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BACCARAT MAY HAVE WEIGHED DOWN STRIP IN FEB

Despite strong airport and taxi traffic, it’s all gonna come down to the Big B.

 

 

With McCarran Airport traffic increasing 6.6% and taxi trips up 10.0% YoY, one would expect blowout gaming revenues for February.  Leap year probably contributed 3-4% of the surge in traffic.  However, with Chinese New Year falling in January of this year and February of last year, the comparison is very difficult.  Remember that with a favorable comparison, the Strip experienced a 163% YoY increase in Baccarat drop in January 2012. 

 

Assuming normal hold – a big assumption – we think baccarat volume needs to be down 20% for gaming revenues to be flat.  Anything worse would result in negative gaming revenue growth.  The problem is that at down 20%, combined January and February baccarat drop would total $2.5 billion, approximately 25% higher than 2010’s record.  We consider this unlikely.  It looks like the Strip will need above average hold for revenues to show growth in February.

 

February could be a disappointment to the MGM and CZR bulls.  Here are our projections:

 

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THE HEDGEYE DAILY OUTLOOK

TODAY’S S&P 500 SET-UP – April 2, 2012


As we look at today’s set up for the S&P 500, the range is 12 points or -0.32% downside to 1404 and 0.53% upside to 1416. 

 

SECTOR AND GLOBAL PERFORMANCE

 

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EQUITY SENTIMENT: 

  • ADVANCE/DECLINE LINE: 473 (1135) 
  • VOLUME: NYSE 966.39 (18.23%)
  • VIX:  15.50 0.13% YTD PERFORMANCE: -33.76%
  • SPX PUT/CALL RATIO: 2.63 from 1.49 (76.51%) 

CREDIT/ECONOMIC MARKET LOOK:


PMI’s – China had two (1 beat, 1 missed – they probably made up both), but the rest of the world’s PMI prints (other than the UK’s, which beat by a 1 pt) were awful. Germany in particular was bad, down to 48.4 vs 50.2 in FEB (France = 46.7 vs 50 in FEB and Spain was nasty at 44.5); India’s missed too. #GrowthSlowing, globally.

 

BOND YIELDS – they’ve been the front runner in signaling Spanish credit problems and US Growth Slowing – no need to ignore that until they stop calling the broader intermediate-term TRENDS. UST 10yr yields failed at TAIL line resistance of 2.47% 3 weeks ago and are currently trading 2.22% (below immediate-term TRADE resistance of 2.26%). 

  • TED SPREAD: 40.20
  • 3-MONTH T-BILL YIELD: 0.07%
  • 10-Year: 2.21 from 2.21
  • YIELD CURVE: 1.87 from 1.88 

MACRO DATA POINTS (Bloomberg Estimates):

  • 10am: Construction Spending (M/m), Feb., est. 0.7% (prior - 0.1%)
  • 10am: ISM Manufacturing., Mar., est. 53.0 (prior 52.4)
  • 10am: Fed’s Bullard’s Tsinghua University remarks from last week will be released
  • 11:30am: U.S. to sell $31b 3-mo., $29b 6-mo. bills
  • 12:35pm: Fed’s Pianalto speaks in Ohio

 GOVERNMENT:

    • Canada’s prime minister, Mexico’s president visit President Obama
    • International Trade Commission announces status of finding that cleared Julius Glatz GmbH of infringing Schweitzer- Mauduit  International patents
    • House, Senate on recess 

WHAT TO WATCH: 

  • Manufacturing probably climbed to 53 in March from 52.4 in Feb., economists said before a report today
  • Express Scripts, Medco may be approved by regulators as early as this week
  • China’s Purchasing Managers’ Index rose to 53.1 in March from 51 the previous month, a 1-yr high
  • European finance ministers unveiled a package over the weekend including $667b in fresh bailout funds
  • Euro-area Feb. unemployment rate rises to 10.8%, highest in 14+ yrs, est. 10.8%
  • Pinnacle Airlines sought bankruptcy protection
  • Groupon’s latest restatement heightens concern about the reliability of the company’s financial reporting: analysts
  • Enterprise Products asking federal regulators for the freedom to set rates on its Seaway pipeline
  • Global Payments says card breach affected fewer than 1.5m numbers
  • Republican presidential contests take place tomorrow in Wisconsin, Maryland, Washington, D.C.
  • Yahoo! is preparing to start layoffs of potentially thousands of employees next week: AllThingsD
  • No IPOs scheduled: Bloomberg data  

COMMODITY/GROWTH EXPECTATION (HEADLINES FROM BLOOMBERG)


GOLD – under pressure again this morning which surprises us given that bond yields stopped going down; Gold has had issues when Commodities broadly weaken – both the CRB Index and Gold are trading below their intermediate-term TREND lines of 312 and $1692, respectively. That’s new. Deflating The Inflation = in motion. 

  • Speculators Trimming Wagers as Goldman Goes Neutral: Commodities
  • Corn Rises for Second Day Following Decline in U.S. Stockpiles
  • Copper May Rise as Gauge of Chinese Manufacturing Strengthens
  • Oil Rises a Second Day as China Economy Boosts Demand Outlook
  • Gold May Decline in London as Indian Strike Cuts Physical Demand
  • Robusta Coffee Rises, Lifted by Contract Delivery; Sugar Drops
  • Gold Imports by India Plunge in March After Industry Shutdown
  • S&P 500 Beating Gold Most Since 1999 as Earnings Estimates Rise
  • Palm Oil Rallies to Highest in a Year on U.S. Soybean Forecast
  • Petronas Plans Canadian Acquisition Topping $5 Billion: Energy
  • Molycorp Seen Too Cheap as Rare Earth Lures Deal Talk: Real M&A
  • Petronas Struggles to Replace Iranian Crude for Durban Refinery
  • PetroChina’s Oil Output Trumps Exxon, Rosneft: Chart of the Day
  • Copper May Extend Best Quarter Since 2010
  • Jewelers in India Strike for 17th Day Over Higher Gold Tax
  • Sino-Forest Glimpse Made Buyers Run Away: Corporate Canada
  • Funds Cut Bullish Gas Bets as Supply Glut Grows: Energy Markets

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CURRENCIES

 

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EUROPEAN MARKETS


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ASIAN MARKETS

 

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MIDDLE EAST


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The Hedgeye Macro Team

 

 



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Financial Repression

“Such policies, known as financial repression, usually involve a strong connection between the government, central bank, and financial sector.”

-Carmen M. Reinhart

 

While Keynesian central planners continue to hope that they can suspend economic gravity, hope is not a risk management process. This morning’s economic data out of Europe continues to show you what Financial Repression looks like. Not good. Not going away.

 

The good news on this front is that it’s not different this time. Co-author of one of the most empirically damning books against Policies To Inflate through currency devaluation and/or sovereign debt pile-ups (This Time Is Different), Carmen Reinhart, wrote an excellent paper on March 11th that was, shockingly, not highlighted by The Ben Bernank in any of his daily Dollar Debauchery speeches last week.

 

Reinhart’s thesis, “Financial Repression Has Come Back To Stay”, is very similar to what we have called The Bernank Tax: “In the US, as in Europe, at present, this means consistent negative real interest rates (yielding less than the rate of inflation) that are equivalent to a tax on bondholders and, more generally, savers.”

 

Back to the Global Macro Grind

 

While the Fed Chairman remains laser-like focused on “laws” that are nothing more than social science stories (Okun’s Law), the rest of the world doesn’t seem so interested in his career risk management. People with real money in the game continue to search for the truth.

 

The truth is that the pace of Global Growth Slowing has picked up, sequentially, in the last month. While plenty a perma-bull was anchoring on 1 of the 2 China PMI prints released this weekend (1 beat, 1 missed – they were both probably made up), here’s the truth about PMI reports around the world in March versus February:

  1. USA 62 MAR vs 64 FEB
  2. China 53 MAR vs 51 FEB (or 48 MAR vs 50 FEB)
  3. India 54 MAR vs 56 FEB
  4. Germany 48 MAR vs 50 FEB
  5. France 47 MAR vs 50 FEB
  6. Spain 44.5 MAR vs 45 FEB

In other words, if you look at 47% of Global GDP (these 6 countries combined = approximately $29.5T in GDP), it’s slowing.

 

Now if you want to be the bull instead of being the perma Risk Manager on this top line matter, you might say ‘well hey, the UK PMI print for MAR was 52 versus 51.5 in FEB.’ And I’ll be the first to agree with you – it’s just a fact - as is Italy missing their PMI and printing a 10-year high in its unemployment rate of 9.3%.

 

Taking a step back, since Growth Slowing around this time last year didn’t wake up a lot of people until it was way too late, it’s important to reconcile why perma-bull pundits don’t get paid to see the obvious. It’s called anchoring – “a cognitive bias that describes the common human tendency to rely heavily, or “anchor”, on one piece of information when making decisions.” (Wikipedia)

 

Anchored: Washington and Old Wall Street based “economists” still think, for example, that US GDP is tracking “around 3%.” Why? Well, because the US GDP report for Q4 of 2011 was, uh, 3%!

 

You’ll find the complexion of the Q4 2011 US GDP report (C + I + G + (EX-IM)) interesting:

  1. GDP = +2.97% (up from 1.81% SAAR in Q311)
  2. Consumer Goods = +1.29% (up from +0.33% in Q311)
  3. Consumer Services = +0.19% (down from +0.9% in Q311)
  4. Fixed Investment = +0.78% (down from +1.52% in Q311)
  5. Inventories = +1.81% (up from 1.35% from Q311)
  6. Government = -0.84% (down from -0.02% in Q311)
  7. Exports = 0.37% (down from +0.64% in Q311)
  8. *Deflator = 0.84%

In other words, if the US Government uses a low enough “Deflator” (you subtract inflation from GDP to get the real (inflation adjusted) GDP number), it can pretty much tell you that US Economic Growth is whatever it wants it to be. In an election year, that’s just great.

 

But is this economy great? I think anyone who drives their own vehicle in it knows that inflation in cost of goods is running at least +300-500% higher than the GDP Deflator of 0.84% (so is the composite of US CPI and PPI).

 

Q: So, what happens to GDP when:

  1. The Nominal GDP growth rate declines sequentially like it just did (Q4 to Q1)
  2. The inflation rate rises sequentially like it just did (Q4 to Q1)

A: Real (inflation adjusted) Growth Slows.

 

Notwithstanding that Consumer Services slowing and Inventories rising in Q4 wasn’t a bad signal in and of itself in terms of Q4 “growth” mix, what you are seeing in Q1/Q2 of 2012 is the other side of Bernank’s War –it’s called Financial Repression.

 

My immediate-term support and resistance ranges for Gold, Oil (Brent), US Dollar Index, Japanese Yen (vs USD), and the SP500 are now $1, $121.94-124.13, $78.74-79.30, $82.44-84.03, and 1, respectively.

 

Best of luck out there this week,

KM

 

Keith R. McCullough
Chief Executive Officer

 

Financial Repression - Chart of the Day

 

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MONDAY MORNING RISK MONITOR: ITALIAN AND SPANISH SWAPS WIDEN - EUROPE IS BECOMING RELEVANT AGAIN

Key Takeaways

 

* Italian and Spanish sovereign swaps widened along with European Bank swaps over the week, underscoring increasing risk in the Eurozone.

 

* American Bank default swaps were a mixed batch, with 16 reference entities seeing swaps tighten and 11 seeing widening.  MS is back over 300 bps.

 

* The Euribor-OIS spread continued to move lower, falling 2 bps last week to 41bps. Over the same period, the TED spread was flat. 

 

Financial Risk Monitor Summary

 • Short-term(WoW): Negative / 2 of 12 improved / 3 out of 12 worsened / 7 of 12 unchanged

 • Intermediate-term(WoW): Positive / 4 of 12 improved / 2 out of 12 worsened / 6 of 12 unchanged

 • Long-term(WoW): Neutral / 4 of 12 improved / 4 out of 12 worsened / 4 of 12 unchanged

 

MONDAY MORNING RISK MONITOR: ITALIAN AND SPANISH SWAPS WIDEN - EUROPE IS BECOMING RELEVANT AGAIN - Summary2

 

1. US Financials CDS Monitor – Swaps tightened for 16 of 27 major domestic financial company reference entities last week.   

Tightened the most WoW: AXP, WFC, MTG

Widened the most WoW: ALL, TRV, BAC

Tightened the most MoM: AXP, JPM, BAC

Widened the most MoM: MBI, MMC, ACE

 

MONDAY MORNING RISK MONITOR: ITALIAN AND SPANISH SWAPS WIDEN - EUROPE IS BECOMING RELEVANT AGAIN - CDS  US

 

2. European Financials CDS Monitor – Bank swaps were wider in Europe last week for 35 of the 40 reference entities. The average widening was 3.4% and the median widening was 7.8%.

 

MONDAY MORNING RISK MONITOR: ITALIAN AND SPANISH SWAPS WIDEN - EUROPE IS BECOMING RELEVANT AGAIN - CDS  EURO

 

3. European Sovereign CDS – European Sovereign Swaps mostly tightened over last week. Portuguese sovereign swaps tightened by 9.5% (-113 bps to 1076 ) and Italian sovereign swaps widened by 6.8% (25 bps to 397).

 

MONDAY MORNING RISK MONITOR: ITALIAN AND SPANISH SWAPS WIDEN - EUROPE IS BECOMING RELEVANT AGAIN - Sovereign CDS 1

 

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4. High Yield (YTM) Monitor – High Yield rates rose 0.9 bps last week, ending the week at 7.14 versus 7.13 the prior week.

 

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5. Leveraged Loan Index Monitor – The Leveraged Loan Index rose 4.5 points last week, ending at 1652.

 

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6. TED Spread Monitor – The TED spread remained flat over last week, ending the week at 40 bps.

 

MONDAY MORNING RISK MONITOR: ITALIAN AND SPANISH SWAPS WIDEN - EUROPE IS BECOMING RELEVANT AGAIN - TED spread

 

7. Journal of Commerce Commodity Price Index – The JOC index fell -0.6 points, ending the week at -9.5 versus -8.9 the prior week.

 

MONDAY MORNING RISK MONITOR: ITALIAN AND SPANISH SWAPS WIDEN - EUROPE IS BECOMING RELEVANT AGAIN - JOC

 

8. Euribor-OIS spread – The Euribor-OIS spread (the difference between the euro interbank lending rate and overnight indexed swaps) measures bank counterparty risk in the Eurozone. The OIS is analogous to the effective Fed Funds rate in the United States.  Banks lending at the OIS do not swap principal, so counterparty risk in the OIS is minimal.  By contrast, the Euribor rate is the rate offered for unsecured interbank lending.  Thus, the spread between the two isolates counterparty risk. The Euribor-OIS spread tightened by 2 bps to 41 bps.

 

MONDAY MORNING RISK MONITOR: ITALIAN AND SPANISH SWAPS WIDEN - EUROPE IS BECOMING RELEVANT AGAIN - Euribor OIS

 

9. ECB Liquidity Recourse to the Deposit Facility – The ECB Liquidity Recourse to the Deposit Facility measures banks’ overnight deposits with the ECB.  Taken in conjunction with excess reserves, the ECB deposit facility measures excess liquidity in the Euro banking system.  An increase in this metric shows that banks are borrowing from the ECB.  In other words, the deposit facility measures one element of the ECB response to the crisis.  

 

MONDAY MORNING RISK MONITOR: ITALIAN AND SPANISH SWAPS WIDEN - EUROPE IS BECOMING RELEVANT AGAIN - ECB

 

10. Markit MCDX Index Monitor – The Markit MCDX is a measure of municipal credit default swaps. We believe this index is a useful indicator of pressure in state and local governments. Markit publishes index values daily on six 5-year tenor baskets including 50 reference entities each. Each basket includes a diversified pool of revenue and GO bonds from a broad array of states. We track the 14-V1. Last week spreads widened, ending the week at 112 bps versus 110 bps the prior week.

 

MONDAY MORNING RISK MONITOR: ITALIAN AND SPANISH SWAPS WIDEN - EUROPE IS BECOMING RELEVANT AGAIN - MCDX

 

11. Baltic Dry Index – The Baltic Dry Index measures international shipping rates of dry bulk cargo, mostly commodities used for industrial production. Higher demand for such goods, as manifested in higher shipping rates, indicates economic expansion. Last week the index rose 26 points, ending the week at 934 versus 908 the prior week.

 

MONDAY MORNING RISK MONITOR: ITALIAN AND SPANISH SWAPS WIDEN - EUROPE IS BECOMING RELEVANT AGAIN - Baltic Dry

 

12. 2-10 Spread – We track the 2-10 spread as an indicator of bank margin pressure. Last week the 2-10 spread widened by 1 bp to 189 bps.

 

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13. XLF Macro Quantitative Setup – Our Macro team’s quantitative setup in the XLF shows 1.4% upside to TRADE resistance and 1.3% downside to TRADE support.

 

MONDAY MORNING RISK MONITOR: ITALIAN AND SPANISH SWAPS WIDEN - EUROPE IS BECOMING RELEVANT AGAIN - XLF2

 

Margin Debt - February: +0.85 standard deviations 

We publish NYSE Margin Debt every month when it’s released. NYSE Margin debt hit its post-2007 peak in April of 2011 at $320.7 billion. The chart below shows the S&P 500 overlaid against NYSE margin debt going back to 1997. In this chart both the S&P 500 and margin debt have been inflation adjusted (back to 1990 dollar levels), and we’re showing margin debt levels in standard deviations relative to the mean covering the period 1. While this may sound complicated, the message is really quite simple. First, when margin debt gets to 1.5 standard deviations or greater, as it did last April, it has historically been a signal of extreme risk in the equity market - the last two times it did this the equity market lost half its value in the ensuing period. We flagged this for the first time back in May 2011. The second point is that margin debt trends tend to exhibit high degrees of autocorrelation. In other words, the last few months’ change in margin debt is the best predictor of the change we’ll see in the next few months. We would need to see it approach -0.5 to -1.0 standard deviations before the trend runs its course. There’s plenty of room for short/intermediate term reversals within this broader secular move. Overall, however, this setup represents a long-term headwind for the market. One limitation of this series is that it is reported on a lag.  The chart shows data through February.

 

MONDAY MORNING RISK MONITOR: ITALIAN AND SPANISH SWAPS WIDEN - EUROPE IS BECOMING RELEVANT AGAIN - Margin Debt

 

Joshua Steiner, CFA

 

Allison Kaptur

 

Robert Belsky

 

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Q1 2012 HOTEL TRANSACTIONS

2012 off to a slow start 

 

 

M&A and Other Trends for Q1 2012

  • Q1 2012 US hotel transaction volume was roughly unchanged quarter-over-quarter at ~$1 billion, down significantly from Q1 2011's ~$5 billion.  This has been a much weaker start than expected. 
    • The number of US hotel transactions in Q1 2012 was similar to Q4 2011
    • US average price per key in the Upper Upscale segment rose 14% QoQ
    • The European market was also unusually quiet this quarter
  • Apart from some scheduled sales from Accor, the majority of the transactions involved REITs/JVs 
  • According to Fitch, February hotel delinquency rate dropped to 10.75% from 12.21% in January 2012.  
    • The decline was largely attributed to the two loans of the Innkeepers portfolio being converted to current. Hotel delinquency rates have steadily declined from 14% in Q3 2011.

Q1 2012 HOTEL TRANSACTIONS - UUP2

 

Q1 2012 HOTEL TRANSACTIONS - LUXURY2

 

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