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Baby Steps

Originally published Feb. 3 at 2:05 p.m. EDT

I have moved from small-sized to slightly more than small-sized in my financial shorts. I have added Bank of America (BAC - Get Report) $23.31, Citigroup (C - Get Report) $57.78, JPMorgan Chase (JPM - Get Report) $87 and Goldman Sachs (GS - Get Report) $240.50.


I initiated a Morgan Stanley ( MS - Get Report) short (small) $44.50.

Nothing in the executive order (on financials) Friday should be surprising to the markets, imho.

Speaking of financials, the president's executive order spurs interest in collateral companies like mortgage insurance.
 
Radian ( ( RTN - Get Report) ) trades over $19 a share today, a gain of over 90% since joining my Best Ideas List in July 2016.
 
Position: Long: RDN; short: BAC small, C small, JPM small, GS small, MS smal.

Some Brief Observations on the Day

Originally published Feb. 1 at 3:26 p.m. EDT

Some brief observations on the day:
 
  • Apple (AAPL - Get Report) stole the show. Without AAPL, the market would have had a much different character. (Read: More negative).
  • Wednesday had something for everyone. For the bears, there was a clear reversal (becoming a bit more common place recently). Ludacris!
  • I like the recovery in gold (now $1.40 on the day, after being much lower) with SPDR Gold Trust ETF (GLD - Get Report) back over resistance ($115). I now am large in this asset class.
  • Financials well off the highs of the day. Spurting initially (by 1% to 2%) most money centers are now barely higher. I remain short Bank of America (BAC - Get Report) , Citigroup (C - Get Report) and JPMorgan Chase (JPM - Get Report) . The 2s/10s spread flat again -- a trend? If so, not financial stock friendly.
  • Speaking of financials, Goldman Sachs ( (GS - Get Report) ) gave up most of its gain late in the day.
  • REITs continue to be among the weakest parts of the market. I remain short iShares Dow Jones US Real Estate ETF ( (IYR - Get Report) ) on my Best Ideas List.
  • Ag commodities were broadly higher (corn, oats, soybeans and wheat).
  • Lumber up $10.
  • Retail is god awful, again.
  • I sold out profitably again in my inverse leveraged ETFs. But I feel naked.
  • The Fed futures market is suggesting only two hikes in 2017. Many are coming to the view that the Fed is getting behind the curve (see Boockvar). Is the Fed concerned that they will be admonished by the Supreme Tweeter?
Positions --
Long: GLD large, RDN, AGN, CPB large, JCP small
Short: IYR, C small, BAC small, JPM small, GS, AAPL small
Position: See above.

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