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China

After telling the world “volatility in the Chinese stock market is over”, central planners got tagged with a -6.2% drop in the Shanghai Comp overnight – rest of Asia slowing, faster, too – in the last month: Taiwan -9.6%, Singapore -8.8%, Thailand -8.3%

#Deflation

Reflation (and high beta, high leverage, style factors) helped US equities bounce off last Wednesday’s lows, but were right back in the soup this morning with both WTI and Copper making fresh 3-month lows – and the Fed is going to “hike” into this? 

UST 10YR

With a yield of 2.14% this morning does the round trip and then some – so what the market is telling you is that even if the Fed does hike into a slowdown, probability is rising that growth and inflation slow at a faster pace – I remain bullish on the Long Bond.

Asset Allocation

CASH 59% US EQUITIES 3%
INTL EQUITIES 6% COMMODITIES 0%
FIXED INCOME 25% INTL CURRENCIES 7%

Top Long Ideas

Company Ticker Sector Duration
MCD

"We are very bullish on McDonald’s," says Restaurants Sector Head Howard Penney. "We like where this company is going. We like the new CEO and the changes they’re making."

 

Penney notes that there are a lot of things going on inside the company which we can’t see that are extremely meaningful to where this company will be in 12-18 months.

 

"I’ve said this a dozen times recently, but 2015 will be the last year McDonald’s trades at an average price below $100," he says. 

PENN

"As we predicted, regional gaming revenues surged in July which gives us confidence in our Q3 EPS estimate of $0.23, which is $0.04 above the Street," writes Hedgeye Gaming, Lodging & Leisure Sector Head Todd Jordan. "We continue to like Penn National Gaming here due to stable regional gaming trends, better than expected quarterly and annual earnings, and the Plainridge and Jamul contribution to PENN’s two-year growth story."

TLT

The set-up for the September FOMC meeting is as follows:

  1. The Fed runs the risk of tightening into a late-cycle slowdown which could ultimately flatten the yield curve (BULLISH for TLT, EDV, VNQ).
  2. Slower growth and deflationary headwinds are acknowledged and the can is kicked on a rate hike which should also be good for bonds. Until growth inflects positively, you’ll see TLT in our investment conclusions as the yield curve is the best proxy for forward looking growth expectations. 

Three for the Road

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QUOTE OF THE DAY

“I didn’t get over 1300 walks without knowing the strike zone.”

           -Wade Boggs

STAT OF THE DAY

With a 719–477–45 record as of the conclusion of the 2014 football season, West Virginia University ranks 14th in victories among NCAA FBS programs, as well as the most victories among those programs that never claimed nor won a National Championship.