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Doug Kass is the president of Seabreeze Partners Management Inc.Expand

Until 1996, he was senior portfolio manager at Omega Advisors, a $6 billion investment partnership. Before that he was executive senior vice president and director of institutional equities of First Albany Corporation and JW Charles/CSG. He also was a General Partner of Glickenhaus & Co., and held various positions with Putnam Management and Kidder, Peabody. Kass received his bachelor's from Alfred University, and received a master's of business administration in finance from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School in 1972. He co-authored "Citibank: The Ralph Nader Report" with Nader and the Center for the Study of Responsive Law and currently serves as a guest host on CNBC's "Squawk Box."Collapse

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Doug Kass

 | Feb 9, 2016 | 3:52 PM EST
$125 million to sell market on close
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Doug Kass

 | Feb 9, 2016 | 3:41 PM EST
As days go these days, stocks were on the quiet side. Up down up down up, thus far. The U.S. dollar's weakness has accelerated. Oil vey, more crude weakness -- dropping by $1.46 to $28.23. Gold fell $3.70 for a change, but the strong uptrend remains intact. As I mentioned yesterday, I had reams of analysis but I just couldn't process it in time for the ramp, which is disappointing as I was leaning to go long. In agricultural commodities, wheat, corn and soybeans were flattish. Lumber fell by 0.5%. Government bonds show limited movement, with yields down one or two basis points. Municipal bond prices and yields showed little change, though closed-end municipal bond funds showed some life, with several rising by almost 1%!. High yield was junky, with iShares iBoxx $ High Yield Corporate Bond ETF (HYG) down 45 cents and SPDR Barclays High Yield Bond ETF (JNK) down 21 cents. Blackstone/GSO Strategic Credit Fund (BGB) continued to get hit mildly. Banks exhibited little movement. I added to Citigroup (C), Morgan Stanley (MS) and Bank of America (BAC) today. New Best Ideas List entrants, banks BB&T (BBT) and Regions Financial (RF), traded in the green.  Life insurance stocks were flat; Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.B) was up a beaner. Retail was mixed. Home Depot (HD) and Lowe's (LOW) bounced back after several days of  schmeissing. Wal-Mart (WMT) saw some profit taking and apparel still is weak. Macy's (M) and Bed, Bath and Beyond (BBBY) were slightly higher, but Best Buy (BBY) was a bit lower. The continued fall from grace of Sears Holdings (SHLD) on disappointing results -- it's down around 7% today -- should be a concern to real estate and mall owners. Biotech was uninspiring after recent declines. Valeant Pharmaceuticals (VRX) continues under distribution. Speculative Intrexon (XON) got hit. Allergan (AGN) rallied after yesterday's fall. Regarding autos: I covered my Ford (F) short, but still am short General Motors (GM), which is on my Best Ideas List as a short. Old tech was mixed, with IBM (IBM) a standout loser, down more than $2. Microsoft (MSFT) and Intel (INTC) managed small gains. Media was awful, with Comcast (CMCSA) and Disney (DIS) lower; the latter's earnings are today. Energy stocks got hit with the commodity. Though I covered Schlumberger (SLB) and Exxon Mobil (XOM) shorts for great gains, I should have held those shorts. But who knew $28 oil? Brokerages reversed after being much lower. They're now up on the day. In  "A Few of My Favorite Things," I again highlighted DuPont (DD), which is up another $1, and Procter & Gamble (PG), which is flat. (T)FANG, the object of my scorn in yesterday's opener, had a dead-cat bounce that was unimpressive by any standard. Amazon (AMZN) is still down on the day, and Tesla (TSLA) is barely higher. Alphabet (GOOGL) is unchanged.  NOSH had all four components higher, led by HD (mentioned previously). CRABBY was as flat as the desert. Radian Group (RDN) traded a tad higher, and other stocks made modest moves. Twitter (TWTR) moved ever lower, and the masochist in me purchased it in my pension plan, as I did C, BAC and MS at reasonably good prices. As mentioned, I added to a number of existing longs and re-established a SPY long rental and added a new iShares Russell 2000 (IWM) long. I likely will end the day between small and medium net long. It's lonely being long -- hopefully, my buys become green.
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Doug Kass

 | Feb 9, 2016 | 2:28 PM EST
I am still a believer in Peak…
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Doug Kass

 | Feb 9, 2016 | 2:11 PM EST
But I was a large buyer into today's market dive.
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Doug Kass

 | Feb 9, 2016 | 2:07 PM EST
In addition to my other
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Doug Kass

 | Feb 9, 2016 | 2:01 PM EST
Peter Boockvar has some interesting comments on today's U.S. Treasury auction and its possible ramifications: "The three-year Treasury auction --…
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Doug Kass

 | Feb 9, 2016 | 1:51 PM EST
It's been literally years since I held individual stocks in my personal pension plan (although I
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Doug Kass

 | Feb 9, 2016 | 1:28 PM EST
"When the dog bites, When the bee stings, When I'm feeling sad, I simply remember my favorite things, And then I don't feel so bad." --…
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Doug Kass

 | Feb 9, 2016 | 1:11 PM EST
SPY is back into my buy zone at $183.70 and I am adding on a scale lower - just as I did yesterday.
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Doug Kass

 | Feb 9, 2016 | 12:44 PM EST
Crude has slipped to around $29 a barrel and the market tension is beginning to rise.…

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