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Jim Cramer's 'Mad Money' Recap: Why Some Stocks Pass Earnings Test and Others Fail

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The heart of earnings season is the most challenging time for investors, Jim Cramer told his Mad Money viewers Tuesday. The markets are in non-stop grading mode, Cramer said, and there's little time for subjectivity.

Case in point, Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) , which delivered a stellar beat on both the top and bottom lines. This one was an easy one, Cramer told viewers, as was Netflix (NFLX) , which missed subscriber growth targets big time, sending shares plunging 13%.

But for other stocks, the choice is far less binary and more subjective. Take IBM (IBM) . Cramer said he liked IBM's growth in its new businesses, but others disliked the deceleration in its legacy businesses. Then there are companies like Goldman Sachs (GS) , which...