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Published: Saturday, 21 Sep 2013 | 9:17 AM ET
By: Jeff Cox | Senior Writer


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You know it's a rough market when even
Warren Buffett can't find a bargain.
History's most famous value investor told
CNBC a few days ago that stocks are now
"fairly priced" and that a good buy is hard to
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Seemingly benign, the statement comes at
what could be a crucial time for the market,

when investors are looking for a clear signal amid a sea of conflicting ones.
In addition to Buffett's statement, last week's trading had two fairly watershed
moments: The Federal Reserve fooled most of the investing community when it
decided not to pare back its $85 billion a month bond-buying program, and traders
poured the most money ever into the equity market for a single week.
(Read more: Bulls gone
wild: Money flows hit a
new record)
The results, though, were

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"London Whale" debacle, but that doesn't mean
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As it turns out, you kind of have to be a bit of a
sociopath to avoid financial bubbles.

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Traders may have been skittish ahead of this
week's Federal Reserve meeting, but they still
bet heavily on risk.

just as muddied as the Fed's

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Stocks shot up following

Analysts shrugged at JPMorgan's "London
Whale" fine.

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Wednesday's Open Market

Discussing how the bond market is pricing in the Fed's monetary
policy, w ith Andrew Slimmon of Morgan Stanley.

Committee meeting—and on
the backs of the $26 billion in
cash that poured into mostly

exchange-traded funds prior to the decision—then proceeded to turn tail in the


other direction, giving up all their post-Fed gains.

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The developments raised an inevitable question of whether the market, after thriving

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on a $3.7 trillion Fed balance sheet of cheap money, had finally hit a wall and a

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bubble of sorts had popped.

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the price is going to be astronomical! But if you buy that one share and the company implodes. or not. which pumps up the EPS. and now has just a few hundred mil. where is the economy headed? If consumers represent 70% of domestic demand. Sales aren't improving much. it's true. 2013 10:41 AM ET What you can bet on is . as the market reflated. 2013 09:57 AM ET my buddy's step-aunt makes $72 an hour on the computer. All information will be after the fact. But. » Report Abuse UnsophisticatedInvestor | Sep the Fed just pop the 4/5 . 2013 10:34 AM ET Which leads one to ask. no wonder banks are showing record profits! » Report Abuse UnsophisticatedInvestor | Sep 21. The DOW and the S&P hit record highs last week. and the market responded. he's stuck. In an accounting sense. » Report Abuse UnsophisticatedInvestor | Sep 21. and that the main thing QE is doing is holding down interest rates so that the carrying costs on the burgeoning government debts don't run roughshod over us all.9/22/13 Did the Fed just pop the stock market bubble? › The Best Penny Stocks › Online Retirement Cals › Trading Programs › Best Medicare Plans Comments 7 Comments Total alicia.jobs47. He also didn't like the thought of having to admit that he didn't like what happened. but the interest on your cash accounts has. But the patient is hooked on the morphine now. 2013 10:43 AM ET Yep. and now he's done it. the patient will go into shock. the economy will not be headed in a good direction. It's interesting that personal debt interest rates haven't kept up with the downward spiral in rates. 2013 10:39 AM ET It seems that a lot of corporations are buying in their stock. and that's why he won't say anything concrete about the situation. but EPS #'s are popping sue to less shares outstanding. you'll be like that Brazilian oil tycoon who had $30 billion last year. and it's partially true. and if Ben pulls the plug on the morphine drip. when the majority of consumers aren't feeling so good? The answer seems to be that the economy isn't causing the excellent earnings being reported. The patient IS somewhat healthier. and Ben didn't like what happened. and off the critical list. 2013 10:31 AM ET I believe that Ben had good when he started the QE express. Read More Here ---> www. Ben doesn't know how to get out of the QE game.cnbc. She has been unemployed for nine months but last month her pay was $18759 just working on the computer for a few there is some justification for the situation. I think the springtime statements about eventual tapering were a trial balloon to see how the market took the thought of cutting back on the drug. More QE » Report Abuse UnsophisticatedInvestor | Sep 21. » Report Abuse www. and the vast majority of consumers are being squeezed lower on the economic scale. » Report Abuse Sagebrush6 | Sep 21.the feds & big investors won't tell you anything until they take their money and run. that QE isn't providing much oomph to the economy. The market responded. Anyway. and now that it hasn't. I think that he assumed the economy would get better. and it's true that S&P earnings have been at record highs . More QE came and the market responded. WHY are S&P earnings at record highs? Why do earnings look so good.julie | Sep 21. because he thought the patient would recover with all of the therapy that was delivered. Ben wanted to pump up the markets. It's difficult to say whether the economy did. EPS is higher! When there's only one share of Apple left to buy. in a lot of cases.

The Fed will just bloat and bloat. and when the Federal debt becomes SO large that we can't make the interest payments if rates go back up to historic norms (4-5% on the 10-yr). The ONLY way out is default. All Rights Reserved. CNBC reserves the right to moderate and approve your comment. Asia Europe Economy Earnings Energy Inside Wealth Politics Technology Blogs Slideshows Special Reports Corrections Pre-Markets U. Remaining characters 1100 Pr e vie w Co m m e n t CNBC welcomes your contribution. N EW S MARKETS IN VESTIN G SMALL BUSIN ESS VID EO SHOW S U. and keep changing the action points at which they say they'll be ready to ease off the accommodation. Data also provided by www.. it will become apparent that they'll never stop buying the bonds. » Report Abuse 1 ADD COMMENTS Please Sign In or Register to participate. and Market Data and Analysis © 2013 CNBC LLC. Video Europe Video Asia Video CEO Interviews Analyst Interviews Digital Workshop Full Episodes Closed Captioning Watch Live CNBC the Fed just pop the 5/5 . or continual inflation of the money supply. and become a remote spigot for the Treasury printers. because Congress has PROVEN that they can't control spending. 2013 10:48 AM ET So they're just going to dither. in the end. Europe Asia Stocks Commodities Currencies Bonds Funds ETFs Stock Blog Personal Finance CNBC Explains Portfolio Watchlist Stock Screener Fund Screener Financial Advisors Franchising Financing Management Video Latest Video Top Video U. All roads are leading to Greece. And yes.S.9/22/13 Did the Fed just pop the stock market bubble? UnsophisticatedInvestor | Sep 21. Please respect our community and the integrity of its participants. you all know what will happen. Stock Quotes. like the Universe. Your Comments (Up to 1100 characters): Please sign-in/optin or register to be able to submit comments.S.S..cnbc. since Ben AND Congress have both proven themselves to be inept. CNBC Asia-Pacific CNBC Europe CNBC World Full Episodes W ATCH LIVE PRO About CNBC Site Map Video Reprints Advertise Careers Help Contact Privacy Policy AdChoices Terms of Service Independent Programming Report Latest News Releases RSS Data is a real-time snapshot *Data is delayed at least 15 minutes Global Business and Financial News.S.