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Stocks didn't flinch early in the day when all 3 economic reports came in under estimates (Jobless Claims, Housing Starts and Philly Fed). However, in the last two hours of the session the bottom fell out.

Why?

You guessed it... QE. That is the only thing that matters to investors these days. And that's why stocks tanked on the mere hint of potentially lower bond buying in the future from John Williams, the San Fran Fed President.

For me this story needs to be filed under "Tell Me Something I Don't Know". We are ALL keenly aware that QE is not a permanent fixture. And that it will be removed once the economy can withstand it. So for stocks to drop that fast on that one obvious statement is laughable.

QE will be unwound VERY slowly. And they will only continue to remove it IF the economy remains stable and growing. That kind of environment is generally very conducive to stock advances. So don't take the bait like these other chumps.

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