MarketWatch First Take: Say this for the CDC director — she created the perfect hedge

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Stock-market investor Brenda Fitzgerald on Wednesday lost her primary career occupation as director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention just resigned, but not before constructing the perfect hedge.

The CDC as a government agency ostensibly aims to quell demand for tobacco, proclaiming on its website a vision of a “world free from tobacco-related death and disease.” The CDC says it is seeking to prevent youth from starting to use tobacco and is trying to help tobacco users quit.

So the message sent by Brenda Fitzgerald in buying stock in Camel and Winston maker Japan Tobacco is that, as director of the CDC, she might not get the job done.

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