A Brief Update On Earnings Season & Sector Performance

Takeaway: As Macy's (M) & Disney (DIS) missed earnings numbers and shares implode this morning, here's a critical update on earnings season.

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A grand total of 446 of 500 S&P 500 companies have reported earnings, aggregate sales and earnings growth is down -2.4% and -8.5% respectively.


A few callouts:


  • 6 of 10 sectors have reported negative sales and earnings growth;
  • Energy leads the laggards, with sales and earnings plummeting -31.6% and -108.7% respectively;
  • Financials & Materials earnings growth is down -14.3% and -15.1% respectively;


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Meanwhile, looking at sector Performance:


  • Our Macro team's favorite long sector of 2016, Utilities (XLU), continues to outperform, 13.1%;
  • Our favorite short, Financials (XLF), is down -2.3% and is the second worst performing sector;
  • Other callouts: Healthcare (XLV) is having a rough 2016 and Energy (XLE), which had a rough start to the year, is the second best performing sector. 


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Daily Market Data Dump: Wednesday

Takeaway: A closer look at global macro market developments.

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A #LateCycle Reality Check Hits Disney, Macy's, China, Italy, etc...

Takeaway: Recent stumbles in Disney shares, Italy's bank-heavy FTSE MIB index, and China's Hang Seng index are prime examples of #GrowthSlowing.

A #LateCycle Reality Check Hits Disney, Macy's, China, Italy, etc... - late cycle cartoon 10.08.2015


It's getting tougher each day for deniers of #LateCycle reality.


"I wonder if Disney missing for the 1st time in 5yrs has anything to do with #TheCycle (it continues to slow)," Hedgeye CEO Keith McCullough wrote in a note to subscribers this morning.


Even chart chasers can digest the massive rally in Disney (DIS) shares followed by the abrupt flatlining. Note: DIS is down more than -10% from it's August 2015 peak.



By the way...


It's going to be a rough #LateCycle reality check for Macy's (M) investors this morning. The retailer printed lackluster earnings eerily reminiscent of the last cycle's rollover. (It has also already nosedived from its July 2015 peak – it's down almost -50% since then.)



It's happening around the world...


Check out European economic data:



And Italy's banking-heavy FTSE MIB leads the losers today. 


Thanks NIRP!



(For more, read the FT's piece about the German regulator who called NIRP a "seeping poison." Or Spain's 50-year Long Bond issuance as growth continues to slow.)



Rouding out the morning's #GrowthSlowing flops is China's Hang Seng:



Meanwhile, there's always a bull market somewhere...


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CHART OF THE DAY: A Look At The Peak In S&P 500 P/E

Editor's Note: Below is a brief excerpt and chart from today's Early Look written by Hedgeye CEO Keith McCullough. Click here to learn more.


"... Unless we’re going to go all-in #bubble multiple speak (Bernstein slapped a $1000 price target on AMZN yesterday), as you can see here in our Chart of The Day, forward SP500 P/E multiples already peaked (right on time) last year too."


CHART OF THE DAY: A Look At The Peak In S&P 500 P/E - 05.11.16 EL Chart

Cartoon of the Day: Dead On Arrival

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A brief update on earnings season:

  1. 441 of 500 S&P 500 companies have reported their Q1 2016 numbers
  2. Aggregate SALES growth is DOWN -2.4% year-over-year
  3. Aggregate EARNINGS growth is DOWN -8.9% year-over-year
  4. Ex-Energy (EPS -109% y/y), Financials have EARNINGS DOWN -14.3% year-over-year
  5. Ex-Energy, Technology has EARNINGS DOWN -8.4% year-over-year 

Trump & Bernie's War On Math

Below is a brief excerpt from Hedgeye Potomac Chief Political Strategist JT Taylor's Morning Bullets sent to institutional clients each morning. For more information on how you can access our institutional research please email


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Donald Trump is under fire for waffling on the pillars of his economic plans. We think he has a bigger numbers problem - and his difficult task of winning over key demographics (particularly Hispanics) may have just gotten harder. Yes, his unfavorables are at a historic high for a major party nominee; and yes, his misguided attempts to win over those groups (think: TacoGate 2016) have not done him any favors.


But that may be nothing compared to the impending "Hispanic backlash."  Trump is backed up against a big border wall for a number of reasons: he has a net favorability among Latinos of negative 78% (while Hillary Clinton is at +29%). Since 1980, no Republican has won the White House without locking down at least 30% of the Hispanic vote, and Hispanic registration is up in a number of key states - CA, CO, NV and FL - to name a few. 


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The Democratic underdog is fighting over big numbers again, and this time they're coming at him from the left. The left-leaning Urban Institute did the math on Sanders' "Medicare for all" program estimating it would increase federal spending by $32 trillion over 10 years - yes, that's trillion with a T


Sanders had previously estimated the cost to be closer to a measly $13.8 trillion. But West Virginians don't seem too concerned. Despite Sanders' long list of policy proposals with no clear way to pay for them, he is likely to pick off another win in WVA today and the Democratic contest will just keep dragging on. 


Tax Notes recently suggested the Obama Administration could use the regulatory process to close the so-called "carried interest loophole." Treasury officials responded in an eerily similar tone it used during the run-up to recently-released inversion guidance, saying closing the loophole was a top priority and that Treasury is "continuing to explore its existing authority...but the department cannot eliminate the carried interest tax benefit by itself." 


Given the heat they are taking on their unilateral action on inversions, we would be surprised to see Treasury take on another battle.  But given Clinton, Sanders and Trump have all criticized the carried interest provision, the rhetoric on this issue will likely heat up just in time for the summer.


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