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Thou say they word “stimulus”, and all shall be saved (in stock market terms) – Shanghai Composite rips a +2.3% move to the upside overnight to fresh year-to-date closings high of +6.6% vs. S&P 500 -0.3% (and Nikkei +10.4% year-to-date).
Centrally planned markets continue to go parabolic as the German DAX and Italian MIB Index are up another +0.8-1% this morning to +22.3% and +20.7% year-to-date, respectively – Greece, which was allegedly fixed, down -18% since FEB 24th, but who cares – Lithuania’s stock market is +65% year-to-date, baby! #BurningEuros.
WTI Oil is down another -0.9% (after dropping -9.6% last week) to $44.45/barrel, taking it right back to the JAN lows where #deflation mattered to the world’s revenue and earnings calculus (it still matters). We have a risk range of $43.26-49.03 now as pervasive USD bullishness keeps our TREND price deck for Oil well below consensus.
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Top Long Ideas
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 National Gaming is the best way to play improving domestic regional gaming trends due to its superior operational management and unit growth opportunities. Catalysts include positive estimate revisions, the opening of the first Massachusetts casino in June, and industry leading earnings growth in 2015 and 2016.
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
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QUOTE OF THE DAY
Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.
STAT OF THE DAY
A volcano needs to chill out for 10,000 years before being described as “dormant.”