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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.

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."
Who Owns Family Dollar?

DuPont ( DD): Morgan Stanley increased its target price on DuPont to $45, as well as its estimates. Barclays upped its target as well, to $44 from $41. Both firms rate the stock equal-weight.

On his "Stop Trading!" segment yesterday, Cramer recommended DuPont, calling CEO Ellen Kullman "one of the best but least-heralded CEOS in America."

In a blog post yesterday called " DuPont Can't Get the Respect It Deserves," Cramer wrote:

"It is almost as if no one even knew that DuPont had an agriculture division, let alone the fact that the ag division kicked butt and enabled the company to revise earnings estimates up from $2.64 to $2.90-$3.05, the largest boost I have seen of any Dow stock to date. Sixteen percent sales growth, 31% earnings growth. That's what ag delivered, as the business is on fire and, I believe, taking share from lagging Monsanto ( MON). Farmers are planting like crazy, and DuPont is a winner from it."
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Citigroup ( C): Citigroup slid on Wednesday after Moody's cut its outlook on Citi, Bank of America ( BAC) and Wells Fargo ( WFC) to negative from stable.In a July 27 blog post, Cramer wrote: "I had no idea that Basel mattered that much as the capital requirement leniency was always thought to be the case, but I will take anything that gets these stocks off the schneid. UBS ( UBS) and Deutsche Bank ( DB)were on the ropes at one time, and it was thought that UBS was insolvent. Oh well, so much for that. European bank preferreds are soaring. Remember Citigroup is an international company, and these reports should help the stock. Also, Citi does not have to do a capital raise as I suspect some foreign banks might want to do."

In a blog post today before the market open, Cramer wrote of tomorrow:

"If we get bad claims, we will forget that this week and last we saw a lot of housing data that was so irrefutable that even the bear-owned media struggled to stay negative. But if they are stable, I think this group will run, with JPM ( JPM), BAC, PNC Financial ( PNC) and, of course, Citigroup leading the way. In other words, reach for these first on claims that are positive."
Who Owns Citigroup?

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 and Weatherford, for his Action Alerts PLUS charitable trust.)

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