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Cramer's game plan: Why it's important to stay sidelined in the week ahead

Cramer's game plan: Why it's important to stay sidelined next week

Next week starts quietly, but Jim Cramer is gearing up for another busy week of earnings.

"We are still not done with earnings. Things will remain busy and confusing with wild trading in stocks simply because there aren't enough hours in the day to do the homework. Stay sidelined if you can," the "Mad Money" host said.

Cramer recommended doing the homework by reading conference call transcripts too, not headlines. When the headline doesn't match the conference call — that could be a great opportunity.

With this in mind, he outlined the stocks and events he will be watching in the coming week:

Monday: Vulcan Materials, Frontier Communications
Vulcan Materials: Vulcan tends to do well when there is more construction and more highway bills being passed in the U.S. Right now both of those things are happening, so Cramer is looking for a positive story that could flow into a hot stock like Caterpillar.

Tuesday: Procter & Gamble, Pfizer, CVS Health, Cummins, Fitbit, Eastern Athletic, Etsy
Pfizer: Cramer anticipates the best of the slew of earnings on Tuesday will come from Pfizer, which has a good dividend, growth and a solid pipeline.

Fitbit: While Cramer thinks the stock has good value at its current levels, he is suspicious that the company will blow away the numbers and give awful guidance yet again.

"You would think investors would see the pattern by now, but they don't," Cramer said.

Wednesday: Clorox, RR Donnelley, Time Warner, Zoetis, 21st Century Fox, Herbalife
RR Donnelley: Cramer is anxious to hear from this company. It is about to split into three companies to bring out value. Could Xerox acquire its commercial printing business? Cramer is hoping the CEO will shed light.

Herbalife: Perhaps the most controversial report of the week will come from Herbalife, which was sanctioned by the FTC earlier this month for its selling practices. Cramer wants to hear what kind of action Herbalife will take now that it is free from the investigation. Will new selling practices hamper profitability, or can the company now thrive?

Thursday: Henry Schein, Kellogg
Kellogg: This company has been the subject of takeover speculation. It's getting old for Cramer. Barring a real life takeover, he thinks the stock will cool off after it reports.

Friday: Jobs Report
The most important data of the week will be the Labor Department's non-farm payroll report. Cramer isn't looking for fireworks, as it was clear from the Federal Reserve this week that the Fed seems to be on hold. If the report is very strong, he anticipates rate hike chatter will begin again and send down high-yielding names in the packaged goods group like Procter & Gamble, Clorox and Kellogg.

"We are now in political season, which means a bad number will cause more protectionist talk from the Republican nominee, Donald Trump, and given that we are in the full bore part of the campaign, we want to be careful, very careful, " Cramer said.

Likewise, a weak jobs number could mean Trump turns his eye to trade policies, and this could mean stocks of international industrial companies could be under fire, he said.

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