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Cooperman Sees ‘Bubble’ in U.S. Bond Yields

Thursday, 6 Sep 2012 | 12:36 PM ET

U.S. government bond yieldsare a “mispriced asset class” and represent a bubble to avoid, Leon Cooperman of Omega Advisors told CNBC on Thursday.

“I think the bubble that exists today is in U.S. government bond yields,” he said on “Fast Money.”

“There’s a very pessimistic price structure built into many equities, and the bond yields, in my opinion, are being subsidized by the government, so I want to be out of U.S. government bonds. I think they’re a mispriced asset class,” he said.

“I’m not short them because I recognize the financial repression policies being followed by the Fed, and I want to be in select number of equities. And I can find many, many equities that are attractively priced.”

(Read More: Cooperman: Market in ‘Zone of Fair Valuation’)

Cooperman pointed to the Bloomberg high-yield index, which in November 2008 stood at 25 percent. “Today, it’s less than 7.”

(Read More: Cooperman Sees ‘Bubble’ in U.S. Bond Yields)

“The multiple in the market today is lower than it was when high yield was 25 percent, so I’m left with equities by default,” he said. “I think equities generally speaking are the place to be.”

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