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LABOR DATA SOFTENS SLIGHTLY

Takeaway: Labor weakens a bit, on the margin.

Converging Toward Zero

After a very strong print last week, the labor data took a small step back this week with the rate of change slowing on both a 1-week and 4-week rolling basis. As we've stated often, it's important to remember that initial jobless claims reach a frictional level that they're unlikely to drop much below. This is not dissimilar from the unemployment hitting its frictional bottom at around 4%, i.e. "full employment". As such, as the level of initial claims approach that frictional bottom (~300k), one should expect the rate of change to converge toward zero. The question is, is there a conspicuous trend-line deviation in that rate of change?

 

With that being said, the data had recently been running at a fairly steady rate of ~10% improvement year-over-year. That is to say, claims are lower by 10% this year vs. last. This week saw claims better by around 6.5%, which is a deceleration vs the recent trend, but not out of line with the converging trend towards zero.

 

Bottom line: labor's still improving, but at a slowing rate.

 

The Data

Prior to revision, initial jobless claims rose 13k to 293k from 280k WoW, as the prior week's number was revised up by 1k to 281k.

 

The headline (unrevised) number shows claims were higher by 12k WoW. Meanwhile, the 4-week rolling average of seasonally-adjusted claims fell -1.25k WoW to 298.5k.

 

The 4-week rolling average of NSA claims, which we consider a more accurate representation of the underlying labor market trend, was -6.0% lower YoY, which is a sequential deterioration versus the previous week's YoY change of -7.3%

 

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The 2-10 spread rose 8 basis points WoW to 205 bps. 3Q14TD, the 2-10 spread is averaging 199 bps, which is lower by -21 bps relative to 2Q14.

 

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Joshua Steiner, CFA

 

Jonathan Casteleyn, CFA, CMT

 


Hedgeye Raises More Than $56,000 for Bridgeport Youth Program in Inaugural Charity Golf Tournament

Independent Financial Research Firm Raises Money for Bridgeport Caribe Youth Leaders (BCYL)

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

STAMFORD, Conn – September 25, 2014 – Hedgeye Risk Management, today announced that it has raised over $56,000 to support Bridgeport Caribe Youth Leaders (BCYL) a 501(c)(3) youth organization in Bridgeport, CT committed to engaging young people in athletic, educational and community programs. The money was raised via Hedgeye Cares 1st Annual Charity Golf Challenge, which was held September 16th at the Great River Golf Course in Milford, CT.

 

In its inaugural year, the Hedgeye tournament attracted 91 golfers. It included a full day of lunch, golf, dinner and a silent auction later in the evening. The Lincoln Motor Company was the event’s Platinum Sponsor and offered participants test drives in their newest models. Other major Sponsors included Bloomberg, Salesforce, MBIA Foundation and Firefly Space Systems.

 

“I am deeply grateful to [Hedgeye CEO] Keith McCullough and the entire Hedgeye Cares team for their generous support to the Bridgeport Caribe Youth Leaders.  Their contribution will help us to continue to provide Bridgeport youth; the environment, resources and inspiration that foster leadership skills and values.  I admire Hedgeye’s commitment to the community and BCYL and look forward to a long lasting relationship together,” said BCYL President John Torres.

 

Hedgeye Raises More Than $56,000 for Bridgeport Youth Program in Inaugural Charity Golf Tournament - Keith McCullough John Torres

 

Some of the silent auction items donated included a Martha’s Vineyard vacation, a signed jersey and hockey stick from New York Ranger forward Martin St. Louis and a round of golf at the exclusive Sebonack Golf Club in Southhampton.

 

”We’ve been enormously blessed and are just trying to give a little something back to our community here in Connecticut. John Torres and his team at Caribe are working tirelessly to give kids in Bridgeport the tools they need to become tomorrow’s leaders and success stories,” said Hedgeye CEO Keith McCullough.

 

Click below to watch video highlights.

 

ABOUT HEDGEYE RISK MANAGEMENT


Hedgeye Risk Management is an independent investment research and media firm. Focused exclusively on generating and delivering actionable investment ideas in a proven buy-side process, the firm combines quantitative, bottom-up and macro analysis with an emphasis on timing. The Hedgeye team features some of the world's most regarded research analysts, all with buy-side experience, covering Macro, Financials, Energy, Technology, Healthcare, Retail, Gaming, Lodging & Leisure (GLL), Restaurants, Industrials, Semiconductors, Consumer Staples, Internet & Media.

 

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203.562.6500



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REVISION - Retail Callouts (9/25): Farah/Burch, RL, KSS, RonJon, AMZN

Takeaway: Farah joins Tory Burch. Genius move as it preps to go public – but what a big black eye to Ralph Lauren – the person and the brand.

EVENTS TO WATCH

 

Thursday (9/25)

NKE - Earnings Call: 5:00pm

 

Friday (9/26)

FINL - Earnings Call: 8:30:am

 

COMPANY HIGHLIGHTS

 

RL - Roger Farah Joins Tory Burch as Co-CEO

(http://www.wwd.com/business-news/human-resources/roger-farah-joins-tory-burch-as-co-ceo-7941760?module=hp-topstories)

 

"Roger Farah didn’t wait long to make his next move. After stepping down as vice chairman at Ralph Lauren Corp. in May, Farah planned to take the summer off and think about new opportunities in the fall. On Wednesday, he made good on that promise — the second full day of fall."

"Farah, 61, has been named co-chief executive officer of Tory Burch, the privately held sportswear and accessories company, a new post. He was also appointed to the company’s board and took an equity stake in the business. He will report to Tory Burch, who is chairman and co-ceo."

 

REVISION - Retail Callouts (9/25): Farah/Burch, RL, KSS, RonJon, AMZN - 9 25 chart1 

Image Source: Women's Wear Daily George Chinsee

 

Takeaway:  This is a major surprise. If you didn't know that Tory Burch planned to go public, well now you know. Putting Roger Farah in the co-CEO role alongside Tory is genius. Tory's brand is clearly at the size where the eccentric/visionary founder can no longer rely on design and merchandising to take the company to the next level. But there is nobody in retail that has a more defined track record in doing this than Roger Farah (even though he was a bust in prior jobs at Foot Locker and Federated). Having Roger on board is easily good for 5-10 multiple points when it goes public. The bankers must be salivating. In fact, the bankers probably made this happen. We'd expect a deal in 12-18 months' time.  This is actually good for the space, we think. Coach is caput. Kors is losing its luster. And despite the fact that Kate's fundamentals are stellar, investors are scrutinizing every little word management utters. Having another public brand in Luxury might actually turn this into a real 'space' again. But one thing that is undeniable is that this is a colossal black eye for Ralph Lauren. Roger earned over $100mm in a decade and a half at Ralph Lauren, and then went 'part time' in November 2013. We never really heard of a 'part time' COO -- and that lasted all of six months until Roger officially retired.  RL's explanation was that 'he wants to spend more time with his family.' Either he's tired of his family...or he saw this opportunity coming down the pike all along. 

 

Former Apple retail chief Ron Johnson to launch gadget delivery service, report says

(http://appleinsider.com/articles/14/09/23/former-apple-retail-chief-ron-johnson-to-launch-gadget-delivery-service-report-says)

 

"According to a report on Tuesday, former Apple SVP of Retail Ron Johnson is looking to open an on-demand delivery service for electronic devices, a sector currently being explored by the likes of Amazon, Google and others."

 

Takeaway: The funny thing here is that the reporter is referring to RonJon as the former SVP of Apple Retail. In fairness, it's written from an Apple perspective. But how quickly people forget his wrath of value destruction at JC Penney.

 

KSS - Kohl's Pulls Men's Parka After Humane Society Probe

(http://www.wwd.com/retail-news/department-stores/kohls-pulls-mens-parka-after-humane-society-probe-7940832?module=Retail-latest)

 

"In response to an investigation led by The Humane Society of the United States Kohl's has stopped selling a men's R&O parka with fur trim that was being marketed as faux fur."

"Kohl's said 'No such authorization was given here. Once aware that the product was made with real fur, Kohl's immediately removed the product from our website.'"

 

Takeaway: Nothing to make a big deal about unless you are a red paint thrower. Just another whoops for the quality control team. This is the 2nd time in 2 years that the company peddled mislabeled fur products on its site. The fine for this type of offense = $16,000, that is if someone wants to go to the trouble of bringing a civil suit to court. All in, this is pretty much a non-event.

 

OTHER NEWS

 

HBC - Saks Fifth Avenue Heads Downtown

(http://online.wsj.com/articles/saks-fifth-avenue-heads-downtown-1411560305)

 

"Hudson's Bay expects to open a 85,000-square-foot Saks Fifth Avenue store at Brookfield Place in spring 2016 and a 55,000-square-foot Saks Fifth Avenue Off Fifth discount outlet in fall 2017 at One Liberty Plaza."

 

Caroline Brown Said Headed to Donna Karan

(http://www.wwd.com/business-news/human-resources/brown-said-headed-to-donna-karan-7942281?module=hp-topstories)

 

"Sources indicated Wednesday that Caroline Brown’s new job will be as chief executive officer of Donna Karan International, succeeding Mark Weber. WWD reported Wednesday that Brown was stepping down as president at Carolina Herrera at the end of the year to take on a new job, which could not immediately be learned."

 

AMZN - DHL Beats Amazon, Google to First Planned Drone Delivery

(http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-09-25/dhl-beats-amazon-google-to-first-scheduled-drone-delivery.html)

 

"Deutsche Post AG, Europe’s largest postal service, is about to begin deliveries of medication and other urgent goods to the island of Juist using unmanned helicopters after securing approval from state and federal transport ministries and air traffic control authorities to operate in a restricted flight area. The vehicles, called parcelcopters, will operate from tomorrow, weather permitting, and fly for four to six weeks in the pilot project, the Bonn-based company said yesterday."

 

HAS, DIS, MAT - Hasbro Swipes Disney’s ‘Frozen,’ Princess Licenses

(http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-09-24/hasbro-swipes-disney-s-frozen-princess-licenses-from-mattel.html)

"In a major coup, the company known for Transformers and G.I. Joe announced yesterday that it secured the doll license starting in 2016 for two juggernauts of the girls toy aisle with Walt Disney Co.’s “Frozen” and Princess brands. Even better for Hasbro is that it’s taking the rights to make Elsa and Cinderella figurines from larger rival, Mattel Inc."

 

AMZN - Amazon’s Twitter E-Commerce Integration Now Adds To Your Wish List With An #AmazonWishList Tweet

(http://marketingland.com/amazon-twitter-extend-e-commerce-ties-amazonwishlist-101171)

 

"Amazon expanded its Twitter e-commerce integration today, giving users the ability to add to Amazon wish lists using the hashtag #AmazonWishList in a reply to a tweet."

"In May Amazon launched a variant of this feature that enabled customers to drop items they discovered on Twitter into their shopping carts — using #AmazonCart in replies."


REVISION - Retail Callouts (9/25): Farah/Burch, RL, KSS, RonJon, AMZN

Takeaway: Farah joins Tory Burch. Genius move as it preps to go public – but what a big black eye to Ralph Lauren – the person and the brand.

EVENTS TO WATCH

 

Thursday (9/25)

NKE - Earnings Call: 5:00pm

 

Friday (9/26)

FINL - Earnings Call: 8:30am

 

COMPANY HIGHLIGHTS

 

RL - Roger Farah Joins Tory Burch as Co-CEO

(http://www.wwd.com/business-news/human-resources/roger-farah-joins-tory-burch-as-co-ceo-7941760?module=hp-topstories)

 

  • "Roger Farah didn’t wait long to make his next move. After stepping down as vice chairman at Ralph Lauren Corp. in May, Farah planned to take the summer off and think about new opportunities in the fall. On Wednesday, he made good on that promise — the second full day of fall."
  • "Farah, 61, has been named co-chief executive officer of Tory Burch, the privately held sportswear and accessories company, a new post. He was also appointed to the company’s board and took an equity stake in the business. He will report to Tory Burch, who is chairman and co-ceo."

 REVISION - Retail Callouts (9/25): Farah/Burch, RL, KSS, RonJon, AMZN - 9 25 chart1

Image Source: Women's Wear Daily, George Chinsee

 

Takeaway:  This is a major surprise. If you didn't know that Tory Burch planned to go public, well now you know. Putting Roger Farah in the co-CEO role alongside Tory is genius. Tory's brand is clearly at the size where the eccentric/visionary founder can no longer rely on design and merchandising to take the company to the next level. But there is nobody in retail that has a more defined track record in doing this than Roger Farah (even though he was a bust in prior jobs at Foot Locker and Federated). Having Roger on board is easily good for 5-10 multiple points when it goes public. The bankers must be salivating. In fact, the bankers probably made this happen. We'd expect a deal in 12-18 months' time.  This is actually good for the space, we think. Coach is caput. Kors is losing its luster. And despite the fact that Kate's fundamentals are stellar, investors are scrutinizing every little word management utters. Having another public brand in Luxury might actually turn this into a real 'space' again. But one thing that is undeniable is that this is a colossal black eye for Ralph Lauren. Roger earned over $100mm in a decade and a half at Ralph Lauren, and then went 'part time' in November 2013. We never really heard of a 'part time' COO -- and that lasted all of six months until Roger officially retired.  RL's explanation was that 'he wants to spend more time with his family.' Either he's tired of his family...or he saw this opportunity coming down the pike all along. 

 

Former Apple retail chief Ron Johnson to launch gadget delivery service, report says

(http://appleinsider.com/articles/14/09/23/former-apple-retail-chief-ron-johnson-to-launch-gadget-delivery-service-report-says)

 

  • "According to a report on Tuesday, former Apple SVP of Retail Ron Johnson is looking to open an on-demand delivery service for electronic devices, a sector currently being explored by the likes of Amazon, Google and others."

 

Takeaway: The funny thing here is that the reporter is referring to RonJon as the former SVP of Apple Retail. In fairness, it's written from an Apple perspective. But how quickly people forget his wrath of value destruction at JC Penney.

 

KSS - Kohl's Pulls Men's Parka After Humane Society Probe

(http://www.wwd.com/retail-news/department-stores/kohls-pulls-mens-parka-after-humane-society-probe-7940832?module=Retail-latest)

 

  • "In response to an investigation led by The Humane Society of the United States Kohl's has stopped selling a men's R&O parka with fur trim that was being marketed as faux fur."
  • "Kohl's said 'No such authorization was given here. Once aware that the product was made with real fur, Kohl's immediately removed the product from our website.'"

Takeaway: Nothing to make a big deal about unless you are a red paint thrower. Just another whoops for the quality control team. This is the 2nd time in 2 years that the company peddled mislabeled fur products on its site. The fine for this type of offense = $16,000, that is if someone wants to go to the trouble of brining a civil suit to court. All in, this is pretty much a non-event. 

 

 

OTHER NEWS

 

HBC - Saks Fifth Avenue Heads Downtown

(http://online.wsj.com/articles/saks-fifth-avenue-heads-downtown-1411560305)

 

  • "Hudson's Bay expects to open a 85,000-square-foot Saks Fifth Avenue store at Brookfield Place in spring 2016 and a 55,000-square-foot Saks Fifth Avenue Off Fifth discount outlet in fall 2017 at One Liberty Plaza."

 

Caroline Brown Said Headed to Donna Karan

(http://www.wwd.com/business-news/human-resources/brown-said-headed-to-donna-karan-7942281?module=hp-topstories)

 

  • "Sources indicated Wednesday that Caroline Brown’s new job will be as chief executive officer of Donna Karan International, succeeding Mark Weber. WWD reported Wednesday that Brown was stepping down as president at Carolina Herrera at the end of the year to take on a new job, which could not immediately be learned."

 

AMZN - DHL Beats Amazon, Google to First Planned Drone Delivery

(http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-09-25/dhl-beats-amazon-google-to-first-scheduled-drone-delivery.html)

 

  • "Deutsche Post AG, Europe’s largest postal service, is about to begin deliveries of medication and other urgent goods to the island of Juist using unmanned helicopters after securing approval from state and federal transport ministries and air traffic control authorities to operate in a restricted flight area. The vehicles, called parcelcopters, will operate from tomorrow, weather permitting, and fly for four to six weeks in the pilot project, the Bonn-based company said yesterday."

 

HAS, DIS, MAT - Hasbro Swipes Disney’s ‘Frozen,’ Princess Licenses

(http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-09-24/hasbro-swipes-disney-s-frozen-princess-licenses-from-mattel.html)

  • "In a major coup, the company known for Transformers and G.I. Joe announced yesterday that it secured the doll license starting in 2016 for two juggernauts of the girls toy aisle with Walt Disney Co.’s “Frozen” and Princess brands. Even better for Hasbro is that it’s taking the rights to make Elsa and Cinderella figurines from larger rival, Mattel Inc."

 

AMZN - Amazon’s Twitter E-Commerce Integration Now Adds To Your Wish List With An #AmazonWishList Tweet

(http://marketingland.com/amazon-twitter-extend-e-commerce-ties-amazonwishlist-101171)

 

  • "Amazon expanded its Twitter e-commerce integration today, giving users the ability to add to Amazon wish lists using the hashtag #AmazonWishList in a reply to a tweet."
  • "In May Amazon launched a variant of this feature that enabled customers to drop items they discovered on Twitter into their shopping carts — using #AmazonCart in replies."

ICI Fund Flow Survey - Slippery Slope for U.S. Stock Funds

Takeaway: Moving into the seasonally weakest part of the year, U.S. equity fund flows continue to create a slippery slope

Investment Company Institute Mutual Fund Data and ETF Money Flow:

 

In the most recent 5 day period ending September 17th, U.S. equity fund flow continued dire intermediate term trends with another $1.9 billion redeemed by investors. This now makes 20 of 21 weeks of outflow heading into the seasonally soft 4th quarter which could exacerbate the ongoing trend. Our research shows that despite these already substantial losses in the U.S. equity fund category over the past 5 months which total over $50 billion, that the average draw down in U.S. stock funds since 2007 has averaged 42 weeks with over $115 billion lost, so trends could continue on their downward slope. We continue to be cautious on shares of T Rowe Price (TROW) and Janus Capital (JNS) as we round out the rest of the year. 

 

ICI Fund Flow Survey - Slippery Slope for U.S. Stock Funds - Drawdown table

 

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Total equity mutual funds had slight inflow in the most recent 5 day period ending September 17th with a $157 million subscription into all stock funds as reported by the Investment Company Institute. The composition of flow trends continued to be weighted towards International stock funds with a $2.1 billion inflow buffering another meaningful outflow of $1.9 billion in U.S. stock funds. The inflow in International funds makes it a perfect 37 for 37, i.e. inflows in all 37 weeks of 2014. Conversely however, domestic trends continue to be very soft with now 20 of 21 weeks of outflow now totaling over $50 billion lost. The running year-to-date weekly average for all equity fund flow continues to decline and now settles at a $1.3 billion inflow, now well below the $3.0 billion weekly average inflow from 2013. 

 

Fixed income mutual fund flow had a hiccup in the most recent ICI data booking a modest outflow with the culprit being taxable bonds. Taxable fixed income put up its first outflow in a month and a half with a $1.2 billion redemption. Intermediate term trends are still quite positive however for taxable fixed income with 30 of the past 32 weeks having had positive subscriptions. Municipal or tax-free bond funds in the most recent survey put up a $517 million inflow, making it 35 of 36 weeks with positive subscriptions. The 2014 weekly average for fixed income mutual funds now stands at a $1.9 billion weekly inflow, an improvement from 2013's weekly average outflow of $1.5 billion, but still a far cry from the $5.8 billion weekly average inflow from 2012 (our view of the blow off top in bond fund inflow). 

 

ETF results were mixed during the week with substantial inflows into equity funds but redemptions in passive fixed income products. Equity ETFs put up a $10.1 billion subscription, the biggest inflow in 3 months, while fixed income ETFs suffered a $1.8 billion outflow, also the most meaningful redemption in 12 weeks. The 2014 weekly averages are now a $1.9 billion weekly inflow for equity ETFs and a $788 million weekly inflow for fixed income ETFs. 

 

The net of total equity mutual fund and ETF trends against total bond mutual fund and ETF flows totaled a positive $12.9 billion spread for the week ($10.3 billion of total equity inflow versus the $2.6 billion outflow within fixed income; positive numbers imply greater money flow to stocks; negative numbers imply greater money flow to bonds). The 52 week moving average has been $3.9 billion (more positive money flow to equities), with a 52 week high of $31.0 billion (more positive money flow to equities) and a 52 week low of -$37.5 billion (negative numbers imply more positive money flow to bonds for the week). The 52 week moving average chart displays the declining demand for all equity products (funds and ETFs) for the safety and security of fixed income. 

 

Mutual fund flow data is collected weekly from the Investment Company Institute (ICI) and represents a survey of 95% of the investment management industry's mutual fund assets. Mutual fund data largely reflects the actions of retail investors. Exchange traded fund (ETF) information is extracted from Bloomberg and is matched to the same weekly reporting schedule as the ICI mutual fund data. According to industry leader Blackrock (BLK), U.S. ETF participation is 60% institutional investors and 40% retail investors.   

 

ICI Fund Flow Survey - Slippery Slope for U.S. Stock Funds - ICI chart1

 

 

 

 

Most Recent 12 Week Flow in Millions by Mutual Fund Product:

 

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ICI Fund Flow Survey - Slippery Slope for U.S. Stock Funds - ICI chart8

 

 

Most Recent 12 Week Flow Within Equity and Fixed Income Exchange Traded Funds:

 

ICI Fund Flow Survey - Slippery Slope for U.S. Stock Funds - ICI chart9

 

ICI Fund Flow Survey - Slippery Slope for U.S. Stock Funds - ICI chart10

 

 

Net Results:

 

The net of total equity mutual fund and ETF trends against total bond mutual fund and ETF flows totaled a positive $12.9 billion spread for the week ($10.3 billion of total equity inflow versus the $2.6 billion outflow within fixed income; positive numbers imply greater money flow to stocks; negative numbers imply greater money flow to bonds). The 52 week moving average has been $3.9 billion (more positive money flow to equities), with a 52 week high of $31.0 billion (more positive money flow to equities) and a 52 week low of -$37.5 billion (negative numbers imply more positive money flow to bonds for the week). The 52 week moving average chart displays the declining demand for all equity products (funds and ETFs) for the safety and security of fixed income. 

 

 

ICI Fund Flow Survey - Slippery Slope for U.S. Stock Funds - ICI chart11 

 

 

 

Jonathan Casteleyn, CFA, CMT 

 

 

 

Joshua Steiner, CFA


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