A Takeaway From Our Institutional Call on Agrium | $AGU

Takeaway: Shares of Agrium have remained comparatively resilient in 2016, a trend which we expect to reverse in 2H16.

A Takeaway From Our Institutional Call on Agrium | $AGU - agu present 


Hedgeye analysts Jay Van Sciver and Ben Ryan hosted an institutional call on Agrium (AGU) earlier this week. Here's the key takeaway:


Shares of Agrium have remained comparatively resilient in 2016, a trend which we expect to reverse in 2H16. As Agrium enters the back half of the year, wholesale margins are likely to see pressure amid lower fertilizer prices and higher input costs. While 1H16 retail margins benefited from early spring 2016 season planting and delayed fall 2015 nutrient application, such support should fade in 2H.


A Takeaway From Our Institutional Call on Agrium | $AGU - agu chart


KEY topics of discussion:

  • Broader Consideration of Retail Cyclicality: Product pricing, margins, and customer credit
  • Fertilizer Prices vs. Input Costs: Nitrogen set-up for 2H16 margin pressure
  • Capacity Growth & Exports: Chinese export trends, additional North American capacity
  • Retail Supplier Consolidation: Merger activity and trends in supplier concentration over time
  • Capital Allocation: Consideration of Agrium's redeployment of cycle peak profits
  • Valuation vs. Cycle: Valuations outside of Ag boom for retail, wholesale; where we expect Agrium shares to trade.


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A Closer Look At European #GrowthSlowing

Takeaway: European equities continue to fall as the #GrowthSlowing data continues to roll in.

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Below is analysis from Hedgeye CEO Keith McCullough in a note sent to subscribers earlier today: 


"One way to keep US Equity Beta Up = Dollar Down (on the week); but how does that continue (from here)? With GBP/USD signaling immediate-term TRADE overbought at $1.34 and US economic growth (Q2 GDP) not tracking to recession (our Q2 predictive tracking algo currently has 1.5-1.8% y/y)?


The other side of the FX (and relative economic slowing) TREND looks like Euro Down (vs. Dollar Up) to me; EUR/USD top-end of the risk range = $1.12, and as European #GrowthSlowing continues I’m looking for a re-test of $1.05; French stocks down -0.8% have the CAC40 out of “crash” mode at -17% from last year’s high, but still bearish TREND @Hedgeye."


Take a look at the chart below of tumbling European equity markets:


Why such dismal performance?


Europe's #GrowthSlowing data continues to roll in...


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S&P 500
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Russell 2000
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NASDAQ Composite
4,850 5,090 5,034
Nikkei 225 Index
14,919 16,590 16,385
German DAX Composite
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Volatility Index
12.24 18.32 12.82
U.S. Dollar Index
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Japanese Yen
100.28 106.29 105.44
Light Crude Oil Spot Price
43.09 47.04 45.50
Natural Gas Spot Price
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Gold Spot Price
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Copper Spot Price
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Netflix Inc.
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Alphabet Inc.
691 745 735
J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.
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Infosys Tech.
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CHART OF THE DAY: China's $704,000,000,000 Debt Binge

Editor's Note: Below is a brief excerpt and chart from today's Early Look written by Hedgeye U.S. Macro analyst Christian Drake. Click here to learn more.


"... 4. Chinese Debt: Credit growth and proclivity for malinvestment in China is well publicized but I still think loan growth in 1Q was underappreciated. New loan growth in China was a remarkable $704B in 1Q16. To put that in context, the ARRA Act of 2009 (i.e. Peak Crisis, U.S. Recession Stimulus Package) was just north of $800B. What did that buy them? – another lower cycle low in GDP for 1Q."


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