TODAY’S S&P 500 SET-UP – December 16, 2013
As we look at today's setup for the S&P 500, the range is 24 points or 0.47% downside to 1767 and 0.88% upside to 1791.
CREDIT/ECONOMIC MARKET LOOK:
MACRO DATA POINTS (Bloomberg Estimates):
WHAT TO WATCH:
COMMODITY/GROWTH EXPECTATION (HEADLINES FROM BLOOMBERG)
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“I look forward with the greatest pleasure to the use of my books at night at home.”
That’s a quote from Doris Kearns Goodwin’s The Bully Pulpit (pg 108) where she establishes one of the similarities that Presidents Teddy Roosevelt and William Taft shared from the very beginning. They both loved to read.
On the idea of Professional Reading as a leadership and risk management tool, one of my good friends, Rory Green, sent me a note this weekend highlighting the thoughts of retired US Marine Corps General, James Mattis.
“The problem with being too busy to read is that you learn by experience, i.e. the hard way. By reading, you learn through others’ experiences, generally a better way to do business; especially in our line of work where the consequences of incompetence are so final for young men.” #Truth
Back to the Global Macro Grind…
A small but critical portion of my Professional Reading includes staying on top of consensus. Two of the most important sources of #OldWall Street and #KeynesianEconomics consensus are:
That’s not to say that every once in a while these publications don’t crush it with a forward looking idea (like Barron’s highlighting our bearish work on McDonald’s (MCD) or MLPs Linn Energy and Kinder Morgan!). It’s just to say these are places where you’ll find consensus.
So what is consensus right now on the two most important drivers of our Global Macro Model – Growth and Inflation?
And while we’ve been the US growth bulls (and inflation bears) for the last year, our model rolls into 2014 with the following views:
On US growth, Darius Dale published a full research note to our Institutional subscribers on Thursday titled “#GrowthSlowing, Lots of Charts.” If you’d like a copy of that note and what’s embedded in our model’s expectations just ping . One of the baseline assumptions in our model is that inflation slows real (inflation adjusted) growth.
Q: What’s the leading indicator for inflation?
A: Central planners devaluing the purchasing power of The People via its currency
And, not to be confused with US #GrowthAccelerating (like it is in Germany this morning with a PMI of 54.2 for DEC vs 52.7 NOV = #StrongEuro), what’s been happening in the USA for DEC to-date is #InflationAccelerating:
I know, I know. What’s jamming the American people with a little food (coffee prices +8% last week) and gas (natural gas +6% last week) inflation ahead of the holidays if everyone @FederalReserve is taking car service to work and living large at holiday cocktailers?
Well, in our model it matters. It especially matters on the margin when:
Perversely, a Fed no-taper for DEC will only perpetuate this. The US Dollar is down another -0.25% this morning as it tries to front-run the Fed’s conflicted and compromised political decision to not taper when it should have been tapering since September.
But, for now, asset inflation (especially commodities) loves that. So don’t worry about inflation slowing growth in 2014, because no one in the Barron’s survey other than Jeff Knight (buy-sider from Columbia Management) thinks it will either.
According to Barron’s, “Wall Street’s top strategists” (which include Morgan Stanley’s Adam Parker who had a 1434 SP500 “target” for 2013 at this time last year; the mean “target” was 1531)… “see a sense of normalcy returning to the financial markets next year.”
So we’ll roll with a call for accelerating volatility in the New Year too.
Our immediate-term Global Macro Risk Ranges are now:
UST 10yr yield 2.78-2.92%
Best of luck out there this week,
Keith R. McCullough
Chief Executive Officer
THE MACAU METRO MONITOR, DECEMBER 16, 2013
GOVT RECEIVES ALL PLANS FOR REVISED SMOKING ZONES Macau Business
The 14 gaming venues that failed a second round of air quality tests earlier this year have submitted plans to reduce the size of their smoking zones. Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture Cheong U said the government would review the plans by the end of January. There were six venues operating under the licence held by SJM that had not submitted revised plans by the December 10 deadline.
CHUI TO DISCUSS BORDER OPENING HOURS IN BEIJING Macau Business
Macau CEO Chui wants Beijing to open the border crossings for more hours each day. Government spokesman Alexis Tam Chong Weng said Chui would discuss this and immigration and customs arrangements on Hengqin Island during a three-day visit to Beijing, which starts today. Tam said the mainland’s staffing requirements were the main obstacle to having the border crossings open longer by the Lunar New Year holidays.
This note was originally published at 8am on December 02, 2013 for Hedgeye subscribers.
“If a science has an adjective, it probably isn’t a science.”
As far as American physics goes, California’s Richard Feynman was as cool as cool gets. Above and beyond his brilliant contributions to the field, Feynman was a great communicator. His ability to teach reminded us how well he understood the subject matter.
Just before he passed away in 1988, Feynman left us with some behavioral thoughts and life lessons. One of the two books he published during the year of his death was titled What Do You Care What Other People Think?
“The book’s title is taken from a question his first wife, Arline, often put to him when he seemed preoccupied with his colleague’s opinions about his work.” (Wikipedia) Is there a better question for how your portfolio is positioned, every day?
Back to the Global Macro Grind…
I certainly hope you don’t care what most “economists” think about your portfolio. But I highly suggest you respect what Mr. Macro Market thinks. He can save you from missing the big obvious stuff.
One of the glaringly obvious things you should have cared about in 2013 was Mr. Macro Market’s phase transition to bucking up for GROWTH as an investment Style Factor. With the SP500 closing up another +2.8% in November, here are the YTD growth scores:
In other words, being long the Gold Bond thing didn’t work like it did during the pervasively SLOW GROWTH 2010-2012 period of A) Interest Rate Repression B) Dollar Debauchery and C) Bernanke’s Policy To Inflate.
All it took to get growth expectations up (i.e. priced by Mr. Macro Market) were:
Oh, and you needed all 3 of those things to happen, all at the same time. In the absence of central planners trying to get in gravity’s way, even Keynesian “economists” call these pro-growth cycle moves “coincident” indicators.
No matter what the #EOW (end of the world) consensus view on US growth was 1 year ago today (when consensus “economists” expected +1.6% US GDP Growth and SP500 of 1528 for 2013), here we are – tracking closer to +3% US GDP growth and SP500 = 1800.
What did you care if #OldWall was off on GDP by almost 50% and the SP500 by 272 points? And what do you care about where consensus is today? Do you all of a sudden “buy growth”? Or is now precisely the time you should start to get out?
Using the same Hedgeye playbook (our GIP Model: Growth, Inflation, Policy):
All the while, from a purely quantitative modeling perspective, the SP500:
Up PRICE on down VOLUME and rising implied VOLATILITY as lagging GDP and employment data jams people into chasing the highs? Isn’t that just peachy.
But what do the central planners perpetuating Down Dollar and Rate Repression from here care? What do you care? Sadly, US currency and rate markets were only allowed to trade “freely” until the said “scientists” at the Fed said no-taper (SEP 18th), after all.
Our immediate-term Risk Ranges are now:
UST 10yr Yield 2.70-2.81%
Best of luck out there today,
Hedgeye CEO Keith McCullough handpicks the “best of the best” long and short ideas delivered to him by our team of over 30 research analysts across myriad sectors.