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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Gridlock in Washington is good for stocks, Jim Cramer told his Mad Money viewers Friday. Cramer said with politicians continuing to duke it out, investors can focus on the big themes that have been working well so far in 2014.
Cramer's game plan for next week's trading starts Monday with earnings from WhiteWave Foods (WWAV) , Halcon Resources (HK - Get Report) and Internet retailer Wayfair (W - Get Report) . He said that the organic food movement is alive and well and WhiteWave, along with Whole Foods Market (WFM) , should continue to do well. He suggested listening to Halcon and Wayfair for any news.
Wednesday begins a slew of retail earnings, starting with Macy's (M - Get Report) , a stock Cramer owns for his charitable trust, Action Alerts PLUS, along with J.C. Penney (JCP - Get Report) . Cramer was bullish on Macy's but noted Penney has already announced bad news this quarter. Also on Wednesday is Cisco (CSCO - Get Report) , another Cramer fave.
For Thursday, it's Wal-Mart (WMT - Get Report) , Kohl's (KSS - Get Report) and Nordstrom (JWN - Get Report) reporting. Cramer said of the three, Wal-Mart may be the surprise as it typically benefits from cheaper gasoline and better employment.
Finally, on Friday, Cramer said he'll be watching the Chinese trade balance number to see if that country is stabilizing or remaining sluggish.
Executive Decision: David Brain
For his "Executive Decision" segment, Cramer welcomed back David Brain, president and CEO of EPR Properties (EPR - Get Report) , a real estate investment trust with a 6% dividend yield. Shares of EPR are up 60% since Cramer first featured the company three years ago.
Brain said with big Republican wins this election he expects the charter school industry to grow, which will be good news for EPR, whose portfolio already includes charter schools.
Brain was also bullish on the movie theater business, saying the luxury theater movement continues to grow in many markets. By taking out 50% of the seats in a theater and replacing them with wider seats and rows and other amenities, ticket sales typically increase 20%. Plus with less parking required, EPR has been able to further develop its properties.
Other bright spots for EPR are the upcoming ski season and a licensing decision in New York for the company's dormant casino property, which is expected this month.
With EPR operating in so many healthy industries, Cramer said this stock is a big win for anyone looking for both growth and yield.
Hope for Homebuilders
With the homebuilding stocks still getting pummeled nearly five years after the recession began, are there any signs of hope for this beleaguered sector? Cramer says there might be.
As it stands right now, lending standards are so stringent that only those who don't need a loan can get one, Cramer explained, but that may be about to change as Fannie Mae (FNMA) has indicated that lending standards may be easing.
That may mean more mortgage defaults but, overall, looser standards would be a big boost for the homebuilders and our economy.
Also potentially helping the homebuilders -- cheaper gasoline. Cramer explained that as gas prices fall, people are willing to drive more and live further from where they work. That means homebuilders can finally begin developing all of their properties that are further out in the suburbs.
For all these reasons, Cramer said the bottom may soon be at hand and the homebuilders may finally see some much needed relief.
Executive Decision: Stanley Bergman
In his second "Executive Decision" segment, Cramer sat down with Stanley Bergman, chairman and CEO of Henry Schein (HSIC - Get Report) , the dental supply giant with 45% market share in the U.S. Schein just reported a 3-cents-a-share earnings beat.
When asked what has changed most over his 25 years as CEO, Bergman said technology. He said Schein's new digital imaging products can scan and build a dental crown in about a hour, something that has traditionally taken weeks and several trips to the dentist to accomplish.
Turning to the economy, Bergman is bullish on the U.S., Germany, the U.K. and Australia, noting that all these countries are leaning in the right direction at the moment. Bergman was also bullish on the company's animal health and vaccine businesses, both of which continue to grow.
Cramer said Henry Schein has been a big winner so far and is a very easy stock to own.
In the Lightning Round, Cramer was bullish on Skyworks Solutions (SWKS - Get Report) , Buckeye Partners (BPL - Get Report) , Kinder Morgan (KMI - Get Report) , Lockheed Martin (LMT - Get Report) , Opko Health (OPK - Get Report) and Texas Instruments (TXN - Get Report) .
Cramer was bearish on SeaDrill Limited (SDRL) , Micron Technology (MU - Get Report) , Iron Mountain (IRM - Get Report) , AeroVironment (AVAV - Get Report) , Qualcomm (QCOM - Get Report) and Sony (SNE - Get Report) .
Am I Diversified?
In his "Am I Diversified?" segment, Cramer spoke with callers and responded to tweets sent via Twitter to @JimCramer to see if investors' portfolios have what it takes for today's markets. The first portfolio included Altria (MO - Get Report) , Bank of America (BAC - Get Report) , Gilead Sciences (GILD - Get Report) , Apple (AAPL - Get Report) and Alibaba (BABA - Get Report) .
Cramer said this portfolio was perfectly diversified.
Cramer said this portfolio was also properly diversified with a good dividend yield.
Cramer also blessed this portfolio as properly diversified.
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-- Written by Scott Rutt in Washington, D.C.
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