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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

 | Jun 28, 2016 | 8:57 AM EDT
I've added small in premarket trading to our "Trade of the Week" -- a long of the ProShares UltraShort 20+ Year Treasury (TBT). TBT…
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Doug Kass

 | Jun 28, 2016 | 8:22 AM EDT
Mother Merrill and Brother Bank of America have added Allergan (AGN) to their "U.S. 1 List" this morning.…
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Doug Kass

 | Jun 28, 2016 | 7:36 AM EDT
Regular readers of my diary know that I sometimes post something that replicates the theme of the Tell Me Something I Don't Know segment on…
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Doug Kass

 | Jun 27, 2016 | 5:33 PM EDT
The U.S. dollar was stronger, a negative of Brexit. The price of crude oil fell by less than a dollar to $46.74, off of the day's lows (see comments on TBT). Gold rose by $7.50, off the day's highs. Agricultural commodities: wheat -8, corn +1, soybean +28 (!!) and oats -5. Lumber was unchanged. iShares 20+ Year Treasury Bond ETF (TLT) rose by $3.50 as yields plummeted and prices rose. (I shorted in the morning by purchasing TBT. The 10-year's yield fell 12 basis points and the long bond was down 14 basis points. The yield curve flattened to lows last seen in the recession. The 2s/10s spread fell to 86 basis points. The high-yield bond market got destroyed. iShares iBoxx High Yield Corporate Bond ETF (HYG) fell $1.23 and SPDR Barclays High Yield Bond ETF (JNK) was down 60 cents. Blackstone/GSO Strategic Credit Fund (BGB) fell by an outsize 25 cents and closed at $14. I would continue to avoid this space. Banks were schmeissed and I picked some rentals -- Morgan Stanley (MS), Goldman Sachs (GS), Bank of America (BAC), Citigroup (C) and JPMorgan Chase (JPM). Insurance was down another 8% to 10%, following Friday's decline of 12% to 15%. I covered more Lincoln National (LNC) and MetLife (MET); they are now small positions. It has been the world's fair on the short side. Energy got hit. I covered Exxon Mobil (XOM) and Schlumberger (SLB) today. Retail was broadly lower. I have no longs. My two shorts were lower -- Nordstrom (JWN) down $1.20 and Foot Locker (FL) down $1.50. Continued nice gains. Old tech fell, with IBM (IBM) down $3 and Intel (INTC), Cisco (CSCO) and Microsoft (MSFT) were down one side or the other of 2%. Biotech was a biowreck. iShares Nasdaq Biotechnology ETF (IBB) was down another $8 to $241;  I cautioned on the sector at $285 a few weeks ago when some were talking "breakout." Ag equipment with a disproportionate position in England and the EU was lower. Autos, too, got hurt by Brexit's fumes. *(T) FANG was mixed, with Tesla (TSLA) up $4.50 and weakness in the rest of the abbreviation. In individual stocks, DuPont (DD), my fav long, was down $2.40 as it consolidates a multi-month advance. Potash (POT) was down $1, Twitter (TWTR) off 70 cents, Hartford Financial Services Group (HIG) down $1.40 and Oaktree Capital Group (OAK) off $1.20. I plan to add to TWTR, HIG and OAK tomorrow. Apple (AAPL) moves back down toward $92. In sectors, Consumer Staples Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLP) slipped a bit (I covered and took it off my Best Ideas List today) and Materials Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLB) got schmeissed (down $1.55) as cyclicals were quite weak. Here are some value-added columns on our site today: El Capitan is temptedGeneral Motors (GM) is moving toward support, according to Gary Morrow's chart view. I covered much of my short today. Tim Melvin is keeping his head.  Rev will be reactionary and sees no reason to rush into the markets. Brian Sozzi on what Nike (NKE) has to show; I remain short sneakers via FL.
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Doug Kass

 | Jun 27, 2016 | 3:49 PM EDT
There is a lot of uninformed talk about a large sell-side imbalance. In fact, there is $450 million to buy market on close.…
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Doug Kass

 | Jun 27, 2016 | 3:37 PM EDT
I just added to my SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY) long at $198.80. But, still small. I also am adding to my ProShares UltraShort…
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Doug Kass

 | Jun 27, 2016 | 2:36 PM EDT
I covered my Consumer Staples Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLP) short and I am taking it off my
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Doug Kass

 | Jun 27, 2016 | 2:17 PM EDT
Peter Boockvars asks: "I don't know, do you?": "I'm sure you've read a lot over the weekend about the Brexit vote's aftermath. Many have their…
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Doug Kass

 | Jun 27, 2016 | 2:10 PM EDT
Last week's Trade of the Week -- short SPDR…
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Doug Kass

 | Jun 27, 2016 | 1:19 PM EDT
Bank of America (BAC) at $12.28 Citigroup (C) at $38.77 Goldman Sachs (GS) at $138.50 JPMorgan Chase (JPM) at $57.60 Morgan Stanley (MS) at $23.35 I've also taken a long rental in the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY) at $199.45. Add it all up and I'm now very slightly net long, but don't currently view these positions as long-term leases. Instead, I'll be quick on the trigger to close out these longs if conditions warrant doing so.

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