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THE SLOW MARCH TO TAUTNESS | MAY EMPLOYMENT

Has a policy maker ever said that “strength” was transitory and “we expect conditions to worsen away from target over the medium term”?.  Anyway, the May employment report was strong pretty much across the board.

 

As always - we’re not big on adding to the noise of manic data reporting on employment Friday but below are some quick highlights.  If you have any specific questions or would like to dig/discuss a particular dimension of the labor market in more depth, let us know.

 

  • Payrolls: RoC Solid -  NFP & Private payrolls improved both sequentially (MoM and 3M/6M MA) and in RoC terms.  March/April get net positive revision of +32K
  • Unemployment Rate & LFPR : Off the Lows - Unemployment rate ticked up to 5.5% but the internals were largely positive with labor participation rising for a second month and the chg in employed > chg in unemployed.
  • Wages: Golf Clap - Both Total Private & Nonsupervisory Worker wage growth accelerated sequentially (from sub-middling to more discretely middling).  ECI and NFIB data continue to suggest forward wage inflation but that been true for a while; material BLS reported wage acceleration has remained a panglossian phantasm. 
  • Slack: Paint Still Drying -  The U-6/Underemployment rate held at 10.8%.  From a Trend perspective every slack chart looks basically the same (charts at bottom below): The labor markets painfully slow march towards tautness remains ongoing.  
  • Housing = Mojo Extends to May:  Residential Construction employment growth re-accelerated (suggesting ongoing health in demand trends) while 25-34YOA employment again accelerated to a new cycle high - headship rates/HH formation will benefit on a lag.
  • Energy Sector: Broad Strength > Concentrated Weakness -  The bleed in Energy sector employment continued in April/May but the concentrated weakness continues to get swamped by the broader labor mkt strength.  
  • (Firm) Size Matters:  Small Firm employment (1-499) growth is carrying the load (+2.5% YoY) according to the latest May ADP data.  Large & Extra-Large Firm employment remains in multi-month deceleration mode currently.   
  • Income/PCE: Its Just Math - The net of rising employment + rising wages + flat hours worked should = another solid month of reported aggregate income growth in May.  Whether that income actually gets spent is a different question but rising income + rising savings remains a positive for the aggregate household PnL/BS. Salary and wage income remains of particular import as it has been the primary source of funds for households as credit growth has remained somewhat muted.  We’ll get the April consumer credit figures this afternoon
  • Policy = Don’t Call it a Comeback:  The May data is probably irrelevant for direct policy action in June but it will likely serve as a backboard in the framing of the June meeting statement (i.e. 1Q probably represented transitory weakness and ‘we expect employment/inflation to trend toward target over medium term’) 

A visual tour of the data is below.  Have a great weekend. 

 

THE SLOW MARCH TO TAUTNESS | MAY EMPLOYMENT - Empl Table

 

THE SLOW MARCH TO TAUTNESS | MAY EMPLOYMENT - Housing Demand 25 34 YOA employment

 

THE SLOW MARCH TO TAUTNESS | MAY EMPLOYMENT - Resi Empl

 

THE SLOW MARCH TO TAUTNESS | MAY EMPLOYMENT - Oil   Gas May

 

THE SLOW MARCH TO TAUTNESS | MAY EMPLOYMENT - Oil Industry April

 

THE SLOW MARCH TO TAUTNESS | MAY EMPLOYMENT - Payroll Growth vs Earnings Growth

 

THE SLOW MARCH TO TAUTNESS | MAY EMPLOYMENT - NFP TTM gains

 

THE SLOW MARCH TO TAUTNESS | MAY EMPLOYMENT - Empl diffusion Indices

 

THE SLOW MARCH TO TAUTNESS | MAY EMPLOYMENT - Available Workers per Job

 

THE SLOW MARCH TO TAUTNESS | MAY EMPLOYMENT - ST Unemployed

 

THE SLOW MARCH TO TAUTNESS | MAY EMPLOYMENT - JOLTS Quits

 

THE SLOW MARCH TO TAUTNESS | MAY EMPLOYMENT - Employment By Firm Size

 

THE SLOW MARCH TO TAUTNESS | MAY EMPLOYMENT - NFIB Jobs Hard to Fill

 

Christian B. Drake

@HedgeyeUSA

 


After a 44% Plunge, Hedgeye's Howard Penney Is Taking This Beaten Up Stock Off His Short List

Takeaway: Our Restaurants analyst Howard Penney has taken NDLS off his short list.

Hedgeye Restaurants Sector Head Howard Penney announced the removal of Noodles & Co (NDLS) from his SHORT LIST in a note to customers yesterday.

 

Here’s what he had to say:

 

“[A]t this point we believe the stock has been beat to the floor. We originally added it to our list as a short on 2/18/15, and as you see in the chart below it was a great time to get in short.  Since our call the stock price has traded down 44.2% falling from $26.56 to $14.81.  The valuation of this company is very much in line with where we think it is worth and we do not believe there is much more room to go lower, EV/ NTM EBITDA is down 33.8% from our call to 9.24x.

 

Penney’s original reasons for shorting the stock still hold true, but for the most part are now priced into the valuation.

After a 44% Plunge, Hedgeye's Howard Penney Is Taking This Beaten Up Stock Off His Short List - z ndls

 

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Takeaway: Research Topic: Who has the most to lose in an increasingly imbalanced supply demand environment over the next two years?

We will host a conference call TODAY AT 1PM ET to discuss the latest Macau data, our outlook on the market and the stocks and the presentation of a new, original research topic.

 

 

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  • Discussion of base mass trends
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YIELDS

What an epic week – the storytelling on why yields ripped higher is as fascinating as the move itself… we’ve gone from “oh, it’s because inflation and growth in Europe are back” to… “uh oh, this is a liquidity event” – those are 2 very different things; one much scarier than the other.

STOCKS

One competitor said something about “global growth and PMIs accelerating”, which is patently false (see our Early Look from yesterday with that data), but also look at 1-month stock market moves: Dow Transports -3.6%, Hang Seng -3.5%, KOSPI -4.6%, Poland -5.7% and Brazil -5.9% #GlobalSlowing

 

GOLD

We like it more than we have in maybe 3 years, and maybe that’s wrong right now, but heading into what we think will be a series of slowing #LateCycle U.S. jobs reports, we think U.S rates can move a lot lower from here; need to see Gold hold $1155-1175 zone.

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PENN

We see stability in regional gaming revenues over the next several months providing some much needed earnings visibility. PENN maintains the best new unit growth story in domestic gaming with the opening of the Plainridge casino in Massachusetts in June and the Jamul casino in Q2 2016. Both properties should well exceed current Street estimates for win per slot and EBITDA. PENN has a proven track record as the best regional casino operator and recently proved its prowess at successfully opening racinos (casinos at racetracks) with estimate beating Dayton and Mahoning commencing slot operations last year.

ITB

Housing went 3 for 3 as the Trinity of Fundamental Data Points released in the latest week continued to reflect accelerating rates of improvement across both the New and Existing markets. New Home Sales in April rose +6.8% month-over-month to +517K.  More notably, sales were up a remarkable 26% on a year-over-year basis as NHS re-converged back to the trend in New Home construction. Pending Home Sales rose +3.4% sequentially in April, accelerating to +14% year-over-year with the Index making a new 101-month high.  Pending Home Sales represent signed contract activity and are a historically strong lead indicator of Existing Home Sales.  The MBA’s weekly Mortgage Purchase Application Index re-captured the 200-level, rising +1.2% week-over-week and accelerating +250bps sequentially to +13.1% year-over-year.  

TLT

We believe the U.S. economy is past peak in rate-of-change terms and sliding down the slope to an eventual cliff (i.e. recession). That’s our call and we’re sticking to it. Friday’s negative revision takes our full-year estimate for real GDP growth down to +2% (from +2.3% prior). Both the Fed and Street are up at +2.5%, both of which continue to careen down from perpetual expectations of rainbows-and-puppy dogs (i.e. 3-plus percent growth) earlier this year. We reiterate our call to be long of long-duration in its many forms:  TLT, VNQ, EDV, and GLD (gold has historically performed well in down-dollar and down-interest rate environments and we think the June 17th FOMC statement has a high probability of being dovish and dollar-bearish).

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CHART OF THE DAY: Cowbell & Cannons! (German Bund Yields)

Editor's Note: The chart and excerpt below are from today's Morning Newsletter written by Hedgeye CEO Keith McCullough. Click here to begin subscribing and staying a step ahead of consensus. 

 

"...Unless it’s different this time, Volatility ↑ + Illiquidity ↑ doesn’t end well...

 

...Cannons, as in unadulterated and obliterating launches of money printings and bond buyings. Cowbell, as in “whatever it takes” when German Bund Yields (10yr) double, in 72 hours!..."

 

CHART OF THE DAY: Cowbell & Cannons! (German Bund Yields) - z 06.05.15 chart


Cowbell & Cannons!

“To cannon, all men are equal.”

Napoleon Bonaparte

 

If the 2015 “call” on macro markets has been that bad news is good, what happens when bad news is bad? Yesterday was ugly, globally. Darius Dale did a good job outlining why from a global #GrowthSlowing perspective.

 

But what about from a “liquidity” perspective? It’s one thing for strategists to be telling you that European Yields are rising because “inflation is back.” It’s entirely another for others to say that’s happening because growth is too.

 

If both of those lines of reasoning are wrong, and the real reason is the beginning of a liquidity event coupled with #LateCycle growth slowing… to most portfolios, this is going to feel like cannons. Unless it’s different this time, Volatility ↑ + Illiquidity ↑ doesn’t end well.

 

Cowbell & Cannons! - z canon

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Back to the Global Macro Grind

 

By characterizing European growth and #Deflation risks the way he did, I think un-elected-central-planning-overlord Draghi made his first huge mistake on Wednesday. He tried to talk down stock and bond market volatility, so both ripped!

 

I’ll say this until I’m dead (so bear with me in the meantime): in the long run, central planners cannot smooth economic gravity and/or control market volatility.

 

On that front, one of the biggest mistakes Bernanke made between 2006-2011 (too high on growth expectations; too low on volatility expectations) was the same one Draghi is making right now.

 

If I’m right on Slower-For-Longer (on growth), but wrong on Lower-For-Longer (on rates), that may very well mean we have finally reached the beginning of the end of bad-news-is-good.

 

Why?

 

A)     That would mean real-time growth forecasts and expectations are getting cut (like they are starting to now)

B)      And markets are starting to believe central planners have lost control of the short-term control mechanism for that

 

To be crystal clear on what that control mechanism is – it’s cowbell and cannons.

 

Cannons, as in unadulterated and obliterating launches of money printings and bond buyings. Cowbell, as in “whatever it takes” when German Bund Yields (10yr) double, in 72 hours!

 

In the absence of both, what do you get? (see your portfolio returns from yesterday for details)

 

While many of you have rightly risk managed markets since 2009 by understanding the basic mechanisms of bad news = more cowbell/cannon = good (for stocks), here’s the last month in Global Equities:

 

  1. Dow Transports -3.6% month-over-month
  2. Hang Seng -3.5% month-over-month
  3. South Korea’s KOSPI -4.6% month-over-month
  4. Poland’s stock market -5.7% month-over-month
  5. Brazil’s stock market -5.9% month-over-month
  6. Argentina’s stock market -8.8% month-over-month

 

Bull markets in Global Growth? Cherry picking? Not really. If this table of 6 channel checks isn’t in your “global growth is accelerating” note to clients, at least we agree to agree you’re obfuscating reality in order to appeal to the bullish proclivities of your base.

 

The best month-over-month performer in Global Equities is the Shanghai Composite Index at +16.9%. So, if you want to really make some perma bulls some money, you should just call it A) what it is and B) what it has been – Moarrr Cowbell!

 

At this point, the Chinese are coming out with it daily. That’s right Chinese margin broker. You go bro! That’s how you do this. We taught you how to do this. You get it. So pump it!

 

Japanese stocks keep working because the BOJ gets the joke too. In both Europe and the USA (where secular demographic slowing is as obvious), extending and pretending that “growth is back” is only going to turn the cannon on the Fed and ECB themselves.

 

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

 

UST 10yr Yield 2.02-2.39% (bearish)

SPX 2085-2111 (bullish)
RUT 1 (neutral)
Nikkei 209 (bullish)
VIX 13.51-15.75 (bullish)
USD 94.88-96.80 (neutral)
EUR/USD 1.07-1.14 (bearish)
YEN 123.66-125.62 (bearish)
Oil (WTI) 56.80-61.48 (bullish)

Natural Gas 2.53-2.69 (bearish)

Gold 1170-1205 (bullish)
Copper 2.65-2.79 (bearish)

 

Best of luck out there today,

KM

 

Keith R. McCullough
Chief Executive Officer

 

Cowbell & Cannons! - z 06.05.15 chart


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