Two quick changes to our LONG bench we wanted to make you aware of, we removed MJN and added HSY. We will be releasing a note on these changes later today.
8/28/15 GIS | Time to Close this Deal
8/21/15 UNFI | GOING AGAINST THE GRAIN
RECENT NEWS FLOW
Monday, August 31
BETR | Initiated neutral at Goldman Sachs (underwriter of the IPO), price target $18. Current price is $13.31, we see downside from here and continue to have it on our SHORT bench.
Friday, August 28
GIS | Rumors continue to swirl around the divestiture of the Green Giant assets (click here for Hedgeye article)
Wednesday, August 26
THS | Upgraded to overweight from equal-weight at Stephens, target increased to $85 from $75. Treehouse seems to be the leader in the deal for the Ralcorp assets.
Tuesday, August 25
KHC | Recalled turkey bacon products (click here for article)
Monday, August 24
POST | Reinstated outperform at BMO Capital Markets, target is $72
Food and organic stocks that we follow outperformed the XLP last week. The XLP was down -0.1% last week, the top performer from our list was Amira Natural Foods (ANFI) posting an increase of +29.1%. Worst performing company on our list was ConAgra (CAG), which was down -2.8%.
From a quantitative perspective, the XLP is bearish on a TRADE and TREND duration.
Food and Organic Companies
Consolidated Consumer Staples Valuation
After the volatile market last week, valuations remain near two standard deviations above the five year average EV/EBITDA multiple.
Keith’s Three Morning Bullets
- FEDERAL RESERVE – Fischer opted for dovish comments on Friday, making his Saturday comments more hawkish – I guess they look at the S&P Futures now before saying anything of consequence (today he’d be dovish); Fed Fund futures have ramped back up to 38% on a SEP hike probability – reminder: the Fed has never hiked into a slowdown
- COMMODITIES – dovish = commodity reflation; hawkish = commodity #Deflation – so the deflation TREND is right back on this morning w/ Oil, Copper, and Russia down -2-3%; WTI’s risk range blew out to $36.99-45.32 on Friday, all but ensuring that massive volatility remains in this asset class
- SP500 – still has the widest risk range my model has generated since 2008 at 1 with the more probable level being the downside one (-7.7% from Friday’s close), given that the Fed could be tightening into a 0.1% GDP environment here in Q3 (our low-end scenario with the high end being at 1.5% and the Atlanta Fed tracking 1.2%)
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