We made it through what has historically been the worst month of the year, Jim Cramer proclaimed to his Mad Money viewers Friday. Despite Trump, Congress and a few other hurricanes, stocks are looking pretty good heading into October, Cramer said, as he laid out his game plan for next week's action.
Cramer said he'll be watching cable provider Altice USA Inc. (ATUS) on Monday, as the company is set to lose ESPN as it continues to fight with Walt Disney (DIS) over fees. Cramer said he still likes Disney longer-term, but the deal with Altice could shape the future of cable.
Wednesday brings earnings from Pepsico (PEP) , a company Cramer called the best-of-the-best in the consumer packaged goods space.
Finally, on Friday, it's the latest non-farm payroll numbers, which will be impossible to read given the hurricane disruptions. Cramer said the banks may be the winners, as analysts will likely interpret any number as a good one and call for higher interest rates.
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Roku on Your Watchlist?
Shares of Roku (ROKU) have been on fire since their IPO earlier this week, rising 68% on Thursday and another 13% today. Is the company still a buy now that the much-anticipated unicorn has been released?
Not so fast, Cramer cautioned viewers. There's a lot to like at Roku, including strong sales, expanding gross margins and, after this week, a strong balance sheet. But there are also reasons for concern.
While none of Roku's competitors are focused solely on TV streaming like Roku is, the company does still have a growing number of sizable foes, including Apple (AAPL) , Alphabet (GOOGL) and Amazon, along with a host of smaller streaming services.
But most concerning for Cramer was Roku's lack of a path to profits. The company isn't losing a ton of money, he said, but they also haven't made much progress since 2015. With the insider-selling lock-up release looming in just a few months, Cramer said he'd take a pass on Roku for the time being.
Executive Decision: PREIT
For his "Executive Decision" segment, Cramer sat down with Joseph Coradino, chairman and CEO of Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust (PEI) , a retail REIT with shares that are down 45% so far this year. Shares currently yield over 8%.
Coradino said the talk of the retail Armageddon is overdone. Retail is indeed changing and evolving, but there will still be winners as well as losers.
Coradino added that PREIT was early in seeing the shifting consumer patterns and sold 42% of their lesser performing malls. He said those that remain, are in great markets in Philadelphia and Washington, DC and are in locations that retailers need to be in if they want a national footprint.
As for the ailing department stores, Coradino noted that when a department store closes, PREIT is typically able to increase rents by as much as eight times. In Scranton, Penn., he said, one department store was replaced with a Dick's Sporting Goods (DKS) and a HomeGoods, part of TJX Companies (TJX) , and foot traffic doubled -- a big win for every tenant at that mall.
When asked about winning trends, Coradino said that they continue to focus on dining and entertainment with companies like Dave & Busters (PLAY) and also with discount and off-price retailers.
Am I Diversified?
In the "Am I Diversified" segment, Cramer spoke with callers and responded to tweets sent via Twitter to @JimCramer to see if investors' portfolios have what it takes for today's markets. The first portfolio included Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) , 3M (MMM) , Lockheed Martin (LMT) , Take-Two Interactive (TTWO) and Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMY) .
Cramer said this portfolio cannot have two drugmakers, so he advised selling Bristol and adding Boeing (BA) .
Cramer identified two-of-a-kind in this portfolio as well and suggested selling West and adding Dow DuPont (DWDP) .
Cramer said this portfolio also needed changes and advised selling TD Ameritrade and Micron to make room for Unitedhealth Group (UNH) and Dow DuPont.
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