Cartoon of the Day: Balloons Over Beijing

Cartoon of the Day: Balloons Over Beijing - China cartoon 07.07.2015

"China needs to pull a Greek-style central-market-planning move and halt trading of any stock that has gravity-based-volatility," Hedgeye CEO Keith McCullough wrote in his market note this morning. "Despite 203 tickers halted, the Shanghai Composite lost another -1.3% overnight, taking its crash in the last month to -25.8%."

Absurdity of The Day: China Steals Page Out of Greek Playbook, Shuts Down Trading In 200 Stocks


On today's edition of The Macro Show, Hedgeye CEO Keith McCullough has a reminder for members of the media who can’t stop talking about capital controls in Greece: China is at it too, having shut down more than 200 stocks in the Shanghai Composite due to "volatility."


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We are adding MCD to the Hedgeye Best Ideas list as a LONG.  As I said last week, 2015 will be the last time MCD will trade below $100 on an average price basis!


We will be hosting a live McDonald’s Black Book call on Wednesday, July 8th at 11am ET.


After nearly four years of being bearish on MCD, it’s now time to reverse course.  We are confident that MCD is not a structurally broken company.  Importantly, there are a number of initiatives in place that will ultimately reverse the fortunes of the company. 


Yes, fixing McDonald’s operationally will take time, but the seeds have been planted.  From the work I have done, by 2016 it will be clear that MCD is well on its way to reasserting itself as the dominate company that it is. 


McDonald’s CEO, Steve Easterbrook, is reshaping the company from the inside out and the financial impact of these actions are about to be clear.  Returning MCD to sustainable growth is centered on structural changes to the operating model and a recommitment to regaining the trust and loyalty of customers.


These changes are taking place in Oak Brook and at the local level.  Within McDonald’s local management and franchisees working together to improve the McDonald’s experience.  The new experience is consistent with what made the company great in the first place.


While financial engineering is part of the new foundation, its limitations are obvious so understanding how an operationally led turnaround will unfold is critical to make a longer-term commitment to being LONG MCD.


The LONG MCD BLACK BOOK will focus on:

  • How the new operating structure of the company is breathing new ENERGY into the company including improved profitability
  • The primary cause for the market share losses in the USA over the past three years and how the company is fixing it
  • The timeline for the turn in sentiment and performance  
  • Updated financials



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Confirmation Number: 13613786

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REPLAY | $HCA, $ATHN, $MDSO and $HOLX Updates from Healthcare Sector Head Tom Tobin

Healthcare Sector Head Tom Tobin and Analyst Andrew Freedman shared key takeaways from last week's jobs report and the impact on HCA Holdings, Hologic, athenahealth and Medidata Solutions in their weekly Q&A earlier today. 



TODAY (July 7th) at 1pm ET we will be hosting our highly-anticipated Quarterly Macro Themes conference call.  Led by CEO Keith McCullough, the presentation will detail the THREE MOST IMPORTANT MACRO TRENDS we have identified for the quarter and the associated investment implications. 




#ConsumerCycle: Consumption peaks late cycle and with domestic and global growth set to slow alongside easing inflation comps in 2H15, it looks increasingly likely 1H15 marked the current cycle peak in household spending growth.  We'll contextualize the current cycle, discuss the implications and detail how best to be counter-cyclically positioned as the consumer cycle enters its twilight. 


#SecularStagnation: Amid consensus expectations for a return to “normal” economic conditions, our analysis shows ample evidence of secular stagnation. In light of that, we reiterate our “lower-for-longer” thesis on growth, inflation and interest rates and continue to find the FOMC’s hawkish guidance wholly misplaced.


#EuropeSlowing: With our proprietary GIP (growth, inflation, policy) model we’ll outline the top 6 European economies that will be most impacted by real GDP growth slowing as inflation accelerates in the back half of 2015. The timing of ECB head Mario Draghi’s eventual response will be critical in terms of risk managing the EUR/USD exchange rate, as well as any associated spillover risks.



  • U.S. Toll-Free Number:
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  • Confirmation Number: 13612090
  • Materials:  CLICK HERE (the slides will be available approximately one hour prior to the start of the call)

As always, our prepared remarks will be followed by a live, anonymous Q&A session. Please submit your questions to .


Also, for those of you who cannot join us live, we will be distributing a replay video of the call shortly after it concludes.


Kind regards,


The Hedgeye Macro Team



CHART OF THE DAY: Burning Euros = #StrongDollarDeflation = Oil Slammed

Editor's Note: This is a brief excerpt and chart from today's morning market note from Hedgeye CEO Keith McCullough. Click here to learn how you can subscribe. 


CHART OF THE DAY: Burning Euros = #StrongDollarDeflation = Oil Slammed - z 07.07.15 chart


What are we learning this early in the week?


    1. Burning Euros (down another -0.7% to $1.09) are perpetuating #StrongDollarDeflation risks, across markets
    2. With the US Dollar up again yesterday, the CRB Commodities Index got tagged for a -3% loss in the backfield
    3. With WTI Oil and Copper -7.7% and -3.5% on the day, respectively, both are right back in @Hedgeye TAIL risk mode
    4. Energy Stocks (XLE) led losers -1.3% on that yesterday and are already -2.2% to start July = down -7.1% YTD


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