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MACAU SOFTENS

We are lowering our full month GGR growth projection to 14-19% following a softer week in Macau.  Average daily table revenue for the week was HK$781 million, up only 1% from last year and down 11% from June’s rate.  We are hearing that VIP volumes were sluggish this past week. 

 

MPEL and MGM continue to pace below trend in terms of market share while Galaxy and SGM are trending better.

 

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(Still) Turning Japanese

Client Talking Points

YEN

It was Burning Yen (and up Nikkei) into the Japanese elections, so the Yen caught a bid to cover on the news, and the Nikkei only closed up +0.5% as a result. It's called a crowded trade. It's just how immediate-term market moves roll. No change to the bearish Yen or bullish Nikkei TRENDs.

GOLD

Well, so much for the short position that Gold and Bond bulls kept highlighting. CFTC futures/options contracts showed a +56% week-over-week ramp in the net long Gold position last week. Bernanke was the catalyst, as usual. +55,000 net longs now. Gold is banging the top end of my $1241-1318 risk range this morning. Up Yen, Down rates helped too. Fading all of it.

UST 10YR

Yields are re-testing the low-end of our 2.45-2.75% immediate-term risk range this morning. This should provide another short selling opportunity in Treasuries as they make lower-highs. See our #RatesRising Macro Theme deck for the intermediate-term call on that. Flows should continue into US Equities.

Asset Allocation

CASH 48% US EQUITIES 19%
INTL EQUITIES 10% COMMODITIES 0%
FIXED INCOME 0% INTL CURRENCIES 23%

Top Long Ideas

Company Ticker Sector Duration
WWW

WWW is one of the best managed and most consistent companies in retail. We’re rarely fans of acquisitions, but the recent addition of Sperry, Saucony, Keds and Stride Rite (known as PLG) gives WWW a multi-year platform from which to grow. We think that the prevailing bearish view is very backward looking and leaves out a big piece of the WWW story, which is that integration of these brands into the WWW portfolio will allow the former PLG group to achieve what it could not under its former owner (most notably – international growth, and leverage a more diverse selling infrastructure in the US). Furthermore it will grow without needing to add the capital we’d otherwise expect as a stand-alone company – especially given WWW’s consolidation from four divisions into three -- which improves asset turns and financial returns.

MPEL

Gaming, Leisure & Lodging sector head Todd Jordan says Melco International Entertainment stands to benefit from a major new European casino rollout.  An MPEL controlling entity, Melco International Development, is eyeing participation in a US$1 billion gaming project in Barcelona.  The new project, to be called “BCN World,” will start with a single resort with 1,100 hotel beds, a casino, and a theater.  Longer term, the objective is for BCN World to have six resorts.  The first property is scheduled to open for business in 2016. 

HCA

Health Care sector head Tom Tobin has identified a number of tailwinds in the near and longer term that act as tailwinds to the hospital industry, and HCA in particular. This includes: Utilization, Maternity Trends as well as Pent-Up Demand and Acuity. The demographic shift towards more health care – driven by a gradually improving economy, improving employment trends, and accelerating new household formation and births – is a meaningful Macro factor and likely to lead to improving revenue and volume trends moving forward.  Near-term market mayhem should not hamper this  trend, even if it means slightly higher borrowing costs for hospitals down the road. 

Three for the Road

TWEET OF THE DAY

TREASURIES: 10yr yield down to start the wk to 2.47%; creates another short selling opportunity in t-bonds

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QUOTE OF THE DAY

"The Federal Reserve is not currently forecasting a recession."

- Ben Bernanke on January 10, 2008


STAT OF THE DAY

Netflix has become the best performing U.S. stock in the S&P 500 Index in 2013 and the second most expensive. The company’s stock reached a 52-week closing high of $267.92 on July 17 and now trades at 383 times 12-month profit, surpassed only by Alcoa. Its estimated price/earnings ratio for 2013 is 184. (Bloomberg)


Lest Occasion Be Given

This note was originally published at 8am on July 08, 2013 for Hedgeye subscribers.

“Idleness is the enemy of the soul.”

-Saint Benedict

 

There were some major contradictions in Benedict of Nursia’s “rules.” Monks not being able to openly debate what they were being told to read was one of them. I started reading Stephen Greenblatt’s Pulitzer Prize Winner, The Swerve – How The World Became Modern, this weekend. That’s what has me thinking about that.

 

Benedictine Rule provided the foundations for western monasticism. “Let there be complete silence. No whispering, no speaking – only the reader’s voice should be heard there… no one should presume to ask a question about the reading or about anything else, lest occasion be given.” (The Swerve, pg 27)

 

Reading and writing makes me think. Thinking requires what Einstein called for – constant questioning of premise. Some people don’t question either Keynesian Economics or the US Federal Reserve’s policies whatsoever. Markets, on the other hand, take occasion to debate policy makers all of the time. They front-run the next decision that will be imposed on us from upon high.

 

Back to the Global Macro Grind

 

From the holy heights of Chaos Theory the globally interconnected ecosystem gives us this thing called economic gravity. As US employment #GrowthAccelerating continues to surprise on the upside, expectations for Fed tapering get pulled forward.

 

Last week’s market pricing of gravitational-risk was as closely aligned with what has been happening for 6 months as any week in 2013. Here were the big week-over-week moves, bundled within our core Hedgeye Global Macro Themes:

  1. #StrongDollar – US Dollar Index +1.6% on the week; up for 3 weeks in a row, and +5.9% for 2013 YTD
  2. #RatesRising – UST 10yr Yield +25 basis points on the week to a fresh weekly closing YTD high of 2.74%
  3. #EmergingOutflows – MSCI Emerging Markets and Latam Equity indexes -2.4% and -4.3% on the week, respectively

Yes, our Macro call for the last 6 months still has some serious flow to it:

  1. Dollar Up = Commodities Down
  2. Commodities Down = Commodity Linked Emerging Markets Down
  3. Emerging Markets Down = Emerging Outflows Up

Follow the flow. All that moulah has to, eventually, flow somewhere; especially as money’s prior flows start going the other way (at an accelerating rate).

 

So, you can either be long US Dollars and US Consumption Equities on the following fundamentals:

  1. Employment #GrowthAccelerating
  2. #HousingsHammer ripping a +12.2% y/y gain in US Home Prices (wealth effect)
  3. Consumption #GrowthAccelerating from 1.0-1.2% to 2.0-2.4% in the last 6 months

And/or, you can being long US Dollars and US Consumption Equities because you can’t be long anything else!

 

Lots of clients are asking us what we’re going to do with Gold, Treasuries, and Emerging Markets from here. And our answer is more of the same. We update our dynamic asset allocation model daily. Here’s the latest on that:

  1. Commodities = 0%
  2. Fixed Income = 0%
  3. Int’l Equities = 0%

Zero percent is about as clear a statement as we can make. And while we’ve had 0% in Commodities and Fixed Income for some time now, I don’t think last week’s combination of #StrongDollar + #RatesRising gets us less confident in that positioning.

 

Why would it? In macro there is this thing called momentum that trumps valuation. When negative PRICE MOMENTUM meets VOLATILITY and OUTFLOWS  (all at once), that’s uber bearish.

 

Having 0% asset allocation to International Equities is probably the position we’ll hold for the least amount of time. But, with Emerging Markets (MSCI EM) -13% and Latin American Equities (MSCI Index) -19.7% YTD, respectively, we’re in no rush.

 

For now, with both the Russell 2000 (IWM) and US Consumer Discretionary (XLY) US Equity market indexes hitting fresh all-time highs at +18.4% and +21.8%, respectively, occasion has been granted by the gods of our meritocracy to keep questioning consensus and reading more books.

 

Our immediate-term Risk Ranges are now:

 

UST 10yr 2.55-2.74%

SPX 1617-1639

VIX 14.14-16.49

USD 83.39-84.59

Yen 99.13-101.71

Gold 1179-1242

 

Best of luck out there this week,

KM

 

Keith R. McCullough
Chief Executive Officer

 

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July 22, 2013

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BULLISH TRENDS

July 22, 2013 - 10yr

July 22, 2013 - spx

July 22, 2013 - dax

July 22, 2013 - nik

July 22, 2013 - dxy

July 22, 2013 - oil

 

BEARISH TRENDS

July 22, 2013 - VIX

July 22, 2013 - yen

July 22, 2013 - natgas

July 22, 2013 - gold
July 22, 2013 - copper

 


Don't Cheat

“They cheat. You cheat. And yes, I also cheat from time to time.”

-Dan Ariely

 

This weekend I cracked open a behavioral psych book that is quite relevant to our profession this morning. The book is about how and why people cheat. It’s called The (Honest) Truth About Dishonesty, by the founder of The Center for Advanced Hindsight, Dan Ariely.

 

“In a nutshell, the central thesis is that our behavior is driven by two opposing motivations. On one hand, we want to view ourselves as honest, honorable people… on the other hand, we want to benefit from cheating and get as much money as possible.”

 

“This is where our amazing cognitive flexibility comes into play. Thanks to this human skill, as long as we cheat by only a little bit, we can benefit from cheating and still view ourselves as marvelous human beings.” (pg 27)

 

Back to the Global Macro Grind

 

Now what happens if your internal view of cheating by a “little bit” ends up being viewed externally as cheating by a lot? Well, in our business, that might mean your firm gets a big fine and/or, alternatively, you get to slap on an orange-jump suit for a while.

 

With an oversupply of money managers, the pressure to perform in this profession is intense. I get that. That’s why people cheat. I’ve worked in more than enough hedge fund environments to know how some people define grey – and the definition is loose.

 

I also get what it means to build a family, firm, and culture with principles that are black and white. In the face of temptation, those principles need to stand like a rock. Ariely nails this in quoting Oscar Wilde (pg 28): “Morality, like art, means drawing a line somewhere.”

 

Enough about that. Our Macro edge isn’t inside info; it’s math – so let’s draw some TREND lines:

  1. SP500 = at the all-time highs, +18.7% YTD, with bullish intermediate-term TREND support = 1602
  2. Russell2000 = at the all-time highs, +23.7% YTD, bullish intermediate-term TREND support = 965
  3. US Dollar Index = -0.5% last week to $82.61 = +3.6% YTD with bullish TREND support = $81.63
  4. US Equity Volatility = -9.4% last week to 12.54 = -30.4% YTD with bearish TREND resistance = 18.98
  5. US Treasury Yield (10yr) = -10bps to 2.48% last week = +41% YTD with bullish TREND support = 2.21%
  6. Gold = +1.1% last week to $1294 = -23.3% YTD with intermediate-term TREND resistance = $1520

In other words, the 2013 Global Macro playbook didn’t require any cheating at all.

 

So far, from a US centric investor’s perspective at least, all you’ve needed to do was:

 

A)     Short Fear (Gold, Bonds, Volatility) and

B)      Buy Growth (High Beta, Low Yield, Growth Stocks)

 

It hasn’t been any more complicated than that.

 

What has been complicated has been understanding the storytelling of US stock market bears and Gold Bond bulls alike. With Gold, Bonds, and Yens bid up to lower-highs again this morning, there will be nothing new on that front either.

 

Another thing that isn’t new is “long-term” investors saying they don’t care about “all the short-term stuff” until all the short-term stuff is going the other way. This is where our immediate-term TRADE risk management duration comes in handy:

  1. Japanese Yen (vs USD) immediate-term TRADE support = 98.49
  2. Gold’s immediate-term TRADE resistance line = $1386
  3. 10yr US Treasury Yield’s immediate-term TRADE support = 2.45%

So, what would get me to start doubting our intermediate-term Macro view?

 

A)     Every one of those TRADE lines being violated on a closing basis, then confirmed for more than three weeks

B)      A fundamental research case that doesn’t lead me to believe in #StrongDollar #RatesRising #CommodityDeflation  

 

What wouldn’t get me to change my views are things like:

  1. “Hearing Bernanke could do XXX this week”
  2. “Consensus is too bearish on Gold”
  3. Etc. etc.

You know, all the loosy goosy whispering stuff. There’s always someone cheating to aid and abet their position somewhere. It’s our job to absorb all the noise into our process and make the highest probability decisions we can make with public information.

 

Take for example the latest bull case on Gold (i.e. that people are too “bearish” on Gold, now that it’s crashing). Every man, woman, and child who is still long it is now talking about the “high short position” of a few weeks back…

 

Meanwhile this morning’s CFTC futures/options data showed consensus ramping the NET LONG Gold position by +56% last week to +55,535 net long contracts.

 

Ostensibly, the catalyst for buying Gold was what it’s been for both the YTD and the last ½ decade – Bernanke speaking. But, on Bernanke day (last Wednesday), Gold got clocked. The bull catalyst is consensus. Don’t let yourself cheat thinking about the intermediate-term TRENDs of #StrongDollar and #RisingRates otherwise.

 

Our immediate-term Risk Ranges are now:

 

UST 10yr 2.45-2.75%

SPX 1

VIX 12.20-14.53

USD 81.87-83.21

Yen 99.30-101.26

Gold 1

 

Best of luck out there this week,

KM

 

Keith R. McCullough
Chief Executive Officer

 

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