Client Talking Points
There was a big opportunity for former bulls (us) to sell Japanese Equities on the bounce, and thankfully we did. The Yen is up +1.2% this morning and pulverized the Nikkei making it the biggest loser in a sea of Asian September red overnight, down -3.8%.
Never mind the “China” – all of Europe (and the U.S.) continues to slow here in Q3 (vs. Q2) as well. Slowing PMIs + Deflation doesn’t make the Norwegians happy (their PMI dropped to 43.3, so we guess the bull case is it bounces from there!); no DAX support to 9,604.
Oil is down -4% this morning with another -20-25% of immediate-term downside in what we call the probable range. Oil volatility (OVX) busting a move towards 60 (again) on that - #NoWorries says consensus – all good, chase charts (in other news we reiterated the SELL call on CHK yesterday).
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Top Long Ideas
We recently tried out the "Create Your Taste" experience at the newly remodeled McDonald’s location in Midtown East on the corner of 58th street and 3rd Ave. Walking into the newly remodeled MCD, we were greeted by the brand new self-order kiosks with attentive staff there to assist you. Customers were very interested in using the kiosks, and everyone using them seemed to be having an easy time with it.
For it being only two weeks into the process we were very impressed by the efficiency and mastery the staff is already displaying. We plan to head back to the same McDonalds location and check on their progress.
Our Gaming, Lodging & Leisure team is going to furnish a new update following their recent meeting with Penn National Gaming's management. They note that the stock has held up quite well despite increased market volatility. The bullish thesis on shares of PENN remains intact. Regional revenues remain strong in addition to the 2-year growth story, etc. Stay tuned.
As we outlined through various channels, we expect that high levels of volatility are here to stay for the foreseeable future. The biggest shift last week that we’ll call out is a bullish to more neutral intermediate-term view on the U.S. dollar which is why we added GLD to investing ideas in replace of UUP. To be clear, if growth continues to slow we want to be long of bonds (that view hasn’t changed in a year and a half).
From an asset allocation perspective here is the set-up:
We re-iterate the same view we’ve had since the beginning of 2014: Growth is slowing, and deflation remains a real risk (central bankers can’t solve this by talking down the currency). The fed will continue to push out the dots on “policy normalization.”
Three for the Road
TWEET OF THE DAY
Gold has resistance up at $1165, so if you're long some from last week's low, book some
QUOTE OF THE DAY
When all think alike, then no one is thinking.
STAT OF THE DAY
Late last week, it was reported by EPFR that global equity fund outflows totaled $25.9B, which was the largest sum on record (data going back to 2002). U.S. equities experienced a $12.3B outflow – the most in 16 weeks