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[UNLOCKED] Fund Flow Survey | Domestic Disturbance

Takeaway: Even with all the focus on the Brexit damage to come, investors are still more pessimistic on domestic equities than international.

Editor's Note: Below is a complimentary research note originally published July 14, 2016 by our Financials team. If you would like more info on how you can access our institutional research please email sales@hedgeye.com.

 

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Investment Company Institute Mutual Fund Data and ETF Money Flow:

Post-Brexit vote, investors were more optimistic about international equity in the 5-day period ending July 6th, contributing +$1.4 billion to the category. However, domestic equity continues to be a source of funds, losing -$4.5 billion. As defensiveness prevailed, all fixed income categories but global bonds experienced inflows last week, bringing total bond fund flows to +$1.3 billion. In ETFs, both equity and bonds took in a healthy amount of capital. Equity ETFs gained +$4.1 billion with bond ETFs gaining +$6.5 billion. On a year-to-date score, equity ETFS are languishing however averaging just over a -$1.0 billion redemption per week versus passive bond ETFs which are just starting a new growth curve taking in +$1.7 billion.


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In the most recent 5-day period ending July 6th, total equity mutual funds put up net outflows of -$3.1 billion, trailing the year-to-date weekly average outflow of -$2.8 billion and the 2015 average outflow of -$1.6 billion.

 

Fixed income mutual funds put up net inflows of +$1.3 billion, trailing the year-to-date weekly average inflow of +$2.2 billion but outpacing the 2015 average outflow of -$475 million.

 

Equity ETFs had net subscriptions of +$4.1 billion, outpacing the year-to-date weekly average outflow of -$1.0 billion and the 2015 average inflow of +$2.8 billion. Fixed income ETFs had net inflows of +$6.5 billion, outpacing the year-to-date weekly average inflow of +$1.8 billion and the 2015 average inflow of +$1.0 billion.

 

Mutual fund flow data is collected weekly from the Investment Company Institute (ICI) and represents a survey of 95% of the investment management industry's mutual fund assets. Mutual fund data largely reflects the actions of retail investors. Exchange traded fund (ETF) information is extracted from Bloomberg and is matched to the same weekly reporting schedule as the ICI mutual fund data. According to industry leader Blackrock (BLK), U.S. ETF participation is 60% institutional investors and 40% retail investors.



Most Recent 12 Week Flow in Millions by Mutual Fund Product: Chart data is the most recent 12 weeks from the ICI mutual fund survey and includes the weekly average for 2015 and the weekly year-to-date average for 2016:

 

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Cumulative Annual Flow in Millions by Mutual Fund Product: Chart data is the cumulative fund flow from the ICI mutual fund survey for each year starting with 2008.

 

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Most Recent 12 Week Flow within Equity and Fixed Income Exchange Traded Funds: Chart data is the most recent 12 weeks from Bloomberg's ETF database (matched to the Wednesday to Wednesday reporting format of the ICI), the weekly average for 2015, and the weekly year-to-date average for 2016. In the third table are the results of the weekly flows into and out of the major market and sector SPDRs:

 

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Sector and Asset Class Weekly ETF and Year-to-Date Results: In sector SPDR callouts, the financials XLF ETF lost -6% or -$952 million in redemptions.

 

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Cumulative Annual Flow in Millions within Equity and Fixed Income Exchange Traded Funds: Chart data is the cumulative fund flow from Bloomberg's ETF database for each year starting with 2013.

 

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Net Results:

The net of total equity mutual fund and ETF flows against total bond mutual fund and ETF flows totaled a negative -$6.8 billion spread for the week (+$992 million of total equity inflow net of the +$7.8 billion inflow to fixed income; positive numbers imply greater money flow to stocks; negative numbers imply greater money flow to bonds). The 52-week moving average is -$3.4 billion (negative numbers imply more positive money flow to bonds for the week) with a 52-week high of +$20.2 billion (more positive money flow to equities) and a 52-week low of -$19.0 billion (negative numbers imply more positive money flow to bonds for the week.)

  

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Exposures:
The weekly data herein is important for the public asset managers with trends in mutual funds and ETFs impacting the companies with the following estimated revenue impact:

 

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Quick Take: 2Q GDP ↑ = Fed Hawkish

Takeaway: We think Q2 economic growth will accelerate and the Fed will turn hawkish.

Quick Take: 2Q GDP ↑ = Fed Hawkish - Hawk dove cartoon 06.06.2016

 

Q2 GDP ↑ (vs. Q1) = U.S. Dollar ↑ = Rates ↑ = Reflation (i.e. commodities) ↓ = Fed hawkish

 

That's our latest thinking on the current macro setup. Here's analysis from Hedgeye CEO Keith McCullough in a note sent to subscribers earlier this morning:

 

"The #StrongDollar move continues as consensus remains A) bearish on USD (see net positioning in CFTC futures & options data) and B) finally too dovish on what the Fed might do in SEP – what slows this down if we’re right on the Q2 sequential GDP acceleration as European and Japanese economic data continues to slow? Still bearish on Euros."

 

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Note Fed Funds futures' current rate Hike Probabilities:

 

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

 

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On #StrongDollar induced #Deflation...

 

McCullough writes:

 

"Oil continues to break-down as the USD continues to threaten a breakout – WTI down -1.4% yesterday takes it -7.1% in the last month as the inverse USD correlation there remains as real as it is for the CRB Index (down -1.1% yesterday to 186 and signaling bearish TREND @Hedgeye); WTI immediate-term risk range now = $43.91-46.65."

 

 

... Cue the Fed hawks:

 

  • Atlanta Fed President Dennis Lockhart: “I wouldn’t rule out as many as two” rate hikes.
  • “We should be looking toward removing accommodation,” said Robert Kaplan, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. "We just should do it in a patient, gradual way.”

 

That's just in the past week.

 

Quick Take: 2Q GDP ↑ = Fed Hawkish - Fed grasping cartoon 01.14.2015

 

What does this mean for investors going forward?

 

In the past few days, Hedgye CEO Keith McCullough has been trimming exposure to our favorite Macro idea, Long Bonds (TLT). We'll be happy to buy them back on selloffs (especially given our bearish outlook for Q3 GDP).

More to come...


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

 


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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.

 

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