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Monday Mashup

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7/15/15 June Restaurant Sales and Employment Trends

7/15/15 YUM | Delivered a Mixed Bag of Results





Friday, July 17

DPZ | Downgraded to sector weight from overweight at KeyBanc, citing valuation as a reason.


Thursday, July 16

MCD | Survey: McDonald’s operators report weakening finances. This survey only includes 29 franchisees representing 208 restaurants, so it is not representative of the broader population of franchisees. (Click here for article)

SBUX | Management says they will open 15 new locations in low income and predominantly minority neighborhoods. (Click here for article)

DPZ | Announced retirement of CFO Michael Lawton and promotion of Jeffrey Lawrence to EVP and CFO. (Click here for article)


Wednesday, July 15

CMG | Will launch their new game “Friend or Faux,” on July 21, that compares its ingredients to its competitors in the limited-service segment. (Click here for article)


Tuesday, July 14

PNRA | Upgraded to overweight from underweight at Piper Jaffray, price target is $200.

YUM | Reported 2Q15 EPS of $0.69 beating consensus estimates of $0.64. YUM remains on the Hedgeye Restaurants Best Ideas list as a LONG. (Click here for article)

BWLD | BWLD upgraded to outperform from market perform at Raymond James, price target is $195. BWLD is a new edition to the Hedgeye Restaurants Best Ideas as a SHORT. Please refer to our Just Charts analysis here for more of an explanation.

SBUX | Expanding to South Africa in 2016. (Click here for article)



Casual dining and quick service stocks, in aggregate, underperformed the XLY last week. The XLY was up 1.91%, only BWLD beat it, out of the casual dining stocks that we follow, rising 1.93% last week.

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From a quantitative perspective, the XLY remains bullish on a TRADE and TREND duration.

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Investing Ideas Newsletter

Takeaway: Current Investing Ideas: HOLX, DE, VIRT, PENN, GIS, VNQ, EDV & TLT

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Below are Hedgeye analysts’ latest updates on our EIGHT current high-conviction long and short investing ideas as well as CEO Keith McCullough’s updated levels for each.  


Please note we added Hologic and removed Kate Spade this week.


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Trade :: Trend :: Tail Process - These are three durations over which we analyze investment ideas and themes. Hedgeye has created a process as a way of characterizing our investment ideas and their risk profiles, to fit the investing strategies and preferences of our subscribers.

  • "Trade" is a duration of 3 weeks or less
  • "Trend" is a duration of 3 months or more
  • "Tail" is a duration of 3 years or less



Hedgeye Healthcare Sector Head Tom Tobin is hosting a call with our institutional subscribers this coming Wednesday to discuss Hologic’s path to $50... and higher.


Tobin first added HOLX to the Hedgeye Best Idea List as a long in April 2014 when the stock was in the low $20s.  Since then, our original thesis has played out, with the stock doubling as we predicted, and many of the fundamental and sentiment drivers maturing on schedule.   We will review the path into the $50s ahead of HOLX earnings report July 29.




The sensitivity table below makes use of our s-curve forecast model that is based on MQSA and our monthly count of 3D facilities published in the Tomo Tracker.  As we've published recently, consensus Breast Health revenue numbers are low compared to our model.  However, despite the large gap between our estimate and consensus, we view our estimates as conservative. 


As the table shows, if we accelerate the pace of adoption by even very small increments, the impact to revenue, EPS and valuation is substantial.


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Below are the monthly 3D Tomo Tracker update charts through June.   Our data on the facility counts with a 3D Tomo system allow us to update and forecast 3D adoption.  Our s-curve model currently has a variance of 0.13% between predicted penetration and actual facility adoption between September 2012 and June 2015.  As seen in the revenue build table below, we believe Breast Health will drive substantial upside in the coming quarters beginning F3Q15 (Jun).


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Shares of newly public proprietary trader Virtu continue to broadly drift higher as the drama in the European Union pushes up volatility measures spurring trading volume. That being said the market has awarded VIRT stock a valuation that ignores the fact that while more volume does beget more opportunities for the firm’s algo book, that volume is simply not riskless and that eventually VIRT will have more trading losses in its operations.


This will not be comforting for investors as the company has no tangible equity capital as of last quarter and thus any trading deficit will have to be financed with overnight credit lines (of which the firm only has $70 million committed currently). We think the stock is trading solely on its historical track record of only 1 day of trading losses in the four year period from 2009 to 2012 disclosed in its recent S-1 IPO filing.


While an undoubtedly venerable statistic, we think the firm benefited from a very low volatility environment during that time and that increased vol in the current period will create a choppier revenue distribution for VIRT. We see fair value in the mid teens or 30-40% downside, as the current exchange type valuation (which are companies with riskless trading operations) normalizes lower.


VIRT is currently trading in line with exchange sector because of its recently disclosed historical daily trading track record. We think this track record benefited from abnormally low volatility and as vol normalizes higher, that the firm will experience more losing trading days which will compress the firm’s current excessive valuation.


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According to Gaming, Lodging and Leisure Sector Head Todd Jordan, additional state gaming agencies have reported revenues for the month of June. The good news here is that Penn National Gaming remains on track to beat second quarter estimates this Tuesday July 23rd.


In addition, PENN will be hosting an investor day on July 24th. We will be there and communicate any noteworthy color and developments.


Bottom line? The company remains one of our favorite names on the long side and boasts the best new unit growth story in domestic gaming.


The General continues to make tough calls as they work to further streamline their manufacturing footprint as part of Project Century. This week, announcing the closure of two plants, one in West Chicago, IL and the other in Joplin, MO, eliminating approximately 620 positions in the process. West Chicago produced cereal and dry dinner products for the U.S. Retail organization, while the Joplin facility was acquired as part of the Annie’s acquisition and produced snacks. Because of union negotiations management is expecting these actions to be fully executed by fiscal 2019.


We view this as a big positive for the company as they go to a more nimble asset light model, which will save on capex and allow it to be allocated to higher growth product platforms.


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FY16 Hedgeye Guidance ―

Looking into FY16 we are excited about the possibilities. Management is working hard on their “Consumer First” initiative and making great changes to current product while also introducing new products.  Below is not a comprehensive list but some of the biggest things that we are looking forward to this year:

  1. Yoplait in China
  2. Gluten-Free Cheerios
  3. No artificial colors or flavors in the cereal
  4. Granola innovation / Muesli
  5. Greek Plenti / Whips
  6. Original yogurt sugar reduction
  7. Renovation on Grain Snacks
  8. Strong push on Natural & Organic products
  9. Delivering Value to consumer on brands like Totino’s and Hamburger Helper
  10. Bringing U.S. innovation International


Bottom line is they are still struggling; we don’t want to shy away from that. But the core of the portfolio is growing and management seems to be working tirelessly on implementing changes to grow the rest of the portfolio, especially cereal.  We also still believe that to have continued growth into the future a sizeable acquisition or divestiture would be beneficial to the business. 



The only thing worse than forecasting a stock is forecasting a stock based on a commodity that is dependent on the weather.  Flooding and drought conditions in key farming areas has helped to reduce expected crop yields, pushing grain prices higher in recent weeks.


More importantly, the Association of Equipment Manufacturers’ monthly retail tractor sales showed continuing deterioration for the month of June as seen in the chart below.


While higher crop prices is the key short-term risk to our bearish DE view, US growing conditions are likely still pretty favorable.  The next USDA crop progress report is due out on Monday, July 20th.


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After an awful retail sales print on Tuesday, the confluence of growth slowing data reared its ugly head Friday with a +0.1% year-over-year headline CPI print for June and a UofMich consumer sentiment reading that declined to 93.3 from 96.1 in May.


Note that a +0.1% inflation rate is a heck of a long way from the Fed’s 2% target.


These two prints were successful in taking the 10-Year Treasury yield down 10 basis points from Monday’s highs to finish the week at 2.35%.


We remain one of the lonely bulls on Treasury bonds (bearish on yields) via TLT, EDV, VNQ.


Weakness in retail sales, small business confidence, and UofM confidence is significant because household spending (consumer-led GDP contributor) had been a positive surprise for May. Gains in personal income and spending growth helped combat what has (and continues to be) an awful looking investment and manufacturing picture in the U.S. (early cycle): Industrial Production, factory orders, durable goods, Manufacturing PMI.


We are now learning that the positive, consumer-driven data for May will not turn into a new trend. If anything, it’s the opposite despite (late-cycle strength is normal):

  • Headline Retail Sales declined -0.3% sequentially from May to June
  • On  a longer-term duration which is more telling, headline retail sales decelerated on both a 1Y and 2Y basis in June (See chart below for the deteriorating trend)
  • Small Business Confidence, meanwhile, declined -4.2 pts in June with the Expectations and Job Openings readings leading the decline
  • NFIB optimism sits at its lowest levels since March of Last year
  • UofM Consumer Confidence declined to 93.3 in a preliminary July estimate; this was down from 96.1 in June (nearly 3%)

As for rate hike expectations, Hedgeye Macro analyst, Christian Drake, said it best in a research note to institutional clients this week:


“In short, middling-to-down is not what Team Janet wants to see - particularly with sirenic hopes of a September lift-off still lingering and a sustained attempt at policy normalization stirring restlessly in the queue.”  


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The Week Ahead

The Economic Data calendar for the week of the 20th of July through the 24th of July is full of critical releases and events.  Here is a snapshot of some of the headline numbers that we will be focused on.




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HEDGEYE Exchange Volume Tracker | Grind Higher in Vol Spurring Incremental Activity

Takeaway: Weekly exchange traded volumes across all asset classes put in another robust week with activity up both y-o-y and on a sequential basis

We recently presented a Black Book on the Exchange sector and the major themes impacting the group. We see collateral damage from the ongoing rapid price decline in energy and commodity markets in the new era of a strong U.S. dollar with formerly imbalanced global commodity markets now normalizing. We estimate that the big energy markets at the Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) will be more dormant than the Street expects, as commercial hedging and speculative energy trading dries up. Conversely, interest is growing substantially at the more Financially oriented CME Group (CME), as trader counts and open interest in Treasuries, Eurodollars, and FX products are swelling. We think the Street is not bullish enough on shares of CME and that the company has $5 per share in earnings power in the out year and that the stock will revisit near all time highs at $140. As outlined in our presentation deck and replay below, a CME long position can also be paired with a short ICE position, with favorable fundamental exposures on each side of the trade. In addition, the recent Virtu (VIRT) IPO is being egregiously valued by the market for a company that takes intraday proprietary risk but does not have any tangible equity capital to cover a potential trading loss. Shares of VIRT are currently on our Best Ideas list as a short position with a fair value in the mid teens, implying over 30-40% downside.


Hedgeye Exchange Black Book Replay HERE

Hedgeye Exchanges Black Book Materials HERE


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Weekly Activity Wrap Up:  U.S. equity options are putting up the best activity levels currently, with 17.3 million contracts traded in the most recent 4-day period ending July 16th. The running quarter-to-date average for options is currently 23.3 million contracts, up a robust +48% year-over-year and better by 55% sequentially from 2Q15. Futures activity hit 16.6 million contracts this week, slightly lower than the running 3Q15 average of 18.5 million contracts quarter-to-date, which is up 3% year-over-year. U.S. cash equity trading is running higher by +16% year-over-year thus far in the new 3rd quarter.


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U.S. Cash Equity Detail: U.S. cash equity trading finished the week at 6.0 billion share traded which is blending to a 6.5 billion daily average thus far for the 3rd quarter of 2015. This is +16% year-over-year growth for U.S. stock activity. The market share battle for volume is mixed, with the New York Stock Exchange/ICE standing pat at 24% market share and NASDAQ continuing to cede share to competitors. NASDAQ thus far this quarter has taken just 18% share of all U.S. stock trading, down 200 basis point year-over-year or a -5% decline.


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U.S. Options Detail: U.S. options activity continues to churn higher with 17.3 million contracts traded this week which is blending 3Q15 activity to 23.3 million contracts per day, up +48% year-over-year. The market share battle amongst venues continues to be one of losses at both the NYSE/ICE and NASDAQ. NYSE has lost over 400 basis points of share year-over-year settling at just 18% of options trading currently. NASDAQ has shed 300 basis points of share, good for a -14% loss from last year as ISE/Deutsche Boerse and Other venues mop up volume and share.


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U.S. Futures Detail: CME Group volume came off the boil last week with activity levels hitting 11.7 million contracts at the big futures exchange. 3Q15 volumes are blending to a 14.0 million average level which is good for +4% year-over-year growth. CME open interest continues in strong fashion with the latest count this week showing 98.8 million contracts pending, good for +17% year-over-year growth. Activity levels on the futures side at ICE hit 4.8 million contracts this week, with 3Q15 blending to a 4.5 million daily average. That is good for a +8% year-over-year expansion. ICE open interest this week tallied 71.4 million contracts, continuing a -4% year-over-year contraction.


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Monthly Historical View:  Monthly activity levels give a broader perspective of exchange based trends. Largely, volatility levels are just starting to rise after drastic compression this cycle. Thus as the VIX, MOVE, and FX Vol starts to normalize, we expect all marketplaces to experience higher activity levels.


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Sector Revenue Exposure: The exchange sector has broadly diversified its revenue exposure over 10 years as public entities with varying top line sensitivity to the enclosed trading volume data. The table below highlights how trading volumes will flow through the various operating models at NASDAQ, CME Group, ICE, and Virtu:


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Please let us know of any questions,


Jonathan Casteleyn, CFA, CMT 




 Joshua Steiner, CFA




Housing Starts | No Fits in (June) Starts .. But Some Caveats

Takeaway: Housing Starts continue to push to new post-crisis highs, though there was some pull-forward that juiced the June numbers on the MF side.

Our Hedgeye Housing Compendium table (below) aspires to present the state of the housing market in a visually-friendly format that takes about 30 seconds to consume. 


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Today’s Focus:  June Housing Starts & Permits

The Capriole: A sharp pop in multi-family construction and permitting in June led a return to post-crisis highs in Total Starts, a 27-year high in multi-family Starts and a  42-year high in multi-family share of total.  While declining a modest -6K sequentially and decidedly less epic than the +30% sequentially and +48% YoY gain in MF, single-family starts remained near cycle highs at +685K, accelerating to +15% YoY from +8% prior.   


The Caveat:  The sunsetting of tax exemption programs in NYC in June and its role as an exogenous amplifier of multifamily activity has garnered some headlines the last couple months.   The 1st set of charts below from the NYU Furman Center – citing NYC  Building Department data – show a discrete spike in large-scale project permits into the impending expiration.   Along with the outsized magnitude of increase, the data supports the notion that the expiration provided a modest juicing to the June figures. 


The Conclusion:  The trend in SF starts/permits, therefore, probably offers the cleanest read on the underlying level of activity and, with SF starts up +9% in 1H15 relative to 1H14, the trend there remains one of ongoing, moderate improvement.


The Comps: Looking ahead, the comp setup and read-through to reported rates-of-change is very much duration dependent.  In the short-to-medium term, growth comps get decidedly more difficult beginning in July and remain tough through the balance of 3Q.  


From a longer-term perspective, however, new single-family construction and sales remain the most depressed of all activity metrics across both the New and Existing Markets with new construction activity over the last year (i.e. inclusive of the multi-family recovery) barely above trough levels observed across prior cycles.   As it stands, Housing Starts remain at just 45% of prior peak levels.  The immediate-term comp dynamics and longer-term mean reversion opportunity are illustrated in charts 3&4 below.  



Housing Starts | No Fits in (June) Starts .. But Some Caveats - NYU Permits 1 


Housing Starts | No Fits in (June) Starts .. But Some Caveats - NYU Permits 2 


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Housing Starts | No Fits in (June) Starts .. But Some Caveats - starts mean reversion oppty to peak 


Housing Starts | No Fits in (June) Starts .. But Some Caveats - Total Starts LT 


Housing Starts | No Fits in (June) Starts .. But Some Caveats - MF Starts   Permits LT


Housing Starts | No Fits in (June) Starts .. But Some Caveats - MF Starts   Permits TTM


Housing Starts | No Fits in (June) Starts .. But Some Caveats - SF Starts   Permits LT


Housing Starts | No Fits in (June) Starts .. But Some Caveats - SF Starts   Permits TTM




About Housing Starts & Permits:

The US Census Bureau records the number of new housing units that have obtained permits for construction and those that have begun construction. This data includes new buildings intended primarily as residential units. The US Census Bureau defines a start as, “Start of construction occurs when excavation begins for the footings or foundation of a building.” 



Joshua Steiner, CFA


Christian B. Drake


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