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Power lines hang overhead as a man wades through a street flooded during Hurricane Sandy in Ocean City, Md.
Power lines hang overhead as a man wades through a street flooded during Hurricane Sandy in Ocean City, Md.
(KEVIN LAMARQUE/REUTERS)

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Several months of data are about to get blown off course

For financial markets, Hurricane Sandy couldn’t come at a worse time.

It’s not so much the physical damage the massive storm is likely to wreak on the eastern seaboard, or the economic implications of the cleanup; these things, both literally and figuratively, have a way of blowing over in fairly short order, their market impact so routinely overstated as to be cliché.