Commentary from CEO Keith McCullough


Most Read (Bloomberg headline): “SP500 Caps Longest Drop Since November” – blame Europe? C’mon:

  1. JAPAN – what goes up on no fundamentals comes down hard – Japanese Equities down for 8 consecutive days for a -8% cumulative correction – and unless your major country index has AAPL in it, that’s pretty much the range of corrections across the world in the last 6 weeks = -7-9% (Hong Kong, Germany, Russia, Brazil, Russell2000, etc).
  2. VOLATILITY – so you’re saying it’s the 1990’s, eh? Right, right. Since the Russell2000 and the CRB Index topped on the same day (March 26th), the US Equity VIX is up +43% in a straight line. Buying anything equities/commodities/big beta at 14-15 VIX has not worked since 2008.
  3. TREASURIES – 10yr bond yield snapping my intermediate-term TREND line of 2.03% support this morning and the Yield Spread continues to compress (down 24bps in 3 wks). This is what we call Growth Slowing being priced into Equities, Commodities, and Bonds. You should have taken that Credit Suisse call to “buy stocks b/c bond yields are rising” and done the opposite.


On a net basis, I got longer on red yesterday (14 LONGS, 10 SHORTS). The SP500 should bounce today, but if it can’t close > 1391, we sell again on green and tighten that net exposure back up.







THE HBM: PNRA, MCD, RT - subsector





PNRA: Panera Bread has appointed Thomas Patrick Kelly Interim CFO.  The company said that it expects the ongoing search for a permanent CFO to take four-to-six months to complete.


MCD: McDonald’s is set to franchise in Russia for the first time under a new deal with Rosinter, the country’s largest restaurant holding company.  The company still plans to open 40 to 45 company-owned restaurants per year in the country but the Rosinter deal allows the company to expand its presence to non-traditional locations like airports and train stations.  There are currently ~300 MCD restaurants in Russia.




GMCR: Green Mountain Coffee Roasters declined on accelerating volume along with CBOU and JMBA. 





RT: Ruby Tuesday closed the deal to acquire Lime Fresh Mexican Grill for $24 million.




RT: Ruby Tuesday underperformed again yesterday.


RRGB: Red Robin Gourmet Burger declined 3.3% on accelerating volume yesterday.


THE HBM: PNRA, MCD, RT - stocks



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