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Client Talking Points

CHINA

The @Hedgeye TREND resistance at 2051 for the Shanghai Composite Index is now support. Chinese stocks followed through on the breakout signal we issued earlier this week with a +1.3% move overnight post a sequential acceleration in PMI from 50.7 to 52.0.

COPPER

Call it China or call us lucky, we’re indifferent on why pucks go in the net; Copper leading commodity gainers this morning +1.2% to $3.24/lb after holding @Hedgeye TREND support of $3.17/lb (Nickel was +1.5% yesterday to +37.6% year-to-date).

EUROPE

Germany’s Service PMI accelerated to 56.6 (World Cup), but France’s PMI dropped to 47.6 – not a straight shot economic acceleration across Europe in July, so be careful here; especially if DAX, CAC, PSI etc can’t recapture TREND supports.

Asset Allocation

CASH 28% US EQUITIES 4%
INTL EQUITIES 12% COMMODITIES 18%
FIXED INCOME 22% INTL CURRENCIES 16%

Top Long Ideas

Company Ticker Sector Duration
HOLX

Hologic is emerging from an extremely tough period which has left investors wary of further missteps. In our view, Hologic and its new management are set to show solid growth over the next several years. We have built two survey tools to track and forecast the two critical elements that will drive this acceleration.  The first survey tool measures 3-D Mammography placements every month.  Recently we have detected acceleration in month over month placements.  When Hologic finally receives a reimbursement code from Medicare, placements will accelerate further, perhaps even sooner.  With our survey, we'll see it real time. In addition to our mammography survey. We've been running a monthly survey of OB/GYNs asking them questions to help us forecast the rest of Hologic's businesses, some of which have been faced with significant headwinds. Based on our survey, we think those headwinds are fading. If the Affordable Care Act actually manages to reduce the number of uninsured, Hologic is one of the best positioned companies.

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.

LM

Legg Mason reported its month ending asset-under-management for April at the beginning of the week with a very positive result in its fixed income segment. The firm cited “significant” bond inflows for the month which we calculated to be over $2.3 billion. To contextualize this inflow amount we note that the entire U.S. mutual fund industry had total bond fund inflows of just $8.4 billion in April according to the Investment Company Institute, which provides an indication of the strong win rate for Legg alone last month. We also point out on a forward looking basis that the emerging trends in the mutual fund marketplace are starting to favor fixed income which should translate into accelerating positive trends at leading bond fund managers. Fixed income inflow is outpacing equities thus far in the second quarter of 2014 for the first time in 9 months which reflects the emerging defensive nature of global markets which is a good environment for leading fixed income houses including Legg Mason.

Three for the Road

TWEET OF THE DAY

TREASURIES: 10yr 2.48% doesn't care much for the no-volume mo bro chasing in US Equities

@KeithMcCullough

 

QUOTE OF THE DAY

Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant.

-Robert Louis Stevenson

STAT OF THE DAY

Putin’s Russia is leading losers today down -0.9%; year-to-date, it’s down -9.4%.

 


CHART OF THE DAY: Harbinger? China's Bearish-to-Bullish Reversal

CHART OF THE DAY: Harbinger? China's Bearish-to-Bullish Reversal - Chart of the Day

 

Chinese Stocks (Shanghai Composite) closed up another +1.3% last night after China’s best PMI in 18 months.


Getting Out Of The Way

“Why would we ever predict when we can know?”

-Dan Heath

 

Great question. I guess that’s why some people like to trade on inside information.

 

In Global Macro Risk Management, there is no inside information. Or at least not the hard core stuff like Galleon used to get. Maybe there was back in the day when someone could literally call their boy at the Bank of England and just get the next rate move prior to it being announced. But even the biggest bureaucrat on the planet is scared of orange-jump-suit-risk #accelerating at this stage of the game.

 

As the game changes, our #process does. We believe that the best prediction of the future is based on what we already know. I’ve spent a lot of time talking to investors about how our models work. Sometimes at least 2/3 of our forecast is based on what we already know. In other words, we use real-time data and measure its rate of change vs. historical data in order to gauge a forward looking probability.

 

Getting Out Of The Way - wallstreet 120370032

 

Back to the Global Macro Grind

 

Thinking in rate of change (slope) and probability terms works a heck of a lot better than the ‘I’m smart and it feels like’ this is going to happen approach. Most of that spew anchors on what already happened – not on the measurable factors underneath the hood that could cause whatever happened to undergo a phase transition.

 

There are those two thermodynamic risk management words again – phase transitions. To put that in the most simpleton speak I can, there are two types of phase transitions I really care about:

 

  1. Bearish to bullish TREND reversals
  2. Bullish to bearish TREND reversals

 

While always considering our intermediate-term TREND duration within the context of our other durations (TRADE and TAIL) is critical, when something undergoes a phase transition on our TREND duration, that something often ends up becoming the best calls we make.

 

Don’t forget that if you go both ways like I do (don’t think dirty – think hockey: back-check, fore-check, paycheck), sometimes the most important call to make is to get out of the way.

 

How do you do that?

 

  1. If you’re short and something is going from bearish to bullish = COVER
  2. If you’re long and something is going from bullish to bearish = SELL

 

If you’re a longer-term investor, just cover or sell some. Only average players take coaching personally.

 

If you analyze your P&L across your entire career, what you’ll realize is that your performance distribution has big tails (i.e. your biggest losers kill you). Since risk management Rule #1 is don’t lose $$, that makes getting out of stuff really important.

 

Who gets you out?

 

We know who gets you in. Every bank, broker, and buds out there is trying to get you into what they get paid on next. This is Wall Street don’t forget. But getting you out of your “best idea” (might be your marriage too!) before it’s about to go really bad, #priceless.

 

I didn’t know what I was going to write about this morning (I usually don’t – I have 45 minutes to write something before it gets edited), so I certainly hope you can poke holes at this. I can.

 

I can poke holes at every single idea we have; especially if my intermediate-term TREND signal is reversing versus the desired direction of the position. Maybe that’s why a lot of PM’s ask me to scrub their portfolios (we call it a Ticker Scrub). It’s so easy a Mucker can do it.

 

What looks greasy dirty out there right now? (i.e. what is signaling a bearish to bullish TREND reversal):

 

  1. Chinese Stocks (Shanghai Comp) which closed up another +1.3% last night after China’s best PMI in 18 months
  2. Copper prices are up another +1.2% this morning to $3.24/lb after breaking out above @Hedgeye TREND
  3. US Equity Volatility (VIX) as the front month makes a series of higher-all-time-lows

 

Greasy? Yeah, you know – like when I score a goal in men’s league hockey off my elbow. I’m getting older and slower, so I love those. And I really love seeing something breakout for fundamental reasons that neither I nor my analysts can see. Those are beauties.

 

Is there anything better in this business than that? When all of the super smart people in this world are all wrong, at the same time, for the wrong reasons? Most of the time no super duper slide deck can arrest gravity.

 

Embrace the uncertainty out there. I can guarantee you’ll be really wrong less times. And you’ll smile more often too. After all, playing this game is a lot more fun when you can know how to be right by not being really wrong. You just have to know when to get out of the way.

 

Our immediate-term Global Macro Risk Ranges are now as follows:

 

UST 10yr Yield 2.45-2.51%

SPX 1

RUT 1134-1164

Shanghai Comp 2051-2099

VIX 10.32-12.51  

WTI Oil 101.75-104.15

Gold 1

Copper 3.17-3.28

 

Best of luck out there today,

KM

 

 

Keith R. McCullough
Chief Executive Officer

 

Getting Out Of The Way - Chart of the Day


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THE HEDGEYE DAILY OUTLOOK

TODAY’S S&P 500 SET-UP – July 24, 2014


As we look at today's setup for the S&P 500, the range is 28 points or 1.16% downside to 1964 and 0.25% upside to 1992.             

                                                                                                                  

SECTOR PERFORMANCE

 

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EQUITY SENTIMENT:

 

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CREDIT/ECONOMIC MARKET LOOK:

  • YIELD CURVE: 2.01 from 2.00
  • VIX closed at 11.52 1 day percent change of -5.88%

 

MACRO DATA POINTS (Bloomberg Estimates):

  • 8:30am: Init. Jobless Claims, July 19, est. 307k (prior 302k)
  • Continuing Claims, July 21, est. 2.510m (prior 2.707m)
  • 9:45am: Bloomberg Consumer Comfort, July 20 (prior 37.5)
  • 9:45am: Markit US Mfg PMI, July prelim, est. 57.5 (prior 57.3)
  • 10am: New Home Sales, June, est. 475k (prior 504k)
  • 10:30am: DOE Energy Inventories
  • 11am: Kansas City Fed Mfg Activity, July, est. 6 (prior 6)
  • 1pm: U.S. to sell $15b 10Y TIPS

 

GOVERNMENT:

    • 7:30am: RNC’s Priebus speaks at Nat’l Urban League Conf.
    • 9:30am: House Veterans Affairs Cmte hears from Acting VA Secretary Sloan Gibson on restoring agency trust
    • 10am: House Rules Cmte considers resolution providing authority to sue President Obama
    • 11:30am: House Speaker John Boehner holds press briefing
    • 12pm: Senate and House Democrats holds news conference to call on Congress to raise national minimum wage
    • U.S. ELECTION WRAP: Georgia Turnout; Ads; Walsh’s Thesis

 

WHAT TO WATCH:

  • Dimon, JPMorgan board win dismissal of investor Madoff suit
  • SEC sends McGraw Hill Wells notice on CMBS graded by S&P
  • Hamas says no sign of breakthrough in Gaza cease-fire talks
  • FAA ends ban on U.S. airlines’ flights to Israel’s airport
  • Bombardier to cut 1,800 jobs amid struggle to sell CSeries jet
  • Wal-Mart told by Delaware court to provide bribery probe files
  • Euro-area PMI surveys signal economic activity is picking up
  • Nokia boosts margin forecast after earnings beat ests.
  • Unilever 2Q underlying sales growth misses estimates
  • Reckitt Benckiser said to move toward spinoff of Suboxone unit
  • Record student-loan debt prompts Treasury to stem defaults
  • House Rules Cmte considers lawsuit against President Obama

 

AM EARNS:

    • 3M (MMM) 7:30am, $1.91
    • Airgas (ARG) 7:30am, $1.18
    • Alaska Air Group (ALK) 6:01am, $1.11
    • Alexion Pharmaceuticals (ALXN) 6:30am, $1.07 - Preview
    • American Airlines (AAL) 8am, $1.96 - Preview
    • AmerisourceBergen (ABC) 7am, $0.92 - Preview
    • BankUnited (BKU) 7:30am, $0.45
    • Bemis (BMS) 7am, $0.64
    • Boston Scientific (BSX) 7am, $0.19 - Preview
    • Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMY) 7:30am, $0.45 - Preview
    • Brunswick (BC) 7:39am, $0.91
    • Cameron Intl (CAM) 7:30am, $0.87
    • Caterpillar (CAT) 7:30am, $1.51 - Preview
    • Celgene (CELG) 7:33am, $0.89 - Preview
    • CMS Energy (CMS) 8am, $0.27
    • Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) 7:30am, $0.88 - Preview
    • Dana Holding (DAN) 7am, $0.51
    • Diamond Offshore Drilling (DO) 6am, $0.56 - Preview
    • DR Horton (DHI) 7am, $0.49 - Preview
    • Dr Pepper Snapple (DPS) 8am, $0.91 - Preview
    • Dunkin’ Brands (DNKN) 6am, $0.47
    • Eli Lilly & Co (LLY) 6:30am, $0.65 - Preview
    • Encana (ECA CN) 6am, $0.24 - Preview
    • EQT (EQT) 7am, $0.85
    • FLIR Systems (FLIR) 7:30am, $0.34
    • Ford Motor Co (F) 6:30am, $0.36 - Preview
    • General Motors (GM) 7:35am, $0.59 - Preview
    • Gentex (GNTX) 9:15am, $0.47
    • Graphic Packaging (GPK) 7:30am, $0.17
    • Hershey (HSY) 7am  $0.76
    • Husky Energy (HSE CN) 7am, C$0.70 - Preview
    • Jarden (JAH) 7:05am, $0.90
    • JetBlue Airways (JBLU) 7:30am, $0.19
    • KKR (KKR) 8am, $0.65
    • Lazard (LAZ) 7am, $0.57
    • Loblaw (L CN) 6:30am, C$0.67 - Preview
    • Marriott Vacations (VAC) 8am, $0.75
    • NASDAQ OMX Group (NDAQ) 7am, $0.68
    • National Penn Bancshares (NPBC) 6:50am, $0.18
    • Noble Energy (NBL) 7:27am, $0.79
    • Nucor (NUE) 9am, $0.40 - Preview
    • Patterson-UTI Energy (PTEN) 6am, $0.32
    • Pinnacle Entertainment (PNK) 6:30am, $0.46
    • Popular (BPOP) 7am, $0.70
    • Potash of Saskatchewan (POT CN) 6am, $0.45 - Preview
    • Precision Drilling (PD CN) 6am, C$(0.00) - Preview
    • PulteGroup (PHM) 6:30am, $0.25 - Preview
    • Quest Diagnostics (DGX) 7am, $1.06
    • Raytheon (RTN) 7am, $1.59 - Preview
    • Realty Income (O) 9:15am, $0.23
    • Reliance Steel & Aluminum (RS) 8:50am, $1.38
    • Rogers Communications (RCI/B CN) 6:50am, C$0.84 - Preview
    • Royal Caribbean Cruises (RCL) 8:36am, $0.53
    • Sigma-Aldrich (SIAL) 8am, $1.10
    • Southwest Airlines (LUV) 6:30am, $0.61
    • Starwood Hotels & Resorts (HOT) 6am  $0.76
    • Supervalu (SVU) 8am, $0.17 - Preview
    • T Rowe Price (TROW) 7:30am, $1.12
    • Under Armour (UA) 7am, $0.07 - Preview
    • Union Pacific (UNP) 8am, $1.43
    • United Continental (UAL) 7:30am, $2.19 - Preview
    • USG (USG) 8:30am, $0.42
    • Wyndham Worldwide (WYN) 6:30am, $1.14
    • Zimmer Holdings (ZMH) 7am, $1.49

 

PM EARNS:

    • Align Technology (ALGN) 4pm, $0.39
    • Altera (ALTR) 4:15pm, $0.37
    • Amazon.com (AMZN) 4:05pm, $(0.15) - Preview
    • Baidu (BIDU) 4:30pm, $8.66
    • Cerner (CERN) 4:01pm, $0.40 - Preview
    • Chicago Bridge & Iron (CBI) 4:01pm, $1.28
    • Chubb (CB) 4:02pm, $1.90
    • CR Bard (BCR) 4:05pm, $2.01
    • Deckers Outdoor (DECK) 4:05pm, $(1.29)
    • Flextronics Intl (FLEX) 4:01pm, $0.23
    • Freescale Semiconductor (FSL) 4:05pm, $0.37
    • Ingram Micro (IM) 4:04pm, $0.52
    • KLA-Tencor (KLAC) 4:15pm, $0.86
    • Leggett & Platt (LEG) 4:05pm, $0.46
    • Maxim Integrated (MXIM) 4:01pm, $0.47
    • NetSuite (N) 4:08pm, $0.03
    • Olin (OLN) 5:05pm, $0.45
    • Pandora Media (P) 4:02pm, $0.03
    • Principal Financial (PFG) 4pm, $1.01
    • Regal Entertainment (RGC) 4:01pm, $0.27
    • Republic Services (RSG) 4:05pm, $0.49
    • RF Micro Devices (RFMD) 4pm, $0.17
    • Riverbed Technology (RVBD) 4:05pm, $0.26
    • SBA Communications (SBAC) 4:01pm, $0.02
    • Sensient Technologies (SXT) 5:29pm, $0.79
    • SolarWinds (SWI) 4:01pm, $0.37
    • Starbucks (SBUX) 4:05pm, $0.66 - Preview
    • Stericycle (SRCL) 4:02pm, $1.03
    • Swift Transportation (SWFT) 4:02pm, $0.33
    • Tempur Sealy Intl (TPX) 4:05pm, $0.41 - Preview
    • Universal Health (UHS) 5:01pm, $1.25
    • Validus (VR) 4:39pm, $1.47
    • VeriSign (VRSN) 4:05pm, $0.65
    • Visa (V) 4:05pm, $2.10

 

COMMODITY/GROWTH EXPECTATION (HEADLINES FROM BLOOMBERG)

  • Trafigura Unit Seeks to Limit Metals Liability at Qingdao Port
  • Cotton Crop in India Set for Record as Farmers Shun Oilseeds
  • Coffee Growers in Vietnam Seen Harvesting Bigger Crops on Yields
  • Butter at 16-Year High as U.S. Exports Cut Reserves: Commodities
  • Potash Corp. Raises Profit Forecast as Fertilizer Buyers Return
  • Gold Declines to One-Week Low as U.S. Outlook Curbs Haven Demand
  • Japan-Indonesia Power Plant Said to Miss Finance Deadline Again
  • Rebar Retreats to Five-Week Low in Shanghai as Iron Ore Slumps
  • WTI Oil Declines After U.S. Gasoline Supplies Rise; Brent Steady
  • Palladium Gain Sets Up Platinum Switch in Cars: Chart of the Day
  • India to Sell 25% of State Wheat Stockpiles to Cool Prices
  • Albany Nears Oil-Hub Status as 100-Car Trains Jam Port: Freight
  • Palm Oil Climbs From 11-Month Low as Soybeans Extend Rebound
  • Australian Southeast Seen Drier as El Nino Predicted for Harvest

 

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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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