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USD

Strong recovery day for the U.S. Dollar yesterday after holding 94 @Hedgeye TREND support during the 2 week correction. The rest of the world’s equities (Europe and Japan in particular need #StrongDollar as their stock markets aren’t working unless their FX weakens) – can Draghi break the Euro down to $1.05 vs USD in March? Doubt it.

EARNINGS

389 out of 500 S&P companies have reported and if you gave the bulls these numbers 6 months ago, they would have sold the OCT-DEC 2015 chart chase. Total REVS -4.2%, EPS -6.7% with only 3 of 10 Sectors showing year-over-year EPS growth. Get profits and credit right and you’ll keep getting this macro market right.

VIX

The VIX did precisely what it should have during yesterday’s slow-volume (total U.S. Equity Volume was -8% vs. 1 month average yesterday) rally to lower-highs, making a higher-low at 24 with an immediate-term risk range of 21-29. We’ve been bullish on volatility since Q3 of 2014 – this is going to go on and on and on as central planners panic.

 

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Asset Allocation

CASH 63% US EQUITIES 0%
INTL EQUITIES 0% COMMODITIES 2%
FIXED INCOME 24% INTL CURRENCIES 11%

Top Long Ideas

Company Ticker Sector Duration
XLU

Utilities worked against us for a -2% loss on the week, but remain an outperforming sector YTD. New scares in the form of increased risk from the financial sector emerged last week. Deutsche Bank made headlines over liquidity concerns that tied into CEO Keith McCullough's favorite S&P Sector short, the Financials. Financials are the most over-owned group relative to its rate risk – XLF is now -14% vs. Utilities (XLU) +5.3% YTD.

GIS

Walmart is still having an effect on General Mills, but it isn’t any more or less severe than previously guided by management. They will begin to lap some of the effects caused by the retailer at the beginning of their 4Q16 (starting in March). Five years ago they dealt with a similar clean store policy implemented by Walmart. Coming out of that they seemed to have gotten more than their fair share of upside, specifically in cereal and fruit snacks, now they are seeing a little more than their fair share on the downside.

TLT

Investors continue to be confronted with our signal of #GrowthSlowing in the U.S. and globally. Even the White House came out to reduce 2016 U.S. inflation assumption to 1.5% from prior expectations of 1.9%!  We’ve called for yield compression alongside our signal of growth slowing and our expectation that global investors will continue to pile into US Treasuries as a “safe haven” liquid play. Last week, the US 10 year fell 13bps to 1.736%.Continue with our go-to macro market calls of long TLT and short JNK, and things don’t have to be so doom and gloom.

Three for the Road

TWEET OF THE DAY

Our analysts talk earnings..

VIDEO | Young Guns: A Deep Dive Into #Earnings https://app.hedgeye.com/insights/49153-young-guns-a-deep-dive-into-earnings?type=video

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QUOTE OF THE DAY

Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.

Albert Einstein

STAT OF THE DAY

The youth unemployment rate in Spain is 48.3%.