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HOUSING: EXISTING HOME INVENTORIES FALL FURTHER - A GOOD THING

Takeaway: Don't be confused by the knee-jerk reaction to today's existing home sales number. The inventory number was better, and that's what matters.

Focus on the Inventory Reading

While the media is focused on the headline sales print for December existing home sales declining 1% MoM and coming in below expectations, we're focused on the inventory number, which is down 23% vs. last December and carries with it very strong future pricing implications. 

 

As those who follow our pricing models know, a change of 1 million units in inventory affects future (11 months) HPI prices by 12.1%. As such, this morning's sequential decline in inventory of 0.17 million units equates to an additional 200 bps of upward pricing pressure in the coming year.

 

Similarly, on a month's supply basis, every one month of supply equates to a 4.1% delta over the coming year, so this morning's decline of 0.4 months works out to 164 bps of incremental (i.e. vs. last month's expectation) upward pricing pressure over the coming year. 

 

These are independent models so the fact that they arrive at similar, albeit slightly different, conclusions is important.

 

We're not concerned about the shortfall in the existing home sales number. More recent MBA volume statistics and the most recent pending home sales reports are better, more recent, indicators that show demand remains robust and growing. As a reminder, our thesis revolves around price reflexively driving demand, and that demand, in turn, driving price further.

 

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HOUSING: EXISTING HOME INVENTORIES FALL FURTHER - A GOOD THING - median price

 

Joshua Steiner, CFA


European Banking Monitor: Data Remains Supportive For Now

Below are key European banking risk monitors, which are included as part of Josh Steiner and the Financial team's "Monday Morning Risk Monitor".  If you'd like to receive the work of the Financials team or request a trial please email .

 

* Sovereign CDS – Sovereign Swaps were mostly wider last week with Japan putting on a major move. Japanese CDS widened by 13 bps last week to 87 bps (a move of 17.8%). Meanwhile, the US also widened by 5 bps to 44 bps. This means the US now trades outside Germany (40 bps). Elsewhere in Europe, swaps were relatively unchanged. 

 

* On OMTs Reporting: The ECB has stated that Aggregate Outright Monetary Transaction holdings and their market values will be published on a weekly basis and the average duration of Outright Monetary Transaction holdings and the breakdown by country will take place on a monthly basis. There is no indication that the OMTs has been initiated to date.

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If you’d like to discuss recent developments in Europe, from the political to financial to social, please let me know and we can set up a call.

 

Matthew Hedrick

Senior Analyst

 

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European Financials CDS Monitor – Swaps mostly widened in European Financials last week, though there was nothing especially noteworthy.

 

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Euribor-OIS spread – The Euribor-OIS spread was flat week-over-week at 11 bps. 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. 

 

European Banking Monitor: Data Remains Supportive For Now  - cc. euribor

 

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.  

 

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Crushed By Commodities?

Kimberly-Clark (KMB) is reporting Q4 2012 earnings on January 25 along with Procter & Gamble (PG). We think there’s an interesting setup here for a long PG/short KMB trade. Commodity prices including oil and pulp have moved against the company over the last quarter of 2012, which will put the squeeze on earnings along with strategic marketing expenditures.

 

As for PG, we estimate Q2 EPS of $1.13 versus a guidance range of $1.07 to $1.13. In our experience, we see PG beating estimates and raising guidance, which will drive the stock higher. 

 

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Turning Japanese?

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Pump It To QuadrillYen

The Bank of Japan’s announcement this morning will most likely have the people of Japan cringing for what their future has in store for them. The Yen rallied +1% on the news that the BOJ would target “2% inflation” and would buy assets that range from Scooby Doo action figures to European bonds. In lieu of this, Japanese stocks snapped their immediate-term TRADE support for the first time in months. People who are short the Yen this morning are probably grimacing as they realize their timing couldn’t be worse. Shinzo Abe and Taro Aso have a lot more fun in store for those involved in the Currency Wars. If this story with the Bank of Japan seems familiar, it’s probably because we’ve done the old asset purchase shuffle here in the U.S. a bunch of times. 

America Rules

American’s should be feeling pretty good about what’s going on in our country right now. Our Macro Theme of #GrowthStabilizing is taking hold as the housing market and the labor market show significant improvements. And look at the stock market. Five-year highs in the S&P 500 and brand new highs in the Russell 2000? The retail crowd will certainly smile at that news. Fantastic. Just remember that the markets go up until they don’t. Things can change overnight and we can go right back to the starting line without finishing the race.

Asset Allocation

CASH 55% US EQUITIES 12%
INTL EQUITIES 18% COMMODITIES 0%
FIXED INCOME 0% INTL CURRENCIES 15%

Top Long Ideas

Company Ticker Sector Duration
ASCA

We believe ASCA will receive a higher bid from another gaming competitor. Our valuation puts ASCA’s worth closer to $40.

ADM

ADM has significantly lagged the overall market in 2012 over concerns that weakness in the company’s bioproducts (ethanol) and merchandise and handling segment will persist. Ethanol margins suffered from higher corn costs, as well as weak domestic demand and low capacity utilization across the industry. Merchandising and handling results were at the mercy of a smaller U.S. corn harvest. Both segments could be in a position to rebound as we move into 2013 and a new crop goes into the ground. With corn prices remaining at elevated levels, the incentive to plant corn certainly exists, and we expect that we will see corn planted fencepost to fencepost.

HOLX

HOLX remains one of our favorite longer-term fundamental growth companies given growing penetration of its 3D Tomo platform and high leverage to the 2014 Insurance Expansion from the Affordable Care Act.

Three for the Road

TWEET OF THE DAY

"Only 32% Are Aware If Their State Is Establishing A Health Care Exchange... tinyurl.com/33lscbm#healthcare" -@RasmussenPoll

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“I never think of the future - it comes soon enough.” -Albert Einstein

STAT OF THE DAY

Bank of Japan announced Tuesday it would switch to an open-ended commitment to buying assets next year and double its inflation target to 2 percent.


Morning Reads From Our Sector Heads

Note: Each morning we'll post what stories Hedgeye's various sector heads and analysts are reading. 

 

Jay Van Sciver (Industrials):

 

-Building Bridges (PBS)

 

-Delta Airlines 8-K (SEC.gov)

 

Brian McGough (Retail):

 

-Manchester United Announces Strategic Acquisition of BskyB’s One-Third Stake in MUTV (Yahoo!)

 

-Nike, New Balance Fight Over Eliminating Tariffs (Source Journal Online)

 

Rob Campagnino (Consumer Staples):

 

-Loeb shorts Nu Skin (NY Post)


THE HEDGEYE DAILY OUTLOOK

TODAY’S S&P 500 SET-UP – January 22, 2013


As we look at today's setup for the S&P 500, the range is 18 points or 1.01% downside to 1471 and 0.20% upside to 1489.                

                                                                                                               

SECTOR AND GLOBAL PERFORMANCE

 

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CREDIT/ECONOMIC MARKET LOOK:

  • YIELD CURVE: 1.61 from 1.59
  • VIX  closed at 13.42 1 day percent change of -0.96%
  • AAPL – “Most Read” article on Bloomberg this morn = “Apple May Face 1st Profit Drop in Decade As iPhone Slows”… so, ahead of AAPL earnings (tomorrow), it’s getting real newsy (UBS cutting price target this morn too) – but the stock isn’t raging oversold on my signal yet (it would be at $482). AAPL’s TAIL risk resistance line = $561.

MACRO DATA POINTS (Bloomberg Estimates):

  • 8:30am: Chicago Fed Nat Activity Index, Dec. (prior 0.1)
  • 10am: Richmond Fed Manufacturing Index, Jan. (prior 5)
  • 10am: Existing Home Sales, Dec., est. 5.10m (prior 5.04m)
  • 10am: Existing Home Sales M/m, Dec., est. 1.2% (prior 5.9%)
  • 11am: Fed to buy $1b-$1.5b TIPS in 2017-2042 sector
  • 11:30am: U.S. Treasury to sell $32b 3-mo notes, $28b 6-mo notes

  GOVERNMENT:

    • Obama seeks optimism renewal in 2nd inaugural ceremony
    • House, Senate meet at 10am
    • House Ways and Means holds hearing on debt limit
    • Senate debate, vote expected on Hurricane Sandy relief
    • Pfizer CEO Ian Read to testify in U.S. District court in jury trial on claim Chantix causes psychiatric disorders

WHAT TO WATCH

  • Dell said to hire Evercore to seek higher bids after buyout
  • Obama seeks optimism renewal at 2nd inauguration ceremony
  • BOJ sets 2% inflation target without adding stimulus in 2013
  • Greece’s new loan payment is cleared by euro area
  • Eurogroup picks Dutchman Dijsselbloem to succeed Juncker
  • Euro area grapples with ESM bank aid rules; set to approve design of financial-transaction tax
  • Atari U.S. units file for bankruptcy to break from parent
  • Alstom 3Q orders rise 3%, led by demand for trains
  • German ZEW investor confidence rises to highest in 2 1/2 yrs
  • SABMiller lager volume rises less than analyst ests
  • EADS CEO says to meet, beat earnings, sales goals at units
  • Israelis vote with Netanyahu probably heading for 3rd term

EARNINGS:

    • Dupont (DD) 6am, $0.07
    • Verizon (VZ) 6:30am, $0.50 - Preview
    • II-VI (IIVI) 6:55am, $0.21
    • Regions Financial (RF) 7am, $0.21
    • Synovus Financial (SNV) 7am, $(0.11)
    • Travelers (TRV) 7am, $0.14
    • Waters (WAT) 7am, $1.59
    • TD Ameritrade Holding (AMTD) 7:30am, $0.24
    • Delta Air Lines (DAL) 7:30am, $0.28
    • FirstMerit (FMER) 7:30am, $0.33
    • PrivateBancorp (PVTB) 7:30am, $0.26
    • Brinker International (EAT) 7:45am, $0.50
    • Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) 7:45am, $1.17 - Preview
    • Freeport-McMoRan (FCX) 8am, $0.72 - Preview
    • Kansas City Southern (KSU) 8:01am, $0.82
    • Canadian National Railway (CNR CN) 9am, C$1.41
    • Celestica (CLS CN) 4pm, $0.19
    • Cree (CREE) 4pm, $0.30
    • RF Micro Devices (RFMD) 4pm, $0.06
    • Total System Services (TSS) 4pm, $0.33
    • Woodward (WWD) 4pm, $0.46
    • CSX (CSX) 4:01pm, $0.39
    • Google (GOOG) 4:01pm, $10.55
    • Ezcorp (EZPW) 4:01pm, $0.58
    • Albemarle (ALB) 4:03pm, $0.99
    • IBM (IBM) 4:03pm, $5.25
    • CA (CA) 4:05pm, $0.61
    • Intuitive Surgical (ISRG) 4:05pm, $4.04
    • Norfolk Southern (NSC) 4:05pm, $1.19
    • Compuware (CPWR) 4:13pm, $0.10
    • Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) 4:15pm, $(0.18)
    • International Game Technology (IGT) 4:15pm, $0.24
    • Trustmark (TRMK) 4:30pm, $0.44
    • Texas Instruments (TXN) 4:30pm, $0.07
    • Community Bank System (CBU) 4:30pm, $0.54
    • UMB Financial (UMBF) 4:30pm, $0.67
    • Packaging of America (PKG) 5pm, $0.62
    • Rock Tenn (RKT) Post-Mkt, $1.27

COMMODITY/GROWTH EXPECTATION (HEADLINES FROM BLOOMBERG)

  • Commodities Climb to Three-Month High After Japan’s Policy Shift
  • Palm Favored by Ospraie Rising as Reserves Retreat: Commodities
  • Gold Trades Near One-Month High as BOJ Announces Stimulus Plan
  • Copper Reaches One-Week High as Bank of Japan Signals Stimulus
  • Brent Oil Rises to One-Week High as Japan Pledges More Stimulus
  • Sugar Drops to 2 1/2-Year Low as Stockpiling May End; Cocoa Down
  • Freeport Earnings Beat Estimates on Higher-Than-Expected Sales
  • EDF Investors at Risk of Losing Record Dividend on Costs: Energy
  • Iron-Ore Port Braces for Australian Storm as Apache Shuts Fields
  • Inmet Is in Confidentiality Pacts, Talks With Number of Parties
  • SovEcon Sees Weather Risks for Winter Crops in Southern Russia
  • Worst European Coal Slump in Five Years Not Over: Energy Markets
  • Billionaire Fredriksen Winning as LNG Tanker Rates Drop: Freight
  • Wheat Climbs to One-Month High as Winter Threatens Russian Crop

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CURRENCIES

 

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EUROPEAN MARKETS


GERMANY – despite the best ZEW print since May of 2010 (31.5 JAN vs 6.9 DEC), the DAX remains under corrective selling pressure this morn after failing to make higher-highs. Was that the ‘as good as it gets’ print for European high freq data? Maybe.

 

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ASIAN MARKETS


JAPAN – Abe called the BOJ’s inflation targeting “epoch making”, and while I am not sure what that’s supposed to mean, the market bought/covered Yen, big time, +1% vs USD on the “news” – Nikkei stopped going up on that and actually broke immediate-term TRADE support (10,733) for the 1st time in mths; Big Government Intervention = amplified market volatility.

 

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MIDDLE EAST


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The Hedgeye Macro Team

 

 

 


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