THE MACAU METRO MONITOR, JUNE 19, 2013
PHILIPPINES CASINO INDUSTRY REVENUE GROWING: PAGCOR Macau Business
The performance of the Philippine casino industry in 2013 is so far meeting expectations, says Cristino Naguiat, the chairman and CEO of PAGCOR. PAGCOR operates 13 casinos in the Philippines and is also the country’s regulator. “I’m certain that the first five months of the year has been higher compared to the same period last year,” Naguiat said.
He estimates that the country’s gaming revenue will reach US$2.5 billion this year, up from US$2 billion in 2012. “The bulk of that growth will basically come from Solaire Resort and Casino,” inaugurated in March, Naguiat said. Naguiat expects annual casino gaming revenue in the Philippines to grow to US$10 billion by 2017-2018.
Takeaway: “Peak Oil” has not only peaked. It has flipped.
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Remember “Peak Oil”?
The notion was making the rounds a few years ago that the world had run out of its readily-producible supply of oil, and that Life As We Know It would soon grind to a halt, predicated as it has been since WWII on an unending supply of cheap oil.
Oil is already no longer cheap – the US Department of Energy says that, in constant 2011 dollars, the price of gasoline rose from under $1.50 a gallon on the eve of the Arab Oil Embargo of 1974, to over $3.50 by the end of 2011. Peak Oil says oil is also no longer plentiful, because we have drilled the world down to a diminishing petroleum reserve.
Books and articles proliferated – because not many people can make money trading markets, but a whole lot of folks can make money writing about how to trade markets – predicting how dire our lives were about to turn, and how soon.
Now “Peak Oil” has not only peaked. It has flipped.
Now, when folks use the term, they mean that demand for oil has peaked and the combination of fracking and newly-discovered US gas reserves will make our energy woes a thing of the past.
We have no idea who will be proved right, but we again observe that it pays to speak in superlatives and paint extreme scenarios if you want to sell books about investing.
Takeaway: Our #EmergingOutflows theme continues to ring the bell in both Brazil and China.
One of Hedgeye's big Q2 Global Macro Themes has been #EmergingOutflows. Our theme continues to ring the bell - particularly in Brazil.
In case you missed it, Brazil’s Bovespa dropped below 50,000 yesterday. It is now officially in crash mode (down -22.5% since January 3rd) as the biggest Brazilian protests in twenty years sweep the streets.
Click on the chart below. #NotPretty
Takeaway: We remain the bears on emerging market asset prices.
This note was originally published June 14, 2013 at 13:10 in Macro
Per Bank of America Merrill Lynch data, redemptions from EM debt and equity funds totaled $8.9 billion last week, which the third largest week ever for aggregate outflows (bested only by outflows during MAR ’07 and JAN ’08). The $2.5 billion in outflows from EM debt funds was the second largest weekly outflow on record and the $6.4 billion in outflows from EM equity funds was the largest weekly outflow since AUG ’11.
According to their Investment Strategy Team’s EM Flow Trading Rule, another $8-10 billion of outflows next week or $11-12 billion of outflows over the next two weeks from EM equity funds would trigger a “contrarian buy” signal, as the trailing four weeks of outflows would then equal 3% of total AUM, up from 1.9% currently.
We are obviously inclined to fade such a signal – particularly given that it doesn’t necessarily source economic history across multiple cycles. One of the most common mistakes we see analysts make is not pulling the charts back far enough – particularly with respect to any sort of mean reversion-based analysis.
In light of this, we’d certainly be interested to see how the aforementioned analysis held up during the 1990s (and even 1980s) emerging market crises cycles. Needless to say, we have our doubts.
At any rate, a “contrarian buying opportunity” is only a buying opportunity if EM equities are poised to meaningfully rally from here. Irrespective of the #WeakDollar sweet nothings Jon Hilsenrath continues “blog” about, we think our #EmergingOutflows thesis paints a pretty clear picture on why that is a low probability scenario. Moreover, we remain the bulls on the US Dollar with respect to the long-term TAIL and our analysis shows that a sustained bout of dollar appreciation (and its ancillary effects) tends to be a major headwind for EM capital markets and currencies.
In the event you missed our 122-slide and 61-slide presentations detailing our bearish thesis on emerging markets, please shoot us an email we’d be delighted to walk you through them.
All told, we remain the bears on emerging market asset prices. And while many EM asset classes are oversold on our quantitative risk management signals, we would be inclined to fade any dead-cat bounces in this space.
Have a great weekend,
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