Wait a second, something's making sense! Companies that have tons of debt on the balance sheet are going down! Could it be that the market is saying that when rates go up, companies that borrow a lot of money are going to get hurt?
I am not being facetious. The market seems like it is paying tacit recognition to the potential for higher borrowing costs. I am seeing the stocks of most banks and brokers trading off, as they "should" based on the action the
is likely to take.
Then again, the furious (but uninvested) bulls may just use this weakness to get in. Yes, there is that level of
desperation to get long out there. You can feel it.
Don't forget my chat rematch tonight with Bill Fleckenstein on Yahoo! at 5 p.m. Be sure to
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