Doug Kass fills his blog on RealMoney every day with his up-to-the-minute reactions to what's happening in the market and his legendary ahead-of-the-crowd ideas. This week he blogged on:

  • How Thursday's decline matters.
  • How some of Kass' favorite shorts are doing.

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Thursday's Decline Is an Important Signal

The market closed near its day's low.

The decline was broad based with few sectors being spared.

The Russell Index was a leader to the downside -- rarely a good sign post.

As I recently wrote, I am fearful that both bonds and stocks are vulnerable.

No one, I mean no one (!) is fearful of a meaningful market downturn -- especially the confident talking heads and glib commentators that parade in the business media daily. (Memories are short and a number of the aforementioned who led the lambs to slaughter in the last cycle -- they might be repeating history once again).

However (though I might be wrong), based on my calculus (which I will present next week) equities may have approximately 3-4x downside to upside.

Importantly remember that the dominant investors are passive (ETFs, risk parity, volatility trending, etc.) -- and they are all on the same side of the boat. They are agnostic to balance sheets, income statements and private market values.

This is potentially a dangerous situation. After all, when the machines sell, who is left to buy? (See my eight questions from my opener)

Regardless, listen to everyone and do your own homework and always operate within the confines of your timeframes and risk appetite.

I will stick with my view expressed in this morning's opening missive -- Sell In July Before It Gets Ugly -- as I believe the triangle of fundamentals, valuation and sentiment all argue for more weakness.

Position: Long SQQQ SDS large SDS calls; Short SPY large QQQ.

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Originally published July 6 at 1:03 p.m. EST

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These Are Some of My Favorite Shorts

"Raindrops on roses
And whiskers on kittens
Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens
Brown paper packages tied up with strings
These are a few of my favorite things"
-- Julie Andrews, My Favorite Things

Here are my top 10 favorite shorts (with a 12-month timeframe) -- in order of conviction (with the first listed as the highest conviction short):

Lincoln National (LNC) - Get Report

Met Life  (MET) - Get Report

Tesla  (TSLA) - Get Report (not currently short)

PowerShares QQQ Trust, Series 1 ETF  (QQQ) - Get Report

SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust (SPY) - Get Report
iShares Barclays 20+ Year Treasury Bond ETF (TLT) - Get Report (recently covered, will re-short on any bond strength)

Disny  (DIS) - Get Report

Starbucks  (SBUX) - Get Report

Fastenal  (FAST) - Get Report

Apple  (AAPL) - Get Report

Position: Short SPY QQQ LNC MET DIS SBUX FAST AAPL.

Originally published July 5 at 3:48 p.m. EST

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