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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- In this market, no news is fabulous news, Jim Cramer told his Mad Money viewers Friday. Fortunately, there's not a lot of news in next week's game plan.
On Monday, Cramer said the only news he'll be watching are the existing home sales. But while sales will most likely disappoint investors, the markets probably won't pay much attention.
Then, on Tuesday, the latest durable goods numbers will be released, but Cramer said these numbers won't be a game changer for the stock market either. Additionally on Tuesday, earnings from Walgreen's (WAG) . Cramer said he's not expecting any surprises here.
Continuing the ho-hum news on Wednesday will be the initial jobless claims. Cramer said the Federal Reserve has already told us it's keeping an eye on this data.
Thursday is Christmas, and Cramer made his annual plea for all parents and grandparents to buy one share of Walt Disney (DIS) for each of their children. Disney is not only a terrific investment but also an opportunity to teach kids early about the power of investing and the joys of stock ownership.
Finally, on Friday, the retail outlooks for this holiday season will begin pouring in. Cramer said he's reminded that Blackhawk (HAWK) is the leader in the gift card space and Verifone (PAY) will be kicking off a huge credit card terminal upgrade cycle for 2015.
Executive Decision: Jim Whitehurst
For his "Executive Decision" segment, Cramer spoke with Jim Whitehurst, president and CEO of Red Hat (RHT) , the open source software provider that just posted a 2-cents-a-share earnings beat on a 15% rise in year-over-year revenuesand raised its 2015 guidance. Shares of Red Hat are up 28% since Cramer checked in back in June.
Whitehurst said that while Red Hat is best known for its Linux operating systems, this quarter saw strong, 48% growth in its non-Linux offerings. He said customers are more and more preferring the Red Hat model, which offers free software but robust support and maintenance services.
When asked about the recent cyber attacks at Sony (SNE) , Whitehurst said one of the many benefits of Red Hat is having quick access to security updates and patches. Some of the vulnerabilities found recently were fixed by Red Hat within an hour, he noted.
Continuing on the security topic, Whitehurst explained that security remains a major problem and every company is at risk. He said security is a lot more than just software. Companies must review their processes, training and many other human factors as well.
Finally, when asked for a big win this quarter, Whitehurst called out Adobe Systems (ADBE) , which is increasingly using Red Hat as it move its software to a cloud-based subscription model.