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Cramer's Top Buyout Candidates

After J Crew said on Tuesday it agreed to be taken private for roughly $2.86 billion, many investors wonder which retailer could be taken out next. Of the many retail names being mentioned, Cramer thinks two are "kind of interesting."

Cramer likes the idea of Urban Outfitters as a buyout candidate. A $12 billion company, he said its management wants to be innovative, but gets resistance from Wall Street. It also has an "aggressive buyback" plan.

Limited Brands could also be taken out, Cramer said. The Columbus, Ohio-based company has great fundamentals, as it operates the Victoria's Secret, Bath & Body Works and The White Barn Candle Company brands, among others. But Cramer thinks it could do better as a private company and then split up into individual companies if it were to become public again.

Five other names are being mentioned as possible takeout candidates, but Cramer isn't buying it. Those names include:

Abercrombie & Fitch : This would be "dangerous" because it's a teen retailer, Cramer said.

Gap : The San Francisco-based operator of Old Navy, Banana Republic and other brands has lots of cash, but he thinks private equity isn't interested. He also doesn't think the stock has much upside in a public or private market.

J.C. Penney : The Plano, Texas-based company doesn't have the balance sheet to attract a buyout, he argued.

Macy's : The "Mad Money" host thinks a takeover is "highly unlikely."

RadioShack : If it hasn't happened by now, he doesn't think it's happening.

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