Here are Doug Kass' top thoughts on some of the biggest stories of the week.


The Media Is the Message

"The medium is the message" is a phrase coined by Marshall McLuhan meaning that the form of a medium embeds itself in any message it would transmit or convey, creating a symbiotic relationship by which the medium influences how the message is perceived.
 
In the stock market, today, the media is the message, as Comcast ( CMCSA) now breaks in with disappointing subscriber numbers (the shares are -6%). This follows the aforementioned Disney ( DIS) warning.
 
Meanwhile the Wall Street Journal has just reported that the new Apple ( AAPL) iPhone is being plagued by production glitches -- Apple's shares are falling in concert with the news. (It is interesting to note that the media's talking heads are dismissive of this news. While they might be correct, many of the same commentators have been enthralled with Disney over the last two years and many of them work for Comcast.)
 
As I have stated repeatedly, today I am growing more bearish (and given the momentum loss in key sectors and stocks I wouldn't be surprised if my pal RevShark, who likes to see the weak action before he acts, might chime in soon (at least I hope so!)
Position: Short DIS AAPL small .


Allergan Gets Jiggy

Allergan ( AGN) has mounted a nice move higher, after yesterday's gain.
 
On no news the shares are +$4.05/share to over $227.50.
 
As posted, I have been steadily adding back to AGN over the last few days.
 
As I did a week ago (and given my overall negative market view), I plan to maintain a small to medium sized core investment long in this name, with the thought of selling the recent buys back where I did a week or so ago (at $230-$231).
 
Tactically, if I was more constructive on the markets, like some others, I wouldn't be selling AGN -- but I am not.
 
Meanwhile the profits in AGN, my most favored large cap long for 2017 are adding up -- with my dip buys and rally sales throughout this year.
 
Position: Long AGN.
 
Originally published Sept. 7 at 12:00 p.m. ET
 
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Action Alerts PLUS, which Cramer manages as a charitable trust, is long CMCSA, AAPL and AGN.

 

 

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