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Stocks may not be as an popular asset class as they once were but they're still far better than the alternatives, Jim Cramer told his Mad Money viewers Thursday.

Cramer was responded to a newly released survey that asked 1,000 Americans what they would do with money they didn't need for 10 years. A full 25% said they would invest in real estate, with another 23% preferring to keep the money in cash. Stocks came in third at just 16%, on par with investing in precious metals like gold. Cramer said he found this survey horrendous, but also totally understandable.

Stocks have had a difficult run over the past 15 years. First it was the dot-com collapse in 2001, then the financial crisis of 2008. That was followed by the flash crash in 2010, worries over Europe in 2011, worries over China last year and now Brexit. It's no wonder that a stock like General Electric (GE) - Get Report , which trades at $32 today, is still nowhere near its $60 highs in 2000.

But for as troubled as stocks have been, they're still better than the alternatives. Real estate is no bargain at current prices, and homes proved to be just as volatile as stocks during the recession. Cash is also tricky, as it pays so little your money will hardly keep up with inflation. Cramer said he's always been a fan of having gold in your portfolio, but gold is not diversified enough in and of itself.

That's why Cramer still believes in stocks, which offer growth and yield. He said your fist $10,000 should be invested in an index fund, with the remainder in a diversified group of stocks. Then take $1 out of every $10 you invest and put that towards your "Mad Money" portfolio, where you can follow along with the show, earning and learning as you go.

Executive Decision: Patrick Doyle

For his "Executive Decision" segment, Cramer once again checked in with Patrick Doyle, president and CEO of Domino's Pizza (DPZ) - Get Report , the pizza chain that blew away the estimates with a 4-cents-a-share earnings beat on better-than-expected revenue with a 9.7% increase in domestic same-store sales. Today's earnings were a major improvement from last quarter's lackluster sales, enough to send shares up 5.6% to new all-time highs.

Doyle was upbeat about the Domino's loyalty program, which he said was having a meaningful impact on orders and the frequency of orders from customers. Also adding to the excitement is Domino's new "no-click" app, where customers just need to open the app and it will automatically place your favorite order unless you tell it not to.

When asked about rising labor costs, Doyle say he sees that as a good thing as it means the economy is heating up and demand is growing.

Outside of the U.S., Doyle was bullish on both Germany and India, the latter being Domino's largest market outside of the U.S.

Cramer remains a buyer of Domino's.

Executive Decision: Denise Morrison

In his second "Executive Decision" segment, Cramer sat down with Denise Morrison, president and CEO of Campbell Soup (CPB) - Get Report , the food giant that's rapidly transforming into a natural and organic powerhouse with shares that are up 20% so far this year.

Morrison explained that Campbell's purpose is to provide real food that matters and she's very pleased with the team she's built to execute that mission. She added that Campbell believes real food has roots, is made with care and is safe and affordable without compromises.

With consumer preferences changing rapidly, Morrison said Campbell is up to the challenge, both strengthening its core brands but also expanding into faster-growing ones while embracing new models of innovation. The company is also hot on the acquisition trail, keeping a close eye on the multitude of smaller brands that are winning with customers.

The Millennial generation lives different and shops different, Morrison said, and that's why vegetables and whole grains are becoming the future of food in America.

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Executive Decision: Nick Pinchuk

In a third "Executive Decision" segment, Cramer welcomed Nick Pinchuk, chairman, president and CEO of Snap-On (SNA) - Get Report , the tool maker that delivered a 13-cents-a-share earnings beat, but saw its shares fall 3.4% as Wall Street critiqued the company's financing arm.

Pinchuk said that Snap-On's automotive business was very strong this quarter, with tools up 5%. The industrial segment, however, was challenged by a decline in military spending. As for that financing arm, Pinchuk said Snap-On has been in finance for 50 years and financing is a strategic arm of the company.

While it's true the amount of money Snap-On is lending has increased, Pinchuk noted the delinquency rate has remained the same. As the company moves into more high-ticket items such as diagnostic tools, it only makes sense that the amount being financed would increase as well.

As for Snap-On's growth potential, Pinchuk noted that as self-driving cars emerge on the scene, they will require greater and great precision to operate properly. The only way to get greater precision is with more precise tools.

Cramer called today's decline in Snap-On's stock a rare blip for a great company.

Lightning Round

In the Lightning Round, Cramer was bullish on Snyders-Lance (LNCE) , Brunswick (BC) - Get Report , Take-Two Interactive (TTWO) - Get Report , Electronic Arts (EA) - Get Report , Activision Blizzard (ATVI) - Get Report and Interval Leisure Group (IILG) .

Cramer was bearish on Hawaiian Electric (HE) - Get Report and Zynga (ZNGA) - Get Report .

No Huddle Offense

In his "No Huddle Offense" segment, Cramer said the wonders in this market never cease. Case in point: Joy Global (JOY) , a stock that's been slowly rising, closing today up 19.7% for the year.

Cramer admitted he's been dismissing the move in Joy Global because of the continued decline of coal usage around the globe. There was simply no reason to buy the stock, he said.

But Joy Global's slow ascent made perfect sense today, as the company received a takeover bid, something Cramer said he didn't see coming but makes perfect sense.

The mystery is now solved, Cramer concluded, and the charts were right all along.

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