Next week will be packed with earnings, Jim Cramer told his Mad Money viewers Friday. That's why he recommended investors just stop, look and listen -- but refrain from buying until all of the dust settles.
Cramer's game plan for next week begins on Monday with earnings from Halliburton (HAL - Get Report) and TD Ameritrade (AMTD - Get Report) . Cramer said he's not a fan of fossil fuels and feels that no-commission trading could take a bite out of Ameritrade.
Next, on Tuesday, Cramer said he like Procter & Gamble (PG - Get Report) , McDonalds (MCD - Get Report) and Kimberly-Clark (KMB - Get Report) , but thought the best earnings would come from United Technologies (UTX - Get Report) and Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG - Get Report) .
Wednesday's onslaught of earnings includes Boeing (BA - Get Report) , which should find a bottom soon, according to Cramer, along with Waste Management (WM - Get Report) , Microsoft (MSFT - Get Report) and Thermo-Fisher Scientific (TMO - Get Report) , three stocks which Cramer recommended. He also noted that Caterpillar (CAT - Get Report) , an Action Alerts PLUS holding, will likely go lower after it reports, but then move higher.
Rounding out the week is Danaher (DHR - Get Report) and Amazon (AMZN - Get Report) on Thursday, followed by Anheuser Busch (BUD) and VF Corp (VFC - Get Report) on Friday. Cramer said Amazon can be bought any time the company is investing in itself and shares fall, but VF Corp should be bought on any weakness.
A Tale of Two Stocks
The markets were led lower by Boeing (BA - Get Report) and Johnson & Johnson (JNJ - Get Report) , Cramer told viewers, but while Boeing will eventually recover, Johnson & Johnson may be another story.
Cramer said today's allegations that Boeing execs may have known about problems with the 737Max were indeed scathing. But eventually, he said, the plane will be fixed and shares will recover. The recall at Johnson & Johnson however, is another story. The company is already mired in lawsuits surrounding its baby powder. If today's recall does indeed find contaminants, Cramer said that would be too much for him to continue to recommend the stock.
On Friday, Johnson & Johnson said it was starting a voluntary recall in the U.S. of a single lot of its Johnson's Baby Powder in response to a U.S. Food and Drug Administration test indicating the presence of sub-trace levels of chrysotile asbestos contamination (no greater than 0.00002%) in samples from a single bottle purchased from an online retailer. Read the company news release here.
Cramer also offered an update on FAANG, his acronym for Facebook (FB - Get Report) , Apple (AAPL - Get Report) , Amazon, Netflix (NFLX - Get Report) and Alphabet (GOOGL - Get Report) . After yesterday's disappointment from Netflix, he suggested swapping that stock for Microsoft.
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What Boosted the Banks?
One of the biggest lessons from this week's earnings was that the banks are not dead after all. Cramer said the banks should have seen awful earnings with an inverted yield curve, but instead, great management and execution saved the day.
Shares of JPMorgan Chase (JPM - Get Report) were up 3.8% this week on solid earnings, making it Cramer's top pick. Citigroup (C - Get Report) was his favorite value bank, as the company beat on earnings but still trades just above its book value.
Cramer said Wells Fargo (WFC - Get Report) remains complicated, as the bank's new CEO needs time to prove himself. He said it's hard to get behind Wells Fargo when Citigroup is better and cheaper. The same applies to Bank of America (BAC - Get Report) , which also had strong earnings. Cramer said while Bank of America is great at just 10 times earnings, JPMorgan is even better.
Cramer said Goldman delivered solid earnings in a less-than-stellar environment. The company's partnership with Apple led to the most successful credit card launch ever. Cramer said Goldman remains an attractive investment and a value play with a 2.4% dividend yield. Morgan Stanley was also strong, but not Cramer's favorite. He said Morgan's capital management business was the highlight of Morgan's results, up 17%.
Finally, the markets didn't like the earnings from American Express, but Cramer said that's only because expectations had gotten too high. He said the weakness is giving investors a buying opportunity as they trade for just 13 times earnings.
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Stormy Forecast for Cloud Kings
In his "No-Huddle Offense" segment, Cramer said it's been a brutal week for the cloud stocks. Investors panned Workday (WDAY - Get Report) after the company indicated it was moving into a new vertical earlier this week. Meanwhile, Coupa Software (COUP - Get Report) saw its shares clobbered as investors continued to rotate money out of the group.
Downgrades at Adobe Systems (ADBE - Get Report) and ServiceNow (NOW - Get Report) sent those stocks markedly lower. And even cloud king Salesforce.com (CRM - Get Report) dipped as co-CEO Marc Benioff kicked off a book tour that raised questions for shareholders.
Cramer said other than Salesforce, he'd stay away from the cloud names until we hear something positive to change investors' minds.
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