Two Ways: Are Investors Still Betting on Buffett?
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Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A, BRK.B) is set to report earnings this weekend, and CEO Warren Buffett is about to learn just how committed his investors are to his long-term view. According to the Wall Street Journal, over the last few years the company has sold long-dated put options -- basically insurance contracts -- on foreign and US equities to the tune of $4.5 billion. These options have an expiration period lasting from 15 to 20 years, and since Berkshire Hathaway has sold them, equity markets have plunged (the S&P 500 is down over 50% from its apex).
For more on the macro front, see Fil Zucchi's From Deflationary Spiral to Inflationary Spout?
From the Bull Pen: We noticed the agriculture plays trading dry yesterday. If you're in the longer-term inflationary camp, consider the Ag ETF (DBA). A sell stop can be set below $23.
From the Bear Cave: One play in Buffett's portfolio is a real conundrum: Moody's (MCO). What exactly is the long-term value that he sees? Bears playing the downside can set a 2% buy stop above entry.
Quick Check Around the World
Asian trading closed with the Hang Seng -0.65%, Nikkei 1.48%, India -0.71%, Taiwan 0.85% and Shanghai -1.81%.
Glancing towards Europe, we see the CAC -1.66%, DAX -2.16%, FTSE -2.08%
As of 8:00 AM EST, S&P Futures are trading -10 to 741, and Nasdaq futures are -13 to 1127.
A Look At Commodities
Crude oil is trading -1.36 to 43.86. Gold is +10.4 to 953.40. Silver is +0.25 to 13.200, and copper -2.05 to 154.45.
The dollar index is +0.5150 to 88.3900.
On the Radar
08:30 GDP QoQ -5.4%
08:30 Personal Consumption
08:30 GDP Price Index 0.1%
08:30 Core PCE QoQ 0.6%
09:45 Chicago Purchasing Manager 33.3
10:00 U. of Michagen Confidence 56.2
10:00 NAPM- Milwaukee
Happy Friday! Good luck and have a great weekend!
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