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NEW YORK ( Stockpickr) -- Regardless of why a stock is in the news, it never hurts to hear what a professional investor has to say about it. The key is to gather as much information as you can in order to make the most informed investment decisions you can. As Jim Cramer (read an excerpt from his new book here) often reminds, investors must do their homework.

So what has Cramer had to say lately about today's headline-makers? At Stockpickr, we've combed through his recent RealMoney blog posts, "Mad Money" TV show recaps and "Stop Trading!" segments to find out what he thinks about some of today's newsworthy stocks.

Kohl's ( KSS): Kohl's announced that it opened nine new stores, with plans to open about 20 more in 2010. The nine new openings created 1,500 new jobs.

In a March 2 post to his RealMoney blog, Cramer wrote that he was worried about the retailers, which he said seemed to be tiring after their "monster moves":

"I look at Gap ( GPS) and Macy's ( M) and I get nervous about a pause. Kohl's looks stalled to me. Nordstrom ( JWN) seems to have hit a wall. And you have to admit that TJX ( TJX) shouldn't be down as much as this. Same with Bed Bath & Beyond ( BBBY). Only J.C. Penney ( JCP), the ultimate laggard, is headed higher with any momentum."

Cramer recommended taking "something off the table in this red hot group," calling the gains "amazing" and saying he was "beginning to wonder if it wasn't just a squeeze."

Apple ( AAPL): In a conversation with TheStreet's Gregg Greenberg, mutual fund manager Erick Maronak called Apple the best-run company in the country and an attractive investment.

In a March 2 blog post, Cramer wrote:

"Sometimes it's just an absence of sellers. We had seen endless sellers in Apple and Amazon ( AMZN) on every lift. Amazon I get -- there's been a lot thrown at it. Apple's iPad could hurt the Kindle. Wal-Mart ( WMT) wants into the space in a big way. How much post-holiday selling can there be?

"Apple's been a mystery as to why it hasn't gone up. I still hear skepticism about the iPad, but not from anyone who understands the desire to own a suite of products and who gets that Steve Jobs does not issue products that simply do the same thing as the last few products. Things are breakthroughs or they simply aren't issued.

"So what happened here? I believe that we've had a series of persistent sellers at every level. But those sellers have now gotten out of the way."

Toyota ( TM): Toyota, Lexus and Scion cars saw an 8.7% decrease in February sales compared with last year, with the Toyota brand experiencing a 10.6% drop due to safety recalls. In comparison, Ford ( F) sales were up 43%, General Motors saw a 32% sales bump, and Honda's ( HMC) sales rose 12%.

In a March 2 blog post, Cramer wrote:

"One of the absolute greatest obstacles to outperformance, to cutting your gains, is the constant desire to find a new name. I see this daily on the Lightning Round on "Mad Money." It does not matter how many times I reiterate that Ford is the play in autos, I get questions on Toyota almost daily.

" I have no idea how much business Toyota has lost for the long term or otherwise. But I do know this: It isn't just Toyota's stock that's damaged, it's the company itself.

"People want to play Honda; cool, Honda is a beneficiary, but Ford has got the most upside, as Ford has gains coming not just from market share but also from an improving balance sheet and the subsequent ratings upgrades that will make borrowing easier."

For more of what Cramer's had to say lately about stocks in the news, check out the Cramer's Take portfolio.

(Editor's note: At the time of this publication, Cramer owned Apple for his Action Alerts PLUS charitable trust.)

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