What's New Today in Retail (11/11)

Takeaway: AMZN goes Postal. But it’ll never catch Alibaba. RH launches Contemporary Art. Gucci and GES drop the gloves. PVH SCC LVMH UA



AMZN - Amazon to Begin Sunday Deliveries, With Post Office's Help



  • " Inc. will begin delivering packages on Sundays in the nation's two largest cities later this month with...the United States Postal Service."
  • "Amazon said Sunday delivery will begin on Nov. 17 in Los Angeles and New York and expand next year to Dallas, New Orleans, Houston and Phoenix, among others. Amazon will bring packages from its warehouses to Postal Service locations on Saturday evening or Sunday morning. The agency will then deliver them to doorsteps."
  • "Sunday delivery will be available for all Amazon customers in markets where the program is available at no additional cost. Customers won't specify Sunday delivery; eligible items will show up on Sunday if that is when they are ready."


Takeaway: This is a win, win, win. Consumers win, for obvious reasons. Amazon wins, as it can advertise Sunday delivery for the first time ever, and does so on the cheap by taking advantage of the USPS when it's on the ropes. And the Post Office wins, because this is a cash flow stream -- albeit a minor one -- that helps prolong its inevitable demise. 


Alibaba - Alibaba Breaks Sales Record on China Singles Day Amid Discounts



  • "Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. said transactions on its websites today surpassed last year’s single-day sales of 19.1 billion yuan ($3.1 billion) as discounts fueled demand on China’s biggest online shopping day."
  • "Taobao and Tmall, Alibaba’s two main platforms, broke last year’s sales in the first 13 hours of the 24-hour period…"
  • "Tmall’s vendors, starting midnight, began cutting prices by 50 percent or more on selected products from 20,000 Chinese and international merchants, including GAP Inc. and Steven Madden Ltd…"


Takeaway: Alibaba is like Amazon on steroids. Not only is it bigger and more profitable, but it also does a much better job of branding high-end product. Even brands like Ralph Lauren are considering going with Alibaba in China instead of opening up their own site.


RH - RH (Restoration Hardware) Announces the Launch of RH Contemporary Art



  • "RH Contemporary Art...announces the opening of its first art gallery, located within a six-floor, 28,000-square-foot building at 437 West 16th Street in New York City's Chelsea art district. The gallery encompasses recently renovated spaces devoted to exhibitions and programming."
  • "Along with the premiere gallery space opening in Chelsea, RH Contemporary Art will include an online gallery featuring original content and a series of artist documentaries produced by RH Contemporary Art, as well as an art journal, which will be written by a roster of acclaimed curators, critics and artists. RH Contemporary Art plans to open a second RH Contemporary Art gallery space in Los Angeles in 2014."


Takeaway: Not a revenue event for RH, but more of a brand builder. The company is channeling the $35mm that they are saving (had been wasting) from the Fall sourcebook into things like Art and Music -- things that they are getting flack about from investors. But in the end, we estimate that they're only spending in the neighborhood of $10mm on these initiatives.


UA - Threat to Under Armour Headquarters Called Hoax



  • "Baltimore police gave the all-clear at Under Armour Inc.'s headquarters late Sunday after an apparent hoax led to a lockdown for several hours."
  • "Police SWAT teams spent more than four hours combing Under Armour's 530,000-square-foot headquarters in the Locust Point section of Baltimore after receiving a phone call Sunday afternoon with an unspecified threat to the building."
  • "News reports speculated earlier Sunday that there might be an armed gunman at the headquarters. Lt. Kowalczyk said that was never the case."
  • "Under Armour spokeswoman Diane Pelkey said in an email that the company has received clearance to re-enter its premises."


KER, GES - Guccio Gucci SpA Wins Trademark Case in China



  • "The Nanjing Intermediate People’s Court of China sided with ...Gucci SpA...Wednesday in a dispute with Guess over trademark infringement and unfair competition activities in China. Gucci claimed that Guess and affiliates were imitating its collections and image, to the detriment of the Italian luxury brand."
  • "This is the second international jurisdiction in which Gucci has won a lawsuit against Guess, following the June 2012 ruling of a U.S. court that awarded Gucci $4.7 million in damages. Other verdicts are pending in Italy and France; in June, Gucci appealed a Milan ruling that Guess’s Quattro G-diamond pattern was unrelated to Gucci’s interlocking double-G pattern."


Takeaway: In the world of copyright infringement, it's so rare for two major brands to go head to head (actually, Nike and Adidas do it all the time -- but aside from them, it's rare).


PVH - PVH Licenses IZOD and Van Heusen Brands to BH in the Philippines



  • "PVH Corp. and BH Fashion Retailers Inc. have entered into license agreements under which BH Fashion Retailers will market and distribute certain apparel and accessories for the IZOD and Van Heusen brands in the Philippines. The initial term of the license agreement runs through December 2018."
  • "Under the license agreement for PVH’s IZOD brand, BH Fashion Retailers will market and distribute sportswear, golfwear, dress shirts, neckwear, outerwear, swimwear and certain accessories. Under the license agreement for Van Heusen, BH Fashion Retailers will market and distribute sportswear, outerwear, dress furnishings and accessories. BH Fashion Retailers is planning to open free standing IZOD and Van Heusen stores, as well as developing shop-in-shops at better department stores throughout the Philippines."


SCC - Sears Canada Announces Sale of Certain Joint Ventures



  • "Sears Canada Inc. announced that it has reached a definitive agreement with Montez Income Properties Corporation to sell its 50% joint venture interest in eight properties it owns with The Westcliff Group of Companies for approximately $315 million."
  • "The transaction is scheduled to close on January 8, 2014. The properties involved are comprised of four regional shopping centres, two strip centres and two open-format retail centres. Westcliff will continue as 50% owner and exclusive manager of the properties."
  • "Sears stores that are currently situated on these properties will remain in operation; there will be no impact on customers or associates in these stores as a result of this transaction."


Takeaway: Anything Sears-related continues to be front and center for monetization.


LVMH - Louis Vuitton Opens a 'Townhouse' at Selfridges



  • Louis Vuitton has opened a new store in London, the "10,000-square-foot, three-story shop-in-shop known as the Townhouse that features a revolving glass elevator inside a double helix, and an interactive 'digital atelier' — has opened at Selfridges."
  • "For the first time at Selfridges, Louis Vuitton has united all of its collections under one roof, including the collections by men’s style director Kim Jones, which had not been carried at the London department store until now. The new Vuitton store has its own entrance, next door to the main Selfridges one on Oxford Street."


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Q3 E-comm Sales Up 13 Percent YoY



  • "comScore, Inc. released its estimates of Q3 2013 U.S. desktop-based retail e-commerce sales. Q3 2013 sales grew 13 percent year-over-year to $47.5 billion…"
  • "M-commerce spending on smartphones and tablets added $5.8 billion for the quarter, up 26 percent vs. year ago, for a total digital commerce spending total of $53.2 billion in the third quarter."
  • "The top-performing online product categories were: Digital Content & Subscriptions, Apparel & Accessories, Consumer Packaged Goods, Consumer Electronics and Jewelry & Watches. Each category grew at least 14 percent vs. year ago."
  • "E-commerce accounted for 9.4 percent of consumers' discretionary spending, the highest third quarter share on record."
  • "Of the additional $5.8 billion in mobile commerce (m-commerce), purchasing using smartphones accounted for 62 percent vs. 38 percent from tablets."

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The Policy Urge

“They had no heads. The frenzy was all they had… the urge, and the urge was all they felt.”

-Tom Wolfe (Back To Blood)


In between my son Jack’s hockey practice and his 6th birthday bender, I’d like to say that it surprised me this weekend when I glanced at the cover of The Economist’s headline: “The Perils of Falling Inflation.” But, sadly, it did not. PhD Keynesian Economists are officially the world economy’s greatest threat.


The urge for policy makers to do something has reached a tipping point. Un-elected and un-checked, Janet Yellen’s Federal Reserve is likely to embrace this unprecedented Policy To Inflate that the Europeans (ex-UK) have just reiterated via an ECB rate cut. Incrementally easing monetary policy into an economic acceleration of +2.84% US GDP, that is.


The Economist’s sub-title makes the media as complicit as Nero (The Emperor “who fiddled while Rome Burned” -Wikipedia): “In both America and Europe central bankers should be pushing prices upwards.” I couldn’t make this up if I tried. After Deflating The Inflation (from the 2011-2012 all-time global inflation highs), these people want the all-time highs in food and Oil prices again!


Back to the Global Macro Grind


Deflating The Inflation is not DEFLATION. That’s one of the many buzz words regressive economists use to fear-monger you into believing you should allow them to A) devalue your hard earned currency and B) earn 0% on your savings, forever.


In the 1980s/1990s, we had < $20 Oil. I might call that “deflation”, but Brent Oil at $105? And if the 2 best post WWII US Growth periods (1983-89 and 1) were reflexive #StrongDollar “deflation” periods, what’s the problem with deflation again?


A study we highlighted in our Q313 Macro Themes deck by Atkeson and Kehoe spanning a period of 180 years (17 countries)  found 0% relationship between deflation and depressions. There were actually more depressions during periods of inflation than deflation. That won’t shock anyone who lives in the real world.


In other news, look at what happened in macro markets last week:

  1. Dollar Up (+0.6% US Dollar Index)
  2. Rates Up (+13bps to 2.75% on the UST 10yr)



That’s what I want. That’s not what my Federal Reserve loving Keynesian types (Zervos and Hatzius) want. Neither do guys and gals who are in the business of being levered long Gold, Bonds, or anything Equities that looks like a bond.


Again, with a stronger Dollar + #RatesRising, look at what else you got last week:

  1. Gold down another -1.9% to -23.6% YTD #crashing
  2. REITs and MLPs -4.1% and -1.9, respectively, lagging the Financials (XLF) +1.2%, big time
  3. Emerging Markets (MSCI EM) -1.7% and MSCI LATAM Index -2.8% (to -12.9% YTD)

No, this is not what all of #YieldChasing investor styles want. They want what Bernanke and Yellen taught the Japanese and Europeans to want – a “risk-free” rate of 0% that punishes savers and forces Mom & Pop to buy into the slow-growth Gold Bond Bubble thing under the cowardly veil of a “deflation” threat.


In markets, eventually tends to happen quickly. Eventually, the mother of all “deflations” will be in the price of overvalued, over-stimulated, and over-owned debt that policy makers are urging investors to buy into. To a large extent, that’s been our call for the better part of 2013 – that a stronger US Dollar + #RatesRising would prick the Bernanke Gold Bond Bubbles.


So how is Janet Yellen going to reflate Gold, Bonds, MBS, REITS, etc. if:


A)     Economic gravity doesn’t cooperate with her (more GDP of 2.84% and US monthly employment report beats?)

B)      Fund Flows continue to front-run her?


Solving for A) is already in motion. She’ll do what every central planners going back to Nero did and change the rules. She’ll make up a new unemployment target of 5.5-6% and she’ll cry wolf about “deflation” when it’s Deflating The Inflation that gave the USA growth surprises on the upside to begin with!


As for B), Bernanke and Yellen have been highly ineffective in convincing the buy-side that this ends well. Looking at last week’s ICI Fund Flow data, the flows continue out of Fixed Income and into Equities:

  1. Equities: after a record weekly inflow in the wk prior, US equity fund flows were up another +$7.9B w/w
  2. Fixed Income: another -$4.1B in outflow last wk following -$2.3B in the wk prior

All the while, the US IPO market is partying like 1999 with 192 IPOs ($51.8B) for 2013 YTD!


The urge to surge! It’s all about the urge to inflate asset prices, baby! These people have no heads. This is a bubble frenzy. To bubble up, or not bubble up (every prior asset bubble the Fed has perpetuated), remains Mr. Market’s question.


Our immediate-term Risk Ranges are now:


UST 10yr Yield 2.64-2.77%


VIX 12.52-14.19

USD 80.35-81.51

Pound 1.59-1.61

Gold 1


My heartfelt thank you goes out to all the service men, women, and veterans around the world who have watched over us while we sleep,




Keith R. McCullough
Chief Executive Officer


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Sands China has approached banks to arrange a US$1.5-billion, (MOP12 billion) six-year, revolving credit facility.  The casino operator has approached its current lenders and targets to invite more than 10 banks to become senior lenders, Bloomberg reports.  The news agency says the pricing is thought to be at an all-in rate of slightly under 200 basis points over Libor.



According to PBoC, China's new yuan-denominated lending in October amounted to 506.1 billion yuan (82.44 billion U.S. dollars), an increase of 700 million yuan YoY.  This was below Dow Jones estimate of 600 billion yuan.



Louis XIII Holdings raised HK$1.03 billion (US$133.5 million) for a planned casino resort in Cotai.  The proceeds from the combined sale of equity and zero-coupon convertible bonds will fund construction of its US$1-billion casino resort.


The financing deal included a share placement of HK$735 million, and HK$300 million of convertible bonds taken up by the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan.


TODAY’S S&P 500 SET-UP – November 11, 2013

As we look at today's setup for the S&P 500, the range is 30 points or 1.28% downside to 1748 and 0.42% upside to 1778.                                       










THE HEDGEYE DAILY OUTLOOK - 10                                                                                                                                                                  



  • YIELD CURVE: 2.44 from 2.32
  • VIX closed at 12.9 1 day percent change of -7.26%

MACRO DATA POINTS (Bloomberg Estimates):

  • 6:15am: Bundesbank’s Lautenschlaeger speaks in London
  • 12pm: Bundesbank’s Weidmann speaks in Basel
  • U.S. Rates Weekly Agenda
  • FX Weekly Agenda


    • Iran faces United Nations nuclear-monitoring test
    • Veteran’s Day, most federal govt. offices closed
    • EU, U.S. begin 2nd round of negotiations on Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership at wk-long talks in Brussels


  • Shire buying ViroPharma for $4.2b will gain blood-disease drug
  • Transocean reaches $1.1b div. accord with Icahn
  • Apple said developing curved iPhone screens, new sensors
  • Amazon introduces Sun. deliveries with U.S. Postal Service
  • China economic rebound gives boost to Xi amid reform summit
  • Cooper not yet entitled to $35/shr from Apollo, judge says
  • CPPIB/Dexus A$2.8b Commonwealth fund bid is accepted
  • “Thor” tops N.A. box office, at low end of ests. w/ $86.1m
  • Typhoon Haiyan hits Vietnam; up to 10k Philippines deaths


    • Silver Wheaton (SLW CN) 6:30am, $0.23
    • Gogo (GOGO) 7:30am, $(0.31)
    • CCL Industries (CCL/B CN) 8:15am, $0.45
    • Assured Guaranty (AGO) 4pm, $0.61
    • Sotheby’s (BID) 4pm, $(0.47)
    • Rackspace Hosting (RAX) 4pm, $0.16
    • Hologic (HOLX) 4:01pm, $0.37
    • Strategic Hotels & Resorts (BEE) 4:01pm, $0.13
    • SemGroup (SEMG) 4:05pm, $0.36
    • Sunstone Hotel Investors (SHO) 4:15pm, $0.29
    • Northern Tier Energy (NTI) 4:45pm, $0.40
    • Legacy Oil + Gas (LEG CN) 8:30pm, $0.08
    • Premier (PINC) Aft-mkt, $0.29
    • News Corp (NWSA) Aft-mkt, $0.02
    • Athlon Energy Inc (ATHL) Aft-mkt, $0.16


  • Gold Vault Opens in China as Bullion Goes From West to East
  • Hedge Funds Cut Bullish Gold Wagers on Fed Outlook: Commodities
  • Copper Rises for Third Day After China’s Industrial Production
  • Brent Rises Second Day After Iran Talks Fall Short of Agreement
  • Gold Drops to Three-Week Low as Jobs Data Spur Tapering Bets
  • Corn Extends Rebound From Three-Year Low on U.S. Harvest Outlook
  • Cocoa Falls After Bullish Bets Climb to Record; Coffee Rallies
  • Oil Bets Drop to Four-Month Low as Glut Expands: Energy Markets
  • Money Managers Cut Cocoa Net Long to 64,649 Contracts by Nov. 5
  • Gold-Mining Puts at Four-Year Low Signal Worst Is Over: Options
  • Rice to Sugar Crops Damaged in Philippines by Super Typhoon
  • Russia May Become Major LNG Supplier After Novatek’s China Deal
  • Commodities Seen by Hackett May Be Near Low of 3-Yr Bear Market
  • Palm Oil Output in Malaysia Advances to Highest in 13 Months


























The Hedgeye Macro Team