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Sub 12 in the front-month VIX has been a clean cut sell signal for U.S. Equities post every rally to lower-highs in 2015. What was most interesting about last week’s month-end markup was Friday’s total U.S. Equity volume -13% and -21% vs. the 1 month and 1 year averages.
After a -2.6% #Deflation move last week, WTI drops another -1.5% this morning to $46.40, taking its 1-month crash to -26%. We have no idea how consensus is complacent about this after being too complacent on last year’s initial crash (Russia’s Ruble and stock market continue to crash too).
With both Global Growth & Inflation Slowing what does consensus chase (other than charts)? The Long Bond. Yep. AFTER the non-consensus 1 month move from 2.54% to 2.19%, CFTC futures/options net position moves back to net LONG +58,783 contracts.
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HOLX’s earnings release were as good as we expected, and in some spots, much better than our optimistic view. Given the move in the price, we did begin to do some work on Hologic’s Diagnostic segment. We touched base with a lab Director who currently does his testing on Hologic/Gen-Probe’s Panther system. During the call management made some positive comments about uptake of the systems and rising utilization per box. Our contact suggested the benefit from the Affordable Care Act was substantial over the last 12 months, pushing volume up to a mid-teens growth rate, but that trends were flattening. But on the positive side Qiagen continues to cede share with an out of date test and the alternatives are primarily Roche and Hologic, but not Cepheid’s system. The bottom line is that we may be too conservative with our estimates for Diagnostics, which we’ve been assuming treads water from here. However, we’re starting to think there is some incremental acceleration that’s possible, which would be welcome news indeed.
After attending PENN’s analyst day at the Plainridge Casino in Massachusetts our Gaming, Lodging & Leisure Team struggled to find any negative takeaways. The property opened very strong in late June, and the strength continued in July. We are now raising our win per day per slot assumption to $500 from $400. Terrific highway access, a lower gaming tax rate and garage parking provide a competitive advantage in what seems to be a deeper market than the consensus view. Our 2015 and 2016 estimates are materially above the Street for EBITDA and EPS. Most importantly, we think PENN should generate an ROI of 28% on Plainridge, much higher than the Street anticipates.
As largely expected a sequential acceleration in GDP from Q1 to Q2 on a seasonally adjusted annual basis pulled forward the market’s expectation for a rate hike which = USD strength. The USD finished positive on the week (+0.50% on Thursday’s print alone).
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RECENT NEWS FLOW
Friday, July 31
RUTH | Delivered a nice quarter on Friday, with SSS growth of 4.2% versus consensus estimates of 3.3%, built by a traffic increase of 0.7% and an increase in average check of 3.5% (click here for press release, or here for news article)
Thursday, July 30
FRGI | Reported 2Q15 results, SSS increased 4.3% at Pollo Tropical versus consensus estimates of 5.1% and 5.6% at Taco Cabana versus consensus estimates of 4.4% (click here for press release, or here for news article)
Wednesday, July 29
WEN | Testing antibiotic-free chicken in certain markets (click here for article)
JMBA | Provided an update on refranchising efforts, expects to be 90% franchised organization by the end of 2015 (click here for article)
PNRA | Reported strong 2Q15 results, and an even better outlook for the next 12-18 months, refer to our earnings summary here for more detail
Tuesday, July 28
Minimum wage increases continuing to spread across the country (click here for article)
Monday, July 27
DRI | Names Todd Burrowes, former RT COO, as president of LongHorn Steakhouse (click here for article)
PLKI | Focusing on value, bringing back Rip’n Chick’n for only $3.99 (click here for article)
Casual dining and quick service stocks, in aggregate, outperformed the XLY last week. The XLY was up 1.7%, top performers from casual dining were BWLD and FRGI posting an increase of 13.6% and 13.1%, respectively, while SHAK and PNRA led the quick service pack, up 18.6% and 9.7%, respectively.
From a quantitative perspective, the XLY remains bullish on a TRADE and TREND duration.
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