One night, Bernard Baruch received a telephone call in the middle of a dinner party. The financier's side of the discussion was clearly audible to his guests: "Consolidated Gas? Good," he was heard to say, "Yes -- good -- fine."

The following morning, one of his female guests raced out and bought a substantial stake in Consolidated Gas -- whose value proceeded to plummet over the next few months.

Upon meeting Baruch again, the woman berated him, complaining that she had bought the stock on his recommendation. Baruch was puzzled at first but soon explained that the call had come from a consultant whom he had engaged to investigate Consolidated Gas. Why the excitement? Baruch's suspicions about the firm had proven correct!

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