Between uncertainty surrounding the French elections and a huge slate of companies scheduled to report earnings next week, there's a smell of panic in the air, Jim Cramer told his Mad Money viewers Friday. And, he said, when that panic sets in, investors should be ready to buy, buy, buy.
Cramer's game plan for next week's trading included a mountain of companies, all of which will be reporting at a lighting pace. The week begins with Kimberly-Clark (KMB) - Get Report and Hasbro (HAS) - Get Report on Monday. Cramer said he'd be a buyer of both.
For Tuesday, Cramer was bullish on Caterpillar (CAT) - Get Report , Coca-Cola (KO) - Get Report , McDonald's (MCD) - Get Report , Eli Lilly (LLY) - Get Report and the reliable 3M (MMM) - Get Report . He also liked Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG) - Get Report , but advised against chasing shares higher.
Wednesday brings earnings from Boeing (BA) - Get Report , a stock that's red hot but also one where Cramer said there's no edge. He was more bullish on United Technologies and Pepsico (PEP) - Get Report , an Action Alerts PLUS holding. He felt that owning Twitter (TWTR) - Get Report has simply gotten too risky.
The parade of earnings continues on Thursday with Southwest Airlines (LUV) - Get Report , Domino's Pizza (DPZ) - Get Report , Amazon.com (AMZN) - Get Report , Microsoft (MSFT) - Get Report and Alphabet (GOOGL) - Get Report , another Action Alerts PLUS name, all in the bull camp. Representing the bears, Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMY) - Get Report and Under Armour (UA) - Get Report , a stock Cramer said is too expensive.
Finally on Friday, Exxon-Mobil (XOM) - Get Report and Chevron (CVX) - Get Report report, along with General Motors (GM) - Get Report . Cramer was not bullish on autos, but said that when oil hits $47 a barrel, both oil stocks would be buys.
Meanwhile, over on Real Money, Cramer looks at some all-American stocks that are doing well and that may be the best way to play the French elections. Get his insights with a free trial subscription to Real Money.
You Can Only Win the Race if You Run
Don't take your cues from super-rich hedge fund guys, Cramer told viewers. Billionaires have different priorities than regular investors, Cramer said, and they have no incentive to keep taking risks.
You aren't likely to hear a money manager say they like the market, or a particular stock, or anything really. It's far more prudent to play it safe and not lose money, when you have money, but scaring you out of the market is the wrong attitude for the rest of us.
Cramer said many hedge fund guys told him he was fool for recommending Apple (AAPL) - Get Report , an Action Alerts PLUS core position, at $93 a share. But now at $142, those guys don't have much to say.
You can't lose if you never take a stand, but Cramer comes out every night with ideas anyway.
It won't be long before Broadcom's (AVGO) - Get Report acquisition of Brocade Communications will be closing, and that means the company will likely be on the hunt for its next acquisition. Who will that acquisition be? Cramer said he's got the perfect candidate.
For those not familiar with Broadcom, the company makes chips for communications, connectivity and the Internet of Things. Nearly 99% of the world's data passes through one of Broadcom's chips. The company is also a strategic acquirer, as seen by it's acquisition of Brocade, which makes the next generation of fiber channel communications that businesses and data centers will need to upgrade their existing networks.
As for who might be next on Broadcom's shopping list, Cramer said he's thinking it's Xilinx (XLNX) - Get Report , makers of programmable logic devices and chips for the coming 5G wireless transition. Xilinx has a $14 billion market cap and would be right up Broadcom's alley.
There have been rumors that Broadcom is bidding on Toshiba's ailing chip business, but Cramer said he doesn't think that deal would make a lot of sense, especially at the rumored $23 billion price tag. He said that Toshiba makes commodity products that simply aren't a good fit for Broadcom.
Executive Decision: Proofpoint
For his "Executive Decision" segment, Cramer spoke with Gary Steele, CEO of cyber security company Proofpoint (PFPT) - Get Report , which today delivered a three-cents-a-share earnings beat with a 43% rise in revenues and strong guidance that sent shares soaring 9.3%.
Steele said there are a number of tailwinds helping Proofpoint grow, including the migration to the cloud and the increasing threat landscape. Hackers and scammers are increasingly targeting people, not infrastructure, which makes Proofpoint's suite of products all the more valuable.
Many businesses are using Microsoft's Office365 product suite and need more security than what Microsoft offers. That's where Proofpoint comes in, Steele said. They also have products to help business users spot phishing and imposter websites that look just like the real thing.
Proofpoint currently has over 4,000 customers, but Steele noted that there's still a long way to go. Most board rooms have not even heard of things like business email compromise, where hackers send fake emails to employees that look like their bosses are telling them to wire money or send sensitive information outside the company. Yet every day, businesses are getting bit by these scams.
In the Lightning Round, Cramer was bullish on EQT Midstream Partners (EQM) - Get Report , AbbVie (ABBV) - Get Report , The Blackstone Group (BX) - Get Report , Oclaro (OCLR) - Get Report and Core Civic (CXW) - Get Report .
In his "Mad Tweets" segment, Cramer answered some viewer questions. He was bullish on IDEXX Labs (IDXX) - Get Report as a way to play the growing pet-care market and bullish on Waste Management (WM) - Get Report as a way to cash in on our growing economy.
When asked about Las Vegas Sands (LVS) - Get Report , Cramer said he preferred Wynn Resorts (WYNN) - Get Report , and when asked to recommend General Mills (GIS) - Get Report , Cramer said he couldn't find a catalyst.
Finally, Cramer said that if the markets are down Monday following the French elections, he'd be a buyer of Briggs & Stratton (BGG) - Get Report , Stanley Black & Decker (SWK) - Get Report or Sherwin-Williams (SHW) - Get Report since none of them have any international exposure.
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