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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- As earnings season kicks into high gear next week, Jim Cramer told the viewers of his "Mad Money"TV show to "don't buy, just listen" to the companies that are reporting.

He said trading during earnings season is just too risky, and too many things can go wrong.

Among the companies reporting, Cramer said he'll be listening to railroad CSX ( CSX) on Tuesday for news on increased ethanol blends and also demand from China. Also on Tuesday, is tech bellwether Intel ( INTC), a stock which Cramer owns for his charitable trust, Action Alerts PLUS. Cramer said he wants to hear if price cuts are stimulating demand.

On Wednesday, Cramer said he'll be watching JPMorgan Chase ( JPM), another Action Alerts PLUS name. He said he's hoping for word on a reinstatement of JPMorgan's dividend and clarity on mortgage loan losses. "Don't buy without answers to those questions," he cautioned.

On Thursday, Google ( GOOG) reports, and Cramer said he's hoping to hear how the company plans to monetize its Android cell phone OS. He said Google is currently cheap at just one-time its growth rate, and he said he'd consider trading it, using deep-in-the- money call options if the stock gets hit.

Finally on Friday, General Electric ( GE) reports, and Cramer said he wants to hear how all the company's divisions are doing, from oil service to aerospace to health care.

In the IPO market, Cramer said be on the lookout for Tower International, an auto parts maker coming out of a restructuring that's set to trade under the ticker TOWR. Cramer said he'd try and get in on the IPO if possible.

Sexy Tech Stock

For "Speculation Friday," Cramer declared Netgear ( NTGR) to be the most unexpectedly sexy tech stock out there. He said after consolidation in its industry, Netgear is now in a happy duopoly with Cisco ( CSCO), and its Linksys brand, in the home-networking arena.

Netgear currently commands 30% market share in the home-networking space, and is making money hand over fist as consumers upgrade to the faster new wireless-N standard, said Cramer. The company is also branching out into new products like media players and IPTV products that stream Internet content to HDTVs.

Netgear is also expanding beyond the consumer market, said Cramer, and into the small- and medium-size business arena as well as striking deals with cable providers to become the default cable modem of choice with millions of households.

Netgear executives expect the company to double revenue over the next five years, and is on track to do so after delivering a six-cent-a-share earnings beat on revenue up 35% year over year when it last reported. Cramer said Netgear trades at only 13 times earnings, and only 10 times earnings when backing out the company's cash on hand. Netgear currently has an 18% long-term growth rate.

Turnaround Story

"Never dig in your heels when it comes to a stock," Cramer told viewers, as he once again changed course on Walgreens ( WAG), one of the nation's largest pharmacy chains.

Cramer said he used to like Walgreens, but after cut-throat competition caused the company to deliver a four-cent-a-share earnings miss on Jun 22, Cramer went bearish.

So what's changed? Cramer said Walgreens has gotten its act together and just recently reported a five-cent-a-share earnings beat on a 7.4% rise in revenues and better same store sales. In addition, the company reported a 5.3% uptick in sales for September.

Cramer said the turn in Walgreens is for real. Management has stopped putting up new stores, which take three to four years to break even, and is instead focusing on making its existing stores more profitable. Walgreens' specialty pharmacy business is also improving by drastically cutting costs.

Walgreens currently trades at just 13 times earnings, while the company historically sells at 16 times earnings. Cramer said that makes the stock a buy, despite its huge run-up over the past month.

Safe Dividend

In an "Executive Decision" segment, Cramer sat down with Maggie Wilderotter, chairman and CEO of Frontier Communications ( FTR), a stock which Cramer recently placed in the "Sell Block" after the company slashed its dividend by 25% when it acquired 4.8 million access lines from Verizon ( VZ).

Wilderotter said Frontier has been a high-paying dividend company since 2004, and chose to reduce its dividend to investing in new markets, grow revenue and created even more cash flow going forward. She noted that even after the reduction, Frontier is still one of the highest-yielding companies in the S&P 500.

Wilderotter also noted that the deal with Verizon was initiated by her, and de-leveraged the company from 3.9 times earnings to just 2.6 times earnings. She said Frontier's billing systems are also scalable, allowing the company to easily absorb the new lines. In addition, Wilderotter said she's "very comfortable" with the $500 million in synergies predicted from the deal.

When asked about the 11.2% loss of lines reported from the deal, Wilderotter said she knows how to turn that tide around, and Frontier had lower- than-average line losses before the deal.

Finally, when asked whether the dividend is safe, Wilderotter said simply, "Yes." Cramer said he felt better about Frontier after having the conversation, and investors should, too.

Lightning Round

Cramer was bullish on Sears Holdings ( SHLD), Home Depot ( HD - Get Report), BP Prudhoe Bay Royalty Trust ( BPT - Get Report), Permian Basin Royalty Trust ( PBT - Get Report), Union Pacific ( UNP - Get Report), Intuit ( INTU - Get Report), DuPont ( DD - Get Report), CBOE Holdings ( CBOE), First Horizon National ( FHN), PNC Financial Services ( PNC) and US Bancorp ( USB).

He was bearish on Petroleo Brasileiro ( PBR), Penn West Energy Trust ( PWE), H&R Block ( HRB) and Green Mountain Coffee Roasters ( GMCR).

--Written by Scott Rutt in Washington, D.C.

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