A boost in short-term interest rates by the Federal Reserve sent the financial 
      markets into a tizzy on Apr. 18, with yields of 30-year Treasuries climbing to 
      7.42%. Leading banks raised the prime rate to 6.75%. The stock market reacted 
      with dismay, with blue chips hit hardest. The Dow Jones industrials fell 41 
      points, to 3620, and continued to fall during the next two days. But options 
      traders were strongly bearish--a positive con-trarian indicator.
      
      
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