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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- With the Alibaba ( BABA) initial public offering finally behind us, Jim Cramer said on Mad Money Friday it's back to regularly scheduled programming. That's why Cramer's game plan for next week's trading is once again focusing on individual corporate earnings.
On Monday, Cramer said he'll be watching the earnings from AutoZone (AZO) , which will likely see a selloff after it reports followed by a rally. He told viewers to buy that dip. Also on Monday, Ascena Retail (ASNA) , a stock Cramer thinks might surprise to the upside.
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Tuesday brings earnings from Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY) and Carnival Cruises (CCL) . Cramer said that Bed Bath is likely to keep heading nowhere but Carnival may not be done going higher if it posts a decent number.
Finally, on Friday, it's the embattled BlackBerry (BBRY) in the spotlight. Cramer said he sees this once-dominant phone maker in a long-term decline, which is why he is urging investors who may want to speculate on BlackBerry to be careful.
Should Staples Buy Office Depot?
There's one sure-fire way to keep the market heading higher, Cramer told viewers --consolidation. After suggesting last week that GNC (GNC) should buy its rival, Vitamin Shoppe (VSI) , Cramer offered up another retail merger that would be a huge win for shareholders: Staples (SPLS) buying Office Depot (ODP) .
Cramer said a combined Staples and Office Depot would see huge synergies and cost savings. How do we know that? Because shares of Office Depot have doubled in the two years since it gobbled up rival Office Max, and a deal with Staples would be even bigger.
Savvy investors may recall that Staples made a previous attempt to buy Office Depot in 1997 and at the time, was shot down by government regulators. But Cramer noted that a lot has changed since 1997, and with so many office supplies being purchased online from Amazon.com (AMZN) and others a deal would likely be approved.
So how much could the combined company save? Cramer said both chains are already closing stores in order to grow, but he sees another 1,000 locations that could be closed. Add those savings to a reduction in corporate overhead and increased purchasing power and Cramer said the combined company could see $1 billion in savings.