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After all of last week's fireworks, it seems a pity that we have to go back to a world ruled by the Big Bad Event. Just when it was getting exciting around here and the universe of stocks to trade was expanding rather than contracting, we run into another rate hike.
I know many people last week had a tendency to want to believe that the
actions might be signaling some change of heart/vigilance from the Fed, but I sincerely doubt it. The real consumer market remains red hot because the real market, the
, remains red hot, which means that the Fed has to keep using its incredibly clumsy short-term rate tool to try to stop
For us at
, we are playing the conference game -- there is a semi-equipment confab in New York -- and looking for another downside opportunity to buy the quality names that are not affected by a tightening. Yes, after a wild week, where options drove up stocks to heights that will be hard to maintain, it is back to business as usual.
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