The following blog comments originally appeared in a different form on RealMoney and RealMoney Silver on Feb. 19 and Feb. 20.


Berkshire Hathaway

(BRK.A) - Get Report

investment debacle continues apace.

Berkshire lost another $500 million in

American Express

(AXP) - Get Report


Wells Fargo

(WFC) - Get Report

in the first 15 minutes of trading today, and this came on the heels of losing nearly $350 million in the two names around the lunch hour yesterday.

Moreover, the mark on Berkshire's $30 billion-plus derivative short put trade on the

S&P 500

probably now exceeds $10 billion.

A billion here a billion there, and soon it's real money!

Finally, it is interesting to note that normally non-volatile stocks, such as




Constellation Energy Group


are under pressure today.

The reason might be that they are large Berkshire Hathaway holdings and short sellers could be smelling blood.

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At the time of publication, Kass and/or his funds were long American Express and Wells Fargo and short Kraft, although holdings can change at any time.

Doug Kass is founder and president of Seabreeze Partners Management, Inc., and the general partner and investment manager of Seabreeze Partners Short LP and Seabreeze Partners Long/Short LP.