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When the smoke cleared on the geopolitical landscape, Friday became a perfect example of how investors can keep their eyes on the prize and focus on earnings. With great earnings reports and progress overseas, the Dow Jones industrial average (.DJI) jumped 263 points, or 1.63 percent, and the (.SPX) closed up 24 points, or 1.29 percent.
Now it's time to buckle up. Jim Cramer regards next week as the most important of earnings season, starting with Apple (AAPL).
"Given the improving geopolitical backdrop, I think it's worth investing in the best companies that report next week," the "Mad Money" host said.
Wondering which companies those are? Cramer's game plan will tell you exactly what he'll be watching:
Apple: One of the biggest and most undervalued companies, in Cramer's opinion. He recommends that if you don't own it, wait until after it reports and the bearish analysts say it has peaked. If you do own it, then you own it for next year's sales as this quarter will not be significant . "Apple is too cheap to peak. Let them take it down though, as I think they will."
Chipotle (CMG): Cramer smells burritos ... and opportunity! He likes that the stock has fallen from its high and thinks there is room for opportunity here.
Caterpillar (CAT): Listening to this company's conference calls offers an indicator on the global economy. Cramer thinks that one would only buy big and expensive equipment if they were building something big. He believes that this stock should do well, but he notes that it will be dependent on a rebound in China.
One stock that has soared among plays in soft goods is Dr Pepper Snapple (DPS). This stock is up 29 percent year-to-date, and even 14 percent since Cramer last recommended it in May.
What the heck is going on with Dr Pepper? Is it too much fizz, or is this the real deal?
Cramer thinks Dr Pepper is the real deal, and though it is down slightly this week, he says it is worth buying into before they report next Thursday.
"If you can buy into the weakness before the quarter, you have a good trade," Cramer said. "And if it pulls back after the quarter, that might just give you a terrific entry point for an investment."
The "Mad Money" host views this stock as a recession-proof safety stock, as it's the top dog in non-colas (think bloody mary mix and apple juice). They are the king of non-cola in the U.S. with 39.5 percent market share.
"But the real reason I adore Dr Pepper is because it's not about making beverages, it's about making money," Cramer said. Especially since he thinks the company will be right there next to investors, buying its own shares back.
So could it be time to start buying again? On Monday, Cramer released his checklist of 10 steps that needed to happen for the market to reach a sustainable and investable bottom. As of Friday, it is now checkbox galore! The "Mad Money" host thinks investors are in the clear to do some buying again.
"We got movement on every single issue I have needed to find an investable bottom, and that's exactly what we might have found here," Cramer said.
Security over such issues as Ebola and Russia have checked a few boxes, and even oil has found its footing, leading to an optimistic view for Cramer.
"I can only conclude from all of these checked boxes, that we have an investable bottom on our hands and, at last, it is safe to do some buying."
Cramer thinks that if you did your homework this week, then you made a heck of a lot more money than if you went with the flow of the market. Some companies announced stellar earnings, but had the misfortune of reporting during a time when it was a miserable week for trading.
Remember Alcoa (AA)? It reported a great quarter, but it's earnings coincided with a market slide. Now that the market recovered on Friday, the stock rallied 6.6 percent. Cramer thinks there is a terrific buying opportunity here.
Only the personal perspective matters, according to Cramer. If the research has been done, then investors can determine their own views, regardless of what the negative analysts say.
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In the Lightning Round, Cramer provided his insights on what stocks he's looking at now that the buying bell has rung.
Seadrill (SDRL): "You can't touch Seadrill. I say this because my Charitable Trust owns Ensco, and it's one of the worst stocks I've ever bought in my life. It has now crushed me."