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INSIGHT: China, Commodities & #GrowthSlowing

INSIGHT: China, Commodities & #GrowthSlowing  - china year of the snal

 

On The Macro Show this morning, Hedgeye Macro analyst Darius Dale discussed the divergence between China's economic reality and the movement in it's equity markets. 

 

Last night, the Shanghai and Shenzhen closed up 1.4% and 3.1%, respectively, taking the handoff from a strong close in the U.S. 

 

Now consider the recent economic data out of China. In November, the country's MNI PMI slipped to 49.9 from 55.6 in October, Dale noted. That jived with recently reported crashing rail freight traffic, along with sequential slippage in industrial production, fixed assets investment, foreign direct investment, total social financing, as well as various measures of supply and demand in the Chinese property market in the month of October.

 

It's worth noting that China's President Xi Jinping was a bit too honest this week when, in a speech, he admitted the country's economy faced "considerable downward pressures."

 

No kidding.

 

INSIGHT: China, Commodities & #GrowthSlowing  - China GDP cartoon 07.16.2015

 

As Dale pointed out, that "downward pressure" on Chinese growth is also putting considerable pressure on commodities like copper and iron ore. Here's a telling excerpt from a note sent to subscribers earlier this morning:

 

"Fresh cycle lows in copper and iron ore are not a good sign for global growth… How bad is it? The China Iron & Steel Association said it expects steel output to drop -2.9% in 2016. That’s not a small inflection considering China’s mills produce half of global output. Former chief economist of Rio Tinto had this to say about continuing deflationary headwinds: “There’s about 300MM tons (~40% of Chinese production) of surplus capacity (in steel refining) that needs to not just be shut down, it needs to be bulldozed.” The deflation continues."


EDV: We Are Removing Vanguard Extended Duration ETF From Investing Ideas

Takeaway: Please note we are removing Vanguard Extended Duration ETF from Investing Ideas

Today, Hedgeye CEO Keith McCullough added PIMCO 25+ Year Zero Coupon U.S. Treasury ETF (ZROZ) to the short side of Real-Time Alerts. The reasoning also lays out why we're taking EDV off Investing Ideas: 

 

"With the 10yr UST Yield pulling back to 2.23% today (you could have been plugged shorting the Long Bond like consensus did on the recent jobs report at 2.39%), I'm getting an immediate-term TRADE overbought signal (within a bullish intermediate-term TREND) in ZROZ. 

 

With the Fed hell bent on raising into a slow-down, we have to risk manage the risks associated with that. They have no idea on the economy (forecasts on growth have been wrong 70% of the time since Bernanke's un-elected reign). So the risk, is their forecast."

 

EDV: We Are Removing Vanguard Extended Duration ETF From Investing Ideas - Fed forecast cartoon 11.13.2015


INITIAL JOBLESS CLAIMS | CONVERGING TO ZERO

Takeaway: Claims are behaving as we expected with the year-over-year change trending towards zero and energy states worsening on the margin.

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As we come to the end of '15, jobless claims both in aggregate and for the energy states separately, are behaving as we have modeled.  Year-over-year improvement continues to converge towards zero as the level of claims backs up off of the low but remains within its frictional floor below 330k (for 21 months now). We continue to point out that the last three cycles saw claims sit below 330k for 24, 45 and 31 months before the economy entered recession, putting us 12 months from the 33-month average.

 

Additionally, energy state claims are worsening versus the country as a whole as many energy companies are set to experience the pain of their price hedges rolling off around year-end. The spread between those two indexed series in our chart below has widened for 10 weeks in a row. That includes the most recent week, ending November 7, when the spread widened from 28 to 31. 

 

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The Data

Initial jobless claims fell 5k to 271k from 276k WoW. The prior week's number was not revised. Meanwhile, the 4-week rolling average of seasonally-adjusted claims rose 3k WoW to 270.75k.

 

The 4-week rolling average of NSA claims, another way of evaluating the data, was -6.7% lower YoY, which is a sequential deterioration versus the previous week's YoY change of -7.0%

 

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Yield Spreads

The 2-10 spread fell -8 basis points WoW to 140 bps. 4Q15TD, the 2-10 spread is averaging 143 bps, which is lower by -10 bps relative to 3Q15.

 

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Joshua Steiner, CFA

 

Jonathan Casteleyn, CFA, CMT

 


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In a spirited debate on Fox Business' Mornings With Maria today, Hedgeye CEO Keith McCullough and Recon Capital’s Kevin Kelly square off on Fed policy, McDonald’s and whether the U.S. is headed for a recession in 2016. 

 


ICI Fund Flow Survey | Barbelling

Takeaway: Investors allocated +$5.9B more to equity than bonds last week and also defensively shored up +$12B in cash.

Investment Company Institute Mutual Fund Data and ETF Money Flow:

In the 5-day period ending November 11th, investors tip toed out into equities and shored up cash, contributing +$3.1 billion to total equity products (mutual funds and ETFs) while withdrawing -$2.8 billion from total bond proxies (mutual funds and ETFs). Within equities, investors continued to pull capital from active domestic mutual funds, withdrawing -$2.4 billion last week which have now amounted to a total drawdown of -$139.9 billion so far in 2015 (the worst start to a year for domestic equity funds in all ICI data). Meanwhile, investors also shored up +$12 billion of cash in money market funds, continuing the trend of inflows in the second half of 2015. This brings cumulative 4Q15TD money market flows to +$45 billion, following the 3Q15 inflow of +$54 billion. We continue to like the cash management space and out of favor Federated Investors (see our FII report) on a combination of positive balance builds and profitability improvements in the business for '16/'17.

 

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In the most recent 5-day period ending November 11th, total equity mutual funds put up net outflows of -$1.3 billion, trailing the year-to-date weekly average outflow of -$701 million and the 2014 average inflow of +$620 million. The outflow was composed of international stock fund contributions of +$1.1 billion and domestic stock fund withdrawals of -$2.4 billion. International equity funds have had positive flows in 45 of the last 52 weeks while domestic equity funds have had only 8 weeks of positive flows over the same time period.

 

Fixed income mutual funds put up net outflows of -$686 million, trailing the year-to-date weekly average inflow of +$230 million and the 2014 average inflow of +$926 million. The outflow was composed of tax-free or municipal bond funds contributions of +$314 million and taxable bond funds withdrawals of -$1.0 billion.

 

Equity ETFs had net subscriptions of +$4.4 billion, outpacing the year-to-date weekly average inflow of +$2.2 billion and the 2014 average inflow of +$3.2 billion. Fixed income ETFs had net outflows of -$2.1 billion, trailing the year-to-date weekly average inflow of +$1.1 billion and the 2014 average inflow of +$1.0 billion.

 

Mutual fund flow data is collected weekly from the Investment Company Institute (ICI) and represents a survey of 95% of the investment management industry's mutual fund assets. Mutual fund data largely reflects the actions of retail investors. Exchange traded fund (ETF) information is extracted from Bloomberg and is matched to the same weekly reporting schedule as the ICI mutual fund data. According to industry leader Blackrock (BLK), U.S. ETF participation is 60% institutional investors and 40% retail investors.



Most Recent 12 Week Flow in Millions by Mutual Fund Product: Chart data is the most recent 12 weeks from the ICI mutual fund survey and includes the weekly average for 2014 and the weekly year-to-date average for 2015:

 

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Cumulative Annual Flow in Millions by Mutual Fund Product: Chart data is the cumulative fund flow from the ICI mutual fund survey for each year starting with 2008.

 

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Most Recent 12 Week Flow within Equity and Fixed Income Exchange Traded Funds: Chart data is the most recent 12 weeks from Bloomberg's ETF database (matched to the Wednesday to Wednesday reporting format of the ICI), the weekly average for 2014, and the weekly year-to-date average for 2015. In the third table are the results of the weekly flows into and out of the major market and sector SPDRs:

 

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Sector and Asset Class Weekly ETF and Year-to-Date Results: In sector SPDR callouts, the industrials XLI and utilities XLU ETFs experienced significant outflows of -$707 million or -10% and -$514 million or -8%, respectively.

 

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Cumulative Annual Flow in Millions within Equity and Fixed Income Exchange Traded Funds: Chart data is the cumulative fund flow from Bloomberg's ETF database for each year starting with 2013.

 

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Net Results:

The net of total equity mutual fund and ETF flows against total bond mutual fund and ETF flows totaled a positive +$5.9 billion spread for the week (+$3.1 billion of total equity inflow net of the -$2.8 billion outflow from fixed income; positive numbers imply greater money flow to stocks; negative numbers imply greater money flow to bonds). The 52-week moving average is +$922 million (more positive money flow to equities) with a 52-week high of +$27.9 billion (more positive money flow to equities) and a 52-week low of -$19.0 billion (negative numbers imply more positive money flow to bonds for the week.)

  

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Exposures:
The weekly data herein is important for the public asset managers with trends in mutual funds and ETFs impacting the companies with the following estimated revenue impact:

 

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Jonathan Casteleyn, CFA, CMT 

 

 

 

Joshua Steiner, CFA







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