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Here's an explanation I prepared for our weekly newspaper feature (more about that at:


Q. What does it mean when a financial guru on television says that a stock is "overbought"? -- A. F. R., Hartford

A. The term "overbought" suggests that too many people were trying to buy the stock, sending the share price higher than it should be. The guru is trying to make a short-term call on a stock price, which we think is futile.

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