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NEW YORK (
) -- The markets have had a fabulous run, but don't get complacent, Jim Cramer warned on
Friday as he laid out his game plan for next week's trading.
Cramer said with the next
meeting slated for Wednesday, the markets could be put to the test.
Before the Fed meeting, Cramer said he'll be watching both the Empire State Fed Survey and the U.S. industrial production numbers on Monday. Both these metrics will offer some clarity on whether the economy is strengthening or weakening as many fear. Also on Monday, the Morgan Stanley industrial and auto conference, which can offer up even more data.
Cramer said he'll also be watching results from
on Monday, along with the Citigroup Global Industrial Conference on Tuesday. He reiterated buys on
ahead of the conference.
But the real news comes on Wednesday when the Fed releases its statement, said Cramer. He told investors to be ready to buy on the resulting weakness because no matter what the Fed does, it's unlikely to have an effect on the earnings per share of most companies.
also report Wednesday and Cramer said he'd be a buyer of FedEx, but has given up on Oracle.
Thursday brings earnings from two turnaround stocks,
Pier 1 Imports
. Cramer was bullish on both names.
Finally, on Friday, Cramer said the markets will likely take a rest after fretting about, then digesting, whatever the Fed has in store for us.
For "Speculation Friday," Cramer highlighted what he deemed "the best new company you've probably never heard of,"
Splunk came public in April 2012, and since then shares have rocketed 245%. As Cramer explained, Splunk helps companies manage and make sense of their big data, but not the sales and accounting kind that live in structured databases. Splunk has created game-changing software that helps companies analyze unstructured data, which can often account for as much as 90% of the data companies generate in a given year.
Unstructured data is often called machine data, or the logs created by servers as they go about their business. Machine data create a treasure trove of useful information, but only if it can be read, aggregated and analyzed, which is exactly what Splunk's software does. Splunk's customers can detect fraud, analyze security threats and prove that their in compliance all by using Splunk software.
Cramer said that big data is a $30 billion opportunity for Splunk, and the company is aggressively expanding its sales force to take a leading position. It reported a 50% rise in revenue last quarter with an incredible 90% gross margin, he added. It's no wonder shares are trading at 12 times sales, even though it is not yet profitable.
Cramer said he's a believer in the Splunk story, but only for speculation given its extremely high valuation.
Know Your IPO
In the "Know Your IPO" segment, Cramer commented on the much-hyped
initial public offering announced Thursday. He said his only hope is the underwriters for Twitter bring a fair IPO to market and avoid the fiasco that was
IPO. Everyone will want a piece of Twitter, but as of now, very little is known about the company and what its true value really is.
In the meantime, however, Cramer said he's a fan of
, a cyber security firm that will be coming public under the ticker "FEYE." The company plans to offer 14 million shares between $12 and $14, which would make it a $1.5 billion entity trading at 13 times sales. That's far from cheap, Cramer admitted, but the average first-day gain on a software IPO in 2013 has been 56%, which makes FireEye worth a look if investors can get in on the deal.
Also on the "coming soon" list is
, a cloud software company. These shares are expected to price between $21.50 and $24.50 a share, pegging this company's valuation at 6.7 times sales. This, too, is pricey, said Cramer, but is also worth trying to get in on.
In the Lightning Round, Cramer was bullish on
Cramer was bearish on
Northern Tier Energy
In the "Mad Mail" viewer feedback segment, Cramer followed up on a few stocks that stumped him on earlier shows. He said that
needs to cool off after a recent 68% move to the upside. The stock of
also didn't get Cramer's recommendation because he said that stock was already fairly valued.
Cramer told investors to cool it with
, a stock that's doubled so far in 2013, but he was warming up to
Grana Y Montero
, the engineering and construction giant from Peru.
When asked about Boeing, Cramer said he still liked the stock, as he does
Buffalo Wild Wings
. He is not a fan of
, however, reminding viewers that he hasn't like this stock in quite some time.
No Huddle Offense
In his "No Huddle Offense" segment, Cramer admitted the markets have him a little perplexed at the moment. On one hand, there's another government shutdown looming just a few weeks from now. But on the other hand, there's a rampant enthusiasm for stocks that he hasn't seen in years.
That was certainly the case with
, which shot up 17% in a single day on a better-than-expected quarter. Cramer said he always roots for stocks to go higher, but 17% in a single day tells him that we're near a top and things are getting "frothy."
But the market isn't rewarding discipline or caution at the moment, it's taking stocks like Ulta, and many others, sharply higher despite the Fed and Washington and Syria and the many other signals that should be sending investors running for the hills. That's why Cramer said he still recommends investing with caution, but not selling everything just yet.
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