The stock market continues to be in "beast mode," Jim Cramer told his Mad Money viewers Friday, and there will be a lot more to feed the beast next week.
Cramer's game plan for next week's action begins on Sunday, with the kickoff of the Consumer Electronics Show, which will feature a keynote from red-hot chipmaker Nvidia (NVDA) . Expect this speech to be inspiring and compelling.
On Monday, another chipmaker, Intel (INTC) , reports earnings. It's also the kickoff of another important event, the JPMorgan Chase (JPM) Healthcare Conference, where Allergan (AGN) will be presenting. Cramer was bullish on both companies.
Tuesday brings earnings from Schnitzer Steel Industries (SCHN) , and Cramer said this company's commentary on tariffs and potential trade wars will be important to listen to.
Next, on Wednesday, homebuilders KB Home (KBH) and Lennar (LEN) report earnings. Cramer said these will likely both be good until the Federal Reserve finally raises interest rates high enough to matter.
On Thursday, we'll hear the latest industrial production numbers out of Europe, a good read on the global economy.
Finally, on Friday, earnings begin in earnest with the financials. Blackrock (BLK) will likely see good inflows of new money, JPMorgan will be optimistic as always, PNC Financial (PNC) will likely offer an upside surprise and Wells Fargo (WFC) will tell us their cross-selling issues are behind them. Cramer said all four are buys.
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Executive Decision: Constellation Brands
For his "Executive Decision" segment, Cramer checked back in with Rob Sands, president and CEO of Constellation Brands (STZ) , the beer and spirits maker that just posted an 11-cents-a-share earnings beat, but saw its share fall 2.6% after the announcement.
Sands explained that while beer sales remain strong, wine and spirits growth was muted, coming in at the low end of their guidance of between 5% and 7%. He expected the weakness to be temporary, however.
Sands also explained that Constellation is experimenting with the possibility of cannabis beers in Canada, but federal laws in the U.S. would need to change to allow it here. He noted that cannabis-friendly state laws are not enough and federal laws are what govern the company's operations.
With shares of Constellation up 42% last year, Cramer said he sees this quarter's weakness as a hiccup.
A Good Breakup Story
Investors should always love a good breakup story, Cramer told viewers. In the years since Marriott International (MAR) spun off Marriott Vacations (VAC) in 2011, shares have risen a stunning 394% and 740% respectively. That's why the announcement in August that Wyndham Worldwide (WYN) was planning a similar move later this year is so compelling.
Cramer said Marriott and Wyndham are not direct comparisons, but they are similar. Wyndham's hotel group consists of 20 brands with more than 180 locations and is very well run. Their timeshare business has over 2,200 locations, is also well run and growing like a weed.
The truth is that money managers like pure-play companies, so when they're looking for either hotels or vacation rentals, they turn to Marriott. But soon, they'll be able to turn to Wyndham's two companies as well and that will be great news for shareholders of both.
Over on Real Money, Cramer considers the 2018 outlook for last year's best stocks in the S&P 500. Get more on his insights with a free trial subscription to Real Money.
What's Ahead for 2017's Worst Stocks in the S&P 500?
With the new year just beginning, Cramer took one last look at last year's biggest winners and losers, this time looking at the 10 biggest losers in the S&P 500. Many were down horribly in 2017, but there are glimmers of hope for 2018.
South Carolina utility Scana (SCG) held the third spot, and after catching a takeover bid from Dominion Energy (D) , Cramer said this stock brings hope that some of these other lagging stocks, like Mattel, can too.
Cramer was bearish on Apollo Commercial Real Estate (ARI) .
In his "No-Huddle Offense" segment, Cramer said that common sense has rarely made you money in the stock market. But in this market, it is working -- and investors should enjoy it while it lasts.
Indeed, stock picking has actually become fun again, and investors can simply read the news, buy a stock, and see it go higher. Blizzard in the Northeast? Buy Canada Goose (GOOS) and Home Depot (HD) . Tesla (TSLA) miss projections again? Buy it anyway. This is certainly not rigorous research, but it's working, Cramer admitted.
Even the FANG stocks (Facebook (FB) , Amazon (AMZN) , Netflix (NFLX) and Google parent Alphabet (GOOGL) ) seem to have broken free of the law of large numbers, making them attractive seemingly indefinitely. That won't certainly be the case, Cramer said, but we can enjoy it for a little while.
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