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Cramer's Road Map for Next Week

What follows is Cramer's "Game Plan" for the week of Monday, March 21.


The market will learn how companies with great exposure to Japan are faring when Tiffany & Co. reports earnings on Monday. The New York City-based jeweler gets 20 percent of its business from the quake-crippled country. Cramer is interested in how the market will react to possible loss of business.


Dollar General is scheduled to report quarterly earnings before Tuesday's opening bell. The market has been concerned about how higher gas prices might affect consumer spending. So Cramer is interested in what this retailer has to say on the matter.

Walgreen will also release earnings Tuesday morning. Shares of Walgreen have posted a 20 percent increase since Cramer first recommended it in October 2010. He thinks the Deerfield, Ill.-based company is an incredible takeover story and looks forward to learning how much share its acquired this quarter.


Before Wednesday's opening bell, Cramer plans to monitor General Mills' earnings conference call. Cramer wants to know how the Minneapolis-based food company is handling higher costs. If the stock wasn't flirting with its 52-week high, he would consider buying shares.

After the closing bell, Cramer will look for earnings from Paychex . A staffing and outsourcing company, Cramer said it tends to provide a good read on employment. The key metric to watch is pays per control, he said, which is the number of employees per Paychex customer.

Meanwhile, oil giant ConocoPhillips has an analyst meeting on Wednesday. The meeting typically provides good insight about the future of oil and gas, Cramer said. It tends to provide good news and he doesn't think this meeting will be any different. As far as the stock goes, Cramer likes its 3.5 percent dividend yield.


Electronics retailer Best Buy is set to give earnings on Thursday morning. Cramer said he's given up on this Richfield, Minn.-based company, which continues to lose business to Amazon.com and Walmart .

After Thursday's close, BlackBerry maker Research In Motion will report earings. Cramer isn't a fan of many tech stocks right now, including RIMM. He does, however, like Oracle . The Redwood Shores, Calif.-based saw shares popped the last few times it released earnings, Cramer noted. He is long this inexpensive tech stock.

The Finish Line will also report after the close. Considering how Nike shares have gotten crushed lately, Cramer is considering buying shares of FINL. He will wait to see what the Indianapolis-based company says during its conference call.


Finally, the Michigan Consumer Sentiment Index for March will be released on Friday. Cramer typically isn't a huge fan of this survey because he thinks it's not a big enough sample. After the recent run in gas prices, though, he is curious. If the number stays strong, he may consider buying some retail names.

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