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My Takeaways and Observations
Originally published Jan. 4 at 4:08 p.m. EDT
I love gold.
As January goes ... well it's nonsense.
Reviewing my investment troops.
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.
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 Blackstone / GSO Strategic Credit Fund 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 Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. (HIG) 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 International Business Machines (IBM) 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 Gilead Sciences, Inc. (GILD) 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 Caterpillar Inc. Report , lower (I have added this week) but Deere (DE) - Get Deere & Company Report up $1.70.
- Consumer staples were slightly higher. Campbell Soup (CPB) - Get Campbell Soup Company Report a new high.
- Fertilizers continue to shine.
- Retail rebounded led by Home Depot (HD) - Get Home Depot, Inc. (HD) Report , Nordstrom's (JWN) - Get Nordstrom, Inc. (JWN) Report , Foot Locker (FL) - Get Foot Locker, Inc. Report , Nike (NKE) - Get NIKE, Inc. (NKE) Report and Kohl's. JCPenney (JCP) - Get J. C. Penney Company, Inc. Report lagged. I sold my trading rentals in Macy's and Kohl's.
- (T)FANG was mixed with Alphabet (GOOGL) - Get Alphabet Inc. Class A Report lower and Tesla (TSLA) - Get Tesla Inc Report stronger.
- In terms of individual names, DuPont (DD) - Get DuPont de Nemours, Inc. Report up, Radian (RDN) - Get Radian Group Inc. Report a new high and Oaktree Capital (OAK) - Get Oaktree Capital Group, LLC Class A Report catching up from recent weakness.
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Jonathan Heller with some interesting small-cap niche plays for this year.
Ed Ponsi "Scheme" on Tesla, Trump and Musk.
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 Oaktree Capital Group, LLC Class A 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 Radian Group Inc. Report has hit another new high and is up 84% from its July inclusion on my Best Ideas List.
- Campbell Soup (CPB) - Get Campbell Soup Company Report is mmm mmm good! Another new high.
- Same for Best Ideas member Hartford Financial Services Group (HIG) - Get Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. (HIG) 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 Allergan plc 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 Invesco QQQ Trust 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 JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM) Report turns negative. Watch this group!
- I am adding to my ProShares UltraShort S&P 500 ETF (SDS) - Get ProShares UltraShort S&P500 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.