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Cartoon of the Day: Alibaba

Cartoon of the Day: Alibaba - Alibaba03.16.2014

 

China’s Internet giant Alibaba said it would list in New York, and is expected to rank among the largest ever initial public offerings – it could raise as much as $15 billion. One of Alibaba's largest shareholders is Yahoo, which owns 24%.

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Textbook Bounce: SP500 Levels, Refreshed

Takeaway: In other words, this market can easily bounce to 1867. But the bigger question is what does it do from there?

POSITION: 10 LONGS, 3 SHORTS @Hedgeye

 

After tagging last week’s immediate-term TRADE overbought bubble highs (1881 SPX on Tuesday), the SP500 had a brisk -2.1% correction to immediate-term TRADE oversold as both Gold and VIX signaled overbought. #TextbookBounce

 

Across our core risk management durations, here are the lines that matter to me most:

 

  1. Immediate-term TRADE resistance = 1867
  2. Immediate-term TRADE support = 1845
  3. Intermediate-term TREND support = 1815

 

In other words, this market can easily bounce to 1867. But the bigger question is what does it do from there? A close above that TRADE line would be bullish inasmuch as a close below it would be bearish.

 

With #InflationAccelerating (should be > 2% by Q3) and US #GrowthSlowing (might drop < 2% in 1H14), there’s no reason to chase the +1% up days, but there’s no need to sell on oversold days either.

 

Stick to the process. Buy/cover on oversold signals. Sell/short on overbought ones. Don’t chase.

KM

 

Keith R. McCullough
Chief Executive Officer

 

Textbook Bounce: SP500 Levels, Refreshed - SPX


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MONDAY MORNING RISK MONITOR: DOMESTIC OUTPERFORMANCE

Takeaway: Domestically-focused US Financials are outperforming their globally-focused peers, while Russian banking's risk profile continues to rise.

Relative Differences

The Russia/Ukraine/Crimea situation continues driving relative performance differences within the US Financials sector. Note the first callout below. The US global banks are underperforming while the domestically-focused institutions are outperforming, which is essentially the opposite of our preferred positioning. Meanwhile, Sberbank of Russia, which is essentially the Russian banking system, is seeing its CDS rise dramatically. Separately, the yield spread is compressed markedly last week.

 

If there is one silver lining domestically it is that commodity prices finally stopped going up, posting a 1% decline for the week. It's also worth mentioning that the US and EU interbank markets remain benign. 

 

 

Key Points

* U.S. Financial CDS -  Swaps widened for 21 out of 27 domestic financial institutions. It's interesting to note the divergence between the US global banks (+7 bps on average) relative to Wells Fargo (+2 bps). The unrest overseas is favoring domestically-focused institutions. 

 

* European Financial CDS - Swaps mostly widened in Europe last week. Sberbank of Russia widened significantly, increasing 54 bps to 340 bps and finds itself now squarely in the red zone of +300 bps. Sberbank swaps are now wider by 103 bps month-over-month. Consider that Sberbank is to Russian banking what JPMorgan, BofA, Citi and Wells Fargo combined are to the US from a market share standpoint. Sberbank's credit default swaps are a helpful proxy for the Crimea situation.  

 

* 2-10 Spread – Last week the 2-10 spread tightened to 231 bps, -11 bps tighter than a week ago. We track the 2-10 spread as an indicator of bank margin pressure.

 

* CRB Commodity Price Index – The CRB index fell -1.0%, ending the week at 303 versus 306 the prior week. As compared with the prior month, commodity prices have increased 3.5% We generally regard changes in commodity prices on the margin as having meaningful consumption implications.

 

* High Yield (YTM) – High Yield rates rose 9.0 bps last week, ending the week at 5.80% versus 5.71% the prior week.

 

 

Financial Risk Monitor Summary

 • Short-term(WoW): Negative / 1 of 13 improved / 8 out of 13 worsened / 4 of 13 unchanged

 • Intermediate-term(WoW): Positive / 7 of 13 improved / 5 out of 13 worsened / 1 of 13 unchanged

 • Long-term(WoW): Positive / 4 of 13 improved / 2 out of 13 worsened / 7 of 13 unchanged

 

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1. U.S. Financial CDS -  Swaps widened for 21 out of 27 domestic financial institutions. It's interesting to note the divergence between the US global banks (+7 bps on average) relative to Wells Fargo (+2 bps). The unrest overseas is favoring domestically-focused institutions. 

 

Widened the least/ tightened the most WoW: UNM, TRV, AON

Widened the most WoW: BAC, AIG, MS

Tightened the most WoW: UNM, COF, MET

Widened the most MoM: MS, GS, ACE

 

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2. European Financial CDS - Swaps mostly widened in Europe last week. Sberbank of Russia widened significantly, increasing 54 bps to 340 bps and finds itself now squarely in the red zone of +300 bps. Sberbank swaps are now wider by 103 bps month-over-month. Consider that Sberbank is to Russian banking what JPMorgan, BofA, Citi and Wells Fargo combined are to the US from a market share standpoint. Sberbank's credit default swaps are a helpful proxy for the Crimea situation.  

 

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3. Asian Financial CDS - Asian Financials swaps were wider across the board with the sole exception of Mizuho in Japan, which tightened 1 bp. 

 

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4. Sovereign CDS – Sovereign swaps mostly widened over last week. The two exceptions included the US, which tightened 1 bp and Spain, which tightened 5 bps. 

 

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5. High Yield (YTM) Monitor – High Yield rates rose 9.0 bps last week, ending the week at 5.80% versus 5.71% the prior week.

 

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6. Leveraged Loan Index Monitor – The Leveraged Loan Index rose 2.0 points last week, ending at 1853.

 

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7. TED Spread Monitor – The TED spread fell 0.1 basis points last week, ending the week at 18.7 bps this week versus last week’s print of 18.77 bps.

 

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8. CRB Commodity Price Index – The CRB index fell -1.0%, ending the week at 303 versus 306 the prior week. As compared with the prior month, commodity prices have increased 3.5% We generally regard changes in commodity prices on the margin as having meaningful consumption implications.

 

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9. Euribor-OIS Spread – The Euribor-OIS spread (the difference between the euro interbank lending rate and overnight indexed swaps) measures bank counterparty risk in the Eurozone. The OIS is analogous to the effective Fed Funds rate in the United States.  Banks lending at the OIS do not swap principal, so counterparty risk in the OIS is minimal.  By contrast, the Euribor rate is the rate offered for unsecured interbank lending.  Thus, the spread between the two isolates counterparty risk. The Euribor-OIS spread widened by 2 bps to 14 bps.

 

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10. Chinese Interbank Rate (Shifon Index) –  The Shifon Index fell 4 basis points last week, ending the week at 1.96% versus last week’s print of 2.00%. The Shifon Index measures banks’ overnight lending rates to one another, a gauge of systemic stress in the Chinese banking system.

 

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11. Markit MCDX Index Monitor – Last week spreads widened 2 bps, ending the week at 75 bps versus 73 bps the prior week. The Markit MCDX is a measure of municipal credit default swaps. We believe this index is a useful indicator of pressure in state and local governments. Markit publishes index values daily on six 5-year tenor baskets including 50 reference entities each. Each basket includes a diversified pool of revenue and GO bonds from a broad array of states. We track the 16-V1.

 

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12. Chinese Steel – Steel prices in China fell 1.7% last week, or 56 yuan/ton, to 3,247 yuan/ton. We use Chinese steel rebar prices to gauge Chinese construction activity, and, by extension, the health of the Chinese economy.

 

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13. 2-10 Spread – Last week the 2-10 spread tightened to 231 bps, -11 bps tighter than a week ago. We track the 2-10 spread as an indicator of bank margin pressure.

 

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14. XLF Macro Quantitative Setup – Our Macro team’s quantitative setup in the XLF shows 1.6% upside to TRADE resistance and 1.7% downside to TREND support.

 

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Joshua Steiner, CFA

 

Jonathan Casteleyn, CFA, CMT

 


MACAU: SLOW 2ND WEEK OF MARCH

Weakness probably concentrated in VIP

 

 

Macau average daily table revenues fell 7% YoY to HK$886 this past week and 17% from the rate during the first 9 days of the month.  We don't want to overreact to one week of data but we do see tougher comparisons in March and April.  We are projecting full month YoY growth in GGR of +9-13%, down from Jan/Feb growth of 24%.  While the Mass floor traffic appears decent, VIP volume and hold was likely a little substandard.

 

MACAU: SLOW 2ND WEEK OF MARCH - macau ave daily table rev

 

In terms of market share, WYNN is above trend although off from last week, as is Galaxy.  SJM is the only operator significantly below recent results.  With the stocks up so much, decelerating monthly trends at least through April, and all the recent money laundering chatter, we believe there could be near term downside risk to the Macau stocks.

 

 

MACAU: SLOW 2ND WEEK OF MARCH - macau march table market share

 


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