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We Made the Contrarian "Lower-For-Longer" Call

By now you've almost certainly read or heard the highly-anticipated Fed "news."

 

No rate hike.

 

With a global slowdown (which we called well before our competition and the Fed for that matter) and nervous financial markets staring them in the eyes, our omnipotent central-planners blinked and held its key federal funds rate unchanged. 

 

What you may not have know is that our subscribers were prepared. We have been on record for many months now (please see examples below) calling for precisely what the Fed said today:

 

Lower. For. Longer.

 

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(Cartoon above originally published on June 3, 2015)

 

On a related note, here's a tweet Hedgeye CEO Keith McCullough wrote around the same time:

 

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Fast-forward to earlier this afternoon, McCullough tweeted the following:

 

"Yellen is simply not as good at her forecasting job as Hedgeye is."


Now, some people may interpret that as braggadocio. We respectfully disagree. What's going on right now in the U.S. and around the globe is serious business affecting real people from all walks of life.

 

Our proactive macro team has been all over this non-consensus, "lower-for-longer" Fed rate hike and growth-slowing call. We were contrarian and we were correct.

 

Again.

 

Take a look at the video below from The Macro Show. It's callled "The Fed Is Going To Be Lower (Easier) For Longer" and was released this past spring. It shows what our contrarian macro team led by McCullough has been warning about for some time now.

 

 

We invite you to take a deeper look at our contrarian research. Click here to learn more about how you can begin getting a step or two ahead of the herd and protect your portfolio.

 

There's a better way. We promise.


Cartoon of the Day: No Rate Hike

Cartoon of the Day: No Rate Hike - No rate hike cartoon 09.17.205

 

Earlier this afternoon, Hedgeye CEO Keith McCullough tweeted the following:

 

"Yellen is simply not as good at her forecasting job as Hedgeye is." 

 

Some may interpret that as braggadocio. We respectfully beg to differ. What's going on right now around the globe is serious business affecting real people from all walks of life. Our proactive macro team has been absolutely all over this non-consensus, "lower-for-longer" Fed and growth-slowing call. We were correct.

 

Again. 

 

We invite you to take a deeper look at our contrarian research. Click here to learn more about how you can begin getting a step or two ahead of the herd and protect your portfolio. 


We’re Short Wayfair | $W

Following the recent release of our well-received Home Furnishings “Black Book,” our Retail team led by Sector Head Brian McGough decided to produce a stand-alone “Black Book” on Wayfair (W) which we presented on Monday.

 

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McGough’s team did so given the increasing controversy surrounding the name. The focus of the deck was primarily upon the following key areas:

  • market size by category
  • revenue capacity and trajectory
  • customer acquisition costs, profitability and churn
  • appropriate expectations for gross margins
  • operational infrastructure and capital needed to break even,

 

The most important component of the deck is the sizable difference between how Wayfair is currently being viewed by Retail analysts vs. Internet analysts.

 

To be clear: our view is that Wayfair’s financial model does not work. The company will likely print negative earnings for the foreseeable future.

 

(*Please email our institutional sales team if you would like access to our Wayfair Black Book. You can reach them at sales@hedgeye.com)


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A Closer Look at ETFs – ‘There’s a Lot of Risk in the System’

 

Hedgeye Financials analyst Jonathan Casteleyn appeared on today’s edition of The Macro Show and shed some light on the underlying risks in ETFs and the broader trading system. In his response to a subscriber’s question, Casteleyn reinforced the idea that cash is king in this current environment and to stay with companies that benefit from volatility.

 

Subscribe to The Macro Show today for access to this and all other episodes. 

 

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Starts & Permits | The Crawl Continues

Takeaway: New Highs are still new highs, even if they're slightly less impressive than we thought they were a month ago.

Our Hedgeye Housing Compendium table (below) aspires to present the state of the housing market in a visually-friendly format that takes about 30 seconds to consume.

 

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Today’s Focus:  August Housing Starts & Permits

Last months hangover in permits following the NY tax exemption pull-forward in May/June was acute.   The Starts data for August released this morning, which saw MF and SF starts in July revised lower by -5.9% and -2.6%, respectively, reflected a more significant flow through to starts activity than originally estimated.

 

The positive framing to the negative revision is that a post-crisis high in new SF construction activity being negatively revised to a slightly lower post-crisis high is largely inconsequential.    

 

The same conclusion probably holds for the August data as well.  Single-family permit activity rose to the strongest level since January 2008 and, while starts declined -3.0% MoM to +739K, they remain at current cycle highs and offer some solid justification for the 10-year high in builder confidence recorded in yesterday’s HMI print for September (Note: HERE).  On the multi-family side, Starts dipped -3% while permits rose +4% following last month’s cratering. 

 

In short, August saw a sequential but unremarkable dip while the positive, albeit crawling, trend of improvement in the New Home market remains ongoing.   

 

Looking ahead to the Existing Market, we’ll get the EHS data for August on Monday.  Relative softness in PHS in both June and July along with flat-to-down trends in Purchase Applications continue to argue for modest downside risk to reported EHS over the next month or two.

 

 

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About Housing Starts & Permits:

The US Census Bureau records the number of new housing units that have obtained permits for construction and those that have begun construction. This data includes new buildings intended primarily as residential units. The US Census Bureau defines a start as, “Start of construction occurs when excavation begins for the footings or foundation of a building.” 

 

 

 

Joshua Steiner, CFA

 

Christian B. Drake

 


INITIAL JOBLESS CLAIMS | WAITING FOR NEXT WEEK

Takeaway: Labor Day makes this week's reading on the labor market not especially useful. Meanwhile, the lateness of the cycle remains the focus.

Recently, we've been writing more frequently about the environment being late cycle. For instance, here's our comparison of the current environment to Taleb's Turkey. This morning's numbers, while very good optically, should be taken with a grain of salt as they reflect the holiday-shortened week and the holiday fell on a different week this year. We'll hold off judgement until we see next week's print.

 

The bigger picture remains that of #tick-tock, tick-tock .... 

 

In energy states, the spread between claims in our basket of energy states and the country as a whole was little changed in the week ending September 5, widening from 9.5 to 10.2.

 

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The Data

Prior to revision, initial jobless claims fell 11k to 264k from 275k WoW, as the prior week's number was unrevised. Meanwhile, the 4-week rolling average of seasonally-adjusted claims fell -3.25k WoW to 272.5k.

 

The 4-week rolling average of NSA claims, another way of evaluating the data, was -9.0% lower YoY, which is a sequential improvement versus the previous week's YoY change of -6.6%

 

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Yield Spreads

The 2-10 spread rose 3 basis points WoW to 149 bps. 3Q15TD, the 2-10 spread is averaging 155 bps, which is lower by -4 bps relative to 2Q15.

 

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Joshua Steiner, CFA

 

Jonathan Casteleyn, CFA, CMT

 


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