Not a Stockpickr member? Join the community today -- for free.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. Family Dollar ( FDO): Activist Investor Nelson Peltz's Trian Fund Management purchased a 6.6% stake in Family Dollar, causing the stock to surge. In a July 23 blog post called " Unemployment Extension Is a Boon for Retailers," Cramer wrote: "My contacts in retail are indicating that June, unlike April or May, was a decent month, and that it got better as it went along. The possibility of better numbers from outfits like Macy's ( M) or Williams-Sonoma ( WSM) or Kohl's ( KSS) should not be overlooked. Of course, we have to consider the idea of just going with Wal-Mart ( WMT) and Dollar General ( DG) and to a lesser extent Family Dollar as ways to play it."
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