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EUROPE

After testing Bull patience for a few weeks, both the EuroStoxx50 and EuroStoxx600 have recovered Hedgeye TREND supports. Over in Germany, the DAX has too this morning (TREND support = 9315) as EUR/USD holds $1.37 TRADE support. Short USD versus long EUR.

VIX

VIX front-month is toying with all-time-SPY high emotion here this morning. And it should. While my model says Volatility makes a lower-high on the selloff, the breakdown through 14.72 TREND support is bullish for another SPY ramp to overbought highs. #PainTrade.

GOLD

I love that Goldman Sachs is saying $1,050 gold, because nothing in my notebook agrees with that. Nothing. Gold tested and tried $1,318 support (TREND support underpins that at $1,278) and held it like a champ (long). The 10-year yield is < 2.81% TREND resistance.

Asset Allocation

CASH 20% US EQUITIES 9%
INTL EQUITIES 10% COMMODITIES 20%
FIXED INCOME 19% INTL CURRENCIES 22%

Top Long Ideas

Company Ticker Sector Duration
OC

Construction activity remains cyclically depressed, but has likely begun the long process of recovery.  A large multi-year rebound in construction should provide a tailwind to OC shares that the market appears to be underestimating.  Both residential and nonresidential construction in the U.S. would need to roughly double to reach post-war demographic norms.  As credit returns to the market and government funded construction begins to rebound, construction markets should make steady gains in coming years, quarterly weather aside, supporting OC’s revenue and capacity utilization.

DRI

Darden is the world’s largest full service restaurant company. The company operates +2000 restaurants in the U.S. and Canada, including Olive Garden, Red Lobster, LongHorn and Capital Grille. Management has been under a firestorm of criticism for poor performance. Hedgeye's Howard Penney has been at the forefront of this activist movement since early 2013, when he first identified the potential for unleashing significant value creation for Darden shareholders. Less than a year later, it looks like Penney’s plan is coming to fruition. Penney (who thinks DRI is grossly mismanaged and in need of a major overhaul) believes activists will drive material change at Darden. This would obviously be extremely bullish for shareholders and could happen fairly soon driving shares materially higher.

FXB

We remain bullish on the British Pound versus the US Dollar, a position supported over the intermediate term TREND by prudent management of interest rate policy from Mark Carney at the BOE (oriented towards hiking rather than cutting as conditions improve) and the Bank maintaining its existing asset purchase program (QE). UK high frequency data continues to offer evidence of emergent strength in the economy, and in many cases the data is outperforming that of its western European peers, which should provide further strength to the currency. In short, we believe a strengthening UK economy coupled with the comparative hawkishness of the BOE (vs. Yellen et al.) will further perpetuate #StrongPound over the intermediate term.

Three for the Road

TWEET OF THE DAY

TREASURIES: no follow through to the 1-day ramp in bond yields this wk, 10yr = 2.76% (buy bonds) @KeithMcCullough

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"Nothing is a waste of time if you use the experience wisely." - Auguste Rodin

STAT OF THE DAY

Mt. Gox said it found 200,000 "forgotten" bitcoins on March 7, a week after the Tokyo-based digital currency exchange filed for bankruptcy protection, when it lost nearly all the 850,000 bitcoins it held ($500 million at today's prices). The exchange said the bitcoins were found in an old-format online wallet which it had thought no longer held any bitcoins, but which it checked again after its bankruptcy filing. (Reuters)