"And Gap, one of my absolute favorite retailers, issued some terrific numbers and made a fantastic acquisition of Intermix, a smart, fashionable company, to complement its other brands, including Old Navy, Banana Republic, and Athletica."
I suspect that Intermix will do its best to keep its distinctly non-Gap identity. While the stock was down this morning, it turned around and rebounded nicely this afternoon. It's the stock I like the best after these terrific numbers, and I think it's a buy even after Thursday's bounce."
Of course Cramer always recommends playing retail on a case by case basis – and he said some retailers look more like a basket case than anything else.
"We are seeing the wholesale destruction of the formerly beloved dollar store segment, with hideous price action in Family Dollar as well as Dollar Tree and Dollar General. All have expressed concerns."
If you're a discount shopper looking for a bargain – Cramer says resist temptation.
"I caution you not to bottom-fish in this group, if only because the 2% payroll tax cut ended December 31st and the dollar stores will be hurt the most by that change."