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Keith's Macro Notebook 5/8: UK Election | China | Jobs Report

 

Hedgeye CEO Keith McCullough shares the top three things in his macro notebook this morning, with special analysis of the just-released jobs report from Macro Analyst Christian Drake.


Can $LULU Shares Head North of $70 or $80 With Chip Wilson In The Rear View Mirror?

Editor's Note: This is an excerpt from recent research from our retail team. If you're an individual investor looking for high-quality research at a price you can afford we invite you to learn more.

 

When we added Lululemon (LULU) to our Best Ideas list back in June 2014 (we removed it from our Best Idea's List on 3/24/15) we outlined probable outcomes stemming from controversial founder Chip's Wilson’s activist push. Where we shook out after weighing the various puts and takes was:

  1. Chip would not get his way.
  2. Chip would eventually sell his stock.

Can $LULU Shares Head North of $70 or $80 With Chip Wilson In The Rear View Mirror? - 14l 

We have long maintained that Chip is a brand builder, not a brand leader. He was very vocal in an interview with PwC last year about his displeasure his non-compete imposed restraint. The writing officially appears to be on the wall for his complete exit from the company now that “Kit and Ace” (the luxury apparel brand founded by his wife and son) is nearing critical mass.

 

In our LULU Black Book in March 2015, we said that there’s $4.00 in earnings power hidden in this company, but we needed the conviction that management could find it. We are still far from convinced, though the leadership on the board has proven over the past year that it is willing to separate itself from Chip.

 

In order to justify a 30x p/e and give anyone hope of a share price in the $70s or $80s, we think that the company needs to completely reset its business model.


The UK, China and U.S. Jobs Report

Client Talking Points

UK

The UK election was a blowout verse mainstream expectations, British Prime Minister David Cameron and his Conservative Party have claimed an outright majority in Parliament, with 330 seats out of 650, and can form a new government. It was the biggest day for the UK FTSE 100 Index on a relative basis to other European stock markets of the year. There was a huge move in the British Pound over a percent this morning as well.

CHINA

You simply can't ignore what is going on in China. The PBOC came out and effectively said they were not going to do a massive QE. Export growth was down -6% year-over-year and imports were down -16%. China's economy is slowing at an accelerating rate, Chinese brokers are trying to create rumors about stimulus and the central bank is saying don't expect QE...all this was met by a rally in the stock market.

JOBS REPORT

Total NFP was basically inline with estimates, seeing an improvement sequentially. This is not much of a surprise since last month was the lowest number we have seen since December 2013. The jobs report showed a creation of 223,000 jobs and an unemployment rate of 5.4 percent. CLICK HERE to watch the special jobs report edition of The Macro Show.

Asset Allocation

CASH 60% US EQUITIES 4%
INTL EQUITIES 5% COMMODITIES 0%
FIXED INCOME 29% INTL CURRENCIES 2%

Top Long Ideas

Company Ticker Sector Duration
RH

We think people are missing the magnitude of earnings growth at Restoration Hardware (RH), the sustainability of that trajectory over a long period of time, and ultimately the degree to which that will accrue to equity holders. The question is not whether the stock will go to $110 vs $120 (where we see most price targets), but whether it will get to $200 vs $300. We think the catalyst calendar looks healthy starting with the 1Q15 print set to be release in early June. Following that, RH is set to pick up the cadence of its store opening, with 4 new stores set to be open in the back half of the year. This remains our favorite name in retail.  

ITB

iShares U.S. Home Construction ETF (ITB) is a great way to play our long housing call. Builder performance was choppy in the latest week alongside beta volatility and investor attempts to square the net impact to housing from rising rates and ongoing improvement in housing fundamentals. As it stands currently, rates remain a tailwind to affordability relative to last year and would require a significant, expedited increase to have a material negative impact on housing activity in the immediate/intermediate term. Elsewhere across Housing Macro, the fundamental data continued to roll in strong.

TLT

Insomuch as the April Jobs Report may prove to be a bearish catalyst for Treasury bonds, slowing growth data over the next two quarters should prove decidedly bullish. Fighting buy-side consensus on the long side of Treasury bonds been a great call thus far so we’d be booking gains and taking down our gross exposure to this asset class on the next immediate-term pop. Ultimately, we think our #LowerForLonger theme prevails, but volatility is likely to pick up in the interim.

Three for the Road

TWEET OF THE DAY

If you want the truth about the jobs numbers, start with sources who actually model them

@KeithMcCullough

QUOTE OF THE DAY

When he worked, he really worked. But when he played, he really PLAYED.

Dr. Seuss

STAT OF THE DAY

The average American consumes 48 pints of ice cream each year.


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Retail Callouts (5/8): KATE, LULU, AMZN, EBAY, WMT

Takeaway: LULU/Kit & Ace conflict of interest makes Chip exit more likely. KATE - Buy the stock for Mother's Day. AMZN/EBAY ChannelAdvisor Comps.

EVENTS TO WATCH

Retail Callouts (5/8): KATE, LULU, AMZN, EBAY, WMT - 5 8 chart2 B

 

 

COMPANY HIGHLIGHTS

 

KATE - To see our full note KATE – Happy Mother’s Day CLICK HERE

 

LULU - Kit&Ace Conflict of Interest, Chip Exit More Likely

 (http://www.wsj.com/articles/an-exotic-cashmere-upends-lululemon-1431044063)

 

Takeaway: When we added LULU to our Best Idea's List in June of 2014 (we removed LULU from our Best Idea's List on 3/24/15) we outlined the probable outcomes resulting from Chip's activist push. Where we shook out after weighing the puts and takes was a) Chip would not get his way and b) eventually sell his stock. Chip is a brand builder, not a brand leader and he was vocal in an interview with PwC in 2014 about his displeasure his non-compete imposed restraint. The writing appears to be on the wall for his complete exit from the company now that Kit and Ace is nearing critical mass.

In our LULU Black Book in March 2015 we said that there’s $4.00 in earnings power hidden in this company, but we need the conviction that management could find it. We are still far from convinced, though the leadership on the board has proven over the past 12mnths that it is willing to separate itself from Chip. In order to justify a 30x p/e and give anyone hope of something in the $70s or $80s (presumably what you’re playing for in buying it today) we think that the company needs to completely reset its business model.

 

 

OTHER NEWS

 

EBAY, AMZN - ChannelAdvisor April Comp Sales

Retail Callouts (5/8): KATE, LULU, AMZN, EBAY, WMT - 5 8 chart1

 

WMT - Wal-Mart grabs some former Target Canada assets for $350-million

(http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/wal-mart-grabs-some-former-target-canada-assets-for-350-million/article24326484/)

 

KSS - Kohl's expands 'shop online, pick up in-store' service

(http://www.retailingtoday.com/article/kohls-expands-shop-online-pick-store-service)

 

RL - Ralph Lauren Launching Luxe Concept in Milan

(http://wwd.com/retail-news/designer-luxury/ralph-lauren-launching-luxe-concept-milan-10125740/)

 

John Legend to Open H&M Store

(http://wwd.com/retail-news/mass-off-price/john-legend-to-open-hm-store-10125422/)

 

Warby Parker continues to expand, opens store in Chicago

(http://www.chainstoreage.com/article/warby-parker-continues-expand-opens-store-chicago)

 

JCP - Joe Fresh to be pulled from J.C. Penney stores in 2016

(http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/international-business/us-business/joe-fresh-to-be-pulled-from-jc-penney-stores-in-2016/article24310076/)

 

Advent brings IPO of perfume chain Douglas forward - sources

(http://uk.reuters.com/article/2015/05/07/douglas-ipo-idUKL5N0XY5BW20150507)

 

Fitbit Files to Go Public

(http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/08/business/dealbook/fitbit-files-to-go-public.html?_r=0)

 


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RELEVANT TICKERS INCLUDE:

LVS, WYNN, MGM, MPEL, 0027.HK, 1128.HK, 1928.HK, 2282.HK, 6883.HK, and 0880.HK.

 

DISCUSSION POINTS

  • Details behind April's 39% GGR decline
  • Discussion of base mass trends
  • The impact of Mass re-classifications
  • Revised 2015 monthly market projections
  • Hedgeye company EBITDA estimates vs the Street (LVS, WYNN, MGM, MPEL, and Galaxy Entertainment) 
  • Research Topic: Does stock market investing impact Macau gambling?

 

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CHART OF THE DAY: U.S. Economic Surprise Index

CHART OF THE DAY: U.S. Economic Surprise Index - Chart of the Day

 

Editor's Note: This is an excerpt from today's Morning Newsletter which was written by Hedgeye Senior Macro Analyst Darius Dale. If you're ready for some dynamic market and economic insight and analysis, we encourage you to subscribe.

 

Since this is probably the only strategy note you’ll read this morning that doesn’t focus on the jobs report, we’ll leave you with another piece of seemingly-random-but-useful analysis. The key takeaway from the Chart of the Day below is that over the next 2-3 months, the preponderance of high-frequency growth data is likely to look optically better relative to consensus expectations from here. It literally can’t get much worse as far as the surprise factor is concerned and we’re quite sure expectations for a broad swath of indictors were lowered after that soft 1Q GDP print. Also, 2Q GDP will accelerate on a headline (i.e. QoQ SAAR) basis.

 

We believe rates have likely priced in these dynamics and see no reason for bond yields to chase them any higher.


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