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If the proposed economic stimulus package gets approved, consumers will be spending some of their tax rebates at retailers, Cramer told viewers of his "Mad Money" TV show on Thursday.

Retail stocks trade off of their same-store sales numbers, he explained, and with the comparisons from last year so low, retailers can't help but benefit.

In this regard, Cramer likes such retailers as


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J. Crew

( JCG) and


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He notes that

Liz Claiborne

( LIZ) and

TheStreet Recommends

Jones Apparel


should also do well.

And he's still a fan of


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TJ Maxx

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and even

Urban Outfitters

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at these levels.

Cramer also thinks restaurant chains may benefit from the stimulus. He says


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, proprietors of the Red Lobster and Olive Garden chains, should see a boost in sales.

There are also some unlikely benefactors from stimulus that investors should consider. For instance, homebuilder

Toll Brothers

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will benefit from the higher conforming mortgage loan limit of $729,750 that Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the FHA will support under the stimulus plan. And that makes the stock now a buy, Cramer says.

He's even willing to do an about-face on

Thornburg Mortgage

( TMA), but only recommends the F class preferred shares.

Also on the about-face list is

Bear Stearns

( BSC), which Cramer says is now too valuable to not be considered a takeover target.

In Defense of CSX's CEO

Cramer is starting his own one-man crusade to stand behind Michael Ward, CEO of


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With the

Federal Reserve

now cutting rates, railroads are the place to be, Cramer says. That's why he doesn't understand why two activist investors -- TCI and 3G -- are clamoring for Ward's removal.

"Ward's done an amazing job," Cramer pointed out. CSX is up 254% in five years, more than any other rail stock. "This man knows how to run a railroad," he noted.

Ward said he also doesn't understand the calls for his ouster. CSX, he notes, is in the top 10 of the

S&P 500

, has doubled its dividend and raised its buyback program. The company is also investing $1.7 billion into the business for long-term growth. Ward said he's proud of what CSX delivers to its shareholders.

Cramer reiterated his buy on CSX and encouraged its shareholders to vote in favor of Michael Ward.

Trading Strategies

"Discipline always trumps conviction," Cramer reminded viewers, as he detailed some of his trading strategies. "Buying stocks is not marrying them," he said, adding it's OK to like a stock at a certain price and not like it at a higher price.

That's the case with agriculture stocks, Cramer said. Companies like




John Deere

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have both rallied in recent days, and Cramer said investors need to take some profits. "You don't have a profit until you sell," Cramer stressed.

The same strategy applies to stocks like


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, Cramer noted. Both stocks had huge runs and had investors taken profits on the way up, they wouldn't have been hurt by the big declines.

Cramer then revisited his "Stress Index," a list of homebuilders and mortgage lenders. The index was at 100 when he created it on Aug. 3, but fell to 47 percent two weeks ago when Cramer began recommending buying stocks on the list.

Had investors followed this strategy, he noted, investors would've benefited from the recent rally and netted a 10 percentage-point gain.

A Market for Damaged Autos

Cramer welcomed Willis Johnson, founder of auto remarketer


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, to the show to discuss the company's business model.

Johnson said Copart is not a salvage company, but instead an Internet auctioneer of damaged and repossessed autos. The company takes autos that would be classified as "totaled" here in the U.S., and provides a way for them to be shipped to other parts of the world where they can be repaired for less.

Cramer said this is a company whose stock is going up, not down.

A Final Word

Finally, Cramer told viewers he still likes


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. EMC is a stock he owns for his

Action Alerts PLUS portfolio.

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Lightning Round

Cramer was bullish on

Vasco Data Security






Parexel International



State Street

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Spectra Energy

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Horsehead Holding



Cisco Systems

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Juniper Networks

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Cramer was bearish on

Melco PBL Entertainment



Las Vegas Sands

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Albany Molecular Research



International Game Technology

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Southwest Airlines

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Brocade Communications


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At the time of publication, Cramer was long EMC.

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