But no matter in what form they appear, Cramer said, talk about future catalysts or dividend boosts will always give investors reasons to buy when the market dips.
Cramer's final factors to consider are geopolitical risk and a stock's chart.
Geopolitical risk isn't just about unrest in the Middle East. There are now dozens of factors that can affect a company's earnings. In 2011, for example, the financial crisis in Europe held bank stocks across the globe hostage for months on end, he explained.
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