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In preparation for HYATT's FQ1 2012 earnings release Thursday morning, we’ve put together the recent pertinent forward looking company commentary.




  • "As we think forward, occupancies are close to peak levels. And with really limited supply especially in the U.S., we think rate could be a higher driver of RevPAR growth over time."
  • "We feel good about select, which was largely only present in the U.S.  We should have a few select hotels open in Latin America and India later this year."
  • "As we think forward, our primary objective is to use the cash to grow the business. We don't have a dividend policy or any program relative to share buybacks at this point because we believe that over the next 12 to 18 months using the cash to grow the businesses is what's going to be the prime driver of capital deployment."
  • "While it's our intended policy at this point where we don't pay dividends or share buybacks, we're going to take a look at that because... we don't necessarily need to run the company with a billion dollars of cash."
  • "Our stated strategy is to recycle a lot of assets we own."
  • "Year-over-year property taxes will be high largely because we got credits in 2011."
  • "Q: If the full service urban Hyatt branded hotel experienced a mid-single digit RevPAR growth rate that was driven two-thirds by price, would you expect the flow through to be 50%, 60%? 
    • A: Yeah, I mean hypothetically speaking, I would say in that range.....the other thing you bear in mind is our food and beverage and other revenue, which tends to be higher outside the U.S. than inside."
  • "New York has got some headwinds in the form of the financial sector, more anecdotically than what we're seeing in the business. But from our perspective, even if there is a bit of a speed bump in terms of the financial sector, the fact that we have an improved product in that market, we believe overtime we can continue to grow market share."
  • "Largely in the sub-urban and secondary cities...  that's where over time recycling out of the capital becomes important. We have been placing a lot of emphasis on the urban centers"
  • [170 hotel pipeline] "It's a 60/40 skew in the full service/select. The full service takes three to five years. Select is two to four years depending on where it is.  I'd say it's skewed towards international relative to North America....you can look at it over five years and this year we said we're going to open a little north of 20 hotels [excluding conversions and acquisitions]"
  • "Our presence in Europe, despite being limited, is really focused around key markets. We are present in France... Germany... We've got some presence in the UK. But there are markets like Spain... where we don't have presence, and over time, our intent is to have hotels in Spain and other markets."


  • "While the outlook for industry prospects seems to be improving over the last couple of months, there are still potential headwinds in the short-term from both Europe and a challenging financial services sector. As a frame of reference, roughly 10% of our overall adjusted EBITDA comes from continental Europe, including owned, leased and managed hotels."
  • "While it's difficult to forecast transient business for 2012, we do know that rate increases on corporate negotiated volume accounts in North America are up as expected in the mid single-digit percentage range for 2012 versus 2011."
  • "RevPAR growth in the quarter was negatively impacted by approximately 150 basis points due to
    bathroom renovations at several Hyatt Place properties. These bathroom renovations will continue through 2012, but are likely to have a lower level of impact to RevPAR from quarter-to-quarter."
  • "For 2012, we expect our effective tax rate to be in the low to mid 30% range before discrete items. Keep in mind that quarterly effective tax rates may be somewhat volatile due to the impact of discrete items. While discrete items by nature are very difficult to predict and can have either a positive or negative overall effect on the effective tax rate, we do not presently anticipate the impact to discrete items in 2012 to be at the same magnitude that we saw in 2011."
  • "Our expectation for this year is approximately $350 million in capital expenditures... includes $65 million which was carried over and... approximately $250 million on maintenance capital expenditures and projects from which we expect to generate a return. This includes conversion or renovation cost for the hotels we've acquired from LodgeWorks, as well as the extended-stay hotels we acquired last May. And approximately $35 million on new investments and properties that will be developed by us or in conjunction with partners over the next few years."
  • [Group bookings] "Our pace for 2012 is in the low-to-mid single-digits. We have 70% of the business we expect already booked at rates higher than where we end the year. Pace for 2013 and 2014 is also positive. We at this point have about 40% of the expected business for 2013 booked and about 25% of the business for 2014 booked at rates higher than what we're booking for 2012."
  • "There's been a proclivity to push decision making closer to the date of the events, which is clearly reflected in the quarter-for-the-quarter production that we've seen over the course of our quarter production that we've seen over the course of our past year and that's kind of what we are taking into this coming year, which is a real focus on continuing to book in the quarter-for-the-quarter business."
  • "The other thing that we're focused on that we've talked about in the past is more urban representation for select service. We have very, very little urban representation for our select-service brands. That's going to change this coming year as we start to open select-service properties that are under construction in some major cities."
  • "On the Rio front, we have been actively engaged in a lot of work around design and securing all the various entitlements that we need to be able to proceed with the project... We're in discussions with a number of potential sources of financing both potential partners but also financial debt financing... Our current plan is to be able to complete that project well ahead of the Olympics, so that we are there and ready to serve those guests coming into the city."
  • "We expect to be active on both the purchase and the sales side... As we look forward over the next couple of years, we do expect transactional activity to grow."
  • "So, my outlook for New York long-term is very bullish. I recognize that there is more supply coming into New York than in most markets around the country."


There’s nothing like a high profile deal in the restaurant space to get the analyst community pondering names that might be mispriced!


The P.F. Chang’s deal that was announced yesterday does not really say much about the overall restaurant M&A environment, but it does appear that CEO Rick Federico and his team struck a deal that was very favorable for shareholders.  Centerbridge Partners agreed to take the company private for $1.1 billion, or $51.50 per share, valuing the company at just over 9x 2012 EV/EBITDA.


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On October 27th, 2011, prior to the company’s 3Q11 earnings call, Mr. Federico had the following to say:


“I feel compelled to address recent articles stating the company is either for sale or negotiating a sale.  It has also been a question that has been asked on the last couple of conference calls. But, let me save everybody some time so that you can ask other questions when we get to the end of our formal comments. The rumors are not true, and we have no intent to sell this company. We believe in our plan. We have the capital to execute against it. We think about this business on a longer-term basis than just quarter-to-quarter. We acknowledge it may be bumpy, but unanimously, between our management team and our Board believe this approach will deliver the best value to our shareholders.”


Following this statement, the company’s Analyst Day, and subsequent meetings with the company, we began to buy into the company’s turnaround plan and felt that it was finally going in the right direction.  Price action in the stock started to reflect that sentiment too.  The question is, since October 27th, what changed for management to sell now?  Most importantly, it seems that the price is right.  Sales trends for 1Q, also reported yesterday, were a little soft so there is significant work to do.  What we do not know, importantly, is what April sales trends did in response to the national advertising campaign and lunch promotion at the Bistro.


While the Bistro and the international division seem to be on the right track, Pei Wei continues to be a thorn in the side of management.  Given the significant changes that need to take place at that concept, going private may offer management a better environment in which to expeditiously realign Pei Wei than remaining public would.  Perhaps management hears the footsteps of CMG’s new Asian concept, which is likely to expand aggressively over the coming years, and realizes that a better-performing Pei Wei or derivative of the concept (Pei Wei Asian Market) needs to be refined and brought to market before it’s too late.



Read-Through for Casual Dining


The deal had a positive impact on the group’s price action yesterday but we believe it may have been an overreaction; we are unlikely to see an increase in LBO’s in the space for three reasons:

  1. Small cap growth companies, common in casual dining, tend not to go private but rather seek capital via public markets.
  2. Most executives want to keep their jobs.
  3. As with the P.F. Chang’s deal, the typical restaurant deal is for a mature brand that needs to spend some time out of the public scrutiny to right size the ship.  Outback is the classic example of this.  Burger King, on the other hand, refloating just eighteen months after being taken private is just deal makers doing a deal for the sake of it.

In the case of P.F. Chang’s, this could have happened at any point over the past couple of years.  Despite Mr. Federico’s statement in late October, disavowing the possibility of the company being acquired, we saw it as a possibility that made us nervous at that point.  In a note titled “TOO EASY FOR TOO LONG”, on 11/21/11, we wrote, “I don’t want to buy a cheap stock on the “hope” that I get bailed out by some PE firm.  I also don’t want to short a stock that could fall prey to some activists or PE firm taking the company private.”  CHUX and MSSR are two other examples of where it did not pay to hang around on the short side.



Yesterday’s Price Action


Following yesterday’s deal, KONA, TXRH, and DIN were the best performing names besides PFCB.  TXRH was upgraded yesterday. 


CAKE and RT were next in line with RT having a spotlight on it given that it trades at a significant discount to the group.  RT’s leverage ratios and the news yesterday that the company is doing a debt deal make it an unlikely candidate for going private any time soon. 


BWLD popped 2% yesterday but we are confident that it is not going private.  The company is in the market to overpay for a rapidly growing restaurant asset.  BWLD remains one of our top shorts.


DRI outperformed EAT yesterday, but DRI has been underperforming lately due to legitimate concerns about the performance of the Olive Garden and Red Lobster brands.  DRI is not going to go private, but EAT is a possibility, albeit a remote one.


RUTH was down on the day.  This company may be better off as a private company or even under the wing of a larger organization like BWLD.



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Stinky Cheese

“For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong.”

- H.L. Mencken


While they’re not the only ones in the business, the French are rightfully proud of their “stinky” cheeses.  Yet stinky is for the consumer to judge and when it comes to pungent cheese, aroma and taste can run the spectrum from intense pleasure to pain, or alternatively as a pleasure from the pain.


A similar broad spectrum on the handling of the Eurozone’s sovereign debt and banking “crisis” is enjoyed by investors, strategists, journalists, and European citizens alike: abolish it, rescue it, or structure some hybrid of the two.  So what’s the update on the region as we find ourselves in May with the stink currently in Spain?


We continue to throw the abolishment camp out the window on four main factors:

  1. Eurocrats will tote the line to save their job
  2. Fear of the contagion effect from the default of countries and banks on the rest of the continent
  3. Belief in the Union’s economic benefit (namely through open trade and travel)
  4. Belief in the formation of a European identity (including the continental strength to balance the closest geographic spheres of influence in the U.S. and Russia)

While we could argue until we’re blue in the face that Europe needs its own Lehman-like event, to let weaker countries default and/or exit the Union, and that one monetary policy for a collection of joined states growing at uneven rates will continue to compromise the Union because it handcuffs nations from manipulating currencies and interest rates to encourage competitiveness, we think the above factors will justify the maintenance of the existing Eurozone fabric over at least the next 12 months.


So the task is to play an incredibly-challenged environment ahead as Eurocrats try to find a balance between fiscal consolidation, while not obliterating future growth in the process. One key factor to monitor, which we’ll hit on later in the note, is the deterioration of Merkozy, or relations between Germany and France on Eurozone policy.


So what’s so wrong with Europe?

The existing rub in directing European policy to improve the fiscal health of countries is that European leadership is inherently compromised: on one hand they have to answer to their citizenry that is largely voting against fiscal consolidation (and rioting on the street to bout), yet on the other they must answer to the markets, and a larger Brussels “authority”. Given that the markets are pricing in slow growth across Europe in 2012 and such threats as the inability of governments to meets consolidation targets, sovereign yields should remain elevated, which in turn increases the cost to raise capital and sets the “non-virtuous” cycle of raising debt and deficits levels. 


With 10YR yields trading at 20.4% in Greece; 10.5% in Portugal; 5.8% in Spain; and 5.6% in Italy; vs 1.6% in Germany, it comes with no great surprise that Germany is not interested in issuing Eurobonds.


But now the stakes in reducing risk have elevated, as Spain has taken the sovereign spotlight after a lengthy focus on Greece!  (Note: Spain’s economy = 5x Greece’s.)


And while Eurocrats have set up a number of firewalls to ease investor concern that the Eurozone is going away—including funding programs such as the EFSF, ESM, and enhanced commitments to the IMF earmarked for Europe, to liquidity programs such as the two 36M- LTROs and the SMP—these programs do little to bind Europe under a growth strategy.  As of recent weeks, it’s growth that has been given more attention by Eurocrats.


More Conflicts Ahead

But how do you manufacture growth? Simply by setting up more funding through the European Investment Bank or earmarking more lending from the IMF?  But who’s paying for it? Importantly, Germany hasn’t put up her hand, and who’s left?


Again, the uneven and compromised nature of Europe (and the Eurozone specifically) cannot be overlooked.  Simply throwing money at “problems” won’t cure structural drags like high unemployment rates, low labor productivity, vulnerable banks, and further risks from declines in housing and property prices ahead.


To highlight a few imbalances: Spain’s unemployment rate is 24.4% vs Germany’s at 6.8%, or Spain has a monster deficit reduction target of 5.3% (of GDP) for 2012 versus 8.5% last year vs the German deficit forecast to fall to 0.6%.  Or consider Portugal’s average annual growth rate over the last 10 years of 0.03% vs 1.07% for Germany, or recall that we forecast house and property prices could fall another 30% from here in Spain! 


It’s such structural mismatches (to name a few) that suggest that even if Europe finds a united path, it won’t come next week, next month, or next year. Uncompetitive countries like a Portugal or a Greece are going to stay uncompetitive. Europe’s stronger nations will simply have to decide how long they want to subsidize them.  Is this a realistic long-term strategy? We think not, but we still must play the likelihood that Eurocrats fight to support the whole.


Of note is that in some cases expectation are just grossly misaligned. For example, the European Commission targeted all member nations to have deficits at or below 3% by 2013. That’s surely not realistic for Portugal, Ireland, Spain, or Greece! Further, the Fiscal Compact, which is really an amended version of the Stability and Growth Pact (aimed at deficit reduction to 3% and debt reduction to 60%), stands to fall short as Brussels wrongly assumes members will give up their fiscal sovereignty.


French Inflections

Returning to stinky cheese, the likely victory of the Socialist candidate Francois Hollande in this Sunday’s presidential elections spells the likely end of a strong working relationship between France’s Sarkozy and Germany’s Merkel. Hollande’s very socialist agenda (increase spending by €20 MM over five years, reduce the retirement age from 62 to 60, raise income tax on earners over €1 MM to 75%, capping gasoline prices for a number of months and a pledge to block corporate job cuts) along with such positions as pro Eurobonds (which Germany vehemently opposes) and opposition to the Fiscal Compact, portend great disunity at a time when the Eurozone needs its two largest economies to pull jointly on the loose strings and direct solutions to its sovereign and banking ills.


Returning to H.L. Mencken’s quote that started the note, it’s clear Europe has a very complex suite of problems. And if expectations are the root of all heartache, it’s the market’s expectation that Europe will be “fixed” tomorrow that needs amendment.   While there is no simple solution, without better coordination through both appropriate targets for fiscal consolidation alongside strategies for growth, we do not see any hope for material improvement across the region over the next 12 months.


The immediate-term support and resistance ranges for Gold, Oil (Brent), US Dollar Index, and the SP500 are now $1, $119.07-121.06, $78.55-79.32, and 1, respectively.


Matthew Hedrick

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“To succeed, you must study the end game before everything else.”

- José Raúl Capablanca (Chess Grandmaster)


José Raúl Capablanca was one of the world’s first great Chess champions.  In fact, statistical ranking systems rank him the fifth greatest player of all time.  He was a Cuban national and was world champion from 1921 – 1927.  His nickname was the “Human Chess Machine” which characterized the simple nature of his style combined with his total mastery over the board.  To him, understanding the end game was the preeminent focus for any player.


For those of you that aren’t Chess grandmasters, the end game is the point in the game when there are a relatively limited number of pieces on the board.   Many chess analysts disagree as to when exactly the end game begins, but they all agree that when the end game begins strategy is much different than the middle game.  In fact, over time the world’s best chess players have always excelled at the end game and utilized a consistent strategy.


Yesterday was one of those stock market days that certainly made a few investors wonder whether the global economic growth end game is actually here yet, or close.  The snap back in U.S. equities didn’t necessarily surprise us but obviously characterized the almost bi-polar sentiment that currently exists in global equities.  One day bad news matters, the next day good news matters more.  The global economic growth slowing end game is here, then it isn’t.


Meanwhile in Spain over night we did get more evidence of the debt end game.  The nation that will continue to be the pressure point in European sovereign debt issues this year, reported that non-performing bank loans accelerated from December and now total €143.82B, which is a 18-year high.  This compares to a 1% level before the correction of the real estate market that began in 2008.  As we’ve noted, the key risk is that this level of non-performing loans accelerates dramatically as property prices continue to revert to the mean.


The key issue with Spain accelerating to the downside from a debt perspective is that Germany is basically on record saying that Spain is too big to save.  And so is Italy.  Not being able to save either Italy or Spain is certainly a European sovereign debt end game that is increasingly concerning.   To be fair, though, Spanish 10-year yields have come in again over night and are now solidly below the 6% line at 5.78%, which is a positive, but the IBEX this morning is down -3.2%.  Tomorrow we get the longer term Spanish bond auctions and they, too, will likely be as successful as any artificially controlled market.


The major political catalyst this week in Europe is the French elections with the first round this weekend. Since a major candidate has to garner 50% to win, it is likely there is a second round given there are major candidates competing.  Currently, the most recent polls from CSA have Hollande leading Sarkozy 29% to 24% in Round 1.  This is an improvement from being tied a few days ago. The polls then show Hollande mercy crushing Sarkozy in Round 2, by a margin of 58% to 42%. 


The French election is critical because: A) Hollande is a Socialist, B) Hollande is a Socialist, and C) Hollande has stated that if elected he will renegotiate the EU budget compact and that he will not accept austerity as rule for countries.  Things are about to get a lot more challenging politically in the great monetary union that is the Eurozone.


In the U.S. we are fully in the midst of earnings season.  As part of earnings season, we our having our Sector Heads participate in our morning calls for clients ( ping sales@hedgeye.com if you don’t have access ) and also write a brief summary of their thoughts on earnings in their sectors.  Our Financials Sector Head wrote this yesterday as it related to financials:


“Roughly one third of financial companies have reported earnings so far. 7 of the 8 large or mid cap companies have beaten estimates on the bottom line. Revenue trends have been more mixed, with just over 1/3 beating estimates, 1/3 in-line and just under 1/3 missing.  However, this is a bit misleading because of Debt Value Adjustment. With DVA, the big banks’ revenue lines are adversely affected by an accounting convention that requires them to recognize negative revenues when their credit default swaps tighten.  First quarter saw sizeable CDS tightening, so the headwind was significant for all the large-cap capital markets sensitive names: C, JPM, BAC, GS, MS.”


The remainder of his note can be found at www.hedgeye.com in unlocked content and we will be updating these summaries over the course of the next week.  But if there was one take away from Josh, it is that so far his companies are beating estimates, which is a positive driver for stock prices in the financial sector in the short term.


Related to U.S. growth, we have a number of negative catalysts that will come more and more into focus in the coming months.  Namely, as of January 1st, 2013, the Bush tax cuts, the temporary payroll tax cut, and the long-term unemployment benefits all expire.  Then on January 15th, 2013 the automotive government spending cuts, driven by the failure of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, go into effect.  Will it be check mate for U.S. economic growth? Probably not, but Q1 2013 is certainly an end game to start contemplating.


The immediate-term support and resistance ranges for Gold, Oil (Brent), US Dollar Index, Japanese Yen (vs USD), Euro/USD, and the SP500 are now $1619-1661, $117.69-120.93, $79.26-79.64, $79.96-82.30, $1.30-1.32, and 1380-1394, respectively.


Keep your head up and stick on the ice,


Daryl G. Jones

Director of Research


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TODAY’S S&P 500 SET-UP – May 2, 2012

As we look at today’s set up for the S&P 500, the range is 24 points or -1.05% downside to 1391 and 0.65% upside to 1415. 












    • Up from the prior day’s trading of -665
  • VOLUME: on 5/01 NYSE 771.45
    • Decrease versus prior day’s trading of -9.45%
  • VIX:  as of 45/01 was at 16.60
    • Decrease versus most recent day’s trading of -3.21%
    • Year-to-date decrease of -29.06%
  • SPX PUT/CALL RATIO: as of 05/01 closed at 1.74
    • Down from the day prior at 1.92


  • TED SPREAD: as of this morning 38
  • 3-MONTH T-BILL YIELD: as of this morning 0.08%
  • 10-Year: as of this morning 1.93
    • Decrease from prior day’s trading of 1.94
  • YIELD CURVE: as of this morning 1.68
    • Unchanged from prior day’s trading 

MACRO DATA POINTS (Bloomberg Estimates):

  • 7am: MBA Mortgage Applications (prior -3.8%)
  • 8am: Fed’s Tarullo to speak in New York at the CFR
  • 8:15am: ADP Employment Change, April, est. 170k (prior 209k)
  • 9:45am: ISM New York, April (prior 67.4)
  • 10am: Factory Orders, March, est. -1.7% (prior 1.3%)
  • 10am: U.S. Treasury makes quarterly refunding announcement
  • 10:30am: DOE inventories
  • 12:30pm: Fed’s Lacker speaks on economy in Norfolk, Virginia
  • 6:30pm: Fed’s Evans speaks in Chicago 


    • NRC meets to discuss post-Fukushima recommendations on fires, flooding at power plants caused by earthquakes, 1pm
    • FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski discusses broadband adoption, job creation at National Cable & Telecommunications Assoc, 3pm
    • President Obama scheduled to return to the U.S. after a surprise visit to Afghanistan
    • House, Senate not in session
    • Commerce Dept. advisory panel meets to vote on recommendations to improve U.S. competitiveness in exporting renewable energy, energy efficiency products and services, 10am
    • China, U.S. Strategic and Economic Dialogue in Beijing 


  • Carlyle consults buyout playbook to price IPO at 62% discount; IPO expected to price this evening
  • Facebook said to begin marketing share sale as soon as next wk
  • Chinese manufacturing index rose in April to 49.3 vs prelim. 49.1 reported April 23, signaling rebound
  • ADP report may show U.S. added 170k jobs in April after 209k in March
  • U.S. Deputy Treasury Secretary Neal Wolin said opponents of the Dodd-Frank Act will fail in efforts to roll back part of the regulatory overhaul
  • Genworth Financial’s CEO resigned after an 80% stock plunge since the end of 2006
  • Goldman Sachs said a proposed Fed rule seeking to limit links between banks could cut U.S. economic growth by as much as 0.4 percentage point
  • News Corp.’s Rupert Murdoch may be prompted to lower or sell his 39% stake in BSkyB
  • BP Gulf of Mexico spill trial shouldn’t be delayed until after a proposed hearing on a settlement of most private- party claims, U.S. tells judge
  • Euro-region manufacturing shrank for a 9th month in April
  • Twitter said to have considered buying mobile-photo app Camera+ 


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  • Philippines Cuts Rice Imports as Harvest Swells, Alcala Says
  • Investors Dump Commodities in Longest Slide Since November
  • Trafigura Hires Bankers for Commodity Trade Finance Business
  • Oil Drops From Five-Week High on U.S. Supply, European Economy
  • Gold Declines a Second Day on Speculation Stimulus Not Needed
  • Corn Declines a Second Day as Rainfall Boosts U.S. Crop Outlook
  • Cocoa Reaches Five-Week High on Supply Speculation; Sugar Falls
  • Copper Falls as Euro-Area Manufacturing Shrinks for Ninth Month
  • Exxon Pact Spurs Rosneft Bonds in $5 Billion Plan: Russia Credit
  • YPF Bondholders Lose Faith in Takeover Clause: Argentina Credit
  • Freedom From Gazprom Tempts Ukraine as Exxon Hunts Shale: Energy
  • Brazil Steelmaker CSN Shares Plummet on Disruptive Rail: Freight
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US DOLLAR – the Bernanke Bailout beggers can only hold this USD ball under water for so long before the Europeans and/or the Japanese start to burn their currencies at the stake – its all relative in the Currency War, so get used to it. Dollar having its 1st up day in weeks and Commodities go really red on that (immediate-term correlation USD/CRB back at 0.8).






EUROPE – apparently the European economy was not allowed to cease to exist this morning and for all the ISM fans out there, some of these European ISM’s are train wrecks (Germany 46.9, Italy 43.9, Spain 43.5!). New orders for Italy had a 3 handle at 39 and change. Ouchy


BUNDS – hot cross German Bunds; we like those as they push to new highs here this morning - #GrowthSlowing still matters and that’s why you buy Bunds and UST Bonds. We bought TLT yesterday on the associated no-volume rally in US stocks.














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