Pawning UnionPay out of the casinos



There has been a lot of speculation that the Macau Government wants UnionPay retail outlets off the casino floors.  When the UnionPay issue surfaced last month we had heard that a couple of casinos moved those shops in to lobby and mall areas.  Recently, Bloomberg reported that the Macau Monetary Authority (MMA) actually notified the shops individually that they need to move by July 1st.  The only confirmation of this came from SJM CEO, Ambrose this week.


As you can see from the following chart, most of the big casinos maintained UnionPay retail outlets on their casino floors with the exception of Wynn Macau and MGM.  SJM’s Grand Lisboa apparently removed the UnionPay logos from pawn shops located on the casino floor.  It should be noted that Grand Lisboa offers a number of UnionPay options all around the casino.  This should be the model going forward.




Aside from the minor inconvenience, there shouldn’t be a major impact to the casinos’ GGR should the pawn shops be forced off the casino floor.  Wynn Macau and MGM should experience no impact, presumably.  Plenty of UnionPay options will remain and unless the MMA forces UnionPay completely out of the buildings, we see little sustainable impact from the rumored restrictions.  We believe the likelihood of a UnionPay ban altogether as very unlikely.

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We recently added DFRG to the Hedgeye Best Ideas list as a SHORT.


We’re hosting a conference call TODAY at 11am EST to run through our thesis and field questions.

DFRG is a high-conviction short given slowing trends, concerns over the core business, rising commodity costs, positive sentiment, valuation, and more.  Our sum-of-the-parts analysis suggests significant downside.

DFRG develops, owns and operates three fine dining restaurants: Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House, Sullivan’s Steakhouse, and Del Frisco’s Grille.  The full-service steakhouse company currently operates 40 restaurants in 20 states and primarily caters to the high end consumer.  The stock is up ~45% over the last 6 months.



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Sell #OldWall Polish

This note was originally published at 8am on May 29, 2014 for Hedgeye subscribers.

“Visual polish frequently doesn’t matter if you are getting the story right.”

-Ed Catmull (President of Pixar)


While it’s month-end-no-volume-markup time here in the US equity market, no matter where you go – and no matter how you have been positioned for the last 5 months, here we are. The score doesn’t lie; consensus expectations for #RatesRising in 2014 does.


Sure, there’s a polish to the reports and a gravitas to once great names in finance that still remain on their doors. But, to be clear, there is no responsibility in recommendation from the Old Wall anymore. Instead, every time they are wrong, “it’s different this time.”


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The right story in 2014 has been to be long slow-growth bonds and/or anything that looks like a bond (Utilities +11.5% YTD). The 10yr US Treasury yield has crashed to a fresh YTD low of 2.42% this morning. US Growth (Russell 2000) and US Consumer (XLY) stocks are down over -2% YTD. And, depending on what piece of inflation you are long (food and/or energy) you’re up +8-22% YTD.

Back to the Global Macro Grind


Yes, I hate losing. But I really hate it when people who are losing (including any of my teammates) try to say they really aren’t. This is a confirmation bias embedded in a society where no one is actually allowed to fail. Every lazy player in the league gets a trophy.


Instead of acknowledging what no Old Wall firm called (for US GDP Growth to be NEGATIVE) in Q114, all I hear are excuses instead of the most obvious call they don’t want to make – bond yields fall (and the yield curve compresses) when growth is slowing.


Sure, I have my own biases on leadership in action, transparency in process, and accountability in recommendation. And I am fully aware that on mornings like this that I can sound like the prickly coach. That’s who I am.


But who you or I are as flawed human beings doesn’t change the score. As the great Bobby Orr once said:


Forget about style; worry about results.”


Having worn a black silk dress shirt and a mauve screaming eagle tie to work on my first day on Wall Street, I’d be hard pressed to convince you that my style has been consensus over the years. What I really care about is #process.


Our #process has now signaled the biggest “surprises” to both the upside (2013) and downside (2014) in US Yields, and I’m not going to apologize for it. Unlike most macro research I used to pay for when I was in your seat, our #process goes both ways.


*Note: our process takes a full team effort – here’s what our Senior US macroeconomic analyst, Christian Drake, had to say about the 10yr bond yield crashing (-20% YTD) to 2.42% this morning:


The pro-growth panglossian contingent can take solace in the fact that after today’s negative GDP print, it can only really get better sequentially.  Q114 GDP probably wasn’t as bad as the headline and Q214 won’t be as good.” 


“Taking the average of the two quarters is the easiest smoothing adjustment and it will show we’re a high 1% economy – which is about right. #Hedgeye – we came here to drink the milk, not count the cows.”


It’s a 1-2% (at best), not a 3-4% US economy. And that’s why the 10yr is going closer to 2%, not 3%. Roger that, Dr. Drake.


Yes, I have fostered a culture of confidence. I don’t know one successful athlete who wakes up every morning not wanting to crush his or her competition. I’m not going to apologize for being that way either.


This is America – a country that I came to in the early 1990s when being a winner mattered more than being the whiner who wanted my winnings. We stand alongside you every day, committed to excellence. We refuse to accept mediocrity in big macro forecasting.


There is no I in Hedgeye and we reiterate our top non-groupthink Global Macro Themes for 2014 to-date:


  1. US #InflationAccelerating
  2. US #ConsumerSlowing
  3. US #HousingSlowdown


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


UST 10yr Yield 2.42-2.52% (bearish)

SPX 1888-1917 (bullish)

RUT 1089-1146 (bearish)

Nikkei 13905-14806 (bearish)


VIX 11.03-13.76 (bearish)

USD 79.89-80.61 (bearish)

EUR-USD 1.35-1.37 (bullish)

Pound 1.67-1.69 (bullish)


Brent Oil 109.06-110.97 (bullish)

Natural Gas 4.47-4.66 (bullish)

Gold 1249-1296 (bullish)

Copper 3.10-3.20 (bullish)


Best of luck out there today,



Keith R. McCullough
Chief Executive Officer


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TODAY’S S&P 500 SET-UP – June 12, 2014

As we look at today's setup for the S&P 500, the range is 36 points or 1.49% downside to 1915 and 0.37% upside to 1951.                                                      













  • YIELD CURVE: 2.21 from 2.21
  • VIX closed at 11.6 1 day percent change of 5.55%


MACRO DATA POINTS (Bloomberg Estimates):          

  • 8:30am: Retail Sales, May, est. 0.6% (prior 0.1%)
  • 8:30am: Import Price Index, May, est. 0.2% m/m (prior -0.4%)
  • 8:30am: Initial Jobless Claims, June 7, est. 310k (prior 312k)
  • 8:45am: Bloomberg June U.S. Economic Survey
  • 9:45am: Bloomberg Consumer Comfort, June 8 (prior 35.1)
  • 10am: Business Inventories, April, est. 0.4% (prior 0.4%)
  • 10am: Freddie Mac mortgage rates
  • 10:30am: EIA natural-gas storage change



    • President Obama meets with Australia PM Tony Abbott
    • House, Senate in session
    • Senate Approps Cmte to mark up HHS, Education, Labor, legislative branch spending bills
    • FTC Commissioner Maureen Ohlhause, House Intelligence Chairman Mike Rogers discuss future of cybersecurity at AEI
    • Senate to vote on confirmation of Stanley Fischer as Fed vice chairman, Jerome Powell for second term on Fed Board, and Lael Brainard as member of Fed Board
    • 7:30am: Abbott remarks at  U.S. Chamber of Commerce breakfast
    • 9am: Defense Dept hearing of Guantanamo Periodic Review Board for for Faez Mohammed Ahmed Al-Kandari
    • 10am: Supreme Court to issue decisions
    • 11am: CFPB Director Richard Cordray to speak at mobile fin. services field hearing in New Orleans
    • 12pm: Sens. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D.; John Barrasso, R-Wyo.; speak at Natural Gas Roundtable
    • 12:30pm: SEC Commissioner Stein joins Peterson Institute discussion on systemic risk
    • U.S. ELECTION WRAP: Democrats Seek Edge Amid GOP Splintering



  • Bank of America sways judge to reconsider SEC mortgage case
  • French govt examining all bids for Alstom energy: official
  • Intel loses EU court bid to cut record EU1.06b antitrust fine
  • Euronext delays open of cash markets on connectivity fault
  • Airbus pitches A380 jumbo jet in New York after Emirates snub
  • GM ignition-switch defect response probed by eight states
  • Amazon’s new music service said to hit snags with Universal
  • Musk plans Tesla patent move after hint of sharing with rivals
  • Mickelson not subject of Clorox trade probe, NYT reports
  • Dianping said to appoint advisers for U.S. IPO
  • LG Household still reviewing making bid for Elizabeth Arden
  • Senate plans Fed nominee confirmation votes on Fischer, Powell, Brainard
  • China money supply unexpectedly rises as new loans jump
  • E-cigarettes gain potential benefit in FDA focus on nicotine
  • Islamists extend military gains in Iraq; U.S. asked for help



    • Lululemon Athletica (LULU) 7:15am, $0.32
    • Dollarama (DOL CN) 7:30am, C$0.77
    • Finisar (FNSR) 4pm, $0.38            



  • WTI Crude Trades as High as $105.24/Bbl, Highest Since Sept. 20
  • Copper Trades Near June Low as Chinese Probe Might Curb Demand
  • Strike Curbs Palladium Supply as Auto Demand Surges: Commodities
  • Palladium Below 13-Year High as Strike Union to Meet Members
  • EU May Decide on Carbon Reform in 1st Half of 2015, Delbeke Says
  • Wheat Rises as Traders Weigh U.S. Outlook Against World Supply
  • Cocoa in London Climbs to Highest Since Aug. 2011 as Sugar Falls
  • Iron Ore Price Forecast Cut by Morgan Stanley as Supply Expands
  • Iran’s Increasing Oil Exports Challenge Obama Nuclear Sanctions
  • China’s State Reserve Said to Check Copper Purchases Amid Probe
  • California Warns of Oil-by-Rail While Keeping Data Under Wraps
  • Ghana’s Smaller Cocoa Crop Seen at Risk of Damage From Poor Rain
  • Limited Crude Oil Spare Capacity Supports Oil Price: Bull Case
  • EU Gas Traders Ignore Ukraine Offer Rejection as Talks Continue


























The Hedgeye Macro Team














Restoration Hardware: Is $RH Best Idea In All of Retail?

Takeaway: If you missed it, don’t worry. The story has so far to go. If we’re right on earnings, the stock will be well north of $200 in 3+ years.

Editor's note: This is a brief excerpt from a research note written by retail sector head Brian McGough at 10:28pm ET last night.


This quarter served as another milestone for Restoration Hardware (RH) in its march towards $11.00 in earnings, and additional proof for us that this is perhaps the best idea in all of US retail.


Restoration Hardware: Is $RH Best Idea In All of Retail? - rh


The after-hours move to $80 is nice…we’ll definitely take that. But it’d be a mistake to lose sight of the very real potential for this to be a $200+ stock over a 3-4 year time period. The EPS CAGR RH needed to get there is over 40%, and our research says it will get there. What multiple is fair for a 40% EPS grower that earns $11? Let’s say 20x, conservatively. If we’re right on earnings, we can build to a stock well above $200.  


In other words, the call is not done. It’s really just beginning.

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