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The markets may still be celebrating a Trump victory, Jim Cramer told his Mad Money viewers Friday, but an errant cabinet appointment could send us lower. Until that happens however, Cramer's game plan for next week continues to focus on earnings.
On Monday, Cramer said, he'll be looking out for Tyson Foods (TSN) , Jack in the Box (JACK) and Palo Alto Networks (PANW) . Tyson is good, but out of favor, Cramer said while remaining bullish on Jack and Palo Alto.
Cramer was not bullish on Campbell Soup (CPB) , which also reports Tuesday, but did have good things to say about Tech Data (TECD) , Analog Devices (ADI) and Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) , an Action Alerts PLUS holding.
On Wednesday, Deere & Company (DE) reports earnings, and Cramer said the company's numbers just don't justify the stock's big move to the upside.
Thursday is Thanksgiving, followed by the Black Friday retail season kickoff.
The stock and bond markets are closed on Thanksgiving and close early on Friday.
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From Worst to First: United Continental
Don't assume that winners will always stay winners, Cramer told viewers, and don't assume that loser will stay losers either. Sometimes, under the right CEO, a company really can go from worst to first, and that's exactly what United Continental (UAL) has done under CEO Oscar Munoz.
For years, United was the laggard among the airlines, but this year the stock is the best performer, up 19% for the year. Cramer said the credit for the change goes all to Munoz.
After dealing with a heart transplant, then a proxy fight, Munoz has managed to execute a turnaround of epic proportions, with not only earnings improving, but also delayed and canceled flights and even lost luggage problems getting markedly better.
United is also being responsible, keeping its balance sheet strong, adding less new capacity to maintain margins and not engaging in price wars that have been afflicting the industry.
Despite all of these strides, shares of United trade at just 8.5 times earnings. Cramer said he'd use any weakness in the stock to pull the trigger on United, and also Southwest Airlines (LUV) , which he said was tied for his favorite airline.
Trump and Apple
What does a Trump administration mean for Apple (AAPL) , the Action Alerts PLUS holding that Cramer has repeatedly urged investors to just own for the long haul? Turns out, there are both positives and negatives.
On the negative side, Trump wants to get tough on China, where not only are Apple's product made, but also where it sells 20% of them. Clearly, a 45% tariff on Chinese goods or an all-out trade war would be bad news for Apple.
Trump has also been critical of skilled-worker visas, something that Silicon Valley depends heavily on. Finally, there's that matter of Trump suggesting a boycott of Apple products until they gave the FBI a backdoor security access into their phones.
But there are also positives to a Trump win: mainly a lower corporate tax rate and a possible overseas tax holiday that would let Apple repatriate most of its $237 billion cash hoard.
Adding them all up, Cramer said he sees the positives being a lot more likely than the negatives, which is why he continues to be bullish on Apple.
The Season of Shopping
Retail earnings have been all over the map this quarter, but Cramer did the homework to reorder the group into what's working and what cannot be saved.
One theme that's become apparent is that consumers are betting that a Trump tax cut will lead to more money in their pockets. That's good news for the so-called "trade-up" stocks like Nordstrom (JWN) and Kohl's (KSS) .
In the battle for your dollars, there have been obvious winners, Cramer said, as Home Depot (HD) trounced Lowe's (LOW) , and Target (TGT) beat Walmart (WMT) . Meanwhile, both Ross Stores (ROST) and TJX Stores (TJX) saw tremendous growth.
Sporting goods were mixed, as price wars on shoes left only Foot Locker (FL) in the winner's circle.
Then there was Best Buy (BBY) with a surprisingly strong quarter.
Many of the losers can be found at the mall, with Gap Stores (GPS) and Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF) continuing to disappoint. The only winner at the mall was Childrens' Place (PLCE) , but Cramer said he's not counting out a turnaround at L Brands (LB) .
In his "No-Huddle Offense" segment, Cramer said there was no blaming the macro picture during the conference call of Salesforce.com (CRM) , nor Nvidia (NDVA) or Netflix (NFLX) , or even Children's Place.
But for everyone else, the macro economic environment has indeed become a serious issue. The complaints are real, Cramer said, and no longer a bogus alibi companies use to mask other problems.
That's why so many investors are celebrating a Republican president paired with a Republican-controlled Congress. They hope the gridlock will be over.
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