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A Closer Look At How Big Banks Really "Beat" Earnings Estimates

Takeaway: Reality check. Over the past year, Wall Street earnings estimates for big banks typically fell over -20%.

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in a wall street (and america for that matter) of lowered expectations ... Everybody Beats.

 

That's the long and short of it. The news this morning is Morgan Stanley (MS) beat consensus earnings estimates, sending its shares higher. Setting aside for a second that MS revenue and earnings were down -9% and -12% respectively year-over-year, let's look at the parlor game being played by Old Wall analysts belying those "beats."

 

The first thing to note? In order to manufacture these earnings beats, Wall Street's downward revisions are sometimes massive. Over the past year, big bank consensus earnings estimates dropped anywhere between -9% and -29%. Check out the charts below showing consensus earnings estimates (the red line depicting the steady decline in those estimates.)

Morgan Stanley

  • EPS 2Q16: $0.75
  • Consensus EPS Estimate: $0.59
  • Consensus EPS Revision: -29% in past year

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Citigroup

  • EPS 2Q16: $1.24
  • Consensus EPS Estimate: $1.10
  • Consensus EPS Revision: -25% in past year

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Bank of America

  • EPS 2Q16: $0.36
  • Consensus EPS Estimate: $0.33
  • Consensus EPS Revision: -23% in past year

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JPMorgan

  • EPS 2Q16: $1.55
  • Consensus EPS Estimate: $1.43
  • Consensus EPS Revision: -13% in past year

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Wells Fargo

  • EPS 2Q16: $1.01
  • Consensus EPS Estimate: $1.01
  • Consensus EPS Revision: -9.9% in past year

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None of this suggests big bank impropriety. However, these five stocks are up between +2% and +9% in the past month on significantly downgraded earnings beats.

 

Sad...

 

Stock performance of the banks above over past month

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The game goes on and on. 

 

Don't expect it to stop. Another way to beat on earnings is to reduce the share count via stock buybacks. (Note: Executive bonuses are often tied to EPS growth, so therein lies another motivation to reduce the share count and goose earnings.)

 

  • JPM said it was increasing its planned buyback to $10.6 billion from $6.4B announced last year
  • Citigroup plans a huge $8.6 billion buyback
  • BofA lifted its expected payout in the next year to about $8.1 billion, including a $5B buyback
  • Morgan Stanley's buyback is now $3.5 billion, up from $2.5B previously announced

 


Daily Market Data Dump: Wednesday

Takeaway: A closer look at global macro market developments.

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CHART OF THE DAY: Fed September Rate Hike Expectations Too Low

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.

 

"... Looking at the implied market probability of another hike, across durations:

  1. JUL meeting = 8%
  2. SEP meeting = 21%
  3. DEC meeting = 43%

For now, I think those SEP expectations are too low. If I’m right on that, rates will keep making a series of higher-lows and Fed funds futures will continue higher until we get another jobs report bomb (PS. don’t rule that out)."

 

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Technology Equity Research Veteran Ami Joseph Joins Hedgeye

Takeaway: Veteran analyst will provide best ideas on both the long and short side of Technology stocks.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

STAMFORD, Conn., July 20, 2016 -- Hedgeye Risk Management, a leading independent provider of investment research and online financial media firm, announced today that industry veteran Ami Joseph has joined the company as a Managing Director to lead its Technology equity research platform. He joins Hedgeye from Joseph Capital Partners, a Boston-based research boutique that he founded which provided long and short ideas to institutional investors.

 

In his new role at Hedgeye, he will continue to provide his best ideas on both the long and short side of Technology stocks.

 

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"Our rapidly growing team here is very excited to welcome Ami aboard during this important phase of our firm’s growth," said CEO Keith McCullough. “His insight and experience in the tech sector will be a key component of our strategy and success in this evolving space in the years to come."

 

Joseph comes to Hedgeye with almost two decades of buy-side and sell-side experience covering the technology sector. Before founding and managing Joseph Capital Partners, he was an equity research analyst at Putnam Investments where he led international equity research for technology stocks. Prior to that, he was a technology analyst at Fidelity Management & Research.

 

“Hedgeye is a truly unique research firm heading in a very positive direction,” said Joseph. “I’m thrilled to join such a talented team of analysts. In addition, having the advantage of being part of a growing media platform with greater resources will enable me to serve my clients that much more effectively going forward.”

 

Joseph graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Pennsylvania where he was a Benjamin Franklin Scholar and member of the Phi Alpha Theta Honors Society.

 

ABOUT HEDGEYE RISK MANAGEMENT

 

Hedgeye Risk Management is an independent investment research and online financial media firm. Focused exclusively on generating and delivering investment ideas in a proven buy-side process, the firm combines quantitative, bottom-up and macro analysis with an emphasis on timing.

 

The Hedgeye team features some of the world's most regarded research analysts, all with buy-side experience, covering Macro, Financials, Energy, Healthcare, Retail, Gaming, Lodging & Leisure (GLL), Restaurants, Industrials, Consumer Staples, Internet & Media, Housing, Materials, Technology and Washington policy analysis.

 

Contact

Dan Holland

dholland@hedgeye.com

203.562.6500


Cartoon of the Day: Going Nowhere

Cartoon of the Day: Going Nowhere - helicopter money cartoon 07.19.2016

 

Rumors about helicopter money aside, Japan's Nikkei is still down 19.8%, inclusive of last week's 10% pop.


No Nonsense | 2 Charts: The Japanese Equity Pop & Helicopter Money Musings

Takeaway: In the last seven days of trading, the Nikkei is up +10.7% and USDJPY +5.5% on helicopter money speculation. That's a mirage.

No Nonsense | 2 Charts: The Japanese Equity Pop & Helicopter Money Musings - Abenomics cartoon 02.25.2016

 

Last week was an undoubtedly good week for Japanese equity bulls.

 

Conflicting rumors from Japanese officials stoked "helicopter money" speculation and the bulls cheered. In the last seven days of trading, the Nikkei is up +10.7%. Unsurprisingly, the Yen weakened (USDJPY: +5.5%, over that same period). But hang on...

 

Take a deep breath.

 

Before dogpiling into Japanese equities, consider the broader trend not dictated by helicopter money hot air and speculation. The Japanese economy continues to slow. Today, the IMF lowered its 2016 estimate for Japanese growth to 0.3%, from 0.5% prediction in April. Not good. That also explains why the Nikkei is down -19.8% in the past year, inclusive of the recent pop.

 

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Meanwhile...

 

The BOJ has been desperately trying to devalue the Yen in an effort to stimulate sluggish economic growth. That's the standard central planning playbook but it isn't working. In the past year, the yen has strengthened (USDJPY is down -14.6%), despite the ¥80 to ¥90 trillion in quantitative easing. That's roughly equivalent to 16% of Japan's gross domestic product. Again... not working.

 

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All things considered, it's worth asking yourself...

 

Can Japanese central planners actually stimulate economic growth or is helicopter money merely a mirage?


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