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NEW YORK (
TheStreet) -- It's easy to tell investors to sell everything, Jim Cramer told
"Mad Money" viewers Monday after another rough day on Wall Street. But that would be a mistake because many stocks are still making new highs.
Cramer then listed five reasons why investors need to stick to their guns.
1. The Europeans are not brain-dead. Despite the continued problems in Europe, the bailouts keep coming and the Europeans are becoming experts at keeping all of the balls in the air and plodding forward.
2. Obamacare could be overturned. If the health-care reforms are indeed overturned it would be a huge weight off the markets' shoulders.
3. Lower oil prices. While many economists worry about what lower oil prices mean for the global economy, here in the real world lower gasoline and energy prices mean a huge tax break for corporations and individuals alike.
4. You can't get back in with ease. Cramer reminded investors who think they can sell now and get back in later that calling a bottom is extremely hard, especially in a market that can rally 700 points on the slightest of good news.
5. The U.S. natural gas glut. Cramer once again pleaded with U.S. leaders to take notice of our once-in-a-lifetime chance to become energy-independent and put millions of people to work in the process.
For all these reasons, Cramer concluded, investors need to stay in the game and not give up on the stock market.
Between Good and Great
In a tough market, the difference between a good stock and a great one matters, Cramer told viewers, as he pitted
Fresh Market(TFM - Get Report) against
Whole Foods(WFM - Get Report) in an all-organic battle to the death to see which one reigns supreme.
Cramer said that if comparing on price alone, Fresh Market would come out on top as the company trades at 31 times earnings with a 22% growth rate, compared to Whole Foods at 34 times earnings with an 18% growth rate. But there's a lot more to consider than price alone.