call options, Cramer said that you want to own a master limited partnership for its yield, and call options won't give you that yield.
Finally, when asked about
, Cramer said that this company was a great call on the continued emergence of mobile technologies.
Cramer was bullish on
He was bearish on
Cliffs Natural Resources
Nordic American Tanker
In his "No Huddle Offense" segment, Cramer asked: Which is most significant, a U.S. recession, a slowing China or a European disaster? In short, it's all about Europe.
Cramer said that there is no significant risk in the U.S. economy: Just listen to the CEOs. And while China may be worried about inflation, falling copper and other commodity prices say things are getting better, not worse, he added.
But in the case of Europe, it's either catastrophe or no catastrophe, said Cramer, and that's where the real risks lie. The next 1,000 points in the markets all rest in Europe's hands.
--Written by Scott Rutt in Washington, D.C.
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