Updated from 11:35 a.m. EDT

Wall Street was up on Wednesday, albeit in choppy action, after better-than-expected data was released in the manufacturing and housing sectors. Traders welcomed the positive stats as a sign that the economy is not getting any worse.

The manufacturing data showed that orders for big-ticket items such as cars, airplanes and furniture jumped 3.4% for the month. The move is attributed to an increase in demand for military parts, machinery and computers, helping to boost shares of Caterpillar ( CAT), General Electric ( GE) and 3M ( MMM).

In housing, sales of new homes, which were expected to be down, were up 4.7% in February. The news sent homebuilder stocks such as Toll Brothers ( TOL) and DR Horton ( DHI) soaring.

With this in mind, we thought we'd take a look at some of the stocks people have been searching for on TheStreet.com, including Wal-Mart ( WMT) and Rio Tinto ( RTP), and see what Jim Cramer's had to say about them lately.

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