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DRI: Adding Darden Restaurants to Investing Ideas (Short Side)

Takeaway: We are adding Darden Restaurants to Investing Ideas today.

Editor's Note: Please note that Hedgeye Restaurants analyst Howard Penney will send out a full report outlining our high-conviction short thesis later this week. In the meantime, below is a brief update sent today by Hedgeye CEO Keith McCullough in Real-Time Alerts:

 

DRI: Adding Darden Restaurants to Investing Ideas (Short Side) - darden

 

"I'm looking for the "consumer is in good shape" narratives to short...

 

And Howard Penney (of Chipotle short selling fame) is telling me to look no further than the never ending bowl of storytelling pasta.

 

Darden is up on a rope relative to where it was when Penney went bullish on it a few years ago... and he reminded our Institutional Research subscribers why it could go back to where it was on a conference call on February 2nd, 2016.

 

His new target price range is in the low $40’s 

 

Insiders might agree. Per Penney, "recently DRI’s largest shareholder announced it was selling more stock.  DRI’s core brand, Olive Garden is in need of a massive infusion of capital to fix the secular decline in traffic. 

 

Knowing this investment will slow earnings growth and depress the multiple; we don’t want to own the stock either!"

 

Short Green,

KM"

 


McCullough: ‘Are You Bearish Enough?’

 

In this brief excerpt of The Macro Show from this morning, Hedgeye CEO Keith McCullough explains why most investors aren’t bearish enough.


4 Charts That Will Shape The Presidential Election

265 days left until America heads to the polls. On this note, Hedgeye Senior Macro analyst Darius Dale recently laid out the "most important charts that have and will continue to shape the election." You can follow Darius on Twitter via @HedgeyeDDale

 

Here's the brief rundown:

 

1. Check out the decline in average employee compensation, even while the Fed massively expanded its balance sheet.

 

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4 Charts That Will Shape The Presidential Election - fed balance sheet

 

2. U.S. Household Wealth as a % of Disposable Personal Income vs Shadow Federal Funds Rate

 

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4 Charts That Will Shape The Presidential Election - household wealth

 

3. Here's the breakdown in U.S. household wealth by percentile.

 

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4 Charts That Will Shape The Presidential Election - wealth distrib

 

4. And the breakdown of ownership of financial assets by household wealth distribution.

 

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4 Charts That Will Shape The Presidential Election - wealth distrib fin assets 

 

In essence, a large contributor to the sustained Trump/Sanders appeal appears to be (despite the Fed's best efforts) that many Americans aren't participating in the central bank's easy-money economic "recovery." 


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Bounce? A Quick Review Of (Crashing) Global Markets

Takeaway: Markets across the world remain in crash mode.

Bounce? A Quick Review Of (Crashing) Global Markets - bounce cartoon 02.12.2016

 

Talk of global equity market bounces is laughable. Here's a scorecard of global stock market performance in the past year highlighting the drawdown in major equity indexes from their respective 2015 highs.

 

Not good.

 

  1. MSCI World Index: -18.3%

  2. China's Shanghai Comp: -45.1%

  3. Spain's IBEX: -31.3%

  4. Japan's Nikkei: -23.1%

  5. Germany's DAX: -26.5%

  6. France's CAC 40: -22.2%

  7. U.S. Russell 2000: -24.4%

  8. U.S. S&P 500: -11.9%

 

Last week's "bounce" in U.S. equities was far from a vote of confidence. It came on no-volume.

 

Bounce? A Quick Review Of (Crashing) Global Markets - volume us

 

 

Below is a quick smattering of crashing global financial markets and their "bounces" for context...

 

Japan...

 

 

India...

 

 

Germany...

 

 

"1-day bounce (yesterday) does not an arrest of the stock market crash make," Hedgeye CEO Keith McCullough wrote in a note to subscribers this morning. "Draghi’s Euro is actually up vs. USD this morning as Italian stocks continue to crash and the DAX falls back to -26% since the 2015 peak – should he jawbone daily?" 

 

Oil... 

 

 

"Context is critical here – after another -4.7% week for WTI, they bounced it +3-4% on the OPEC headline this morning and have since lost most of that. The risk range remains intact at $26.02-31.39 (don’t chase bounces, sell them!)," McCullough wrote.

 


Central Planners Try To "Soothe Markets." What Happens When No One Believes Them Anymore?

Takeaway: Try as they may, central planners can't stop economic gravity.

Central Planners Try To "Soothe Markets." What Happens When No One Believes Them Anymore? - central banker cartoon 02.02.2016

 

"In the last 48 hours, we’ve seen some of the biggest ideological rock-stars of the central-market-planning bubble come out singing," Hedgeye CEO Keith McCullough wrote in this morning's Early Look. In case you missed it, here's a quick wrap up of the soothing words uttered by global central planners over the weekend:

 

  • Japan is pushing greater cooperation from its G7 partners to soothe market jitters, government sources say.
  • Mario Draghi and the ECB stand “ready to do its part,” i.e. the central bank could unveil further stimulus measures next month.
  • Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia and Russia have agreed to freeze oil output in a meeting in Qatar.

thought experiment:

 

What happens when the market no longer believes them? What happens when the music stops?

 

 

It's getting crazy..

 

Central Planners Try To "Soothe Markets." What Happens When No One Believes Them Anymore? - abc news

 

As the expression goes ... "May you live in interesting times." Rest assured this monetary policy gong show is going to get more interesting as reality sets in.

 

Central Planners Try To "Soothe Markets." What Happens When No One Believes Them Anymore? - Yellen Yoda cartoon 12.01.2015 


HedgeyeRetail (2/16) | Retail Expectations Are Ignoring the Economy

Takeaway: Not enough to be 'pretty cheap' when estimates are too high. A stock has to be incredibly cheap, and offer exceptional LT growth (i.e. RH).

Here's the historical sales, margin and earnings forecast for the group of 45 retailers that will start to report earnings this week.  There's good news and there's bad news.

 

The good news is that the consensus is looking for a 90bp decline in margins, and -4.2% erosion in earnings in the fourth quarter. Definitely conservative at face value.

 

The bad news is that face value is worthless. We think we're likely to see an earnings decline for the group in the high single digits this quarter.

 

Moreover, the Street is looking for a very steady earnings rebound in 1Q and 2Q16. What this tells us is that the Street is largely assuming that the malaise we're seeing out there is largely weather-related, given the problems retailers had in Dec and Jan.

 

Is weather a problem? Yes. But there's more to it -- and anyone that says there's no weakness in the underlying economy is probably not being intellectually honest.

 

The punchline is that retailers will not simply be 'gifted' an up year in 2016. They're going to have to fight tooth and nail. We think more will be down for the year than will experience growth.

 

Multiples are not egregious, and in fact they look downright attractive. But it's not enough to be 'pretty cheap' when estimates are still too high. In order to ignore an earnings miss, a stock has to be incredibly cheap, very little likelihood of a miss, and offer exceptional long term growth (i.e. RH).

 

In the meantime, we're comfortable pushing the short side of our ledger -- FL, KSS, GPS, HIBB, TIF, and TGT to name a few.

 

HedgeyeRetail (2/16) | Retail Expectations Are Ignoring the Economy - 2 16 2016 chart1

HedgeyeRetail (2/16) | Retail Expectations Are Ignoring the Economy - 2 16 2016 chart2

 

KSS - Kohl's cuts chief digital officer, senior  VP of store environment and development, & senior VP of communications

(http://www.wsj.com/articles/kohls-eliminates-three-senior-leadership-positions-1455300121?mod=mktw)

 

JWN - Nordstrom rack announces plans to open first Canadian store, a 38,600 sq ft. store that will open in 2018

(http://press.nordstrom.com/phoenix.zhtml?c=211996&p=irol-newsArticle&ID=2139337)

 

TLRD - Tailored brands guides full-year EPS to low side of prior guidance after Jos. A. Bank struggles

(http://ir.tailoredbrands.com/press-releases/detail/1776/tailored-brands-inc-provides-preliminary-fourth-quarter)

 

JCP - JCPenney announces management changes -- Chief Merchant John Tighe to oversee product development and design, Supply Chain SVP Mike Robbins will oversee global sourcing

(http://ir.jcpenney.com/phoenix.zhtml?c=70528&p=irol-newsCompanyArticle&ID=2139263)

 

AdiBok, SKX - Adidas wins lawsuit preventing Skechers from selling 2 discontinued styles

(http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20160215005716/en/SKECHERS-Announces-Preliminary-Ruling-adidas-Lawsuit)

 

WFM - Whole Foods centralizes management to cuts costs, improve relationship with suppliers

(http://www.wsj.com/articles/whole-foods-works-to-reduce-costs-and-boost-clout-with-suppliers-1455445803)

 

SIG - Signet Jewelers announces plans to delist from London Stock Exchange

(http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20160216005435/en/)

 

JCP - JCPenney says Burberry lawsuit will have no financial impact

(http://ir.jcpenney.com/phoenix.zhtml?c=70528&p=irol-newsCompanyArticle&ID=2138116)


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