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My Takeaways and Observations

Originally published Jan. 4 at 4:08 p.m. EDT

I love gold.

Trade of the Week--short Apple at $116.15. (The SoftBank investment is a nonevent).

Dwyerama is chillin' and I am re-establishing my ProShares UltraShort S&P500 ETF (SDS) - Get Report long--back in a revolutionary mindset.

As January goes ... well it's nonsense.

Reviewing my investment troops.

Buh byeMacy's (M) - Get ReportandKohl's (KSS) - Get Report .

Markets in tune with my expectation of a strong first two weeks--money, in particular, is going into the Russell. Its crowing.

My pal Danielle DiMartino on trade.

Mizuho on Allergan (AGN) - Get Report .

Tweet of the Day.

Peter Boockvar on the Fed minutes.

Tattoo on Bitcoin.

I re-established my SDS long at $14.74.

At 3:30 p.m. stocks were near their intraday highs.

  • The U.S. dollar weakened.
  • The price of crude oil rose by about $0.75 to over $53 a barrel.
  • Gold rose by $1.70.
  • Ag commodities strengthened: wheat up $0.11, corn up $0.04, soybeans up $0.19 and oats up $0.03.
  • Lumber was flat.
  • Bonds were flat with yields unchanged.
  • The 2s/10s spread was flat.
  • Municipals were bid for and closed-end muni-bond funds were slightly higher.
  • Junk bonds rose in price and Blackstone/GSO Strategic Credit Fund (BGB) - Get Report was up a penny.
  • Banks, after a slow start--made new highs for the day this afternoon.
  • Insurance was up with Hartford Financial (HIG) - Get Report rising 2%.
  • Brokerages continue to step along -- albeit a lower pace of rise than usual!
  • Old tech was led by short International Business Machines (IBM) - Get Report (up $2.55). I plan to add to this position in the next few days.
  • Biotech was strong--up by nearly 3% with broad gains--led by Gilead Sciences (GILD) - Get Report and some speculative names which were particularly stronger.
  • Big pharma was flat after yesterday's strong performance.
  • Auto stocks responded to better industry sales for the month.
  • Ag equipment a tale of two cities with my short, Caterpillar (CAT) - Get Report , lower (I have added this week) but Deere (DE) - Get Report up $1.70.
  • Consumer staples were slightly higher. Campbell Soup (CPB) - Get Report a new high.
  • Fertilizers continue to shine.
  • Retail rebounded led by Home Depot (HD) - Get Report , Nordstrom's (JWN) - Get Report , Foot Locker (FL) - Get Report , Nike (NKE) - Get Report and Kohl's. JCPenney (JCP) - Get Report lagged. I sold my trading rentals in Macy's and Kohl's.
  • (T)FANG was mixed with Alphabet (GOOGL) - Get Report lower and Tesla (TSLA) - Get Report stronger.
  • In terms of individual names, DuPont (DD) - Get Report up, Radian (RDN) - Get Report a new high and Oaktree Capital (OAK) - Get Report catching up from recent weakness.

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    Mike Norman believes the T rump rally is built on hype rather than an improving real economy.

    Jonathan Heller with some interesting small-cap niche plays for this year.

    Ed Ponsi "Scheme" on Tesla, Trump and Musk.

    Positions --

    Long: SDS large, HIG large, RDN, JCP large, CPB large, DD small, AGN, GLD large

    Short: SPY, CAT, IBM small, MET small, LNC small, IWM small, AAPL, GLD puts, JCP puts

    Position: See above.

    Reviewing My Investment Troops

    Originally published Jan. 4 at 10:43 a.m. EDT

    Some morning observations:

    • The Mighty Oak--Oaktree Capital Group (OAK) - Get Report --is regaining some leaves as it is up $1.20 for the second up day in a row. I surmised that tax selling held the shares back in December; perhaps I was on the right track!
    • Radian Group (RDN) - Get Report has hit another new high and is up 84% from its July inclusion on my Best Ideas List.
    • Campbell Soup (CPB) - Get Report is mmm mmm good! Another new high.
    • Same for Best Ideas member Hartford Financial Services Group (HIG) - Get Report (up 1.5%).
    • Retail stocks are an upside highlight today in marked contrast to yesterday's schmeissing. A nice move from JCPenney JCP.
    • Bonds are better, despite strong European and U.S. data. I continue to see the 10-year U.S. note yield falling back to 2.25% in the near term.
    • Allergan (AGN) - Get Report , after heading higher earlier, is now down on the day. It deserves a rest--it might be the pause that refreshes!
    • Technology is a conspicuous laggard. My short PowerShares QQQ Trust (QQQ) - Get Report is my Top Pick for 2017.
    • Fertilizers are rallying--something Peter Boockvar opined on this morning
    • Banks are off their highs as JPMorgan Chase (JPM) - Get Report turns negative. Watch this group!
    • I am adding to my ProShares UltraShort S&P 500 ETF (SDS) - Get Report long, moving toward a large weighting.

    Position: Long OAK, RDN, CPB large, HIG large, JCP large, AGN, SDS; short JCP puts, QQQ.

    Action Alerts PLUS, which Cramer co-manages as a charitable trust, is long AGN and AAPL.

    Doug Kass is the president of Seabreeze Partners Management Inc. Under no circumstances does this information represent a recommendation to buy, sell or hold any security.