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Billionaire John Paulson Still Loves Stocks

If we were to fill a flute with champagne and stop exactly at the halfway level, sounds like John Paulson would say the glass is half full.

Despite the downdraft in the market, the widely followed billionaire investor remains optimistic - he's bullish on stocks even though his two largest funds have dropped over 20% in 2011.

WSJ writer Greg Zuckerman recently penned an article titled Paulson Still a Bull Despite His Bare Year - and the Fast gang was so intrigued, they invited Zuckerman to join them.

Unfortunately that article is locked on the WSJ website - but don't fret - we've got all the important points right here.

In a live interview Zuckerman tells us that Paulson feels the bears are missing an extremely important fact – P/E levels are extraordinarily attractive. Here's the Paulson quote:

"Price-earnings ratios are at historic lows. This has created many buying opportunities where companies are trading at extremely low valuations irrespective of strong performance."

Also, Paulson thinks investors have too little faith in the buoyancy of the US economy and he expects things to improve over the next year or so.

So where’s he putting his money?

According to Zuckerman, Paulson likes banks and thinks the balance sheets of many U.S. banks are strong, making them good long-term bets, no matter what happens in Europe. In the sector, long positions held by Paulson include BofA and Citi , Zuckerman, says.

And as for other plays on the economy, Paulson is long Hewlett Packard and gaming companies.

"Despite the sharp losses, don't count him out too early," says Zuckerman.

* In case you're wondering, John Paulson is perhaps best known for shorting housing ahead of the real estate bubble.

Greg Zuckerman is author of The Greatest Trade Ever: The Behind The Scenes Story Of How John Paulson Defied Wall Street And Made Financial History.





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