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The stock market is back in the black for the year and Jim Cramer told his Mad Money viewers Friday that it's time to get back to the fundamentals of stock picking. As he looked to next week, Cramer said he likes what he sees.
Monday will begin with existing home sales and Cramer said a big number would be a good sign for the housing sector. Also on Monday, Mattress Firm (MFRM) , a company that took on a lot of debt. Cramer said he wants to hear how they're going to cover that debt.
Next, on Tuesday, Nike (NKE) , RedHat (RHT) and Five Below (FIVE) will be reporting. Cramer was bullish on both Nike and RedHat, but skeptical over whether Five Below can join the retail winner's circle.
Then, on Thursday, it's Accenture (ACN) in the spotlight and Cramer said he's a buyer. That wasn't the case with Finish Line (FINL) or Signet Jewelers (SIG) , however, although Cramer is bullish on Game Stop (GME) .
Finally, on Friday, Cramer will be tuning in for the latest read on personal consumption to see if the American consumer still has a pulse.
Focus on CST Brands
CST operates 1,032 locations in the U.S. and Canada and has seen its shares rally 60% since their debut. But lately, with oil prices plunging, CST has seen shares stall as it derives nearly half of its revenue from the ailing Texas economy.
The stalled share prices have caught the attention of activist investors, who have urged change, something CST management is looking to do with plans to expand to 3,000 locations and plans to monetize its real estate.
Cramer said trading at 17 times earnings, CST shares are not cheap, but with management willing to consider "strategic alternatives" to get shares moving, he's willing to bless owning it for speculation.