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Jim Cramer's 'Mad Money' Recap: Here's Next Week's Game Plan

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A version of this program program last aired Dec. 29, 2015.

Next week starts earnings season, Jim Cramer told his Mad Money viewers Friday, and that means stocks will once again start marching to the beat of a different drummer -- the fundamentals.

That's why Cramer said on Monday he'll be watching out for aluminum maker Alcoa (AA - Get Report) . He doesn't expect a blowout quarter, but said the stock is worth owning after earnings as their breakup plan will still unlock a lot of value.

Next, on Tuesday, Cramer's eye turns to railroad CSX (CSX - Get Report) . Despite takeover rumors, CSX will trade on how quickly coal volumes are declining and whether or not a wider Panama canal will translate into more intermodal cargo for East Coast ports. Cramer said if all goes well, CSX could be a buy after it reports.

Wednesday will bring the latest retail sales numbers. Cramer said we need to hear something positive to ward...