On top of these downgrades, the market has also gotten some other negative news as well.
"We've had some horrendous
headlines out of Washington
that suggest a total government shutdown may lie ahead," reminded Cramer. "We're now being told that this debt ceiling wrangle could be even worse for the country than going over the fiscal cliff."
Also LuluLemon, loved by Wall Street for its growth potential, gave guidance that disappointed. "We had a reliable, steady secular growth story and in one fell swoop it vanished," said Cramer.
In addition, Facebook promoted a big mystery announcement that got Wall Street all hot and bothered. But, it ended up being less than amazing. (Facebook is introducing a tool to search information posted on its social network.) "What a bust that was," exclaimed Cramer.
But here's the important part – amid all these downgrades and somewhat negative headlines the market didn't get hammered.
"Sure, there was no rally, but when you get a relatively unchanged tape with that hideous series of headlines you have to be amazed."
So what's happening?
According to Cramer, although analysts are getting tired – the market appears to be anything but tired. Although the
traded lower mid-session, by the close both had closed modestly higher.
That may be telling.
In other words, Cramer thinks the price action in the stock market may be a sign that the stock market is consolidating before it breaks out. And therefore moving to the sidelines may be a big mistake.
Ask yourself a few questions:
- What happens if the valuations turn out to be attractive because business doesn't cool?
- What happens if the world gets better and those companies with international exposure start doing better?
- What happens if we actually solve the debt debacle and there are no more obstacles from Washington?
"I think I know what happens," said Cramer. "It's the same thing that has always happened at this juncture when we've had breakouts from big ranges: the analysts are left behind by the wall of worry that they cannot climb."
"I bet that this is one of those moments where the worlds' economies are going to get better and these are real breakouts that are lasting."
"Sure, we can have down days," Cramer added, "but they are days to buy, not sell, because the doors to get in revolve so quickly that you've got to jump off the sidelines when you see them open."