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Takeaway: The overall labor market remains supportive while job losses in the energy sector continue to grow.
Below is the breakdown of this morning's initial claims data from Joshua Steiner and the Hedgeye Financials team. If you would like to setup a call with Josh or Jonathan or trial their research, please contact
JOB SEPARATIONS: AGGREGATE vs ENERGY
Claims improved once again last week, falling to a seasonally adjusted 264k, continuing an impressive push below the frictional floor of 300k.
In the first chart below, we show that the spread between our indexed basket of energy state claims and the U.S. as a whole has tightened for the last few weeks, moving from 31.8 on April 11 to 24.8 on May 2.
However, the second chart below shows that the labor market in the energy sector worsened again in April. Job cut announcements in the energy sector had been running at 16-20k/month in January and February, but then appeared to show some glimmer of improvement when they fell to 1k in March. That didn't last long, as the latest data shows 20k more energy workers let go in April.
Initial jobless claims fell 1k to 264k from 265k WoW, as the prior week's number was unrevised. Meanwhile, the 4-week rolling average of seasonally-adjusted claims fell by -8k WoW to 272k.
The 4-week rolling average of NSA claims, another way of evaluating the data, was -14.2% lower YoY, which is a sequential improvement versus the previous week's YoY change of -12.2%
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Takeaway: Not the beat a $75 stock expected.
The headline beat does not mean much here, particularly given that the print is below where estimates were before it guided down in February. The key here is that the prevailing view over the past quarter has been that the KSS story is bullet proof. The company had just printed a 3.7% comp in 4Q, and people could not tell how much was easy comps, gas, or a structural change in the company’s model (new brands, beauty, rewards program). Management had an extremely active NDR schedule both on the road and at KSS HQ – where it seemed to perpetuate that the company was on the right path. Then the latest data from some of the more widely used services as well as commentary from its top competitor (JCP) all pointed toward comps of 4%+.
But here’s what we got…
We still think that EPS will steadily march below $3.00 – at a time when consensus numbers are going over $6.00. There’ll be ebbs and flows by quarter, but overall we think this one will serve as an appropriate reminder when people are tempted to get bulled up on KSS’ multiple anytime in the future.
The Euro is up +0.6% to $1.14 - two points here: A) the immediate-term risk range is now tightening and B) weak U.S. economic data is Dollar bearish, Euro bullish – is there a case for Euro 1.18-1.19 into the next Fed meeting? Yes – we’re starting to think that’s probable.
Oil would absolutely love EUR/USD $1.19 – we can get you to $71 WTI on that, so it’s a risk management scenario to consider ahead of a bearish U.S. GDP report on May 29th and the potential for another slowing U.S. jobs report on June 5th (FOMC = June 17th).
The best sector to be short on the fundamental news yesterday was Consumer Discretionary and earlier this week we signaled SELL on U.S. Retail (XRT) too – Euro up (Dollar Down) + Oil up + tough U.S. consumption comps + labor cycle rollover.
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One way to invest in Lower-For-Longer, from an equity perspective, is being long U.S. REITS (VNQ). The highly anticipated Non-Farm Payrolls report came and went Friday, and it was largely a non-event. The change in non-farm payrolls was +223K vs. consensus estimates of +228K for April. Considering last month’s report was a bomb (revised to 85K from 126K), April had an easy comp. Our thesis on interest rates remains lower-for-longer, but that view is being tested in the short-term.
iShares U.S. Home Construction ETF (ITB) is a great way to play our long housing call. It was a relatively light data week for housing with weekly mortgage application data and the March employment report offering incremental updates on the current state of housing demand. On the market side, interest rate volatility remained a concern for the public homebuilders but one we believe remains shorter-term in nature absent another expedited, step function increase in interest rates. We think the rate related pressure will be largely transient unless we see a further back-up in mortgage rates on the order of +50-100bps from here – a potentiality we would not view as probable at this point. On the fundamental side, the drumbeat of improvement remains ongoing.
The U.S. dollar has gone on a big reversal since the Fed’s March 18th meeting. Since the meeting, the dollar has moved lower and rates higher. This short-term move in rates has caused confusion with respect to our lower for longer call. Put simply, we have been wrong on the direction of our four macro tickers in the newsletter. A continuation of this trend will force us to re-evaluate the longer term call.
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