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Here's how David Einhorn is trading the Donald Trump agenda

David Einhorn, founder of Greenlight Capital.
Adam Jeffery | CNBC
David Einhorn, founder of Greenlight Capital.

David Einhorn, the hedge fund manager whose stock picks move markets, told his clients how he is positioning his portfolio for the Donald Trump administration.

"We'd like to share our views of what a Trump presidency (TP) might look like and why we believe we are well-positioned for 2017. In short, we believe that the post-Great Recession easy money policies have been good for Wall Street but bad for Main Street. It's possible that the TP reverses these policies," Einhorn wrote in the investor letter Tuesday.

"While it's hard to know exactly where President-elect Donald Trump stands from day to day, his main economic policy objective appears to be employment. To that end, he has proposed corporate tax cuts, infrastructure investment and military buildup, combined with anti-immigration policies and trade protectionism," he added.

The hedge fund manager's letters are revered by investors for their transparency, rational analysis and nuggets of wisdom.

To take advantage of Trump's agenda the hedge fund manager is "long a variety of low multiple, tax-paying, U.S. value stocks." He noted any corporate tax reduction would benefit companies that pay large amounts of taxes. Einhorn said Amerco, Chemours, Dillard's and DSW will benefit as examples of "full federal taxpayers with healthy profits."

The hedge fund manager also discussed these other Trump trades:

  • Long Apple: "AAPL stands to benefit from repatriation of foreign cash and tax reform."
  • Long General Motors: "More jobs, higher income for savers, and higher wages should drive demand for consumer durables, and there is no better consumer durable than an automobile." The letter noted Greenlight Capital increased its position in GM.
  • Long gold: "Our sense is that Mr. Trump doesn't hold any core policy beliefs and is apt to change his mind as he sees fit. This will lead to more political and economy uncertainty," which is positive for gold, according to Einhorn.
  • Short "bubble basket": "Bubble basket stocks mostly don't have profits, which makes them unlikely to benefit from corporate tax cuts." Einhorn is short a basket of high-valuation stocks he calls the "bubble basket." He cited Netflix as a member.
  • Short oil fracker companies: "Despite repeated claims in their slick presentations, the economics still don't work when all investment and corporate costs are taken into account."
  • Short Caterpillar: "Even in a U.S. infrastructure boom, CAT is overpriced."

Einhorn's hedge fund Greenlight Capital was up 4.5 percent in the fourth quarter, bringing its performance for 2016 to 8.4 percent compared with the S&P 500's 12 percent return, according to the investor letter. From inception in May 1996 to the end of 2016 the fund generated annual net returns of 16.1 percent.


— CNBC's Scott Wapner contributed to this story.