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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- It's hard to keep a good market down, Jim Cramer announced to his Mad Money viewers Friday, especially when that market is fraught with mergers and acquisitions. That's why Cramer's game plan for next week's trading continues to keep one eye on earnings and the other on the next possible takeover targets.
The week begins after the holiday on Tuesday with AutoZone (AZO) and cloud-computing giant Workday (WDAY). Cramer said AutoZone should be bought, especially on any post-earnings weakness, while Workday should also be strong and offer positive pin action for other cloud stocks.
Wednesday is jam-packed with earnings from Michael Kors (KORS), a stock Cramer doesn't like, and DSW (DSW), which he does. Palo Alto Networks (PANW) remains a favorite as are Costco (COST) and Popeye's Louisiana Kitchen (PLKI). Also on Wednesday, an investor meeting for Humana (HUM) that should buoy other health care stocks including Cigna (CI) and Unitedhealth Group (UNH).
Finally, on Friday it's another retailer, Big Lots (BIG), in the spotlight. Cramer said he hasn't been impressed with this company, even though it represents a decent risk/reward at these prices.
Can losing money actually be a good thing? It can if you're FireEye (FEYE) and your mission is cyber security.
That was Cramer's takeaway from last night's interview with FireEye's CEO. FireEye has been losing money quarter after quarter, but it's also spending more and more to meet the huge demand and not cede any ground to its competitors.
In order to get the best, most trustworthy people, you need to pay up, and only FireEye has been certified by the Department of Homeland Security to offer the highest level of liability protection for its clients. That means if your company uses FireEye, you're indemnified from lawsuits if a hack does occur.
Cramer remains a fan of all the cyber security companies, including Palo Alto Networks, CyberArc (CYBR) and Fortinet (FTNT), but only FireEye has a partnership with Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) and is willing to spend whatever it takes to stay ahead of the hackers and their competition.
Off the Tape
In his "Off The Tape" segment, Cramer checked in with Josh Tetrick, founder and CEO of the privately held Hampton Creek Foods to see how a new outbreak of avian flu, and the resulting egg shortage, may affect his company's egg-free alternative business.
Tetrick said that Hampton Creek's five production facilities around the country are prepared for this moments like this and his company is taking full advantage of the egg shortage. Hampton Creek is not thinking just about the short term however, they're looking for sustainable growth.
Tetrick said that while Hampton Creek is well capitalized, it still needs to scale up even faster to meet demand. He said our current food chain uses too much water and too much land and includes too much sodium, fat and sugar. But better alternatives are out there and companies are starting to see them.
That's why Hampton Creek has customers like General Mills (GIS), which is starting to use some of their plant-based egg alternatives to augment their products.
"Corporate culture matters," Cramer told viewers, as he welcomed to the show Montel Millage, the youngest restauranteur ever promoted at Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG).
At just 19 years old, Millage now enjoys stock options, a 401(k), meals, clothing and other perks as a Chipotle general manager. He started at the company just over two years ago and through hard work, is now in the national spotlight.
Millage said that Chipotle's corporate culture is infectious, and the company provides all the tools and encouragement for those who want to be successful to be successful. He said he loves what he does, loves his team members and his many regular patrons, many of whom he knows by name.
"Is this a great country or what?," Cramer asked.