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LEISURE LETTER (11/25/2014)

Tickers:  GTK.IM, MGM, RCL

EVENTS

  • Dec 1:  8:30 am  IKGH Q3 earnings
  • Dec 17:  Upstate NY casino decision

COMPANY NEWS 

GTK.IM – The GTECH-led Northstar Consortium managing the New Jersey Lottery fell short of its revenue target by $24 million in the year ended June 30 and lottery collections, New Jersey's fourth-largest revenue source, were down 9.2% from July 1 through Oct. 31 versus a forecast for annual growth of 7.4%.

Article HERE

Takeaway: Statewide lottery results are down for most States (notably Illinois and Indiana) on a year-over-year basis.

  

MGM – completed its $1.25 billion 6% Senior notes unsecured notes due 2023.  $1.15 billion was issued at par, while an additional $100 million was issued at 100.75%.

Takeaway: MGM attributes the raised offering from $1.15 billion previously to 'strong demand' from the investment community.


RCL – Celebrity Cruises canceled two port stops on Celebrity Millennium in Indonesia this week due to an undisclosed 'dispute' with Indonesian authorities. The line has canceled a two-night stay in Bali scheduled for this Thursday and a port call in Komodo Island on Sunday November 30 on Celebrity Millennium. Instead, the sailing will call in at Ho Chi Minh City and Bangkok. Millennium is on a 14-night cruise round-trip cruise from Singapore that had been scheduled to call in Indonesia, Thailand and Malaysia.

Article HERE

 

MSC– MSC Cruises has started a fleetwide optimization enabled by Marlink to improve shipboard Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) connectivity. MSC Cruises is the first cruise line to use the iDX 3.2 software and X7 modem from iDirect for enhanced service delivery and performance.

Article HERE

Takeaway:  WiFi has become an essential onboard offering for potential cruisers.  MSC doesn't want to be left behind.

INDUSTRY NEWS

Macau VIP Junket Operator Seeks HKSE Listing– Sing Hou Entertainment Group Ltd is seeking to list its shares at the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. The company’s draft application for listing says it wishes to expand its customer base and market share. Sing Hou Entertainment runs a VIP gaming room in the StarWorld casino, but intends to reduce its dependence on Galaxy Entertainment Group Ltd by operating junkets to casinos run by other gaming companies.

Article HERE

Takeaway: Junkets seeking other capital markets solutions to their liquidity constraints.

 

Macau Political Reform – Comments delivered by lawmaker Ng Kuok Cheong sparked further debate on Macau’s political reform, but it remains clear that, for some, democracy is not a priority. The government reiterated the stance that democracy is not only about introducing universal suffrage. A large number of legislators said that there are rather more pressing matters needing the administration’s attention, namely housing and public transportation. Ng believes that the electoral system is not being developed taking into account Macau’s reality. As only 14 lawmakers have been directly elected by Macau’s citizens, it’s not enough to represent the local population.

Article HERE

Takeaway: Thus far, Macau has not experienced the public protests against the the Mainland China SAR system. While the upcoming visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping to Macau around December 20 could present potential for protests, Macau is not Hong Kong.

 

Macau Public Transit Criticized – There are simply not enough buses. This topic reappeared, as lawmakers questioned the government on its policy to provide residents with an improved public bus system. Public commentary by legislator Au Kam San prompted debate as well as questions directed to the deputy director of the Transport Bureau (DSAT), Chiang Ngoc Vai, regarding the priority of this issue.

Article HERE

Takeaway: Worker transportation and housing remain key issues and may become tenants of gaming concession renewal discussions.

 

Singapore Changi Airport Traffic – Changi Airport handled 4.49 million passengers in October, a 1.9% YoY increase. Passenger movements between Singapore and China rose 5%.

Article HERE

 

LEISURE LETTER (11/25/2014) - cha


Takeaway:  Visitation at Changi have been flattish since June 2014

 

Hong Kong Police Begin Clearing Protest Barricades – Hong Kong police began removing protesters from a key road at a pro-democracy protest site in Mong Kok as hundreds continued to block Argyle Street hours after authorities began enforcing a court injunction to open the road. The main occupation area at Mong Kok, a densely populated working-class district that is a popular tourist and shopping area. 

Article HERE

 

Massachusetts – The state gaming commission set January 30 as the deadline to apply for the southeastern region casino license. Only KG Urban (New Bedford project) has formally applied but the Mashpee Wampanoag (Taunton project) and Foxwoods may apply as well.

Global Hotel Rate Outlook for 2015 –  American Express Global Business Travel released its 11th annual Business Travel Forecast for 2015 and highlights include:

  • North America: hotel rates growth for mid-range hotels of 3% to 6% and upper-range hotels 3.5% to 7%.
  • Latin America: hotel rate growth of 5% to 8% and upper-range hotels 5% to 7%.
  • EMEA: hotel rate growth of 1% to 6% for mid-range hotels and 0% to 5% for upper-range properties.
  • Asia Pacific: hotel rate growth ranges from 0.8% to 3.5% for mid-range hotels and 0.7% to 3.5% for upper-range hotels.

Article HERE

Takeaway: Solid rate growth projections from AMEX

MACRO

China Additional Interest Rate Reductions – the PBoC reduced 14-day repo rate to 3.2% from 3.4%, the third time in three months. Prior rate reductions include a cut to 3.4% from 3.5% on October 14 and from 3.7% to 3.5% on September 17. 

Takeaway:  More loosening policies

 

Singapore GDP Growth – the Singapore economy expanded 2.8% during Q3 2014, better than the consensus advance estimate of 2.4%. Despite the better growth, manufacturing and construction remained anemic. Singapore's Ministry of Trade and Industry expects full-year economic growth to come in at 3%. 

Article HERE

 

Hedgeye Macro Team remains negative Europe, their bottom-up, qualitative analysis (Growth/Inflation/Policy framework) indicates that the Eurozone is setting up to enter the ugly Quad4 in Q4 (equating to growth decelerates and inflation decelerates) = Europe Slowing.

Takeaway:  European pricing has been a tailwind for CCL and RCL but a negative pivot here looks increasingly likely in 2015. Following CCL's F3Q 2014 earnings release, we recently turned negative on those stocks based on the negative European thesis. 

 

Hedgeye Macro Team remains negative on consumer spending and believes in muted inflation, a Quad4 set-up.  Following  a great call on rising housing prices, the Hedgeye Macro/Financials team is decidedly less positive. 

Takeaway:  We’ve found housing prices to be the single most significant factor in driving gaming revenues over the past 20 years in virtually all gaming markets across the US.

 



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Oil, Russia and the UST 10YR

Client Talking Points

OIL

Chinese central planning bounce (rate cut) looks short lived for everything “China Demand”; WTIC tested the top end of our risk range and failed - no support to $73.04/barrel heading into OPEC; Energy Stocks (XLE) led decliners (again) yesterday -0.8%.

RUSSIA

Russia bounced on the China rate cut thing last week (as did most things #deflation), then failed, trading down -1.2% this morning to -23.3% year-to-date on the Russian Stock Market; Ruble remains in crash mode too, down another -1% to 45.28 vs. USD.

UST 10YR

UST 10YR Yield reads Japanese, Chinese, European panic (i.e. global growth slowing) as bearish as it should; 2.29% UST 10YR this morning is a 2 week low as the total return of the Long Bond in 2014 continues to be A) higher than most U.S. stock market averages and B) without the SEP-OCT volatility.

Asset Allocation

CASH 64% US EQUITIES 0%
INTL EQUITIES 0% COMMODITIES 0%
FIXED INCOME 31% INTL CURRENCIES 5%

Top Long Ideas

Company Ticker Sector Duration
EDV

The Vanguard Extended Duration Treasury (EDV) is an extended duration ETF (20-30yr). U.S. real GDP growth is unlikely to come in anywhere in the area code of consensus projections of 3-plus percent. And it is becoming clear to us that market participants are interpreting the Fed’s dovish shift as signaling cause for concern with respect to the growth outlook. We remain on other side of Consensus Macro positions (bearish on Oil, bullish on Treasuries, bearish on SPX) and still have high conviction in our biggest macro call of 2014 - that U.S. growth would slow and bond yields fall in kind.

TLT

We continue to think long-term interest rates are headed in the direction of both reported growth and growth expectations – i.e. lower. In light of that, we encourage you to remain long of the long bond. The performance divergence between Treasuries, stocks and commodities should continue to widen over the next two to three months. As it’s done for multiple generations, the 10Y Treasury Yield continues to track the slope of domestic economic growth like a glove. We certainly hope you had the Long Bond (TLT) on versus the Russell 2000 (short side) as the performance divergence in being long #GrowthSlowing hit its widest for 2014 YTD (ex-reinvesting interest).

XLP

The U.S. is in Quad #4 on our GIP (Growth/Inflation/Policy) model, which suggests that both economic growth and reported inflation are slowing domestically. As far as the eye can see in a falling interest rate environment, we think you should increase your exposure to slow-growth, yield-chasing trade and remain long of defensive assets like long-term treasuries and Consumer Staples (XLP) – which work decidedly better than Utilities in Quad #4. Consumer Staples is as good as any place to hide as the world clamors for low-beta-big-cap-liquidity.

Three for the Road

TWEET OF THE DAY

Macro pros who bought $TLT on central planning gone wild in 2014 (as growth slowed) continue to get paid +19% YTD

@KeithMcCullough

QUOTE OF THE DAY

Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat.

-F. Scott Fitzgerald

STAT OF THE DAY

Russia is losing up to $140 billion per year because of falling oil prices and sanctions with Western nations, according to estimates from Russia's finance minister Anton Siluanov.


THE HEDGEYE MACRO PLAYBOOK

Takeaway: In today's Hedgeye Macro Playbook, we reiterate our bullish bias on long duration bonds and our bearish bias on small-to-mid cap stocks.

INVESTMENT CONCLUSIONS

Long Ideas/Overweight Recommendations

  1. iShares National AMT-Free Muni Bond ETF (MUB)
  2. iShares 20+ Year Treasury Bond ETF (TLT)
  3. Vanguard Extended Duration Treasury ETF (EDV)
  4. Health Care Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLV)
  5. Consumer Staples Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLP)

Short Ideas/Underweight Recommendations

  1. iShares Russell 2000 ETF (IWM)
  2. SPDR S&P Regional Banking ETF (KRE)
  3. iShares MSCI European Monetary Union ETF (EZU)
  4. iShares MSCI France ETF (EWQ)
  5. SPDR S&P Oil & Gas Exploration & Production ETF (XOP)

 

QUANT SIGNALS & RESEARCH CONTEXT

 

  • Reiterating Our Long TLT View: With Consensus Macro going “all-in” on U.S. equities at the all-time highs in the SPX, we’re not surprised to see speculators add to their [large] net SHORT position in the 10Y Treasury futures and options markets WoW. Specifically, the net combined position of -128k contracts is the largest net SHORT position since the week ended January 7th; the z-score (TTM) of -1.4x indicates the most crowded lean since the week ended December 31st. Since we all know the 10Y Treasury yield peaked [on a closing price basis] on 12/31, what investors should infer from this data is that Consensus Macro has gotten rates horribly wrong in 2014 and, to the extent our call for lower rates continues to play out, mass capitulation on the short side of bonds is a probable immediate-to-intermediate-term event.
  • Reiterating Our Short IWM View: Looking to the other side of the trade, the small-to-mid cap style factor remains in the bottom-10 of the 45 U.S. equity sectors and style factors we track in our Tactical Asset Class Rotation Model (TACRM) from a Volatility-Adjusted Multi-Duration Momentum Indicator (VAMDMI) perspective. Recall that this indicator is the amalgamation of three independent z-scores of volume-weighted price data whose sample sizes (i.e. duration) accordion inversely to trending global macro volatility. Refer to our TACRM white paper (hyperlinked below) for more details on why this is a more useful way to track momentum than traditional SMAs, EMAs, RSIs, etc.

 

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TRACKING OUR ACTIVE MACRO THEMES

#Quad4 (introduced 10/2/14): Our models are forecasting a continued slowing in the pace of domestic economic growth, as well as a further deceleration in inflation here in Q4. The confluence of these two events is likely to perpetuate a rise in volatility across asset classes as broad-based expectations for a robust economic recovery and tighter monetary policy are met with bearish data that is counter to the consensus narrative.

 

Early Look: Building Expectations (11/20)

 

#EuropeSlowing (introduced 10/2/14): Is ECB President Mario Draghi Europe's savior? Despite his ability to wield a QE fire hose, our view is that inflation via currency debasement does not produce sustainable economic growth. We believe select member states will struggle to implement appropriate structural reforms and fiscal management to induce real growth.

 

Top Ten Reasons to Stay Short the Euro (11/5)

 

#Bubbles (introduced 10/2/14): The current economic cycle is cresting and the confluence of policy-induced yield-chasing and late-cycle speculation is inflating spread risk across asset classes. The clock is ticking on the value proposition of the latest policy to inflate as the prices many investors are paying for financial assets is significantly higher than the value they are receiving in return.

 

#Bubbles: S&P500 Levels, Refreshed (11/18)

 

Best of luck out there,

 

DD

 

Darius Dale

Associate: Macro Team

 

About the Hedgeye Macro Playbook

The Hedgeye Macro Playbook aspires to present investors with the robust quantitative signals, well-researched investment themes and actionable ETF recommendations required to dynamically allocate assets and front-run regime changes across global financial markets. The securities highlighted above represent our top ten investment recommendations based on our active macro themes, which themselves stem from our proprietary four-quadrant Growth/Inflation/Policy (GIP) framework. The securities are ranked according to our calculus of the immediate-term risk/reward of going long or short at the prior closing price, which itself is based on our proprietary analysis of price, volume and volatility trends. Effectively, it is a dynamic ranking of the order in which we’d buy or sell the securities today.


Hedgeye Statistics

The total percentage of successful long and short trading signals since the inception of Real-Time Alerts in August of 2008.

  • LONG SIGNALS 80.28%
  • SHORT SIGNALS 78.51%
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