Client Talking Points
We put up a thorough update on China last night – don’t forget a big percent of the Chinese equity bubble was built on incessant expectations for incremental #cowbell – post the -3.5% drop in the Shanghai Composite overnight, the Chinese stock market is right back to its lows as growth continues to slow.
Getting uglier, one day at a time, with the IBEX flashing another negative divergence this morning -0.6% and down -11.4% in the last month vs. DAX -8% month-over-month (ZEW cut in ½ in SEP to 12.1 vs. 25 in AUG on “EM Demand”). Reminder that we signaled Spain as the 1st major European equity market to make lower-lows as 10YR Spanish Yields rise, +11 basis points month-over-month.
Got Dovish Fed expectations? Jon Hilsenrath (Wall Street Journal) was all about the hikes 3-6 months ago – now the articles are about anything but hikes and why the Fed is boxed in. Down Dollar again this morning and rates down small – still a big question mark if the Fed eases and provides realistic economic commentary on why, but Oil should like that +1% after holding $43.
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Top Long Ideas
MCD is one of Sector Head Howard Penney's favorite names. He thinks McDonald's is finally emerging from the doldrums and is doing everything they need to do to fix the company domestically.
Penney believes there is not only a huge inflection point coming for the profitability of the company, but also for their sales. He thinks this means Wendy’s, Jack In the Box, Sonic will suffer a bit as MCD begins to take its market share back.
Bottom Line here? September regional gaming revenue growth should accelerate meaningfully from August and provide a catalyst for the stock. Our bull thesis on PENN appears very much intact.
In a higher volatility, growth-slowing environment, you want low-beta exposure (stocks that move less than the market) and a larger allocation to long-term Treasuries.
In the recent Macro Overlay video series exclusively for Investing Ideas subscribers, Keith rank-orders our top investing ideas positions from a fundamental macro and style factor perspective (low-beta, big cap liquidity, slower growth):
Three for the Road
TWEET OF THE DAY
FX: if you ask the Yen (+0.5% vs USD this am), the Fed is going to be dovish on Thursday
QUOTE OF THE DAY
What use could the company make of an electric toy?
Western Union, when it turned down rights to the telephone in 1878
STAT OF THE DAY
Advertising spending on print magazines is forecasted to drop 1.8% this year to $17.4 billion.