Foreigners own a little over 50% of the outstanding US treasuries, but it’s concentrated in the short-term (2-year and under) market. They only own about 8% of the treasury market with maturities over 10 years. Long-term bonds are thus principally a domestic market.
Not sure, but there are several stocks on my screen dropping for no particular reason (Campbell's Soup; Starbucks). TCS reminds me a little of Restoration Hardware, whose stock also inexplicably bounced up and down early on (maybe because they are thinly traded?). I bought TCS the day of the IPO, and won't judge the investment for at least 5 years. They have a nice niche, happy employees, and offer a great customer experience. Now if they could just turn a profit. :)
I'm not a BBRY hater, but I watch it because of the lessons that can be learned. It's always curious to me that many people will just hang on to a stock to the bitter end (ego? emotions?) instead of cutting their losses and moving on. For all I know, BBRY bounces after the capitulation is finished (who knows?), but it has to be a painful ride for anyone who's been in this name for any significant period of time.
That's not how bonds work. Japan has twice the debt load we do, and interest rates that are less than half of ours. A huge debt overhang actually suppresses rates because the interest payments suck oxygen out of the economy. All additional debt is simply future consumption denied, so the economy slows down even more over time.