Cramer's 'Mad Money' Recap: Next Week's Game Plan

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Get used to the new market where interest rates rule the roost, Jim Cramer told his "Mad Money" TV show viewers Friday as he laid out his game plan for next week's trading.

Cramer said that first thing Monday morning, investors should be adding the CBOE Interest Rate 10-Year Treasury Index, TNX, to their screens. He said this measure of interest rates has become an excellent contra-indicator. When interest rates are on the rise, stocks are headed lower.

Tuesday brings new home sales and the Case-Schiller index. Cramer said these data points are very tricky because both too hot and too cold will be seen as bad news. Also on Tuesday, Lennar ( LEN), Carnival Cruises ( CCL) and Walgreen ( WAG). Cramer said only Walgreen makes his buy list and he'd be a buyer on weakness.

On Wednesday, Cramer will be watching Paychex ( PAYX) for a read on employment and the economy, along with Bed Bath and Beyond ( BBBY) and General Mills ( GIS). Cramer said he's a fan of Bed Bath, and if General Mills is strong, he'd use that data to buy some McCormick ( MKC) and ConAgra ( CAG), both of which report on Thursday.

Also making the list on Thursday are Nike ( NKE) and Accenture ( ACN). Cramer said he's not a fan of Nike's Chinese exposure, but he would buy Accenture.

Finally, on Friday BlackBerry ( BBRY) will report and Cramer said this stock garners more attention that it deserves. He said investors can buy the stock under $12 but must sell it over $15.

Five Easy Pickings

The markets may not be done heading lower, but that doesn't mean its too early to begin picking amongst the rubble, Cramer told viewers, as he highlighted five stocks that are ripe for the picking.

Cramer said with Obamacare just around the corner, the health care industry will be springing back to life, which will be great news for Healthcare REIT ( HCN) and Healthcare Trust ( HTA), which are both down over 20% from their highs. Healthcare REIT sports a 4.5% yield, he said, while Healthcare Trust now has a 4.9% yield.

Another real estate investment trust winner will be Liberty Property Trust ( LRY), said Cramer, because this office and industrial REIT is also down 22% from its highs and now has a 5.4% yield. Also making the list is American Realty Capital ( ARCP), another major player in the REIT space with a monster 6.4% yield and an ailing share price.

Finally, Cramer gave the nod to Linn Energy ( LINE), the oil and gas producer that's become embattled with the shorts over a planned acquisition. With an 8.7% yield, Cramer said the shorts will eventually relent, especially after the company moves to a monthly, rather than quarterly, distribution.

The Best Performers

As the quarter winds to a close, Cramer turned his sights to the best performing stocks of 2013.

They include Netflix ( NFLX), up 134%; Best Buy ( BBY), up 126%; Micron Technologies ( MU), 119%; Hewlett-Packard ( HPQ), 70%; and Advanced Micro Devices ( AMD), which rose 67% so far in 2013.

Cramer featured both Micron and AMD on last night's show, noting the old-school semiconductors are now riding the coattails of new products like the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Netflix was left for dead two years ago after the company failed to win customer approval for splitting itself into two services. But now the company is producing its own content and adding subscribers to its already 36 million. Cramer said Best Buy was also abandoned last year after the company's CEO left. But Best Buy's last quarter wasn't that bad, he noted, and the company is making serious efforts to turn itself around.

Of course, no mention of turnarounds would be complete without mentioning Hewlett-Packard, which is also cleaning up its act and attracting a lot of investor attention in the process.

Cramer said all of these stocks will be hot commodities for hedge funds and money managers going into the second half of the year.

Lightning Round

In the Lightning Round, Cramer was bullish on Radian Group ( RDN) and American Axle ( AXL).

Cramer was bearish on Pembina Pipeline ( PBA), Cheniere Energy ( LNG) and Frontier Communications ( FTR).

Off The Charts

In the "Off The Charts" segment, Cramer followed up with colleague Marc Sebastian on where the markets might be headed after this week's selloff. Cramer highlighted Sebastian's research on June 11, when Sebastian predicted the markets were indeed poised for the carnage that ensued.

Sebastian noted a correlation between the S&P 500 volatility index, commonly known as "the VIX," and the average itself. He said that every time the VIX spikes above 20, as it did today, the markets typically head decisively lower. That pattern has held up in every rise in the VIX since 2008, excluding the lone example of the fiscal cliff in 2012, which was solved at the final hour.

The pattern is clear: Sebastian's research showed a sharp rise in the VIX is almost always a precursor to a big market decline. However, when the coloration stops and the market rises while the VIX doesn't budge, then you know the bottom has occurred.

Cramer said Sebastian was right two weeks ago, so he's believing him when he says that there is still more pain to come and the bottom in the markets might not yet be at hand.

No Huddle Offense

In his "No Huddle Offense" segment, Cramer told viewers they need to be patient and not get aggressive because there are still many questions that have not been answered.

Cramer said this week's news taught him autos remain strong, but the consumer may not be. He said he learned the Federal Reserve is staying the course, which means that interest rates are key going forward.

But there are still many questions surrounding markets overseas, mainly banking stress in China, socialism in Brazil and weakening demand in India and Russia. Since any one of these things could hurt the markets, Cramer said caution will be the word going into this weekend.

To watch replays of Cramer's video segments, visit the Mad Money page on CNBC.

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

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