Cramer’s Game Plan: 6 Big Catalysts in Week Ahead

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Following are the economic releases and other potentially market moving catalysts that Cramer will be watching in the week ahead.


On Monday Cramer will be taking the temperature of Asia's economic health. "We get manufacturing PMI from China. I stay focused on China because that country seems to be slowing down at a pace that has to make the government extremely uncomfortable," Cramer said. "I believe we get numbers below 50. In turn I expect more pressure on the mineral stocks and the commodities in general."

Also Cramer will be sifting through the Tanken All Industry Capital Expenditure Index from Japan. "Japan had fallen so far that some pundits were convinced it would remain in the grips of a bear market for the rest of the year. But recently there have been signs of life and I think the Tanken report confirms those signs of life will endure," Cramer said.

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The health of the auto industry comes into play on Tuesday with the light vehicle sales report. During a recent conversation with Alan Mulally, the Ford CEO told Cramer he had seen softness because of the sudden surge in interest rates. "So I am all over that report, which could show the first signs of the damage the Fed wrought with its confused comments about potentially ending its accommodative stance."

Cramer will also be monitoring the state of industry with U.S. factory orders. "I do want to point out that industrials are the stocks to buy if rates are heading higher. We've had two similar bursts in rates, in 1994 and in 2004, and at those times most of the gains were concentrated in the cyclicals."

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Europe takes center stage on Wednesday with Eurozone retail sales. "One of the reasons Europe seemed to find some footing this week was that German retail sales were better than expected, even as the Spanish have had to endure three straight years of declining retail numbers. This aggregate figure could buttress my thinking that Europe's bottoming and can actually begin to get some pep back."


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Cramer said of all the economic numbers out next week, none will matter more than the report released Friday. "We get the non-farm payroll report. Trading will be thin due to the holiday so the important thing to consider is that the reaction will be wildly disproportional versus other non-farm payroll reports. The consensus holds that 165,000 jobs were created this month," Cramer said.

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