Jim Cramer is witnessing a battle between the joy of consumers and the pain of the producers. On a day when the Dow Jones industrial average dropped 268 points, the agonizing screams of the producers won the battle. Squeaky wheel gets the grease, right?
There is still some good news, though it seemed overshadowed Wednesday. Consumers are benefiting at the gas pump to the point where it is unbelievable how cheap gas is. That's like a free tax credit, right in your wallet.
So, what happened?
"Simple: We're just not importing cheaper goods from overseas for the moment, we're also witnessing the stress in their countries at the same time that some of our institutions are bearing the strain of our own domestic oil producers," Cramer said.
These days, that stress has come a little too close to home. For the longest time, the oil producers were overseas in countries far away. Now, the gasoline going into your car could be produced and refined in the U.S. Thus, investors cannot close a blind eye to the stress of low oil prices.
So, while there was positive news for the consumer on Wednesday, it was put down by the lurking dark shadows of the oil producers and countries under stress. Cramer warned that if oil does not stabilize soon and goes below $60, there will be more days where the producer's credit pain overwhelms the consumer's spending gains ahead. Buckle up, folks.