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Cramer: 5 Earnings to Watch Next Week

What follows is Cramer’s “Game Plan” for the week of Monday, Dec. 5:

Monday, Dec. 5

Cramer's Game Plan for Next Week

Dollar General will announce its earnings results before the opening bell. Should the discount retailer deliver strong results, Cramer recommends buying shares of rival Dollar Tree , which he considers the “superior player.”

Tuesday, Dec. 6

Cramer expects AutoZone to blow the numbers away when it reports before the opening bell. Should this occur, he thinks AZO will take out its 52-week high. The auto parts store operator’s business is strong, Cramer said, as its aggressive stock buyback shows.

Toll Brothers will also report earnings before the market’s open. The Horsham, Pa.-based company designs and builds single-family homes in 19 states. Some think housing is now an investible theme because home prices have finally hit bottom, but Cramer thinks this particular stock has run too much to trade.

Speaking of housing, home improvement retailer Lowe’s will host its investor and analyst conference Tuesday. The Mooresville, N.C.-based company will likely talk about how it’s been turning things around, Cramer surmised. Goldman Sachs upgraded the stock ahead of what could be a bullish meeting. Cramer remains partial to “best of breed” Home Depot, though.

Wednesday, Dec. 7

Yum! Brands will host its analyst and investor conference on Wednesday. The Louisville, Ky.-based company owns and operates several restaurant chains, including KFC, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut. Cramer suspects a major restructuring is coming, which may include a spin-off of Taco Bell. Meanwhile, if China continues to show strong growth thanks to recent interest rate cuts, Cramer thinks Yum! could benefit because it has considerable exposure to the People’s Republic.

Parker Hannifin also has an analyst and investor conference scheduled for Wednesday. The industrial goods name recently reported strong quarterly results, so Cramer thinks executives will have more positive news.

Thursday, Dec. 8

Discount retailer Costco will deliver its quarterly results before the opening bell. Cramer has long liked this company and its stock. He likes that the company recently raised membership fees, too. Judging by bountiful same-store sales, it seems there was little to no resistance to the price hike. So if this stock pulls back, Cramer recommends buying shares.

Friday, Dec. 9

Ferrellgas Partners will post its earnings results before the opening bell. Cramer had liked this name, but recent weakness in the propane business has changed things. Nonetheless, he plans to monitor this company’s results.

Finally, Edwards LifeSciences will host its analyst and investor day on Friday. The company makes “a revolutionary heart-saving technology” that Cramer thinks is terribly undervalued. Following the company’s presentation, Cramer thinks Wall Street could show the stock some love, though.

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