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Cartoon of the Day: Blast Off!

Cartoon of the Day: Blast Off! - GDP cartoon 02.29.2016

 

"If the Old Wall wants you to imagine that Friday’s 1% GDP report was a “beat” (when the expectation for the past 2 years has been +3-4% growth), that’s fine," Hedgeye CEO Keith McCullough wrote in this morning's Early Look. "Your 2016 portfolio returns, however, have sided within being long asset allocations that do well when GDP growth slows from 3 to 2 to 1. So start your March off right - short the Financials (XLF) – buy more Utilities (XLU)."


REPLAY: The Macro Show *SPECIAL FREE EDITION*

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You don't want to miss this. Earlier this morning we hosted a special *FREE* edition of The Macro Show with Hedgeye CEO Keith McCullough and Senior Macro analyst Darius Dale. You'll get a front-row distillation of all the key global market and economic developments and how to position yourself accordingly. In addition ... Keith answers viewer questions during our interactive Q&A.

Don't miss out. click below for access.

 

 

 

 


Washington on Wall Street: Super Tuesday Preview with JT Taylor and Daryl Jones

 

Potomac Research Group's Chief Political Strategist JT Taylor joins Hedgeye Director of Research Daryl Jones for a Super Tuesday preview. The Republican establishment hopes that Rubio or Cruz can capture some delegates in the face of Donald Trump's seemingly insurmountable leads in nearly every Super Tuesday state. Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton seeks to build on her momentum from a big South Carolina win to effectively seal the deal on the Democratic side.


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BREAKING: SEC Investigation, The Valeant Implosion Continues (We Warned You) | $VRX

Takeaway: Our analysts think Valeant Pharmaceuticals' shares still have 70% downside.

BREAKING: SEC Investigation, The Valeant Implosion Continues (We Warned You) | $VRX - Ackman cartoon 10.26.2015

 

Shares of the drugmaker Valeant Pharmaceuticals (VRX) have tumbled -18% today after it was reported that the company is under investigation by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Our Healthcare analysts Tom Tobin and Andrew Freedman have long warned about Valeant's unsustainable business model was supported by an acquisition spree that aggressively valued those assets:

 

“Valeant is operating what we believe is an unsustainable business model of serial acquisitions and underinvestment, fueled by debt, that will continue to lead to deterioration in the ongoing business.” (Hedgeye, 7/2014)

 

Below we have unlocked our Healthcare team's original research along with a few updates and the most recent research laying out why VRX shares are only worth $20:

 

 

Below is a smattering of Freedman's follow up via Twitter: 

 

 

 

 

BREAKING: SEC Investigation, The Valeant Implosion Continues (We Warned You) | $VRX - Ackman cartoon 11.09.2015


The Fed's In Deep Doo-Doo If Recession Comes

Takeaway: Tightening credit conditions and economic history don't augur well for the Fed and its "ability to soften the blow."

Editor's Note: Watch out if the U.S. economy stalls ... the Fed has very little monetary policy "cushion" left should the economy take a turn for the worse. That's one of the key takeaways from a recent institutional research report written by our Financials analysts Josh Steiner and Jonathan Casteleyn. On a related note, our Macro team has been highlighting the increasing likelihood that the U.S. slips into a recession sometime in the next one to three quarters. Below is a brief excerpt. To get full research access email sales@hedgeye.com.

 

The Fed's In Deep Doo-Doo If Recession Comes - bear cartoon 01.26.2016

 

Excerpt from Research Report: 

 

"... Perhaps of equal interest is the fact that the Fed has historically had an enormous policy cushion in response to recessions. The table below shows that since 1969, the Fed has eased by an average of 750 bps in response to every recession. The last two cycles have seen the Fed ease by 560 bps and 520 bps. The challenge this time around is that the Fed's current policy cushion is 36 bps.

 

To summarize, credit conditions are tightening, which has historically ushered in a recession, and the Fed is short by around 5 percentage points on its ability to soften the blow."

 

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The Fed's In Deep Doo-Doo If Recession Comes - policy cushion


JT Taylor: Is Clinton Gaining Momentum... Behind The Rise Of Donald Trump

Takeaway: What to watch on the election 2016 campaign trail.

Below is a brief excerpt from Potomac Research Group Chief Political Strategist JT Taylor's Morning Bullets sent to institutional clients each morning.

SC SPRINGBOARD

 

JT Taylor: Is Clinton Gaining Momentum... Behind The Rise Of Donald Trump - hillary clinton

 

Hillary Clinton trounced Bernie Sanders in Saturday's primary, winning by nearly 48 points, and sweeping the African-American vote by a 5:1 margin. Her campaign made an all-out attempt to run up the score, deploying her family across the state days after Sanders packed up and left. 

 

Clinton bet that the added momentum will help her in states with a large African-American population -- and that the opportunity costs of not spending time last week in, say, Colorado or Minnesota will be minimal. She can't afford any risk of looking like she's taking any votes, especially African-Americans' for granted -- especially given that she needs to shore up perceptions of her authenticity and that their support is so vital for her candidacy.

 

Bottom line: Her decision to remain in SC throughout last week was both a defensive move and a show of strength. 

IT'S ALIIIIVE!

 

JT Taylor: Is Clinton Gaining Momentum... Behind The Rise Of Donald Trump - its alive

 

We wrote months ago that Trump's rise was due in large part to the establishment media and their refusal to hold his feet to the fire -- and we dubbed him the media's Trumpkenstein. Here's what we wrote:

 

"For most of this election season, Donald Trump has represented high ratings and big get interviews for media outlets. The Republican debates have been some of the highest-rated programs on cable networks as a result of Trump's participation. Instead of regular programming, CNN and other cable news stations provide free air time to Trump and cover his speeches [and ubiquitous dial-ins] live. Yes, he said crazy things, but it was 'good television' and ratings."

 

Ahem. So we find it incredibly ironic that that same establishment media is now implying that the Republican establishment is responsible for Trump's rise, and faulting them for not intervening to thwart his candidacy.

 

C'mon. Plenty of blame to go around on this one... 


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