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4 Videos On Why We Remain Bearish

Takeaway: We'll say it again ... Risk happens slowly at first, then all at once.

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So... why are we bearish on U.S. equities?

 

The brief videos below lay out much of our case. For starters, we believe this recent reflation rally will prove short-lived, due to the fact corporate profits have fallen two consecutive quarters (a rather bearish historical harbinger) and we don't think central bankers can successfully arrest economic gravity.

 

1. Game Over. Central Bankers Can’t Do Anymore

In this brief exchange on The Macro Show, Hedgeye Demography Sector Head Neil Howe and CEO Keith McCullough discuss how global markets are closing in on a critical monetary policy exhaustion end point. “Why don’t people accept that?” Howe asks. “[Central bankers] can’t do anymore!”

 

2. McCullough: S&P Earnings Confront ‘Toughest Comps In U.S. History’

Hedgeye CEO Keith McCullough crystalizes an enormous risk facing the U.S. stock market right now in this brief excerpt from The Macro Show today.

 

3. Dale: 'What Are You Buying'

In this excerpt from The Macro Show, Hedgeye Senior Macro analyst Darius Dale discusses the recent reflation rally and provides critical context about why we remain bearish.

 

4. Beware the Reflation Trade Risk

In this brief excerpt of The Macro Show earlier today, Hedgeye CEO Keith McCullough discusses this week’s Fed meeting, the recent reflation trade bounce and takes a deep dive into commodities markets.


[UNLOCKED] Fund Flow Survey | Domestic Equity Mutual Funds...Worse Start Than 2015

Takeaway: Domestic stock funds have shed -$36.3B so far in '16, far worse than the first 14 weeks in 2015 which was the worst year on record.

Editor's Note: This is a complimentary research note originally published April 14, 2016 by our Financials team. If you would like more info on how you can access our institutional research please email sales@hedgeye.com.

 

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Investment Company Institute Mutual Fund Data and ETF Money Flow:

In the 5-day period ending April 6th, domestic equity funds lost another -$5.3 billion, bringing the first fourteen weeks of 2016 to a net redemption of -$36.3 billion. This current draw down pace is far worse than the first fourteen weeks of 2015 which had totaled just $-9.8 BB, but which ended the year as the biggest annual redemption for the category in history. Additionally, the 2016 YTD withdrawal is just shy of the Financial Crisis cadence in 2008, in which domestic equity funds had lost -$39.7 billion over the same period (but the '08 cycle finished the year strongly with domestic stock subscriptions). Investors also withdrew -$555 million from international equity funds last week, bringing total equity mutual funds lost to -$5.8 billion. Meanwhile, the migration into passive funds continued with investors contributing +$7.0 billion to equity ETFs. Below is Morningstar's current count to the biggest money management complexes with exposure to the domestic stock fund category.

 

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On the fixed income side, investors made net contributions in all categories. Total bond mutual fund flows came to +$6.7 billion. Bond ETF flows were relatively weak last week, coming in at only +$240 million. Finally, money market funds lost -$27 billion to withdrawals, as the seasonality of income tax payments hit its final week.

 


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In the most recent 5-day period ending April 6th, total equity mutual funds put up net outflows of -$5.8 billion, trailing the year-to-date weekly average outflow of -$1.2 billion and the 2015 average outflow of -$1.6 billion.

 

Fixed income mutual funds put up net inflows of +$6.7 billion, outpacing the year-to-date weekly average inflow of +$1.5 billion and the 2015 average outflow of -$475 million.

 

Equity ETFs had net subscriptions of +$7.0 billion, outpacing the year-to-date weekly average outflow of -$1.0 billion and the 2015 average inflow of +$2.8 billion. Fixed income ETFs had net inflows of +$240 million, trailing the year-to-date weekly average inflow of +$2.0 billion and the 2015 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 2015 and the weekly year-to-date average for 2016:

 

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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 2015, and the weekly year-to-date average for 2016. 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, investors made a +5% or +$631 million contribution to the technology XLK ETF.

 

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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 negative -$5.8 billion spread for the week (+$1.1 billion of total equity inflow net of the +$6.9 billion inflow to fixed income; positive numbers imply greater money flow to stocks; negative numbers imply greater money flow to bonds). The 52-week moving average is -$540 million (negative numbers imply more positive money flow to bonds for the week) with a 52-week high of +$20.2 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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CHART OF THE DAY | Emerging Markets: 'A Sucker's Bet'

Editor's Note: Below is a brief excerpt and chart from today's Early Look written by Hedgeye Senior Macro analyst Darius Dale. Click here to learn more.

 

"... But what is clear, however, is that investors have had ample opportunity to sell into every “face-ripping” short squeeze to lower-highs across the spectrum of emerging market assets over the past ~5Y – of which there have been many – as highlighted by the Chart of the Day below."

 

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The total percentage of successful long and short trading signals since the inception of Real-Time Alerts in August of 2008.

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Cartoon of the Day: No Oil Freeze

Cartoon of the Day: No Oil Freeze - OPEC cartoon 04.18.2016

 

On Friday, Hedgeye colleague and Potomac Research Group Senior Energy analyst Joe McMonigle wrote, "We believe there is no chance Saudi Arabia reverses its position and agrees to freeze production on Sunday," after Iran announced it would skip the much-hyped oil "freeze" meeting in Doha. That proved prescient. Over the weekend, OPEC members, including Saudi Arabia, and non-OPEC countries, like Russia, failed to reach an agreement to freeze oil production.


Setting the Record Straight On Our Market Calls

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The trolls are back! 

 

Since equity markets bottomed in February, a growing chorus of market prognosticators -- from outright haters to permabulls and everyone in between -- have been chirping our calls from the cheap seats.

 

Let's set the record straight.

 

We still believe U.S. equities are headed for a crash. Myriad macro market risks loom ever larger over the U.S. economy (see corporate profits and flagging economic growth). These risks are as relevant today as they were earlier this year when the market sold off. They have not gone away.

 

Set aside for a moment that the permabulls most dismissive of our bearish market calls got run over by the selloffs we warned subscribers about in July and again in December. Let's take a look at some cold hard facts. In particular, how our top Long and Short ideas we recommended heading into 2016 have performed.

 

Long The Long Bond (TLT):

 

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LONG UTILITIES (XLU), SHORT FINANCIALS (XLF)

 

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we'll stick with what's working.


Why We Think Agrium Has Substantial Downside | $AGU

Takeaway: We believe Agrium has substantial downside from here.

Our analysts Jay Van Sciver and Ben Ryan presented the bear case on Agrium (AGU) last Wednesday with a detailed 90-slide black book during an institutional conference call. To summarize, we believe the retail business is misunderstood and subject to short-termism from an analysis perspective.

 

In our view, operating margins in the retail business—which have been stable post-recession—will contract meaningfully as the sector continues its long cyclical downturn. We expect margin and top line pressure at Agrium's retail unit to expose the overvaluation of this business segment by the market.

 

Below are some relevant slides highlighting why we think Agrium has significant downside. 

 

**Email sales@hedgeye.com for the deck and/or related inquiry.

 

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