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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- There's no reason to panic and sell, Jim Cramer said on Mad Money Monday as the markets continued to process global worries. But there's also no reason to run out and buy either, Cramer continued, as he urged investors to wait for a better time to buy.
So why haven't the markets been crushed by the threat of tougher sanctions on Russia? Cramer rattled off a laundry list of reasons including the fact that Europe, which is far more dependent on energy from Russia, isn't likely to let sanctions get out of hand. That means that some U.S. companies may get hit by a few cents a share in earnings, but nothing that'll really hurt their bottom lines.
But the markets are also holding strong on the continued flight to quality in bonds, Cramer added, which is keeping interest rates low.Then there's what Cramer called "company self help," where companies like Allergan (AGN) are cutting costs to fight off a hostile takeover. Other companies are turning themselves around thanks to activist investors, while still others, like Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG) are just delivering stellar earnings that sent their shares up a quick 9%. Don't forget the initial public offering market has been quiet, Cramer added, which also helps the supply and demand equation and helps keep things in balance. Add all these reasons together and its easy to see why the markets just aren't that concerned over Russia, at least not yet.