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

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A version of this program last aired Dec. 23, 2013.

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- With all of the global uncertainty, earnings alone will not be enough to guide you through next week's trading, Jim Cramer told his Mad Money TV show viewers Friday as he laid out his game plan. Cramer said that all eyes need to be on the U.S. and Russia and whether global uncertainties will send investors fleeing to safety or let them continue the rally that's already in progress.

That said, Cramer will be watching Halliburton (HAL) on Monday, saying that he'd be a buyer on any weekend weakness. He was less optimistic about Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG) and Netflix (NFLX), both of which have run up ahead of their quarterly results.

Tuesday brings Apple (AAPL), a stock Cramer owns for his charitable trust, Action Alerts PLUS. When it comes to Apple, Cramer said to just "own it" for the long term.

Next, on Wednesday, it's Boeing (BA) reporting. Cramer said he'd be a buyer on weakness in Boeing as this stock will certainly be higher two months from now. Also on Wednesday is Facebook (FB), another stock Cramer said he'd just own for the long term.

Then, on Thursday, it's American Airlines (AAL), a stock Cramer said is cheap, along with both Ford (F) and General Motors (GM) reporting. Cramer said he prefers GM, another Action Alerts PLUS position, over Ford, but noted that both should report good numbers. Also Thursday, Caterpillar (CAT) reports. Cramer said he's bullish on Caterpillar as well.

Rounding out the week will be durable goods orders on Friday. Cramer said he's using this number to begin "Fed watch" to try and determine when the Federal Reserve is likely to begin raising interest rates.

Investing Like a Pro

Individual investors can not only invest like the pros, they can beat them, too, Cramer said, detailing the methods to his madness.

Cramer said it doesn't take a lot of effort to invest one's own money, just a few hours a week for research, the "homework," as he so often calls it. But the results from that research will bear far more fruit than blindly dumping money into an index fund or, worse, a bond fund in a time of historically low interest rates.

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