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"Don't write off all stocks just because the average looks bad," Jim Cramer told viewers of his "Mad Money" TV show Friday.

The old adage, "As goes January, so goes the year," might not ring true for this year, he said.

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Cramer said investors can't take their queues from the

Dow Jones Industrial Average


S&P 500

. He said despite the worst January on record, one-third of the S&P ended the month higher, as did one-third of the Mid-Cap Index.

Some of those names, he said, were up huge, including




Shaw Group



Morgan Stanley

(MS) - Get Report

, a stock which he owns for his charitable trust,

Action Alerts PLUS and

Research In Motion



Cramer again advocated buying recession resistant names with high dividend yields as defensive plays against the market's volatile nature. He said names like


(BP) - Get Report



(TUP) - Get Report




still top his list.

What makes Cramer nervous? He said to keep a close eye on the "bad bank" plan. Any mention of nationalizing banks will send the market lower, he said, noting the government shouldn't be a dumping ground for bad assets, but instead a place to help bad assets.

Cramer also advocated forbearance for many of the bad loans, giving the banks a chance to cut the principle and interest without fear of federal regulators.

"This plan worked in the '80s," said Cramer, who also reiterated the need for a federal trading desk to help bring the buyers and sellers of bad assets together while helping the government turn a profit.

Cramer: How to Trade the Stimulus

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The Good, Bad, Ugly

When President Obama recently touted his economic stimulus plan, he was surrounded by 12 CEOs who backed his plan. Cramer evaluated all 12 of these companies, and divided them into what he called the good, the bad and the ugly.

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In the "ugly" group, Cramer included

Micron Technology

(MU) - Get Report


Jet Blue

(JBLU) - Get Report






(XRX) - Get Report


Eastman Kodak



According to Cramer, all of these companies have a grim future ahead, with or without the stimulus package

For the "bad" group,

Applied Materials

(AMAT) - Get Report



(GLW) - Get Report





Edison International

(EIX) - Get Report

all fit the bill, he said.

For these companies, there may be hope, but probably not any time soon, he said.

And finally, in the "good" group, the only group worth owning, Cramer said


(HON) - Get Report

, which reported a fantastic quarter, along with


(IBM) - Get Report



(GOOG) - Get Report

are the ones investors should consider.

Changing the Stimulus

In an exclusive interview, Cramer spoke with Kent Conrad, chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, about their shared disappointment in the Obama stimulus plan that passed the House yesterday.

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Conrad said while the package has a few good things in it, much more needs to be done to put Americans to work, as well as to fix the housing and financial sectors, without which, he said, no recovery is possible.

When asked what the right number was to fix the country's ailing infrastructure, Conrad said he'd like to see as much as $200 billion invested quickly in that area. The current package, he said, is very disappointing, especially for the steel and metals industries.

Regarding housing, Conrad advocated a $10,000 tax credit, offered for a limited time, to anyone buying a primary residence, as opposed to the $7,500 credit currently proposed for only first-time home buyers. Conrad also favored a provision that would allow banks and homeowners to reset the terms of their underwater mortgages.

Conrad also advocated legislation that provides for investigators to delve into the collapse of the financial system and closely work with the Justice Department to prosecute those responsible.

Lightning Round

Cramer was bullish on

Terra Nitrogen



Molson Coors

(TAP) - Get Report


Black & Decker


He was bearish on

Nuance Communications

(NUAN) - Get Report


Boston Beer Company

(SAM) - Get Report









(MOS) - Get Report


Hormel Foods

(HRL) - Get Report


Dow Chemical

(DOW) - Get Report


Time Warner



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At the time of publication, Cramer was long Morgan Stanley.

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