Deflationary Dominoes

Deflation expectations continue rising, as prices linked to inflation expectations continue crashing. (See: Russia down another -1.9% this morning to -38.5% year-to-date).


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The domino risk of deflation from Oil to Energy Stocks and Bonds doesn’t stop there – Policies to Inflate have dominated headlines for half a decade.


The Oil crash clocked in at -42% (from June!) then bounced right off that $62.21 oversold level we gave you yesterday. This dynamic and non-linear situation continues with a refreshed risk range of $61.27-68.02/barrel.


Energy stock/bond bulls need to bounce well beyond the top-end of that range to get back to breakeven.


It’s different this time?


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Keith's Macro Notebook 12/9: Deflation | Oil | Volume


Hedgeye CEO Keith McCullough shares the top three things in his macro notebook this morning.


Takeaway: Poor results from week 1 do nothing to dissuade us from our year long negative view on Macau stocks.

A detailed analysis of last week’s Macau data



Weekly ADTR fell 22% YoY last week. With weekly comps getting more difficult, focused enforcement of the transit visa scheme, and the China Presidential visit on the 19th/20th, trends could worsen further. For the full month, we’re projecting GGR to decline 23-28% YoY. 


We remain 10-15% below the Street on Q4 2014 and 2015 EBITDA estimates.  Numbers and sentiment are likely heading south over the near-term and until we see significantly lower Street estimates and the emergence of a positive catalyst, we remain negative on the Macau stocks.


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Takeaway: In today's edition of the Macro Playbook, we show how the U.S. equity market is not yet pricing in a transition out of #Quad4.


Long Ideas/Overweight Recommendations

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

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



One of These Things Is Not Like the Other: Well, make that a few of these things. One of the things we’re watching intently on a day-to-day basis is whether or not the market starts to price in a transition from #Quad4 to #Quad1, which we continue to anticipate is the next logical stop on our GIP Model.




In the process of attempting to front-run the aforementioned phase transition, we are employing our Tactical Asset Class Rotation Model (TACRM) to ardently watch for two signals from the U.S. equity market:


  1. Historically strong #Quad4 sectors and style factors ceding leadership – from a Volatility-Adjusted Multi-Duration Momentum Indicator (VAMDMI) perspective – on a trending basis
  2. Historically strong #Quad1 sectors and style factors gaining leadership – from a VAMDMI perspective – on a trending basis


Why do we anchor on our proprietary VAMDMI reading rather than single-factor price momentum? Because we have no clue from what duration the preponderance of investors are measuring momentum on – other than that as volatility accelerates, the average investor shortens his/her investment horizon (something we solve for in TACRM).


In light of that, all we can do is record and amalgamate price momentum from multiple durations, adjusting for volatility in the process. This process gives us the best probability of determining where an investor might feel compelled to chase outperformance or blow out of underperforming exposures.


Isolating our search to the top-10 U.S. equity sectors and style factors we track in TACRM (47 in total), we see that 4 of those 10 are fairly new entrants and can be attributed to #Quad1 expectations (Financials: XLF, IAI, KIE; Tech: SMH), while the other 6 are unequivocal winners in #Quad4 (Healthcare: XLV, IBB, IHE, IHI; REITS: VNQ; Utilities: XLU) and have remained in/around the top-10 for months.  Moreover, 9 of the bottom-11 VAMDMI readings are sectors and style factors are distinct losers in #Quad4 (Energy: XLE, AMLP, XOP, IEZ; Materials: XLB, GDX; Small-to-Mid Caps: IWM, IWN, IWO) and have also remained in/around the bottom-10 for months.




All told, it can be said that the market continues to price in #Quad4 at the sector and style factor level.


While it’s easy for an investor to get lost in attempting make an all-or-nothing call on the broader market, the real outperformance of 2014 has been sourced from getting the direction of interest rates right as it pertains to slow-growth, yield-chasing sectors, as well as nailing the turn from #InflationAccelerating in 1H15 to #Quad4 in 2H15. We may have gotten a lot of things wrong along the way, but we definitely got those two BIG macro calls right!


***CLICK HERE to download the full TACRM presentation.***



#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: Party Hard? (12/8)


#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.


Draghi Didn’t Deliver the “Drugs”! (12/4)


#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: “Hedge Fund Hotel” Edition (Part II) (12/8)


Best of luck out there,




Darius Dale

Associate: Macro Team


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