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Retail Callouts (3/5): NKE, Adibok, FL, FINL, HIBB, DKS, COST, DG

Takeaway: NKE monopolizes sneaker-head resale market. Adi re-releases pump, keeps best for itself. COST not attractive here at 27x earnings.

COMPANY HIGHLIGHTS

 

NKE - Top Selling Shoes On eBay

 

Takeaway: eBay is a better barometer than any other for the aftermarket demand of a sneaker in the 'sneakerhead' collector community. To that end, it is no surprise that Nike absolutely dominated the list of top shoes. Actually, 'dominated' is not the right word. It monopolized the list. Out of the top 15 sneakers, 13 of them are Jordans, and two are Nike (one of which -- the Air Yeezy -- sold at an average price of $3,868. Yes, that's nearly $4k for a pair of kicks. 

Retail Callouts (3/5): NKE, Adibok, FL, FINL, HIBB, DKS, COST, DG - 3 5 chart1

 

 

AdiBok - Reebok's Pump Is Back

(http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-03-04/reebok-s-pump-is-back)

 

Takeaway:  As gimmicky as it is, The Pump technology is one of the few innovations that Nike kicks itself for not doing before Reebok. Back in 1991 Reebok sold its basketball pump shoe for $170, which is about $320 in today's dollars.  Perhaps a prohibitive price is what caused The Pump to die on the vine. But the new version (which gaudily says The Pump in what appears to be a 200pt font size) sells for $110. If you want to preorder a pair, you can't go to Foot Locker, Finish Line, Hibbett or Dick's -- you have to go to reebok.com. That is, until March 10 when AdiBok will open the spigot to certain retail channels. We suspect they'll give 1 or 2 colorways/styles to each retailer, so everyone can tout it as an exclusive. But all colors, all styles, in all sizes are all available on reebok.com. 

Retail Callouts (3/5): NKE, Adibok, FL, FINL, HIBB, DKS, COST, DG - 3 5 Chart2

 

 

COST - 2Q15 Earnings

 

Takeaway: Everyone knows about the Fx and cheap gas pressures squeezing the top line, but in the face of that COST still leveraged 4% sales growth into 29% earnings growth. It wasn't entirely clean as tax benefits gave them an extra $0.10, but you're still looking at EBIT up 21% in the quarter. That being said, membership income came in lower than expected and margins in the quarter were the best they've been in 4 years. The sales to inventory spread was favorable for the 3rd quarter running, but it was the tightest gap we've seen. In order to offset the considerable top line pressures in the near term, COST will have to tightly manage that line. While we're remiss to short the stock of a great company like COST when it's clearly executing on its business plan, we're certainly not going to rush out and buy it at 27x earnings based on what we see today. 

Retail Callouts (3/5): NKE, Adibok, FL, FINL, HIBB, DKS, COST, DG - 3 5 chart3

 

 

OTHER NEWS

 

DG - Dollar General: West Coast losses will be lasting

(http://www.joc.com/port-news/us-ports/longview-port/dollar-general-west-coast-losses-will-be-lasting_20150304.html)

 

ASNA - Ascena Retail Group Announces Appointment of Randy L. Pearce as Lead Independent Director

(http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zhtml?c=81419&p=irol-newsArticle&ID=2022840)

 

ANN - Report: Bain, Golden Gate both want Ann Inc.

(http://www.chainstoreage.com/article/report-bain-golden-gate-both-want-ann-inc)

 

PBY - Bob Nardelli joining Pep Boys board

(http://www.retailingtoday.com/article/bob-nardelli-joining-pep-boys-board)

 

Bealls to launch new specialty store concept, Bunulu

(http://www.chainstoreage.com/article/bealls-launch-new-specialty-store-concept-bunulu)

 


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We will be hosting a call outlining our SHORT thesis on Alibaba Group Holdings (BABA).  Since our last call on BABA, we saw validation of the core tenets of our thesis within its last earnings release, as well the emergence of a new trend, which will compound pressure across its model.  

    

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Burning Euros and A Strong USD

Client Talking Points

EURO

Euros Burning to fresh year-to-date lows of $1.10 as Mario Draghi prepares to say something – since he cannot stop economic gravity (and only lift stock markets), it’s interesting to see the Italian recession reported (GDP -0.5% year-over-year) and neither French (10.4%) nor Greek (26.0%) unemployment improve, at all… #NeedMoreCowbell.

CHINA

Evidently equity markets did not like the hopeful guidance of 7% GDP and 3% Inflation – Shanghai Composite down -1% overnight (back to flat year-to-date) and Hang Seng down -1.1% (-2.1% in the last 2 sessions)… 7% and 3% look unlikely, at best.

 

TURKEY

#StrongDollar Deflation is not good for plenty of Emerging Markets – if you’re the market that gets tagged with a crashing currency (Lira) and your stock market doesn’t have a daily central planning message, what to do? Stocks in Istanbul down -2% this morning to -6.1% year-to-date. 

Asset Allocation

CASH 37% US EQUITIES 12%
INTL EQUITIES 11% COMMODITIES 0%
FIXED INCOME 30% INTL CURRENCIES 10%

Top Long Ideas

Company Ticker Sector Duration
ITB

iShares U.S. Home Construction ETF (ITB) is a great way to play our long housing call, U.S. #HousingAccelerating remains 1 of the Top 3 Global Macro Themes in the Hedgeye Institutional Themes deck right now. Not only did U.S. home prices accelerate (in rate of change terms) in the Core Logic data this week to +5.7%, but the supply/demand data has been improving throughout the last 3 months.

PENN

iShares U.S. Home Construction ETF (ITB) is a great way to play our long housing call, U.S. #HousingAccelerating remains 1 of the Top 3 Global Macro Themes in the Hedgeye Institutional Themes deck right now. Not only did U.S. home prices accelerate (in rate of change terms) in the Core Logic data this week to +5.7%, but the supply/demand data has been improving throughout the last 3 months.

TLT

Low-volatility Long Bonds (TLT) have plenty of room to run. Late-Cycle Economic Indicators are still deteriorating on a TRENDING Basis (Manufacturing, CapEX, inflation) while consumption driven numbers have improved. Inflation readings for January are #SLOWING. We saw deceleration in CPI year-over-year at +0.8% vs. +1.3% prior and month-over-month at -0.4% vs. -0.3% prior. Growth is still #SLOWING with Real GDP growth decelerating at -20 basis points to +2.5% year-over-year for Q4 2014.The GDP deflator decelerated -40 basis points to +1.2% year-over-year.

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TWEET OF THE DAY

which means continued slowdown in #Macau gaming volumes $LVS $WYNN $MGM $MPEL

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QUOTE OF THE DAY

We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.

-Maya Angelou

STAT OF THE DAY

Greece stocks are down another -1% in Athens this morning, down -11% since FEB 24, Greece posted a putrid 26% unemployment rate report.


CHART OF THE DAY: Moarrr #Draghi Cowbell = Moarrr #StrongDollar Driven #Deflation

CHART OF THE DAY: Moarrr #Draghi Cowbell = Moarrr #StrongDollar Driven #Deflation - 03.05.15 chart

 

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And then there was moarrr #Deflation

 

Remember that, perversely, moarrr cowbell from Draghi = moarrr #StrongDollar driven #Deflation:

 

  1. Cowbell = Centrally Planned Currency Devaluation
  2. EUR/USD is getting smoked to -8% YTD and multi-yr lows of $1.10 ahead of Draghi’s latest (830AM EST)
  3. US Dollar Index is rocketing to $96.21 on that, +6% YTD and +21% from its 2014 lows!
  4. Commodities (CRB) Index (19 Commodities which largely trade in Dollars) continues to crash -28% y/y
  5. Oh, and WTI Oil, which you could have chased at $105 at this time last year, has crashed > 50% since 

 


A Man Larger Than The Sun

“At rest, however, in the middle of everything is the sun.”

-Nicolaus Copernicus

 

On this day of in 1616, the Catholic Church banned Copernicus’ book. The establishment’s main issue with the man’s independent research (which correctly implied that the sun was at the center of the universe) was that it didn’t sync with their ideologies and politics.

 

Today will go down as one more day in central planning history where an unelected man of the mainstream will boil the oceans and part the heavens, raising stock markets to heights the world has never seen before.

 

That man, who sees himself residing in the middle of everything, is Mario Draghi…

A Man Larger Than The Sun - Draghi balloon cartoon 01.23.2015

 

Back to the Global Macro Grind

 

You go, Mr. Central Planning man. You go. You are the power and the light – you are the only one who can keep the Italian stock market up while its economy is in recession. Only you, the great Draghi, can see 0% improvement in Greek unemployment as Italian stocks move to +16.5% YTD.

 

While this is turning into a joke, the actual data fits what I just wrote:

 

  1. Italy’s GDP for Q4 of 2014 was -0.5% y/y (revised lower vs. the prior -0.3%)
  2. Greek Unemployment rose to 26.0% in DEC from 25.9% in NOV

 

Oh, right - the latest central planning of European stock markets didn’t really ramp until JAN, so I’m sure Greek government work is booming now and these structural debt, deflation, and unemployment problems all went away as a result…

 

And then there was moarrr #Deflation

 

Remember that, perversely, moarrr cowbell from Draghi = moarrr #StrongDollar driven #Deflation:

 

  1. Cowbell = Centrally Planned Currency Devaluation
  2. EUR/USD is getting smoked to -8% YTD and multi-yr lows of $1.10 ahead of Draghi’s latest (830AM EST)
  3. US Dollar Index is rocketing to $96.21 on that, +6% YTD and +21% from its 2014 lows!
  4. Commodities (CRB) Index (19 Commodities which largely trade in Dollars) continues to crash -28% y/y
  5. Oh, and WTI Oil, which you could have chased at $105 at this time last year, has crashed > 50% since

 

So we definitely need to have Bloomberg and CNBC cheer on more of this. Access to these Sun-smoothers drives ad revs. #clicks

 

Put another way, until either the Europeans and/or Japanese fail outright (i.e. when their people figure out this does jack for the economy, but keeps getting the bureaucrats and Eurocrats (and their all-access media) paid), this #StrongDollar + Down Rates #Deflation will continue.

 

Not to be confused with #StrongDollar + #RatesRising (our call on the US in 2013), the Down Rates (both locally and globally) part is critical to contextualize, in global growth expectations terms.

 

It’s obviously one thing to obfuscate Policies To Inflate with real-economic growth – but it’s entirely another to have neither inflation, nor growth. Japan (for the last decade), and Europe currently, that is …

 

At least in the USA we get to get paid owning all of the asset allocations and sector style exposures to this 17th century gong show of the vanities. We signaled doing more of the pure play on US domestic consumption #accelerating yesterday in Real-Time Alerts (buy Housing, ITB, on red!).

 

To review what we like during Global #Deflation:

 

  1. US Dollars (that’s our entire FX allocation, and it’s beating both US stocks and bonds YTD by a factor of 3)
  2. Long-duration-low-volatility Bonds
  3. US Housing (ITB), Consumer Discretionary (XLY), and Healthcare Stocks (XLV)

 

And what we really don’t like:

 

  1. Burning Euros and Yens
  2. Commodities
  3. Stocks and bonds that have the most #Deflation risk (energy and the financials)

 

Our Global Macro view is not that complicated. It is how you play Global #Deflation and #GrowthSlowing, while the US economy gets it’s “easy compare” Q1 sequential growth bounce (see Theme #2 @Hedgeye called #Quad414 for details).

 

And while it has been fun to be bullish on the Weimar Nikkei (in Burning Yen terms), which is handily beating US stocks and bonds YTD at +7.5%, that’s really just a rolling of the bones that can go bust whenever this epic human experiment in trying to bend gravity and the sun does.

 

Our immediate-term Global Macro Risk Ranges are now (intermediate-term TREND view in brackets):

 

UST 10yr Yield 1.89-2.17% (bearish)
SPX 2083-2117 (bullish)
Nikkei 188 (bullish)
USD 95.01-96.28 (bullish)
EUR/USD 1.10-1.12 (bearish)
YEN 118.67-120.66 (bearish)
Oil (WTI) 48.22-52.16 (bearish)

 

Best of luck out there today,

KM

 

Keith R. McCullough
Chief Executive Officer

 

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