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Retail Callouts (9/15): KATE, LULU, TGT, AAPL, RSH, FL, H&M

Takeaway: Moved KATE up and LULU down on our Idea List. CHKE blames TGT for miss. H&M trends accelerate – decent barometer for Global Retail.

HEDGEYE RETAIL IDEA LIST

 

Retail Callouts (9/15): KATE, LULU, TGT, AAPL, RSH, FL, H&M - 9 15 chart1

This week's changes:

The only change is that we took LULU down a notch within our Best Ideas, and we moved KATE up. We like the controversy around KATE right now, and still think it remains a very BIG idea.  We still like LULU, but the stock has been acting very well, and there's no doubt that this past quarter gave the existing management team breathing room to continue to be incompetent. We still think the new CEO will be the old CEO. But recent results might push that move out by a quarter or two.

 

 

EVENTS TO WATCH

 

Wenesday (9/17)

PIR - Earnings Call: 4:30pm

 

Thursday (9/18)

RAD - Earnings Call: 8:30am

 

 

COMPANY HIGHLIGHTS

 

TGT - Cherokee Q2 Grows Despite Weakness at Target

(http://www.wwd.com/business-news/financial/cherokee-q2-grows-despite-weakness-at-target-7907488?module=Retail-latest)

 

  • "Sales of Cherokee products at Target’s U.S. stores fell 6.8 percent during the second quarter and were down 4.6 percent during the first half. Henry Stupp, chief executive officer of the Sherman Oaks, Calif.-based brand management firm, said Target in the U.S. 'continues to experience some lingering effects of the data breach that occurred during December of 2013. While foot traffic is improving, it has not yet returned to prior levels.'"

 

Takeaway: A strong statement from a management team who relies on TGT as a vendor for over 50% of its business. For what it's worth, Cherokee accounts for only 0.04% of Target's business.  When we saw the statement, we thought "the contract must be ending soon, otherwise Cherokee wouldn't have the guts to say something like that.". But it was extended in January through Jan/2017. We'd bet that CHKE gets an angry call from someone in Minneapolis over this one.

 

H&M - August Sales

 

Retail Callouts (9/15): KATE, LULU, TGT, AAPL, RSH, FL, H&M - 9 15 chart2

 

Retail Callouts (9/15): KATE, LULU, TGT, AAPL, RSH, FL, H&M - 9 15 chart3

 

Takeaway: Big number out of H&M, with 19% growth in sales. We'd argue that this is one of the better retailers to track if you want to get a sense of directional trends in global retail. While not hugely popular in the US, the company has an extremely well diversified base for its 3,341 stores -- over 53 different countries. The US accounts for about 8% of sales, which is similar to France, the UK, and Sweden. Germany is the biggest exposure with about 22%.

 

FL - Foot Locker to offer online customers same-day delivery

(http://www.retailingtoday.com/article/foot-locker-offer-online-customers-same-day-delivery)

 

  • "Foot Locker has enlisted crowdsourced delivery service Deliv so it can offer online customers same-day delivery."
  • "Deliv's Application Programming Interface (API) connects directly to Footlocker’s website, allowing shoppers to select same-day or next day delivery for $5."

 

Retail Callouts (9/15): KATE, LULU, TGT, AAPL, RSH, FL, H&M - 9 15 chart4

 

Takeaway: Makes sense that FL is turbo charging its e-commerce offering. In the latest quarter, three of the top five e-commerce growth rates through all of retail were UnderArmour, Nike and Adidas. There's no question that the athletic brands are increasingly going around traditional wholesale accounts.

 

AAPL, RSH - AND THE 'SHOCKING PICTURE OF THE WEEK' AWARD GOES TO...RADIOSHACK & APPLE

 

Takeaway: We know Apple didn't exactly have this signage printed up in Cupertino and shipped to Suburban CT. But don't you think it would have at least some handle on how its product is advertised by third-party vendors? Scribbling 'pre-order your iPhone 6/6+' on an old whiteboard with a Sharpie doesn't exactly seem consistent with Apple's image. It is, however, consistent with Radio Shack's.

 

Retail Callouts (9/15): KATE, LULU, TGT, AAPL, RSH, FL, H&M - 9 15 chart5

 

 

OTHER NEWS

 

AdiBok - Big Investors Pressure Adidas CEO

(http://online.wsj.com/articles/adidas-ceo-under-pressure-from-shareholders-1410547096)

 

  • "Adidas  investors are putting pressure on the German sporting-goods giant to accelerate a turnaround, and even discussed with executives the possible removal of the company's longtime chief executive, according to people familiar with the matter."

 

 

AMZN - Amazon hits India tax snag

(http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/60798a7e-3caf-11e4-94feabdc0.html?siteedition=intl#axzz3DNhXnfOj)

 

  • "Amazon, which is pouring $2bn into its fast-growing ecommerce business in India, has run into regulatory trouble in the southern state of Karnataka, where tax authorities have ordered some of the online retailer’s third-party merchants to stop storing goods in its warehouses.
  • The dispute with the Karnataka government involves how much tax Amazon should pay on goods sold by third-party merchants and delivered to customers directly from its Bangalore warehouse – and in particular whether the online retailer is liable to pay Karnataka state sales taxes, as physical retailers are."

 

HBC - Saks Says No Breach of Systems in Credit Theft Scheme

(http://www.wwd.com/retail-news/department-stores/saks-says-no-breach-of-systems-in-credit-theft-scheme-7911243?module=hp-topstories)

 

  • "Saks Fifth Avenue said Friday that its network and systems weren’t compromised when six employees at its Fifth Avenue flagship here allegedly stole customers’ credit-card information and used it to purchase more than $400,000 worth of shoes, handbags and other merchandise."

 

WMT - Wal-Mart will not accept Apple Pay

(http://www.chainstoreage.com/article/wal-mart-will-not-accept-apple-pay)

 

  • "Wal-Mart Stores has no plans to join Apple’s newly-announced mobile payments system, Apple Pay, which is due to launch in October."
  • "Wal-Mart is supporting a retailer-owned mobile technology group, the Merchant Customer Exchange, which is launching its own mobile wallet application. The application, called CurrentC, is now in pilot and is expected to be rolled out nationwide in 2015, according to The Washington Post.  Best Buy is also among the retailers supporting CurrentC." 

THE HEDGEYE DAILY OUTLOOK

TODAY’S S&P 500 SET-UP – September 15, 2014


As we look at today's setup for the S&P 500, the range is 21 points or 0.43% downside to 1977 and 0.63% upside to 1998.                                                            

                                                                   

SECTOR PERFORMANCE

 

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EQUITY SENTIMENT:

 

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CREDIT/ECONOMIC MARKET LOOK:

  • YIELD CURVE: 2.04 from 2.05
  • VIX closed at 13.31 1 day percent change of 3.98%

MACRO DATA POINTS (Bloomberg Estimates):

  • 8:30am: Empire Mfg, Sept., est. 16 (prior 14.69)
  • 9:15am: Industrial Production, Aug., est. 0.3% (prior 0.4%)
  • 9:15am: Capacity Utilization, est. 79.3% (prior 79.2%)
  • 11am: U.S. to announce plans for auction of 4W bills
  • 11:30am: U.S. to sell $24b 3M bills, $23b 6M bills

 

GOVERNMENT:

    • Senate, House in session
    • 9:30am: FHA Commissioner Carol Galante speaks on future of agency at housing summit hosted by Bipartisan Policy Center
    • 3pm: Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Cmte hearing on D.C. statehood
    • 8:15pm: Hillary Clinton delivers keynote address at Cardiovascual Research Foundation’s Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics Conf.

 

WHAT TO WATCH:

  • Danaher agrees to buy Nobel Biocare for ~$2.2b in cash
  • Heineken spurned SABMiller offer, will stay independent
  • Alibaba said to raise top end of price range to <$70 vs $60-$66
  • Sinopec sells $17.5b stake in fuel unit to investors
  • Micro focus to buy Attachmate in $1.2b all-share deal
  • Denmark’s TDC to buy Norway cable provider Get AS for $2.2b
  • Ackman’s Pershing fund aims to raise $2b in Amsterdam IPO
  • ZF selling steering-venture stake to Bosch to help TRW deal
  • United Rentals, Universal Health to join S&P 500
  • Independent Scotland faces GBP14b hole in budget: study
  • Beheading spurs coalition efforts in fight vs Islamic State
  • Gold industry needs ‘cleansing’ of weakest miners: Fidelity
  • Salix’s budesonide foam for treating colitis awaits FDA verdict
  • Sony’s ‘No Good Deed’ beats ‘Guardians’ to lead NA box office
  • Citigroup, JPMorgan, others report monthly credit-card data
  • BARRON’S ROUNDUP: New AmEx, Alibaba, Lam, Popular, Allstate

              

COMMODITY/GROWTH EXPECTATION (HEADLINES FROM BLOOMBERG)

  • Commodities Extend Decline to Lowest Since ’09 on China Slowdown
  • Brent Crude Falls to Two-Year Low as China Industry Output Slows
  • Hedge Funds Lower Crop Bets to Lowest Since January: Commodities
  • Nickel Falls for Fifth Session as China Data Indicates Slowdown
  • Arabica Coffee Drops on Outlook for Rain in Brazil; Sugar Falls
  • U.K. Gas Contracts Climb Most in Two Weeks Amid Reduced Flows
  • Iron Ore Rebound Seen by Morgan Stanley as Vale Predicts $100
  • Wheat Drops Below $5 for First Time Since 2010 on Global Output
  • Steel Rebar Rises as Record Low Price Spurs Restocking Demand
  • Cotton Extends Loss in N.Y., Heads for Biggest Drop Since July
  • Gold Industry Needs ‘Cleansing’ of Weakest Miners, Fidelity Says
  • H.K. Gold Bourse Approved to Build Precious-Metal Vault in China
  • Major Hurricane Odile Set to Rake Mexico’s Baja California Sur
  • Palm Oil Seen Dropping as Mistry Has Buy Call on Planter Stocks

 

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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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European Banking Monitor: Financials CDS Wider on the Week

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European Financial CDS - Swaps mostly widened in Europe last week (28 of 38). The tide of short-term momentum around EU QE-Lite appears to be receding as swaps were down on average across the EU banks complex.

 

European Banking Monitor: Financials CDS Wider on the Week - chart1 financials cds

 

Sovereign CDS – Sovereign swaps continue to drop on a month-over-month basis. Irish sovereign swaps tightened by -3.9% (-2 bps to 50 ) and Spanish sovereign swaps widened by 7.8% (4 bps to 61).

 

European Banking Monitor: Financials CDS Wider on the Week - chart2 sovereign CDS

European Banking Monitor: Financials CDS Wider on the Week - chart3 sovereign CDS

European Banking Monitor: Financials CDS Wider on the Week - chart4 sovereign

 

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 tightened by 3 bps to 14 bps.

 

European Banking Monitor: Financials CDS Wider on the Week - chart5 Euriobor OIS Spread

 

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Beware or Reversals

Client Talking Points

EURO

Pure currency devaluation by ECB President Mario Draghi worked; saving the economy didn’t – remember what these Policies To Inflate do (it’s all about asset prices, not real economic growth). Risk range for the EUR/USD is really wide at $1.28-1.33.

RUSSELL 2000

2 straight down weeks for the Russell 2000, right back to down for 2014 year-to-date  – one of the biggest bubbles out there remains the liquidity bubble in small/mid cap stocks. The Russell 2000 is down -4% since peaking (on no volume) July 7th, 2014.

CHINA

China continued to chug along overnight with the Shanghai Comp up another +0.3% to another year-to-date high of +14%. China and India remain our 2 favorite equity markets in the world. India’s WPI down to +3.7% AUG vs 5.2% JUL. Dr. Raj winning…

Asset Allocation

CASH 36% US EQUITIES 6%
INTL EQUITIES 19% COMMODITIES 4%
FIXED INCOME 31% INTL CURRENCIES 4%

Top Long Ideas

Company Ticker Sector Duration
EDV

The Vanguard Extended Duration Treasury (EDV) is an extended duration ETF (20-30yr). Now that we have our first set of late-cycle economic indicators slowing in rate of change terms (ADP numbers and the NFP number), it's time to really think through the upcoming moves of this bond market. We are doubling down on our biggest macro call of 2014 - that U.S. growth would slow and bond yields fall in kind.

TLT

Fixed income continues to be our favorite asset class, so it should come as no surprise to see us rotate into the Shares 20+ Year Treasury Bond Fund (TLT) on the long side. In conjunction with our #Q3Slowing macro theme, we think the slope of domestic economic growth is poised to roll over here in the third quarter. In the context of what may be flat-to-decelerating reported inflation, we think the performance divergence between Treasuries, stocks and commodities may actually be set to widen over the next two to three months. This view remains counter to consensus expectations, which is additive to our already-high conviction level in this position.  Fade consensus on bonds – especially as growth slows. As it’s done for multiple generations, the 10Y Treasury Yield continues to track the slope of domestic economic growth like a glove.

RH

Restoration Hardware remains our Retail Team’s highest-conviction long idea. We think that most parts of the thesis are at least acknowledged by the market (category growth, real estate expansion), but people are absolutely missing how all the pieces are coming together to drive such outsized earnings growth over an extremely long duration. The punchline of our real estate analysis is that a) RH stores could get far bigger than even the RH bulls seem to think, b) Aside from reconfiguring 66 existing markets, there’s another 19 markets we identified where the spending rate on home furnishings by people making over $100k in income suggests that RH should expand to these markets with Design Galleries, and c) the availability and economics on large properties for all these markets are far better than people think. The consensus is looking for long-term earnings growth of 28% -- we’re looking for 45%.  

Three for the Road

TWEET OF THE DAY

India's wholesale price inflation slows (again) to +3.7% y/y AUG vs +5.2% JUL - great for India's economy

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QUOTE OF THE DAY

The first duty of a man is to think for himself.

-José Martí

STAT OF THE DAY

Gold bounces +0.5% to $1235 that is up +2.7% year-to-date (vs. Russell 2000 -0.3% year-to-date).


MONDAY MORNING RISK MONITOR: SOME GOOD, SOME BAD

Takeaway: Widening yield spreads and falling commodity prices are bullish, while falling Chinese steel pxs and dropping junk bond prices are bearish.

Current Best Ideas:

 

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Key Callouts:

* 2-10 Spread – Last week the 2-10 spread widened to 205 bps, 10 bps wider than a week ago. 

 

* Chinese Steel – Steel prices in China are now down almost 5% month-over-month and dropped 1.0% last week to 2974 yuan/ton. Big picture, Chinese steel prices are down almost by half in the past ~3 years. We use Chinese steel rebar prices to gauge Chinese construction activity, and, by extension, the health of the Chinese economy.

 

* CRB Commodity Price Index – The CRB index fell -2.9%, ending the week at 282 versus 290 the prior week. As compared with the prior month, commodity prices have decreased -2.4% We generally regard changes in commodity prices on the margin as having meaningful consumption implications.

 

* High Yield (YTM) Monitor – High Yield rates rose 22.0 bps last week, ending the week at 5.88% versus 5.66% the prior week.

 

 

Financial Risk Monitor Summary

 • Short-term(WoW): Negative / 3 of 12 improved / 4 out of 12 worsened / 5 of 12 unchanged

 • Intermediate-term(WoW): Positive / 7 of 12 improved / 3 out of 12 worsened / 2 of 12 unchanged

 • Long-term(WoW): Negative / 2 of 12 improved / 3 out of 12 worsened / 7 of 12 unchanged

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1. U.S. Financial CDS -  Swaps widened for 23 out of 27 domestic financial institutions. The sharpest increases came from mortgage insurers (MTG & RDN) and guarantors (AGO & MBI).

 

Tightened the most WoW: MMC, WFC, BAC

Widened the most WoW: TRV, AGO, XL

Tightened the most WoW: WFC, ACE, CB

Widened the most/ tightened the least MoM: MS, GS, AXP

 

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2. European Financial CDS - Swaps mostly widened in Europe last week (28 of 38). The tide of short-term momentum around EU QE-Lite appears to be receding as swaps were down on average across the EU banks complex.

 

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3. Asian Financial CDS - Swaps were modestly wider across the Asian banking complex. Swaps rose by a median 2 bps. Only Mizuho (-4 bps w/w) and Sumitomo (-3 bps w/w) were tighter.

 

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4. Sovereign CDS – Sovereign swaps continue to drop on a month-over-month basis. Irish sovereign swaps tightened by -3.9% (-2 bps to 50 ) and Spanish sovereign swaps widened by 7.8% (4 bps to 61).

 

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5. High Yield (YTM) Monitor – High Yield rates rose 22.0 bps last week, ending the week at 5.88% versus 5.66% the prior week.

 

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6. Leveraged Loan Index Monitor – The Leveraged Loan Index rose 5.0 points last week, ending at 1876.

 

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7. TED Spread Monitor – The TED spread rose 1.8 basis points last week, ending the week at 22.2 bps this week versus last week’s print of 20.4 bps.

 

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8. CRB Commodity Price Index – The CRB index fell -2.9%, ending the week at 282 versus 290 the prior week. As compared with the prior month, commodity prices have decreased -2.4% 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 tightened by 3 bps to 14 bps.

 

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10. Chinese Interbank Rate (Shifon Index) –  The Shifon Index rose 5 basis points last week, ending the week at 2.859% versus last week’s print of 2.807%. 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. Chinese Steel – Steel prices in China are now down almost 5% month-over-month and dropped 1.0% last week to 2974 yuan/ton. Big picture, Chinese steel prices are down almost by half in the past ~3 years. We use Chinese steel rebar prices to gauge Chinese construction activity, and, by extension, the health of the Chinese economy.

 

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12. 2-10 Spread – Last week the 2-10 spread widened to 205 bps, 10 bps wider than a week ago. We track the 2-10 spread as an indicator of bank margin pressure.

 

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13. XLF Macro Quantitative Setup – Our Macro team’s quantitative setup in the XLF shows 0.7% upside to TRADE resistance and 0.8% downside to TRADE support.

 

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Jonathan Casteleyn, CFA, CMT

 


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