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Tiffany's Earnings Bomb Wrapped In a Pretty Blue Box | $TIF

Takeaway: "When you call yourself a luxury brand, but your reputation on the Street starts to converge with Kohl’s, you know there’s a problem."

Tiffany's Earnings Bomb Wrapped In a Pretty Blue Box | $TIF - tiffany box

 

Shares of luxury retailer Tiffany (TIF) lost some of their luster today as the company slashed its outlook and reported that results had deteriorated on virtually every line of their P&L. Shares are down 1.6% today.

 

To be clear, Retail analyst Brian McGough has been ahead of the crowd. Since TIF was added to the short side of Investing Ideas, the stock is down -22% while the S&P 500 is up 5.2%.

 

Tiffany's Earnings Bomb Wrapped In a Pretty Blue Box | $TIF - tif v s p

 

Ahead of TIF's results today, here's what our Retail team wrote in a weekend update to Investing Ideas subscribers:

 

"Tiffany (TIF) reports 1Q earnings on Wednesday, May 25th. Looking at recent data points, it seems that this event is more likely to be negative than positive. 

 

  • Last week Macy's reported declining 2 year comp trends. Over the last year, comps for TIF Americas have moved relatively in line with Macy's, and both companies have discussed the negative impact of reduced foreign tourist traffic.
  • Ralph Lauren Corp also noted that sales to foreign tourists were down 25% in the quarter, even working against easier compares from tourism weakness in the quarter last year.
  • TIF CFO Ralph Nicoletti notified the company on May 10th that he would leave on May 20th to take a job with a different company. This comes just 1 month after he stood up in front of analysts at their investor day to lay out the companys financial goals. Generally, executives don’t leave when the team is executing and business is accelerating."

Spot On. 

 

An update following the results...

 

Retail analysts Brian McGough and Alexander Richards minced no words this morning in a note to institutional subscribers:

 

"When you call yourself a luxury brand, but your reputation on the Street starts to converge with Kohl’s, you know there’s a problem... What we are sure of, however, is that this stock is still a short barring a massive correction today that erases a third of TIF’s market cap."

 

In other words, stick with the short here.


McCullough: Stop Whining, Stick With The Process

 

During the live Q&A section of The Macro Show earlier today, Hedgeye CEO Keith McCullough provides a “stick with the process” pep talk for a subscriber worried about his short positions.


What The Bond Market Tells Us About U.S. Growth (Or The Lack Thereof)

Takeaway: Despite the Fed's talk of rate hikes, we remain the bulls on Long Bonds (TLT).

What The Bond Market Tells Us About U.S. Growth (Or The Lack Thereof) - tlt lowdown

 

"Unfortunately, the bond market isn’t buying into the hope that GDP is +2.5% here in Q2 (we’re still below 1%) – at 1.86% this am the 10yr Yield is signaling at 1.68% is still very much in play ahead of next week’s #EmploymentSlowing report," Hedgeye CEO Keith McCullough wrote in a note sent to subscribers earlier today.

 

Take a look at the 10-year Treasury since the Fed's December "rate hike."

 

What The Bond Market Tells Us About U.S. Growth (Or The Lack Thereof) - 10yr treasury 5 25

 

The flattening of the 10s/2s yield spread to a year-to-date low is another explicitly bearish U.S. growth signal.

 

What The Bond Market Tells Us About U.S. Growth (Or The Lack Thereof) - 10s2s yield spread

 

That's why we remain THE BULLS on Long Bonds (TLT).

 

Stick with it here.


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Daily Market Data Dump: Wednesday

Takeaway: A closer look at global macro market developments.

Editor's Note: Below are complimentary charts highlighting global equity market developments, S&P 500 sector performance, volume on U.S. stock exchanges, and rates and bond spreads. It's on the house. For more information on how Hedgeye can help you better understand the markets and economy (and stay ahead of consensus) check out our array of investing products

 

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CHART OF THE DAY: How To Risk Manage Our Favorite Macro Positions

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.

 

"... Since Utilities (XLU) and Long-term Bonds (TLT) already signaled immediate-term TRADE oversold (lower) last week, the only big thing that I like on the long side that is signaling oversold today (i.e. it’s at the low-end of the risk range today) is Gold.

 

Gold’s immediate-term risk range is now $1215-1260. So I’d buy some at $1215 and sell some at $1260."

 

CHART OF THE DAY: How To Risk Manage Our Favorite Macro Positions - 05.25.16 EL Chart


Cartoon of the Day: Atlas

Cartoon of the Day: Atlas - growth cartoon 05.24.2016

 

Global growth continues to surprise Macro consensus to the downside.


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