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That's why Cramer's game plan for next week starts on Monday with an eye on Washington, because when Washington makes the front page stocks will begin sliding lower -- until the shutdown actually happens. Then that is usually the signal to start buying again.
But beyond Washington, Cramer said he'll be focused on Johnson & Johnson (JNJ - Get Report) when the company reports on Tuesday, even though he prefers Eli Lilly (LLY - Get Report) and Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMY - Get Report) . He is also lukewarm on JPMorgan Chase (JPM - Get Report) and CSX (CSX - Get Report) , where he sees little chance of an upside surprise. As for Intel (INTC - Get Report) , Cramer said he'd use that company's earnings to determine whether or not to trim the other "old tech" names that have been rallying of late.
Next, on Wednesday, it's Delta Airlines (DAL - Get Report) reporting, and Cramer said to buy it on any weakness. He was also bullish on two Action Alerts PLUS names, Bank of America (BAC - Get Report) and Wells Fargo (WFC - Get Report) .
Then, on Thursday, it's Citigroup (C - Get Report) and Goldman Sachs (GS - Get Report) reporting, along with oil service giant Schlumberger (SLB - Get Report) . Cramer was neutral on both of these financials, but is bullish on Schlumberger after the stock got crushed last quarter.
Finally, on Friday, it's two industrials reporting, General Electric (GE - Get Report) and Honeywell (HON - Get Report) , another Action Alerts PLUS name. Cramer said to buy GE going into the quarter and is also upbeat on Honeywell's outlook.
Know Your IPO
Cramer said the markets aren't appreciating high-growth tech companies right now, but Pure Storage, which makes flash memory storage systems for data centers, has revolutionary technology that is faster, smaller and uses less power than traditional hard drives.
In a data center environment, all of these attributes are vitally important, Cramer continued, which is why he'd be a buyer of this speculative company on any weakness.
Pure Storage is not yet profitable and is pricey trading at 8.5 times sales, Cramer concluded, which is why he considers it speculative and would only buy on weakness, using limit orders and building a position over time.
Watch the Commodities
When it comes to commodity pricing, there are only two things that matter, Cramer told viewers... supply and demand. Sounds simple, right? Well, all too often, companies get it all wrong.
That's why in 2008, when China's economy took off like a rocket, commodities of all sorts were in short supply, from copper to coal, iron to oil, nickel, lead, paper and more. That's also why just about every commodity maker ramped up production to meet China's appetite for raw materials.
But beginning late last year, when China's economy began to show signs of slowing, the world suddenly discovered it had too much coal, iron, and paper, and price cutting and production cuts have ensued ever since.
But cutting supply isn't enough for a sustainable rally, Cramer noted, it will only allow a bottom to be formed. In order for a sustainable rally, the world needs a pickup in demand, and that growth just hasn't happened yet.
Know Your IPO, Part 2
In a second "Know Your IPO" segment, Cramer took a peek at the upcoming initial public offering of grocery chain Albertsons, which was taken private back in 2006.
Cramer said that Albertsons has undergone a huge transformation while private, and after its acquisition of Safeway now operates 2,205 stores in 33 states under multiple brands. The company has scale and is expanding its natural and organic offerings to give customers more of what they want. All great news.
But at the expected IPO price between $23 and $26 a share, Cramer said the stock would just be too expensive, especially for a company with $11 billion in debt, most of which is high-interest at north of 7%. Albertsons is also not currently profitable and offers no dividend.
In the Lightning Round, Cramer was bullish on AT&T (T - Get Report) , Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) , Cheniere Energy (LNG - Get Report) , Radius Health (RDUS - Get Report) , Cigna (CI - Get Report) , Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA - Get Report) , GW Pharmaceuticals (GWPH) , Henry Schein (HSIC - Get Report) and Verizon (VZ - Get Report) .
Know Your IPO, Part 3
In his third and final "Know Your IPO" segment, Cramer dove into the coming IPO of First Data, the payment processor that helps six million merchants process over $11.2 billion a year in transactions.
Like Albertsons, First Data is another private equity leveraged buyout deal. The company went private in 2007 and was valued at $26 billion. But since then the company has been losing money and at the expected range between $18 and $20 a share, is now only valued at $17 billion.
Also like Albertsons, Cramer said First Data has a hideous balance sheet with $20.7 billion in debt.
At a lower price, Cramer said he might be interested, but he cannot recommend it at the current price.
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