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Cramer's game plan: What to expect from McDonald's, GE, the Fed & more next week

Cramer's game plan: What to expect from McDonald's, GE, the Fed & more next week

With next week's intense earnings and slew of data, Jim Cramer will have his nose to the grindstone studying results and will have no time to chit chat.

"I stay focused, since this is when the fundamentals really come to the fore and direct the overall direction of the market," the "Mad Money" host said.

With this in mind, Cramer outlined the stocks and events on his radar next week:

Monday: Fed's Stanley Fischer Speaks, Bank of America, IBM, Netflix
Fed's vice chairman Fischer: As Fischer has been a proponent for a rate hike in the past, every time he opens his mouth the market gets hit. Cramer will be prepared for Fischer's speech on Monday to take stocks down.

Bank of America: Even though the stock is cheap, Cramer worries that the company may have gotten ahead of itself, thanks to the earnings of JPMorgan and Citigroup.

Netflix: At this point, the expectations for Netflix are so low Cramer thinks it may be able to beat them.

"Longer-term I remain a believer in Netflix, but I accept there can be hiccups along the way," Cramer said.

Tuesday: Domino's, Goldman Sachs, Johnson & Johnson, Intel
Domino's: Cramer expects the company to deliver, but he is concerned that it might not rally too much on a good number because it has had such a run going into earnings.

Goldman Sachs: With trading and corporate finance right in Goldman's sweet spot, Cramer sees the value in Goldman. If the Fed ultimately decides to raise rates, this could unlock further value, too.

Wednesday: Abbott Laboratories, Morgan Stanley, American Express, Lam Research
Abbott: The company is in the process of closing its acquisition with St. Jude Medical, a move Cramer interpreted as meaning it is planning to dominate the medical space. He expects the company to have good things to say.

Lam Research: Lam attempted to merge with KLA-Tencor, but the deal was blocked by the government. Cramer is interested to see how Samsung's woes will affect the company, given that Samsung is the largest buyer of semiconductor equipment.

"It's a fabulous company, but I do worry that Samsung will have to cut back on orders," Cramer said.

Thursday: American Airlines, Illinois Tool Works, Walgreens, Verizon, Microsoft, Schlumberger
American Airlines: This stock could continue to rally if the company pledges not to expand its fleet to add capacity. Cramer will be watching.

Microsoft: As margin expansion is a possibility, Cramer wants to know how much of the business is based on the cloud now that it has purchased LinkedIn. The more investors learn about it, the more they may want to buy the stock.

Schlumberger: Cramer expects Schlumberger to provide clarity on how real the recent oil rally to $50 is. He wants to know if it is bullish long term. If so, oil could break out, otherwise the inverse could occur.

Friday: McDonald's, General Electric, Honeywell

McDonald's: "We know that McDonald's has become a 'what have you done for me lately' stock, and the answer is not very much," Cramer said.

Even with these challenges, Cramer sticks by the stock because of its strong balance sheet and financial flexibility.

General Electric: With both the aerospace and the oil and gas businesses challenged lately, Cramer hopes GE decides to focus more on returning capital, and less on the weaknesses of those businesses. Unfortunately, he would not be surprised if GE's forecast causes analysts to cut numbers. He's in it for the long term, though.

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