Jim Cramer will be the first to admit it: he hates next week. It is the busiest reporting week of the year, which means he anticipates volatility in the market.
"There will be more snap judgments — and more wrong judgments — than you can imagine," the "Mad Money" host said.
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With this in mind, Cramer outlined the stocks he will be watching next week:
Halliburton: The stock is looking attractive with the recent run in oil. However, Cramer still likes best-of-breed, and that means he prefers Schlumberger.
These two have been among the best performers in the Dow Jones industrial average for 2016, and I think that this day may be a defining moment for oil.Jim Cramer
Tuesday: 3M, DuPont, Procter & Gamble, Apple, Twitter
Procter & Gamble: Cramer considers this to be the greatest test case of the week. The stock has been clobbered, along with other old-line consumer packaged goods stocks. He needs to see if it will still be vulnerable after that decline, so he will be watching how the stock reacts.
Apple: Cramer still stands by his motto of owning Apple, not trading it. But just like everyone else, he believes that the quarter won't be a knockout. However, he does think Apple could continue its positive ramp-up in service revenues. In fact, the stock's valuation is one that he would associate with a deep cyclical, not a growth stock.
"The market is lapping up deep cyclicals, so I don't think the damage will be nearly as bad as I keep hearing about," Cramer said.
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Wednesday: Boeing, United Technologies, Facebook
Facebook: If the stock is still about $100 before it reports, then Cramer gives the green light to buy. Otherwise, the rotation out of high-growth and into deep value stocks could still continue and Facebook could take a beating.
Thursday: Domino's, Amazon
Amazon: With fears that the company is accelerating its spending beyond last quarter, Cramer thinks the big spending spree could continue. He is worried about Amazon's stock, as even if it delivers a decent number, it may not be enough.
Friday: Exxon, Chevron
"These two have been among the best performers in the Dow Jones industrial average for 2016, and I think that this day may be a defining moment for oil," Cramer said.
The "Mad Money" host believes that oil could be headed to $50, but once it gets to that point there could be a plethora of supply. If oil is near his price target, he recommended ringing the register ahead of the quarters for Exxon and Chevron.
"This market hates growth as much as it loves value," Cramer said.
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