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NEW YORK (

TheStreet

) -- "The only way to make sense of this market is by looking from the bottom up," Jim Cramer told the viewers of his "Mad Money" TV show Monday.

He refuted an article by noted

New York Times

columnist Paul Krugman, who argued that the economy is slowly getting worse.

According to Krugman and others skeptical of the market's recent rally, the economy is simply being propped up by government spending and will return to March lows as that spending wanes. But Cramer asked his viewers pointedly: "Are things slowly getting worse for you?"

Cramer said the market's recent move makes sense from an academic "top-down" approach that looks at macro trends and data to evaluate the market. But the only way to really know what's going on, he said, is to do the homework on individual companies and listen to their executives.

Cramer said things are indeed getting better, and not because of the stimulus, most of which hasn't even hit yet. He said retailers are reporting leaner inventories because there was an actual upside surprise in demand. He said the government isn't buying

Apple

(AAPL) - Get Report

iPods with the stimulus, yet Apple had a great quarter.

Cramer went on to say that

Ford

(F) - Get Report

isn't at $7 share because of "Cash for Clunkers." Rather, he said it's because of hard work and a long turnaround. He said that the financials have rallied more than 50% from their lows because things are looking up for that group as well.

Cramer said if investors add up all of the comments from the individual companies, the evidence in undeniable. He said the consumer isn't strapped, just frugal. But you'll never know that if you're looking at the markets from the top instead of from the bottom.

IPO Action

As the IPO markets begin to thaw after a yearlong hiatus, Cramer predicts that a slew of new companies will be going public in the coming months. The key, he said, is determining which ones are coming public at the right time and the right price.

Cramer said medical billing provider

Emdeon

, which is set to begin trading on Wednesday under the ticker "EM," is one such company. He said Emdeon not only is the country's largest electronic medical billing system but is also a profitable company that's coming public at the right time.

According to Cramer, with Washington abuzz with talk of health care reform and cost containment, there simply couldn't be a better time for Emdeon to hit the market.

He called the company "the real deal" and said it makes money at several points in the medical billing process and still has plenty of room to grow its business. Emdeon saves health care providers and insurance companies money, he said, and that's exactly what the market wants to hear.

Emdeon is also being priced conservatively, said Cramer, between $13.50 and $15.50 a share, making it an exceptional value. Cramer encouraged investors to get in on the IPO, but he cautioned them about chasing the stock in the open market after the IPO. He said that investors need to try to make the "easy money" by getting in on the IPO itself and avoiding the "harder money" in the days that follow.

Ready to Move Higher

When it comes to fast food, Cramer said there's no question that

McDonald's

(MCD) - Get Report

is the clear winner. But, he said, there's another fast food chain whose time has finally come, and that chain is

Wendy's

(WEN) - Get Report

.

Cramer said the turn in Wendy's is for real, and like rival

CKE Restaurants

(CKR)

, which he recommended on May 22 for a 20% gain, the stock is ready to move.

Cramer said he liked Wendy's based on its valuation, which values the enterprise at only $1.3 billion after backing out its real estate holdings of $1 billion. He said the real estate and the company are worth more than the market realizes.

The company recently reported a fairly good quarter, said Cramer, giving it much-needed credibility on Wall Street. Wendy's is following through with solid execution and cost-cutting initiatives, giving it a same-store-sales boost and increased margins.

The company is also revamping its breakfast menu and expanding its operations overseas, both of which will translate into higher profits, he said.

"Wendy's can go much higher," said Cramer, who also liked the company's dual branding initiatives for its Arby's and flagship Wendy's locations.

Mad Mail

Cramer told a viewer that he'd ring the register on

Freddie Mac

since no one knows what the common stock is worth given the government's huge injection of cash.

Cramer told another viewer that there are a lot of great drug companies out there, but he questions whether

Merck

(MRK) - Get Report

will be one of them going forward.

Lightning Round

Cramer was bullish on

Navistar

(NAV) - Get Report

,

Coinstar

(CSTR) - Get Report

,

Nucor

(NUE) - Get Report

,

Emcor Group

(EME) - Get Report

,

VF Corp.

(VFC) - Get Report

,

XTO Energy

(XTO)

,

Apache

(APA) - Get Report

,

Anadarko Petroleum

(APC) - Get Report

,

Oracle

(ORCL) - Get Report

and

Cypress Semiconductor

(CY) - Get Report

.

He was bearish on

Yahoo!

(YHOO)

,

United States Steel

(X) - Get Report

,

Hanesbrands

(HBI) - Get Report

,

Gran Tierra Energy

(GTE) - Get Report

,

Dell

(DELL) - Get Report

and

Thompson Creek Metal

(TC) - Get Report

.

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Written by Scott Rutt in Washington

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