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NEW YORK (
) -- With the markets taking another one on the chin again today, Jim Cramer told the viewers of his "Mad Money" TV show Friday that it's "horrible out there."
He said with every stock running the gauntlet between negative rhetoric from President Obama and a slowdown in China, only a few are surviving unscathed. That's why Cramer said his game plan for next week is once again to watch and listen.
Cramer said that in general, he'd use any lift in the markets to keep selling stocks. Let's face it, "things are going wrong," when it comes to the global and domestic economies, he said. But he said that doesn't mean they'll stay that way.
Cramer said there are two sectors that are so beaten down they may not be going any lower, and they are the financial and health care stocks. With Obama simply not having the votes for serious reforms, Cramer said these groups may be on the mend sooner as opposed to later. He said that aerospace, autos, technology and soft good stocks may also make it through the gauntlet.
For the rest of the market, Cramer said he's taking a wait-and-see approach, and will be using the conference calls from a host of companies to get the latest read on where things stand. "When the facts change, I'll change my mind," he said.
On Monday, Cramer said he'll be watching
for a read on health care and
for a read on big oil. On Tuesday,
are on the menu.
Cramer said he'll use Wednesday to watch
Polo Ralph Lauren
for a read on aspirational retail and
, a stock which he owns for his charitable trust,
Action Alerts PLUS, for a read on technology.
Closing out the week, Cramer said
will give him two more data points, while
will give him the final read on Friday.
Juicy Tech Play
For "Speculation Friday" Cramer revealed a juicy little e-commerce technology provider that's currently trading under $5 a share. He said after years of languishing in obscurity,
Art Technology Group
is finally a stock whose time has come.
Cramer said it's no secret that e-commerce has finally arrived in a big way, and Art Technology is providing the big boys, like
with the software to engage their customers wherever they are, including mobile and social platforms.
Cramer said Art Technology is a sweet little company with 60% recurring revenues and $74 million in cash on its books. He said after getting crushed in the dot-com bust, the company is finally cashing in on the cross-selling opportunities its platform offers.
On the downside, Cramer noted that Art Technology competes with the goliath of
, but he said this little company has a 50% win rate when pitted up against Big Blue.
Given its small size, Cramer advised not buying into Art Technology ahead of its earnings on Tuesday. He said he'd wait to hear what the company has to say before piling in for the long haul.
A Wild Ride
In the "Executive Decision" segment, Cramer spoke with T.J. Rodgers, president and CEO of
, for the latest read on the semiconductor space after competitor
, a stock which Cramer owns for his charitable trust,
Action Alerts PLUS, guided its earnings sharply lower.
Rodgers said that Cypress is powering ahead, with earnings up in its fourth quarter and again in its first quarter. He said the touch-screen revolution that started with
iPhone is ramping to other devices and Cypress has that technology.
"It's been a wild ride," said Rodgers, who noted that while Apple manufacturers their own chips, anytime the company releases something new, everyone else wants to follow.
Rodgers also attributed Cypress' growth to its programmable chips, which allow the company to sell hardware and the software programming than just hardware alone. He said not since 2004 has the company had three-fourths of its quarter booked before the quarter even began.
Turning towards jobs and the economy, Rodgers said that the only way the U.S. can compete with countries like China is with fewer, more educated workers. That's why Cypress has reduced its headcount by 20% while still maintaining its efficiency.
Rodgers also took aim at the Obama administration, saying that the special election in Massachusetts was a warning against reckless spending and debt. He said that government quickly needs to reform. "The economy is healthy when the private sector is healthy," he said.
Cramer continued his support for Cypress, which is up 150% since he first recommended it on Sept. 26, 2008.
Am I Diversified?
Cramer played "Am I Diversified" with callers to see if their portfolios have what it takes. The first caller's portfolio included
Cramer blessed this portfolio as diversified.
The second caller's top holdings included
Cramer said this caller had horse-sense!
The third caller had
Bank of America
as their top five stocks.
Cramer identified three of a kind in the banking sector. He said this portfolio needed an industrial and a stock like
Cramer was bullish on
Chipotle Mexican Grill
Bank of America
There were no bearish picks.
-- Written by Scott Rutt in Washington D.C.
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At the time of publication, Cramer was long Cisco, Qualcomm, Bank of America, Marathon Oil.
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