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#TweetKeith: You Ask, Keith Answers

Hedgeye CEO Keith McCullough answers your Top-3 questions on Twitter today including how he uses his "contra stream" to gauge market sentiment and how he would land the plane if he were in Janet Yellen's shoes.



DAILY TRADING RANGES, REFRESHED

This note was originally published November 15, 2013 at 07:39 in Daily Trading Ranges

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BULLISH TRENDS

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BEARISH TRENDS

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INDONESIA’S Economic NIGHTMARE

Takeaway: We profile Indonesia’s recent hardship as further supporting evidence of our #EmergingOutflows and #AsianContagion theses.

This note was originally published August 19, 2013 at 12:07 in Macro

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SUMMARY BULLETS:

  • It’s been an especially long ~3M for investors operating in Indonesian capital and currency markets:
    • It’s benchmark equity market, the Jakarta Composite Index, is down -16.2% over that time frame, which compares to a regional median delta of -5.7%.
    • It’s currency, the Indonesian rupiah, has fallen -8% vs. the USD over the past 3M to a ~4Y-low; this -8% decline compares to a regional median delta of -1.3% over that same duration.
    • Indonesia’s 2Y and 10Y sovereign debt yields have backed up +289bps and +277bps, respectively, over the past 3M; those fixed income [price] declines compare to regional median deltas of +24bps and +85bps on the 2Y and 10Y tenors, respectively.
  • All told, the Indonesian economy and its policymakers have not done themselves any favors as it relates to protecting investors from price declines consistent with our top-down #EmergingOutflows and #AsianContagion theses.
  • The bottom-up GROWTH/INFLATION/POLICY fundamentals in Indonesia continue to deteriorate at the margins and that alone should continue to keep “the flows” from being supportive of Indonesian assets.

It’s been a long 3-4 months for investors operating in EM capital and currency markets. Since we outlined our structural bearish bias on Emerging Markets in our 4/23 presentation titled: “EMERGING MARKET CRISES: IDENTIFYING, CONTEXTUALIZING AND NAVIGATING KEY RISKS IN THE NEXT CYCLE”, the MSCI EM Index has fallen -5.1%; the JPM EM FX Index has fallen -5.8%; the JPM EM USD Bond Index (EMB) has fallen -11.3%; and the Market Vectors EM Local Currency Index (EMLC) has fallen -13.4%.

 

It’s been an especially long ~3M for investors operating in Indonesian capital and currency markets:

  • It’s benchmark equity market, the Jakarta Composite Index, is down -16.2% over that time frame, which compares to a regional median delta of -5.7%.
  • It’s currency, the Indonesian rupiah, has fallen -8% vs. the USD over the past 3M to a ~4Y-low; this -8% decline compares to a regional median delta of -1.3% over that same duration.
  • Indonesia’s 2Y and 10Y sovereign debt yields have backed up +289bps and +277bps, respectively, over the past 3M; those fixed income [price] declines compare to regional median deltas of +24bps and +85bps on the 2Y and 10Y tenors, respectively.

While the flows have certainly punished Indonesia simply for being an emerging market in 2013, we’d argue that the country’s own “fundamental misbehavior” has contributed to the aforementioned underperformance:

 

GROWTH SLOWING

Indonesia’s most recently reported real GDP growth rate of +5.8% YoY (2Q13) was the slowest rate since 3Q10 and -1.5x standard deviations below the trailing 3Y mean. On this number, Bank Indonesia (the country’s central bank) revised down its 2013 GDP forecast to “the lower end” of its [new] +5.8% to +6.2% forecast range; prior to that, they had been expecting 2013 growth to come in at +6.6%.

 

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This weekend, we received far worse news on the economic growth front: the current account deficit widened to a nominal record $9.8B in 2Q13; as a percentage of GDP, the current account deficit widened to 4.4% in 2Q13, which is also a record. In the context of capital outflows, the country will have an increasingly difficult time maintaining existing growth rates by plugging this savings/investment imbalance with outside capital. To the extent the country fails to do so, at the margins, economic growth will continue to slow.

 

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Not ironically, Indonesia scored rather poorly (5th worst out of 29 countries) on our BOP/Currency Crisis Index, which was one of the “Four Pillars” in our EM Crisis Risk Model, so today’s current account deficit-induced issues Indonesia is experiencing across its capital and currency markets (Jakarta Composite Index tanked -5.6% DoD, while the IDR also plunged -1.9% DoD vs. the USD) comes as no surprise to us.

 

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INFLATION ACCELERATING

The country’s CPI rate hit a ~4.5Y-high in JUL, accelerating to +8.6% YoY from a reading of +5.9% YoY in the prior month. While currency weakness (IDR down -9.6% YoY vs. the USD) has definitely played a major factor in the recent ramp in reported inflation readings in Indonesia, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono raised domestic fuel prices for the first time since 2008 in JUN to help curb rampant fuel subsidy costs that is eroding the fiscal balance (more on this below).

 

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We bold the word “help” in the previous sentence because, in reality, the recent fuel price hike is doing little to allay the aforementioned fiscal concerns: next year’s budget allocates 336.2 trillion rupiah ($32 billion) for total subsidies, which is little changed from the 346.4 trillion rupiah spent in the current fiscal year.

 

FISCAL AND MONETARY POLICY TIGHTENING

In the face of rampant inflation, Bank Indonesia has hiked interest rates by +75bps in the YTD, with 50bps of that tightening coming in the past two months alone (inclusive of the fuel price hike news). On Thursday, Bank Indonesia increased the country’s secondary reserve requirement ratio by +150bps to 4%.

 

Interestingly, there exists a divergence in the on-shore swaps market and the local currency sovereign debt market as it relates to the likelihood of further tightening over the NTM: 1Y OIS contracts are trading at a -140bps discount to the 6.5% benchmark reference rate; the 1Y sovereign debt yields are trading at a +63bps premium to the same rate.

 

We should expect to see this kind of confusion when in an environment of Growth Slowing as Inflation Accelerates. Also confused, it should be noted that Bank Indonesia held rates in its most recent meeting, opting for additional time to reassess the balance of risks facing the country’s beleaguered economy.

 

As it relates to Indonesia’s fiscal policy outlook, we’ll know more details later in the week when we receive the official 2014 budget outline. For now, investors can be assured of some meaningful degree of tightening, as the budget is expected to shrink the deficit/GDP ratio to 1.49% from a projected deficit equivalent to 2.4% of GDP in the current year.

 

All told, the Indonesian economy and its policymakers have not done themselves any favors as it relates to protecting investors from price declines consistent with our top-down #EmergingOutflows and #AsianContagion theses. The bottom-up GROWTH/INFLATION/POLICY fundamentals in Indonesia continue to deteriorate at the margins and that alone should continue to keep “the flows” from being supportive of Indonesian assets.

 

Darius Dale

Senior Analyst


#Bernanke Bond Bubble Update

Takeaway: The proverbial waterfall of fund flows continues out of this epic Bernanke Bond Bubble.

I had to sell that long Treasuries position. I couldn’t gut it out past the 11am EST portion of Yellen's chat yesterday.

 

The proverbial waterfall of fund flows continues out of this epic Bernanke Bond Bubble. There will be nothing “tight” about timing that – it happens slowly, then all at once (h/t Ernest Hemingway).

 

The 10-year Yield is holding its 2.64% TREND support. More to be revealed.

 

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Editor's note: This is a snippet from CEO Keith McCullough's morning research. For information on how you can become a Hedgeye subscriber please click here.


When Doves Cry

Client Talking Points

US DOLLAR

You have to separate the front-running moves (Wednesday) versus this morning because USD Down, Gold Up isn’t happening this morning. The most important line in my model is the Dollar trading inside of $81.41 TREND resistance. (EUR/USD TREND line is $1.34.)

UST 10YR YIELD

I had to sell that long Treasuries position. I couldn’t gut it out past the 11am EST portion of Janet Yellen's chat yesterday with the Senators. The proverbial waterfall of fund flows continues out of this epic Bernanke Bond Bubble. There will be nothing “tight” about timing that – it happens slowly, then all at once (h/t Ernest Hemingway). The 10-year Yield is holding its 2.64% TREND support. More to be revealed.

YEN

Rip-roaring fun for the biggest net short position in FX land! But, will the Yen break to lower-lows versus the September low versus the USD? That remains the question. We will let the market tell us on this one, but the Yen could be a long for the 1st time in a while in my model; research would back that as ECB and Fed are going to battle it out on the burning currency front

Asset Allocation

CASH 64% US EQUITIES 6%
INTL EQUITIES 8% COMMODITIES 0%
FIXED INCOME 0% INTL CURRENCIES 22%

Top Long Ideas

Company Ticker Sector Duration
FXB

Our bullish call on the British Pound was borne out of our Q4 Macro themes call. We believe the health of a nation’s economy is reflected in its currency. We remain bullish on the regime change at the BOE, replacing Governor Mervyn King with Mark Carney. In its October meeting, the Bank of England voted unanimously (9-0) to keep rates on hold and the asset purchase program unchanged.  If we look at the GBP/USD cross, we believe the UK’s hawkish monetary and fiscal policy should appreciate the GBP, as Bernanke/Yellen continue to burn the USD via delaying the call to taper.

WWW

WWW is one of the best managed and most consistent companies in retail. We’re rarely fans of acquisitions, but the recent addition of Sperry, Saucony, Keds and Stride Rite (known as PLG) gives WWW a multi-year platform from which to grow. We think that the prevailing bearish view is very backward looking and leaves out a big piece of the WWW story, which is that integration of these brands into the WWW portfolio will allow the former PLG group to achieve what it could not under its former owner (most notably – international growth, and leverage a more diverse selling infrastructure in the US). Furthermore it will grow without needing to add the capital we’d otherwise expect as a stand-alone company – especially given WWW’s consolidation from four divisions into three -- which improves asset turns and financial returns.

TROW

Financials sector senior analyst Jonathan Casteleyn continues to carry T. Rowe Price as his highest-conviction long call, based on the long-range reallocation out of bonds with investors continuing to move into stocks.  T Rowe is one of the fastest growing equity asset managers and has consistently had the best performing stock funds over the past ten years.

Three for the Road

TWEET OF THE DAY

The Mother of All Doves rocked the #KeynesianCrack house yesterday; Gold Bond beta chasing is back! (or is it?) @KeithMcCullough

QUOTE OF THE DAY

What's the subject of life - to get rich? All of those fellows out there getting rich could be dancing around the real subject of life. -Paul Volcker

STAT OF THE DAY

By the age of 4, the average child in a professional family has heard 20 million more words than a child in a middle-class family.


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