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Cramer: Jittery Street Too Spooked by Fed Minutes

Investors aren't sure what to make of the market after both the Dow Jones Industrial Average and Nasdaq traded negative for February during Thursday's session.

Largely, investors appear worried that the Fed has taken away the proverbial Wall Street punchbowl, putting an end to the party, aka the rally.

Specifically, investors were badly spooked by newly released Fed minutes which triggered speculation that the central bank may slow or stop buying bonds sooner than expected.


Bond buying has been a pillar in the Fed's strategy for stimulating the economy. By pushing bond prices higher and yield lower, the Federal Reserve has effectively forced money into the stock market as investors chase return.

If the Fed stops buying, pros fear the bulls won't be able to overcome other headwinds and drive the stock market higher. As a result, money has been heading for the sidelines for the last 2 days, since these Fed minutes were released.

That is most pros are heading to the sidelines – not Jim Cramer.

"You want the real problem with relying on month- old Fed notes like so many are? They are a month old!" exclaimed the usually animated Mad Money host.


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Over the past month, since the time of the last Fed meeting, Cramer thinks the environment has changed significantly. For example:

- There's fear that sequestration is going to slowdown the economy.
- A leaked Wal-Mart memo suggests the retailer may be having its worst February in years. The Street has interpreted it to mean the end of the payroll tax holiday is hurting consumer spending, broadly.
- Toll Brothers missed Street estimates, which the Street fears is a sign that the housing renaissance has stumbled, especially at the high end

"Do you think this Fed, which has aggressively stimulated the economy, is going to take the foot off the gas pedal, now? "Think about it!" Cramer said.

The Mad Money host believes the Fed is keenly aware of these and similar developments.

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"Perhaps, just perhaps, the Fed won't stop easing at the identical time when the sequester kicks in – and when the Street is worried that the housing market is on pause," he said.

Also Cramer reminded that the Fed chief has said the central bank would remain aggressive until it met its goal of 6.5% unemployment.

The Mad Money host just doesn't think the thinking inside the Fed has shifted so much that Ben Bernanke and company would end stimulus programs in the face of these brewing headwinds.

"In other words, these minutes are causing people to flee the market, but they may not reflect the current thinking inside the Fed. Remember, the Fed has been very forward looking about the hazards coming," Cramer said.

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