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THE HEDGEYE DAILY OUTLOOK

TODAY’S S&P 500 SET-UP – January 30, 2014


As we look at today's setup for the S&P 500, the range is 27 points or 0.97% downside to 1757 and 0.55% upside to 1784.                          

                                                                                                     

SECTOR PERFORMANCE

 

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EQUITY SENTIMENT:

 

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CREDIT/ECONOMIC MARKET LOOK:

  • YIELD CURVE: 2.34 from 2.33
  • VIX  closed at 17.35 1 day percent change of 9.81%

MACRO DATA POINTS (Bloomberg Estimates):

  • 8:30am: Init Jobless Claims, Jan. 25, est. 330k (prior 326k)
  • 8:30am: GDP Annualized q/q, 4Q Advance, est. 3.2% (pr 4.1%)
  • 9:45am: Bloomberg Consumer Comfort, Jan. 26 (prior -31.0)
  • 10am: Pending Home Sales m/m, Dec., est. -0.3% (prior 0.2%)
  • 10am: Freddie Mac mortgage rates
  • 10:30am: EIA natural-gas storage change

GOVERNMENT:

    • 9:30am: Senate Energy and Natural Resources Cmte meets on whether to end ban on U.S. crude oil exports
    • 12:20pm: Obama delivers remarks at GE’s Waukesha Gas Engines plant in Wis.
    • 4:15pm: Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.; Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., speak at CSIS on trans-Atlantic ties
    • 4:50pm: Obama in Tenn. for economic opportunity speech

WHAT TO WATCH:

  • 4Q U.S. growth probably boosted by stronger spending
  • Facebook mobile push fuels bulk of sales to top ests.
  • Lenovo to buy Google’s Motorola Mobility for $2.91b
  • Google Motorola sale shows limits of Microsoft-Nokia strategy
  • Google’s Motorola sale underscores primacy of patent portfolio
  • Dassault Systemes offers $750m to acquire Accelrys
  • Starbucks CEO Schultz hands daily operations to CFO Alstead
  • China’s manufacturing shows first contraction in 6 months
  • German joblessness falls more than forecast as economy grows
  • Euro-area eco. confidence rises for 9th month on services
  • Qualcomm’s profit tops analysts’ ests. on smartphone demand
  • Ericsson CEO plans to stay amid interest from Microsoft
  • Shell CEO pledges spending cuts, asset sales to restore profit
  • Samsung sanctioned by U.S. judge in Apple patent lawsuit
  • J&J becomes first drugmaker to open clinical data to academics
  • Soros-backed OneWest said to seek buyers as prepares for IPO
  • Deutsche Bank suspends NY head of emerging FX trading: Reuters

AM EARNS:

    • 3M Co (MMM) 7:30am, $1.62 - Preview
    • ADT (ADT) 6am, $0.49
    • Airgas (ARG) 7:30am, $1.18
    • Alexion Pharmaceuticals (ALXN) 6:30am, $0.84
    • Altria Group (MO) 6:58am, $0.58 - Preview
    • AutoNation (AN) 6:15am, $0.76
    • Ball (BLL) 6am, $0.73
    • Bemis Co (BMS) 7am, $0.54
    • Blackstone Group LP (BX) 7am, $0.83
    • Brunswick (BC) 7:39am, $0.13
    • Cameron International (CAM) 7:30am, $0.96 - Preview
    • Cardinal Health (CAH) 7am, $0.84 - Preview
    • Celgene (CELG) 7:30am, $1.51 - Preview
    • CMS Energy (CMS) 7:30am, $0.37
    • Colgate-Palmolive Co (CL) 7am, $0.74 - Preview
    • ConocoPhillips (COP) 7am, $1.32 - Preview
    • Dover (DOV) 7am, $1.27
    • Eli Lilly & Co (LLY) 6:30am, $0.73 - Preview
    • Enterprise Products Partners L (EPD) 6am, $0.71
    • Exxon Mobil (XOM) 8am, $1.91 - Preview
    • Franklin Resources (BEN) 8:30am, $0.93
    • Harley-Davidson (HOG) 7am, $0.33
    • Harman International Industrie (HAR) 7am, $0.94
    • Helmerich & Payne (HP) 6am, $1.46 - Preview
    • Hershey (HSY) 6:58am, $0.86
    • Hillshire Brands Co (HSH) 7:30am, $0.50 - Preview
    • Imperial Oil (IMO CN) 7:55am, $0.93 - Preview
    • Invesco (IVZ) 7:30am, $0.57
    • L-3 Communications Holdings In (LLL) 7am, $1.98
    • Manpowergroup (MAN) 7:30am, $1.25
    • Northrop Grumman (NOC) 7am, $1.94 - Preview
    • Occidental Petroleum (OXY) 7:30am, $1.67 - Preview
    • Peabody Energy (BTU) 8am, ($0.10)
    • Pitney Bowes (PBI) 6:30am, $0.45
    • Potash of Saskatchewan (POT CN) 6am, $0.32 - Preview
    • PulteGroup (PHM) 6:30am, $0.45 - Preview
    • Quest Diagnostics (DGX) 7am, $0.93 - Preview
    • Raytheon Co (RTN) 7am, $1.35 - Preview
    • Royal Gold (RGLD) 8am, $0.23
    • Sherwin-Williams (SHW) 7am, $1.29
    • TECO Energy (TE) 7:30am, $0.20
    • Thermo Fisher Scientific (TMO) 6am, $1.38 - Preview
    • Time Warner Cable (TWC) 6am, $1.73 - Preview
    • Timken Co (TKR) 7:30am, $0.73
    • Under Armour (UA) 7am, $0.53 - Preview
    • United Parcel Service (UPS) 7:45am, $1.25
    • Valley National Bancorp (VLY) 7am, $0.14
    • Viacom (VIAB) 6:45am, $1.16 - Preview
    • Visa (V) 7:30am, $2.16 - Preview
    • Whirlpool (WHR) 6am, $3.03
    • Xcel Energy (XEL) 6am, $0.29
    • Zimmer Holdings (ZMH) 7am, $1.62 - Preview

PM EARNS:

    • Align Technology (ALGN) 4pm, $0.43
    • Amazon.com (AMZN) 4pm, $0.69 - Preview
    • Broadcom (BRCM) 4:05pm, $0.58
    • Canadian National Railway Co (CNR CN) 4:01pm, $0.77 -Preview
    • Canadian Oil Sands (COS CN) 5:01pm, $0.48 - Preview
    • Celestica (CLS CN) 4pm, $0.23
    • Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG) 4:01pm, $2.52
    • Chubb (CB) 4:03pm, $2.04
    • CNH Industrial NV (CNHI) 4:44pm, $0.24
    • Computer Sciences (CSC) 4:15pm, $0.83
    • CR Bard (BCR) 4:05pm, $1.39
    • Eastman Chemical Co (EMN) 4:36pm  , $1.24
    • Google (GOOG) 4:01pm, $12.26 - Preview
    • JDS Uniphase (JDSU) 4:05pm, $0.14
    • Manitowoc (MTW) 4:25pm, $0.33
    • McKesson (MCK) 4:10pm, $1.84 - Preview
    • Microchip Technology (MCHP) 4:15pm, $0.61
    • NetSuite (N) 4:05pm, $0.07
    • PerkinElmer (PKI) 4:05pm, $0.70
    • PMC - Sierra (PMCS) 4:05pm, $0.08
    • Riverbed Technology (RVBD) 4:05pm, $0.31
    • Robert Half International (RHI) 4pm, $0.48
    • Validus Holdings (VR) 4:15pm, $1.56
    • Wynn Resorts (WYNN) 4:05pm, $1.75

COMMODITY/GROWTH EXPECTATION (HEADLINES FROM BLOOMBERG)

  • Aluminum Touches Four-Year Low as China Manufacturing Contracts
  • Barclays’s Asia-Pacific Markets Business Said to Lose Eight MDs
  • Goldman Sees Gold to Corn Losses After Bear Markets: Commodities
  • Gold Horses Lead Chinese Retailers to Profit on Bullion’s Slump
  • WTI Rises to Four-Week High as U.S. Chill Boosts Fuel Demand
  • Gold Falls on Stimulus, Demand Outlook as Monthly Gain Narrows
  • Wheat Recovers From 42-Month Low on Speculation Demand to Build
  • Sugar Rebounds as India Fails to Discuss Subsidies; Coffee Gains
  • Rubber Near 16-Month Low as Yen Gains After Fed Cuts Bond Buying
  • Rebar Caps Worst Monthly Drop in Four on Iron Ore, China Holiday
  • Bird Flu Seen by Zhongda Futures Curbing Soybean Demand in China
  • Oil, Mining Stocks Face Emerging-Currency Risk: Chart of the Day
  • Capital May Shift Toward Gas as Prices Top $5 on Polar Vortexes
  • Natural Gas Poised for Biggest Monthly Gain Since 2009

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CURRENCIES

 

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GLOBAL PERFORMANCE

 

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EUROPEAN MARKETS

 

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ASIAN MARKETS

 

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MIDDLE EAST

 

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What's New Today in Retail (1/30)

Takeaway: HBI sandbag comes out -- but watch inflation. JCP taking up prices. China’s JD frontrunning Alibaba deal. TGT SHLD and Canada. AMZN Levis

EVENTS TO WATCH OVER THE NEXT 24 HOURS

 

AMZN - Earnings Call: Thursday 1/30, 5:00pm

 

COMPANY NEWS

 

Takeaway: Strong quarter for Hanesbrands with higher guidance that was entirely driven by Maidenform -- an acquisition that we're stated for a while that management is completely sandbagging on synergies. On the core business, trends were positive in October and November, but were inconsistent in January. Management cited weather as the primary factor. One factor that caught us by surprise was CEO Rich Noll's comment about inflation. We've never heard him say anything that's other than overwhelmingly positive about inflation -- in that it drives up their prices, and helps retailers make money. But this time he said that inflation was partially offset by product costs. That's still a positive trend. But let's keep a close eye on costs here. If they catch up to the price increases to retailers -- which is possible, then it turns into a margin-draining event.

 

What's New Today in Retail (1/30) - chart3 1 30

*adjusted for debt repayment expenses in Q412 and Maidenform acquisition charges in Q413

 

JCP - JCP hikes prices for bigger discounts later

(http://nypost.com/2014/01/29/jcpenny-hikes-prices-for-bigger-markdowns/)

 

  • "JCPenney...is quietly jacking up prices on everything from jeans to kitchen appliances, a risky move designed to make room for steeper, more eye-catching discounts this year, sources told The Post."
  • "Chief Executive Mike Ullman...hatched the stealthy strategy this month with especially lofty markups in the jewelry department, sources said."

 

What's New Today in Retail (1/30) - chart1 1 30

 

Takeaway: The first step was getting things into the store that people actually want. Step two is raising prices to allow for discounting to protect Gross Margin. This all makes sense, actually. But the obvious risk is that sticker shock keeps some customers away. We're going to give Ullman the benefit of the doubt that he's managing this appropriately (even though we'd rather have someone else be managing it).

 

TGT - Target Sets Nine Canadian Openings in 2014

(http://www.wwd.com/retail-news/mass-off-price/target-sets-nine-canadian-openings-in-2014-7400381)

 

  • "Target Corp. intends to add nine stores to its 124-unit fleet in Canada this year, the majority of them in Ontario."
  • "Target, which acquired the rights to acquire up to 220 Zellers store leases from Hudson’s Bay in 2011, said it will open five stores in Ontario and single units in the provinces of Quebec, Manitoba, Alberta and British Columbia."

 

Takeaway: Why?

 

JD - JD.com files for IPO of up to $1.5 billion

(http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/01/30/us-jdcom-ipo-idUSBREA0T0RV20140130)

 

  • "JD.com, China's second-largest e-commerce site, said on Thursday it plans to raise up to $1.5 billion in an initial public offering of American depositary shares."
  • "JD.com, which competes with Alibaba Group Holding Ltd, listed BofA Merrill Lynch and UBS Securities LLC as lead underwriters to its offering, in a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission."
  • "Alibaba, which controls nearly 80 percent of China's internet shopping market, has been planning to list its shares but has struggled to reach an agreement with Hong Kong regulators over its proposed IPO, expected to be worth around $15 billion."

 

What's New Today in Retail (1/30) - chart2 1 30

 

Takeaway: JD is totally riding the coattails of big brother Alibaba. If there was ever a time to raise capital for JD, this is it. If they did it after the Alibaba deal, then they'd be competing in the marketplace against it's top business competitor -- and it would probably lose. But in anticipation of the Alibaba transaction, people will probably gobble this one up. Let's hope they don't get too greedy with valuation.

 

LS&C - Levi's Entering Men's Underwear Category

(http://www.wwd.com/fashion-news/fashion-scoops/undercover-underwear-7401352)

 

  • "Levi Strauss & Co. is getting ready to hit the men’s underwear category. The company confirmed that, beginning in fall 2014, it will begin to market men’s underwear and hosiery through two licensing agreements, one for the Americas region with Mad Projects Industries, a New York-based firm, and the other, for European markets, with Dobotex, the long-time Puma licensee of which Puma acquired full control in 2011."

 

AMZN - Amazon to Offer Kindle Checkout System to Physical Retailers

(http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303743604579351123788256930?mod=WSJ_business_LeadStoryCollection)

 

  • "Amazon.com Inc. plans to offer brick-and-mortar retailers a checkout system that uses Kindle tablets as soon as this summer, people briefed on the company's plans said."
  • "In one scenario, the Seattle company would give merchants Kindle tablets and credit-card readers, the people said. Amazon also might offer retailers other services, such as website development and data analysis, the people said."
  • "Because many of the largest physical retailers have extensive, complicated checkout systems that may be difficult or costly to give up, Amazon is likely to focus on smaller retailers."

 

SCC - Sears Canada Sets 624 Job Cuts

(http://www.wwd.com/retail-news/department-stores/sears-canada-sets-624-job-cuts-7401424)

 

  • "Sears Canada will shed another 624 jobs in an elimination of middle-level managers in its full-line stores."
  • "The cuts, which follow the elimination earlier this month of 1,583 jobs due to reductions in its logistics operations and the outsourcing to IBM of positions in its customer contact centers, will result in an average decrease of five associates per store across its network of full-line stores in Canada." 

 


LVS: GRASS IS GREENER ON BOTH SIDES

Persistently low Singapore hold is frustrating, but the dual appeal of this stock continues to grow.

 

 

The value and cash return part of the LVS thesis took a major turn positive last night.  For Q4, what would’ve been considered a great quarter one month ago should now be perceived as just ok.  LVS delivered a beat but on a hold adjusted basis.  As you know, I’ve liked LVS for a long time and certainly on the recent pullback.  However, I didn’t see Q4 as necessarily a positive or negative catalyst following the Q4 run up in stock price and positive estimate revisions.  We’ll get into what we liked and didn’t like about the quarter but the LVS story certainly got a lot more interesting last night.

 

For me, LVS began its transformation from a growth to growth/value/cash flow/cash return stock 2 quarters ago with a sharp dividend hike and the start of a meaningful share repurchase program.  See our 10/28/13 note “LVS: WHAT TYPE OF INVESTOR SHOULDN’T THIS APPEAL TOO?”

 

Minor “issues” with Q4 notwithstanding, that transformation took a few major steps forward last night.  Another ramp in stock buybacks, a huge dividend increase, and the revelation of yet another cash/value driver crystallizes the “other” side of the LVS story.  The growth side remains intact and should continue to attract the growth

investor.

 

As a born skeptic, I’ll hit on the negatives of Q4 first and then move to the overwhelming positive takeaways:

 

What we didn’t like:

  • Marina Bay Sands hold was low again. We’re using 2.65% as our normal hold, below theoretical and management’s recommendation for normal.  But 1.92%?  Until they can post a good hold Q, investors are going to assume low hold is structural and that could continue to suppress MBS’s valuation.
  • Rolling Chip volumes were 2% below our expectation and promotional expenses were a little higher.  However, slot volumes were better, RevPAR off the charts, and Mass was in-line.
  • Expenses were higher than we thought in Macau but given the rapid growth in volumes in Q4, this isn’t that surprising

What we liked:

  • Sequential dividend hike of 43%.  Though a monster growth story, LVS now yields 2.7%, above the S&P yield.
  • For the 2nd straight Q, LVS repurchased more than $200MM in stock at an average price near yesterday’s close
  • Despite dividend increases and share repurchases, net leverage is only 1.3x. Management indicated they would be willing to go 1.5x higher.  An increase to their limit would generate an additional $7 billion cash return to shareholders.  Phenomenal.
  • Another major value enhancer, management indicated they are commencing the approval process to sell retail assets that could drive another $12-14 billion in cash.
  • Venetian and Four Seasons volumes were terrific but held below normal.  Low hold on Mass is NOT included in management’s projection for hold adjusted EBITDA.
  • Management was bullish regarding the prospect of casinos in Japan and its prospects for a license in that country.  They consider MBS’s appeal to Japanese tourists and convention planners as a major selling point to the Japanese government.

 

The usual hold concerns at MBS could weigh on the stock as usual, but the takeaways from last night are overwhelmingly positive.  Any price weakness should be seen as an opportunity.  After all, how many other stocks can offer this kind of growth and value while lining your wallet with a rapidly growing cash stream?


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Moody Multiples

“Emotions are short lived.”

-John Coates

 

Whereas “a mood is slower, more like a long-term attitude, a background and slow-burning emotion which slants our view of the world” (The Hour Between Dog and Wolf, pg 107).

 

I don’t know about you, but up until a few weeks ago, my view of the being long stocks was pretty damn bullish. That’s a good thing, because the US and many European stock markets kept hitting all-time highs. Now they aren’t.

 

And while there was definitely some emotion associated with fear (VIX) ripping +45.8% last week, I’m not so sure consensus is yet in the mood to sell every bounce. Too many bear scars from 2013, and the mood of those stock market bears doesn’t matter on the margin here anyway. It’s the mood of the bears who turned bullish too late that I think matters most.

 

Back to the Global Macro Grind

 

When my man Nouriel Roubini went bullish in December, that definitely got my attention. Then the #OldWall (sell-side economists and strategists) rolled out their bullish US growth and SP500 targets for 2014, and a credible contrarian bear case for US stocks began.

 

As I pointed out in yesterday’s rant, while he may call the Barron’s Roundtable, god doesn’t call me with a super-secret market multiple for the SP500. There isn’t one. That said, #history fans will note that the stock market’s multiple:

 

A)     Goes UP with #InflationSlowing and Consumption #GrowthAccelerating

B)      Goes DOWN with #InflationAccelerating and Consumption #GrowthSlowing

 

The lowest multiples in post WWII US stock market #history go to the dogmatic Republican/Democrat Keynesian presidential duos of:

  1. Nixon/Carter
  2. Bush/Obama

Both duos had bearish US Dollar TRENDs because:

  1. FISCAL POLICY = spend, spend, spend
  2. MONETARY POLICY = print, print, print

And, with the Purchasing Power of The People burning (US Dollar DOWN) and #InflationAccelerating, the SP500 traded at 7-11x EPS. Seven times earnings? Yep. Ole Jimmy Carter was a beauty.

 

I’m not saying the SP500 is going to 7-11x earnings. I’m saying that the probability of the SP500 seeing multiple compression from 16x (instead of consensus multiple expansion) goes up as A) inflation accelerates and B) growth slows.

 

Consensus multiple Expansion? Yep, here’s where my friends wash out on this (after having a mean estimate of 1528 for the SP500 for 2013 – nice call):

  1. #OldWall mean estimate for 2014 year-end = 1946
  2. Abby Joseph Cohen = 2088 target for 2014
  3. Tom Lee = 2075 target for 2014

Then you have the funny guy at Morgan Stanley who had the SP500 target of 1434 in 2013 (Adam Parker) who takes himself very seriously with his 2,014 SP500 target for, uh, 2014. It’s a good thing the sell-side has learned from 2008 and evolved…

 

The #OldWall’s magic-multiple thing is based on a consensus estimate for SP500 earnings of around $117/share. Tom Lee is up at $120, so he slaps a 17x “multiple” on that. Meanwhile Abby goes with the 18x, and there you have it – tah-dah!

 

But what if they are wrong on growth, inflation, and the SP500 earnings numbers? That’s when the consensus poop hits the fan. So watch out for stepping in that. Bear Droppings can ruin your bullish mood.

 

What about that Hedgeye Macro Theme #1 (#InflationAccelerating)?

  1. CRB Index (19 Commodities) was up another +0.8% yesterday (with the SP500 -1%) to +1.7% YTD
  2. Natural Gas Prices (for those of you who don’t live in a government hotel) = +30.3% YTD
  3. Oats (yes, I eat Oatmeal, every day!) = +18.9% YTD

So the other Goldman guy who is running the NY Fed now (Dudley) eats iPads and I eat oatmeal. No one cares. What Mr. Macro Market cares about is the 2nd derivative move – the slope of the line – the rate of change! And the fact of the matter is that #InflationAccelerating right now alongside US Consumption #GrowthSlowing is bearish for consumer stocks.

 

That’s a big reason why US Consumer Discretionary stocks (XLY) are -6.2% YTD and why the US stock market (SPX) is -4.0% YTD vs the CRB Index +1.7%. Dollar Down, Rates Down = Stocks Down. God called me on that too – it’s called a real-time US GDP #GrowthSlowing signal, and America’s mood will be changing if it becomes a reflexive one.

 

Our immediate-term Global Macro Risk Ranges are now:

 

UST 10yr Yield 2.67-2.80%

SPX 1

VIX 14.91-20.39

EUR/USD 1.35-1.37

Nat Gas 4.79-5.49

 

Best of luck out there today,

KM

 

Keith R. McCullough
Chief Executive Officer

 

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Where We Are

This note was originally published at 8am on January 16, 2014 for Hedgeye subscribers.

“The task of the leader is to get his people from where they are to where they have not been.”

-Henry Kissinger

 

Where we are from a US stock market perspective is not that complicated. With the SP500 and Russell 2000 closing at 1848 and 1171, respectively yesterday, we are at all-time highs.

 

Yes, all-time is a long time. And, yes, when I say “we”, I’m not talking about them. While my views might rub them the wrong way sometimes (them being the other team, or the other side of the trade), that means I’m just doing my job. I don’t play for them.

 

The aforementioned quote comes from page 59 of Unusually Excellent. The chapter is called “Being Compelling – The Commitment To Winning.” In spite of my many human flaws and countless mistakes, that is my commitment to both you and my team.

 

Back to the Global Macro Grind

 

Winning in this game (or in life for that matter) doesn’t start and end with feeling like we’re winning an argument. I personally have too many silent arguments in my head throughout a week to count – and if I’m not losing some of those, I’m not growing.

 

Arguing with the score of the game is harder to do than simply dismissing the other side of what you think. I just read an article about a hedge fund in Greenwich, CT that got smoked last year (and closed the fund). The head of the firm blamed a macro market that was “dislocated from fundamentals.” I guess that was easier than blaming himself.

 

This, of course, has been one of the best 13-14 month periods to be invested in “growth”, as an investment style factor, ever. Particularly if you are a macro guy (or gal) who was net long growth equities and short slow-growth yielding bonds (or stocks like Kinder Morgan (KMI), which missed last night, that look like bonds). #Fundamental, it was. Indeed.

 

But that is yesterday’s news…

 

Where we go today, tomorrow and the next day are places we have never been.  My job is to help both you and my firm get there without having to make excuses for wrong turns along the way

 

So let’s start with what matters most about where we are – our position:

  1. CASH = 27%
  2. Foreign Currencies = 27% (we still like the Euro, Pound, Kiwi, etc.)
  3. International Equities = 20% (we still like most of Europe, especially Germany and the UK)
  4. US Equities = 18% (Tech, Healthcare, Financials, Industrials, and Materials)
  5. Commodities = 8% (Coffee, Cattle, Copper – and maybe some Gold)
  6. Fixed Income = 0%

Explaining 1-6 in reverse is pretty straightforward:

  1. Fixed Income 0% allocation for 184 days (73% of the time in last 12 months - net short via sovereigns, long corporates)
  2. CRB Commodities Index signaled don’t short last month – still a Bernanke Bubble that popped, but one we can risk manage
  3. US Equities is where we made a Sector Style Shift away from Consumption and Into Inflation (see Q1 Macro Themes deck)
  4. International Equities is the easiest to stick with because the slope of European #GrowthAccelerating is the most obvious
  5. Foreign Currencies will only be easy to stick with if EUR/USD and GBP/USD hold $1.35 and $1.63 TREND supports
  6. Cash, when you are knowingly buying-the-damn-bubble #BTDB in US Equities, is still King at my house

In order to expand on how we think about asset allocation, country and sector/style picking, etc. we do our Global Macro Themes deep dives. If you’d like to review that slide deck, ping us at Sales@Hedgeye.Com and you’ll see us refresh our risk management themes on our disruptor (to consensus TV) video platform @HedgeyeTV.

 

One of the videos our all-star offensive line analyst, Darius Dale, and I did this week walks through why we A) like Yen Down, Nikkei Up’s intermediate-term TREND, but B) wouldn’t be aggressive in allocating capital to Japanese Equities on pullbacks until we see some of our key lines of support (for the Nikkei) and resistance (for the Yen vs USD) confirm.

 

Here’s the video link.

 

Where we are from an immediate-term TRADE perspective sometimes deviates from our intermediate-term TREND views. That’s just the way markets (and life) work. Why else would I subject myself to getting up at this un-godly hour to hand bomb immediate-term TRADE lines in my notebook?

 

The alternative to being committed to winning is accepting mediocrity. The Manifestation of Mediocrity in America is something I think I could write a book about. So I’ll end that prickly point with a period. Because, to get a certain kind of person from where they are to somewhere better, sometimes feels like just that. Capitalizing on their frustration wins too.

 

Our immediate-term Global Macro Risk Ranges are now (TREND in brackets):

 

UST 10yr Yield 2.79-2.92% (bullish)

SPX 1835-1852 (bullish)

VIX 11.84-13.35 (bearish)

USD 80.74-81.31 (neutral)

Brent 106.12-108.66 (bearish)

Gold 1233-1268 (bearish)

 

Best of luck out there today,

KM

 

Keith R. McCullough
Chief Executive Officer

 

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