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CNBC Exclusive: CNBC Excerpts: Omega Advisors Chairman & CEO Leon Cooperman Speaks with CNBC's "Fast Money Halftime Report" Today

WHEN: Today, Monday, November 4th

WHERE: CNBC's "Fast Money Halftime Report"

Following are excerpts from the unofficial transcript of a CNBC interview with Omega Advisors Chairman & CEO Leon Cooperman on CNBC's "Fast Money Halftime Report" (M-F, 12PM-1PM ET) today, Monday, November 4th. Following are links to video of the interview on CNBC.com: https://www.cnbc.com/video/2019/11/04/the-conditions-for-a-big-decline-in-the-market-are-not-present-cooperman.html, https://www.cnbc.com/video/2019/11/04/the-vilification-of-billionaires-makes-no-sense-to-me-cooperman.html and https://www.cnbc.com/video/2019/11/04/the-wealth-tax-is-a-bankrupt-concept-cooperman.html.

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COOPERMAN ON WEALTH TAX:

THE WEALTH TAX IS A BANKRUPT CONCEPT. THERE ARE 14 OR SO NATIONS THAT HAVE TRIED IT AND THEY'VE DROPPED IT. I MEAN IT'S A NIGHTMARE. THE FOR 50 YEARS, WE'VE BEEN PROMISED, YOU KNOW, SIMPLIFICATION BY THE IRS. THIS WOULD BE A NIGHTMARE. IT WOULD BE A NIGHTMARE. EVERY YEAR YOU CALCULATE YOUR NET WORTH AND GIVE 2% TO THE GOVERNMENT? THAT'S RIDICULOUS. GOLD WOULD SURGE BECAUSE PEOPLE WOULD FIND GOLD AS A PLACE TO HIDE THEIR WEALTH. IT'S JUST THE WRONG IDEA.

COOPERMAN ON LOOPHOLES:

THE 2% IS NOT THE ISSUE. THE ISSUE IS GET RID OF THE LOOPHOLES. THEY CAN'T -- THE GOVERNMENT IS PARALYZED, GET RID OF CARRIED INTERESTS. SEVEN YEARS OF DISCUSSING THIS AND NOTHING HAS HAPPENED SECTION 1031 GET RID OF IT TAKE THE 37% AND RAISE IT. OKAY ON WEALTHY PEOPLE. I BELIEVE IN THE PROGRESSIVE INCOME TAX STRUCTURE I BELIEVE I'M MY BROTHER'S KEEPER I HAVE NO PROBLEM WITH ANY OF THAT I GET EMOTIONAL BECAUSE IT'S SO STUPID, THE DIALOGUE. IT'S VERY DIVISIVE.

COOPERMAN ON A DISCIPLINED MARKET:

THE CONDITIONS FOR A BIG DECLINE AS I'VE SAID CONSISTENTLY ARE JUST NOT PRESENT. THE DECLINES COME ABOUT BECAUSE OF ACCELERATING A PROBLEMATIC INFLATION, THEY COME ABOUT BECAUSE OF A HOSTILE FED IN MY OPINION THE FED IS TOO EASY, FURTHEST FROM HOSTILE THE MARKET SMELLS AN ONCOMING RECESSION. IT COMES ABOUT BECAUSE OF INVESTOR EXUBERANCE. THE MARKET HAS BEEN DISCIPLINED. I HAVE TO GIVE IT CREDIT.

COOPERMAN ON DECLINE CONDITIONS:

THE BIG DECLINE WILL COME IF WE HAVE A RECESSION OR IF WE SEE A BIG CHANGE IN THE WASHINGTON LEADERSHIP, WE FAIL TO GET A DEAL WITH CHINA OR WE SEE A BIG SPIKE IN THE PRICE OF OIL. CHINA AND OIL WILL DICTATES THE NEAR TERM PERFORMANCE OF THE MARKET AND OIL HAS BEEN VERY WELL BEHAVED AND CHINA, THE PRESIDENT SEEMS INTENT ON COMING UP WITH AN ACCEPTABLE DEAL BEYOND THIS YEAR, I HAVE TO SAY I'M BECOMING CONCERNED I THINK THE AGGRESSIVE POLICIES THAT WE'RE PURSUING ARE PULLING DEMAND FORWARD.

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