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THE HEDGEYE DAILY OUTLOOK

TODAY’S S&P 500 SET-UP – June 19, 2012


As we look at today’s set up for the S&P 500, the range is 24 points or -1.55% downside to 1324 and 0.24% upside to 1348. 

                                            

SECTOR AND GLOBAL PERFORMANCE

 

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EQUITY SENTIMENT:

  • ADVANCE/DECLINE LINE: on 6/18 NYSE 539
    • Down from the prior day’s trading of 1149
  • VOLUME: on 6/18 NYSE 707.28
    • Decrease versus prior day’s trading of -53.26%
  • VIX:  as of 6/18 was at 18.32
    • Decrease versus most recent day’s trading of -13.22%
    • Year-to-date decrease of -21.71%
  • SPX PUT/CALL RATIO: as of 6/18 closed at 1.51
    • Down from the day prior at 1.72 

CREDIT/ECONOMIC MARKET LOOK:


TREASURIES – you can whip the manic equity guy around on no-volume (down -38% volume study yesterday was awful), but you can’t budge bonds. 10yr down again to 1.58% this morning and the Yield Spread is about to snap +130 wide again. Not good for the Financials – it wasn’t yesterday either. 

  • TED SPREAD: as of this morning 38
  • 3-MONTH T-BILL YIELD: as of this morning 0.09%
  • 10-Year: as of this morning 1.57
    • Unchanged from prior day’s trading
  • YIELD CURVE: as of this morning 1.29
    • Unchanged from prior day’s trading 

MACRO DATA POINTS (Bloomberg Estimates):

  • 7:45am/8:55am: ICSC/Redbook weekly retail sales
  • 8:30am: Housing Starts, May, est. 721k (prior 717k)
  • 8:30am: Building Permits, May, est. 730k (prior 723k)
  • 10am: JOLTs Job Openings, April, est. 3685 (prior 3737)
  • 11am: Fed to buy $1.5b-$2b notes in 8/15/2018-2/15/2031 range
  • 11:30 am: U.S. to sell 4-week bills
  • 4:30pm: API inventories
  • FOMC Meeting, Day 1 

GOVERNMENT:

    • U.S. Federal Open Market Committee policy makers begin two- day meeting in Washington to decide on interest rates, 10am
    • Mexican President and G-20 summit host Felipe Calderon may hold late-afternoon press conference on meeting’s final day
    • House, Senate in session
    • Joint Economic Committee holds hearing on economic impact of ending funding for certain government data, 2:30pm
    • Senate Finance hears from former White House Budget Director Alice Rivlin on looming fiscal crisis, 10am
    • CFTC Commissioner Bart Chilton delivers keynote address at Mutual Fund Directors Forum policy conference, 7pm 

WHAT TO WATCH: 

  • JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon testifies at House cmte hearing
  • U.S. Federal Open Market Committee begins two-day meeting
  • Greek parties to form group to renegotiate bailout terms; borrowing costs fall at 91-day bill auction
  • Microsoft unveils Surface tablet computer, taking on IPad
  • Oracle rises after earnings beat estimates on software sales
  • German investor confidence dropped more than forecast in June
  • G-20 leaders hold a 2nd day of meetings in Mexico, to urge euro-area govts to take all steps to protect currency union
  • China leads 12 nations helping boost IMF’s firewall to $456b
  • CBS billboard unit worth a look: Clear Channel Outdoor CEO
  • Insight said to top $25.50/shr offer to buy Quest Software
  • Danone cuts profitability goal on southern Europe, costs
  • France plans 3% div. tax to be paid by cos., Les Echos says
  • China said to order checks on maturing bonds to avoid defaults 

EARNINGS:

    • FedEx (FDX) 7:30am, $1.92
    • John Wiley & Sons (JW/A) 8am, $0.73
    • Jefferies Group (JEF) 8am, $0.27
    • Discover Financial Services (DFS) 8:30am, $1.00
    • Barnes & Noble (BKS) 8:30am, $(0.91)
    • Jabil Circuit (JBL) 4:02pm, $0.64
    • Adobe Systems (ADBE) 4:05pm, $0.59
    • La-Z-Boy (LZB) 4:05pm, $0.26

COMMODITY/GROWTH EXPECTATION (HEADLINES FROM BLOOMBERG)

 

OIL  - both WTIC and Brent act horribly ahead of what is supposed to be another Bernanke Bailout tomorrow; consensus better watch what they are begging for here as Dr Copper also disagrees (down -0.4% this morning and still in a Bearish Formation); Gold has had a good move front-running Fed expectations, but now bumps up against a wall of resistance at $1642. 

  • Rubber Glut Extends Bear Market as Bridgestone Wins: Commodities
  • Corn Set for Biggest Two-Day Advance Since April on U.S. Weather
  • Robusta Coffee Declines as Slowing Economies May Erode Demand
  • Oil Declines for a Second Day on Europe Concern, Iranian Talks
  • Copper Swings Between Gains and Declines as Spain Sells Debt
  • Gold Seen Gaining an Eighth Day as Europe Crisis Spurs Demand
  • Australia Sugar Exports at 3-Year High to Boost World Supply
  • Korea Boosts Corn Imports From South America as Real Slumps
  • Oil Supply Falls on Refinery Demand in Survey: Energy Markets
  • Uralkali Rating to Pave Way for Debut Eurobonds: Russia Credit
  • Australia to Boost Beef Supplies as Herd Climbs to 37-Year High
  • Itochu Mirrors Xstrata in Trader to Miner Shift, Seeks Copper
  • India’s Gold Imports Seen Lower as Record Price Cuts Demand
  • Oil Supply Falls on Refinery Use in Survey
  • GDF Suez Quits Europe as Belgium Plans to Shut Reactors: Energy
  • BlackRock’s Hambro Says Mining Dividend Crusade Reaping Rewards
  • Global Economy to Curb Wool Demand Even as China Boosts Supplies 

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CURRENCIES

 

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EUROPEAN MARKETS


GERMANY – just an outright nasty ZEW (German expectations rpt) this morning at -16.9 for June (vs +10.8 in May) tells you all you need to know about #GrowthSlowing (at an accelerating rate) in one of the few remaining countries that didn’t have a big growth problem. Sold our German Bunds on green yesterday as growth tends to trump all other risk management factors at the turns.

 

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ASIAN MARKETS

 

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MIDDLE EAST


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President Obama’s Reelection Chances Climb – Hedgeye Election Indicator

 

President Obama’s reelection chances improved to 56.1%, the highest level in nearly a month, thanks largely to a strong performance by the US stock market, according to the Hedgeye Election Indicator (HEI). It also marks the first time since late April that the President’s reelection chances improved on a week-on-week basis, according to the HEI.

 

 

President Obama’s Reelection Chances Climb – Hedgeye Election Indicator  - HEI

 

 

Hedgeye developed the HEI to understand the relationship between key market and economic data and the US Presidential Election. After rigorous back testing, Hedgeye has determined that there are a short list of real time market-based indicators, that move ahead of President Obama’s position in conventional polls or other measures of sentiment.

 

Based on our analysis, market prices will adjust in real-time ahead of economic conditions, which will ultimately shape voters’ perception of the Obama Presidency, the Republican candidates and influence the probability of an Obama reelection.  The model assumes that the Presidential election would be held today against any Republican candidate. Our model is indifferent toward who the Republican candidate is as the sentiment for Obama and for any Republican opponent is imputed in the market prices that determine the HEI. The HEI is based on a scale of 0 – 200, with 100 equating to a 50% probability that President Obama would win or lose if the election were held today.

 

President Obama’s reelection chances reached a peak of 62.3% on March 26, according to the HEI. Hedgeye will release the HEI every Tuesday at 7am ET until election day November 6.


JCP: Credibility Shot to Pieces

This announcement that JCP President Michael Francis is leaving the company after less than 9 months on the job is not only embarrassing, but it might have severed the last shred of credibility Johnson had with Wall Street.

 

 

After the close, JCP announced that Michael Francis -- President and head of merchandising -- is leaving the company 'effective today'. There's been a lot of moving parts in the JCP ranks, but this one is a disaster. Francis just joined from Tar-jay 8 1/2 months ago. He's been one of the two key operating people that flanked Ron Johnson on stage in the past two investor meetings.

 

Make no mistake, this is an unmitigated disaster, for four reasons. 1) Francis just hired a merchandising organization. Now he's out. What does that tell the troops as it relates to organizational stability? 2) He probably did not get canned because 'he was smoking plan.' 3) What happened to a long-term plan? 4) ) Most notably, this blows Johnson's credibility, which was already hanging by a thread after how poorly he handled the 1Q release, and sold stock before the event.

 

One thing we'll give Johnson is that he sure is decisive. He made a mistake, and he's fixing it -- quickly. But this was a big mistake...and one that he paraded around to customers, investors, and future employees. This was a biggie.

 

We have keep ourselves honest and look at this and think that anyone who was hanging on to any shred of this as a turnaround has to throw in the towel -- thereby making 'short JCP' a consensus call. But on the other hand, the $1.40 GAAP consensus needs to come down below a buck. Until it does, this thing is flat-out expensive.

 

We continue to believe that this is all about duration. Johnson is paid to get this right in another 5-years. That might or might not happen. But we think the real call relates to the impact JCP will have on the retail ecosystem while it evolves. Today's move sends an ugly sign to Wall Street, but an even uglier one to vendors. KSS and Macy's must be licking their chops. 

 

 

Here's a couple of interesting YouTube-style sound bites from the analyst Meeting that took place just 1 months ago on May 15.

 

  • Johnson "...Michael [Francis] and I are looking forward to sharing our vision with you [later in the meeting]."

 

  • Francis: ... our merchants have totally embraced the new direction. We have a lot of them here today, but they are loving the chance to compete on product. They never sit in a room – 40% of the time last year was what's the price tomorrow, what's the price next week? Never happens. The only question is what's the next great product we can develop? How do we present it better? How do we get it in store on the right inventory? How do we win on merchandise? And the teams are doing a fabulous job.

 

[Hedgeye Note: Guess not...]

 


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CHART DU JOUR: LAS VEGAS: MORE HAPPY HOUR, LESS CHA-CHING!

  • Average trip gambling spend among visitors who gamble has reached a 10-year low
  • Visitors are spending more and more on food and beverage
  • Average LV visitor total budget has declined by almost 20% to $1,060 since the 2006 peak of $1,289.

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HOSPITALS: Healthy lobbying

Lobbying is a tricky game. Everyone in Washington knows this, but don’t worry – the politicians definitely have your best interests at hand.  It could be argued right now that the biggest catalyst in healthcare at the moment is the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The Supreme Court is said to have made a decision on whether to uphold or strike down ACA but that’s just speculation. Regardless, hospitals have much to gain should the ruling come out in the Obama administration’s favor.

 

Hedgeye Healthcare Sector Head Thomas Tobin has put out a chart showing just how much lobbying has occurred pre and post-ACA. Here’s how Tobin composed the chart:

 

Below we show total lobbying expenditures by HC industry over the last 5 years.   We’ve combined Hospitals and Health Professionals (which include the AMA and other Physician groups) as their interests are generally aligned on the larger issues.   As can be seen, in combination, Hospitals & Physicians support the largest Lobbying effort with total lobbyists and expenditures averaging some 2K and $190M annually over the last 3 years.”

 

HOSPITALS: Healthy lobbying - hospital lobbying


PROTECT THIS HOUSE: Putting UA to work

Similar to our view of Nike, we like Under Armour more on a longer-term duration rather than the immediate-term TRADE duration. We added and removed UA from the virtual portfolio due to macro risks but Hedgeye Retail Sector Head Brian McGough remains bullish on the company for a variety of reasons.

 

PROTECT THIS HOUSE: Putting UA to work - UA NKE LULU

 

First, UA is a great brand with solid recognition.  It basically rolled into the market a decade ago and “punched Nike in the jaw” with its line of compression apparel. The company also has a habit of reinvesting capital back into the business rather than pumping up operating margins.

 

For the TRADE duration, UA is looking a little too expensive for some. But as far as the TREND and TAIL durations go, we like UA for the long run. Look for a stronger dollar to boost UA’s margins due to the company’s lack of international operations. We also estimate that UA will be pushing out $3 billion in revenue by 2014 compared with $1.5 billion in 2011. 


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