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McCullough: Buy The All-Time High?

In this excerpt from The Macro Show this morning, Hedgeye CEO Keith McCullough cautions subscribers and advises what investors should consider as U.S. equities hit an all-time high.


INSTANT INSIGHT: An Update On Our #CreditCycle Call

Takeaway: At the current default rate, 2016 is on track to surpass the 2009 all-time corporate bankruptcy high.

INSTANT INSIGHT: An Update On Our #CreditCycle Call - The Cycle cartoon 05.12.2016

 

As U.S. equity markets hit all-time highs, subtly simmering beneath the surface, the bond market is telling an entirely different story about the state of the U.S. economy.

 

According to the Financial Times:

 

"Global defaults hit the milestone century mark last week, a 50% jump from the number of delinquencies at the same point last year and the highest level since the US emerged from recession in 2009.

 

The number rose by four to 100 in the first full week of July, as defaults in the US oil and gas sector ratcheted higher, according to Diane Vazza of S&P Global Ratings.

 

That brings the amount that has been defaulted on to $154 billion."

 

(**S&P Global Ratings now predicts the default rate by junk-rated companies in the U.S. will climb to 5.3% by March 2017, up from 3.8% a year earlier.)

 

More disconcerting still, at the current default rate, 2016 is on track to surpass the 2009 all-time corporate bankruptcy high. 

 

INSTANT INSIGHT: An Update On Our #CreditCycle Call - global corp defaults

Meanwhile...

 

"The asymmetry between Rising Stars (potential for upgrade) & Fallen Angels (downgraded to Junk) in U.S. Credit continues," Hedgeye Financials analyst Jonathan Casteleyn wrote earlier today.

 

INSTANT INSIGHT: An Update On Our #CreditCycle Call - rising star fallen angel

More to be revealed.

 

**To read more of our #CreditCycle work check out:

 


Daily Market Data Dump: Monday

Takeaway: A closer look at global macro market developments.

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QUICK TAKE: What's Ahead For Oil Prices

QUICK TAKE: What's Ahead For Oil Prices - oil cartoon 03.29.2016

 

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

 

"Stronger Dollar = weaker reflation returns… no follow through to Oil being +1.2% (WTI) last week as it’s still -5% in the last month and trading below @Hedgeye TREND resistance of $47.37/barrel."

 


CHART OF THE DAY: A Closer Look At Retail Sales

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. 

 

"... A few points on why we’ve been revising GDP higher throughout the quarter:

  1. The government has been understating “inflation” in both GDP and PCE Consumption reports
  2. When you understate inflation, you can overstate “real” consumption and GDP growth

A real-world example of this is Retail Sales. Because it’s reported nominally, lower gas prices actually drag on reported growth while higher prices – despite acting as a tax on real consumption – actually manifest as stronger reported growth."

 

CHART OF THE DAY: A Closer Look At Retail Sales - 07.18.16 EL Chart


NFLX | Thoughts into the Print (2Q16)

Takeaway: We're bearish over 2016/2017, but our trackers suggest it's too early to short it here, and sentiment is so bad that we may go long tomorrow

KEY POINTS

  1. THESIS RECAP: We doubt NFLX will be able to sustain its model and/or the breadth of its content offering, and that's it 2016 ROW launch will put that into context over 2016/2017.  We see NFLX’s contractual obligations as a considerably understated proxy for the ongoing cost of running its business rather than a distinct set of milestones; especially since its content outlays profile more as recurring quarterly expenses rather than asset purchases.  That said, the viability of its model is dependent on its ability to realize its user TAM.  However, our analysis of the US market suggests it may only have limited near-term runway, making the int’l expansion story crucial.  NFLX has essentially accelerated the test case for whether that story will work into 2016/2017 with its ROW launch, so we suspect the story may be coming to a head this year.  If Int'l starts sputtering out, we suspect the hype around the longer-term story fizzles out, and the multiple gets sucked out of the stock.
  2. US DOES APPEAR TO BE UNDER PRESSURE: Consensus is expecting net subscriber adds to decline -41% y/y to 532K in 2Q (vs. guidance of 500K), followed by a -12% decline in 3Q.  Our trackers are suggesting that the US did decline at a decelerating rate in 2Q, but not quite at the pace implied by guidance/consensus.  The 3Q guide may be a different story though since consensus is expecting a considerable moderation in the y/y decline in US net adds, and our tracker suggests only marginal improvement in the y/y trend in 3Q vs. 2Q.  Granted it’s still early in 3Q, but given that NFLX reports so early in the quarter, we suspect mgmt would need to take a big leap of faith in order to guide consensus domestic 3Q net adds.  We’re expecting 2Q net adds to come in at roughly 650K, with the 3Q guide slightly below that (vs. consensus of 774K).
  3. BUT INT’L LOOKS MUCH BETTER: Consensus is expecting net adds to decline -11% y/y to 2.1M in 2Q (vs. guidance of 2.0M), followed by a 4% increase in 3Q.  Remember that NFLX hasn’t annualized past all of its 2015 country launches yet, so a y/y decline in 2Q seems overdone, especially considering its 2016 ROW launch.  While our trackers are pointing to decelerating 2Q growth, we’re not seeing declines outside of a few notable countries (UK, CA, AU), but that is being largely offset by elevated growth throughout Latin America.  Our trackers also suggest that those two themes are largely extending early into 3Q as well, however the decline in those countries mentioned above is moderating, while Latin American growth remains elevated, if not accelerating in certain countries on a y/y basis QTD.  Collectively, we’re expecting int’l net adds to approach 3M in 2Q, with the 3Q guide coming in around 3.5M (vs. consensus of 2.85M)
  4. 2Q16 = BULLISH SETUP? We suspect that sentiment around the US story is fairly muted at this point, so attention has shifted toward the int’l markets as the proxy for whether the longer-term NFLX story has any legs.  In turn, we suspect if int’l works then than the stock could work as well.  We know we’re not alone in expecting upside to 2Q int’l net sub adds, but the 3Q guide hasn’t gotten as much attention.  If NFLX guides to a 3-handle for 3Q int’l net sub adds, we suspect the int’l story will find rekindled optimism following the shell shock from the 2Q guide, which would likely appear as a hiccup and/or sandbag in retrospect.  Regarding the US story, it’s tougher to gauge how sentiment tracks from here since we’re expecting a miss on the 3Q net sub adds guide, which could propel the bear case around potential churn from NFLX’s planned price increases.  But we suspect the street could look past a miss on US net sub adds as long as the 3Q guide isn’t worse than the 2Q guide, especially if NFLX produces upside to its 2Q net adds metric as we expect, and more importantly shows promise around the int’l story.   

 

See the notes below for supporting detail around our thesis.  Let us know if you have any questions, or would like to discuss further.

 

Hesham Shaaban, CFA
Managing Director


@HedgeyeInternet

 

 

NFLX | Good vs. Bad (US User Survey)
06/09/16 10:41 AM EDT
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NFLX | Breaking Down Content Costs
05/26/16 08:14 AM EDT
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