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George Soros Reports A 7.9% Stake In JCPenney And The Stock Is Soaring (JCP)

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Billionaire hedge fund manager George Soros has reported a 7.91% passive stake in JCPenney, according to a securities filing with the SEC.

Soros Fund Management owns 17,386,361 shares of the retailer, the 13G filing shows.

The stock is soaring on the news. 

JCPenney was last trading up about 6% in the after-hours session.

Earlier this month, the struggling retailer said that its CEO Ron Johnson had stepped down effective immediately. JCPenney's former CEO Mike Ullman became the interim chief. 

Soros' stake has to be good news for activist investor Bill Ackman.

Ackman, the CEO of $12 billion Pershing Square Capital Management, is the biggest shareholder of JCP with a 18.11% stake, or 39,075,771 shares, according his latest 13F filing.  He has taken a bath on the stock so far. 

Both Pershing Square and Soros Fund Management are also located in the same building, 888 Seventh Avenue. 

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John Hussman's New Presentation Clearly Explains Why The Stock Market Is Frighteningly Distorted

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John Hussman of Hussman Funds has maintained a bearish slant toward the market for quite a while.

"I'm  known as somewhere between permabear and prophet of doom," said Hussman as he opened his presentation during Mish Shedlock's Wine Country Conference.

"I'm actually an inordinately optimistic person who actually believes there is virtue in finance," he added.

In his thought-provoking presentation, Hussman very clearly argues that distortions in the financial markets have created an environment with very low prospective returns.

"This fragile equilibrium that we're in because of monetary policy, because of fiscal policy, and because of the combination of yield-seeking plus the apperence of yield through forward operating earnings because profit margins are elevated -- this creates an environment where stock returns prospectively are very low," he says.

"That's really the point of QE," he reiterated. "It creates discomfort as a search for yield."

Thanks to Sitka Pacific for giving us permission to feature this presentation.

Click Here To See Hussman's Presentation >


The Wine Country Conference was hosted by Mike Shedlock of Mish’s Global Economic Trend Analysis and Sitka Pacific Capital Management to raise funds in the fight against ALS, the disease that took Mish’s wife Joanne.  In total, Mish has raised nearly a half million dollars for the Les Turner ALS Foundation —  please consider making a donation. Please check out www.winecountryconference.com for videos of the speaker presentations and more information about the April 2014 event where Mish and John Hussman will team up to raise money for Autism research and programs.

There is stable and there is unstable equilibrium in the financial markets.

There Is Stable And There Is Unstable Equilibrium In The Financial Markets

Here are the some basic insights into the equilibria listed in the previous slide.

Here Are The Some Basic Insights Into The Equilibria Listed In The Previous Slide

We can't just assume that an extra dollar of reserves will create $10 of spending without considering the economic issues that matter.

We Cant Just Assume That An Extra Dollar Of Reserves Will Create 10 Of Spending Without Considering The Economic Issues That Matter

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The Stock Market Is Ripping Higher

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The stock market bull run continues.

At 1,584, the S&P 500 is well above its intraday all-time high.

Markets are also surging in Europe on news that bailout loans to Portugal and Ireland could see extensions.

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