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Capital Brief: A Crack In Clinton's Foundation?

Takeaway: Foundation Damage; Immigration Transformation; Shoring Up The Base

Editor's Note: Below is a brief excerpt from Hedgeye Potomac Chief Political Strategist JT Taylor's Capital Brief sent to institutional clients each morning. For more information on how you can access our institutional research please email sales@hedgeye.com.

 

Capital Brief: A Crack In Clinton's Foundation?  - JT   Potomac under 1 mb

 

"In the time of darkest defeat, victory may be nearest."

-William McKinley

FOUNDATION DAMAGE

The never-ending saga continues with a new batch of emails showing Hillary Clinton and her lieutenants consistently coordinated with State Department officials and Clinton Foundation aides to reward major donors with access to the powers-that-be at State. The situation poses an extraordinary risk for ethics challenges if elected president, though Clinton continues to brush off the release as politically motivated. We don’t expect the mess to go away without answers, and the longer she lets it go, the more damage is done.

 

Democrats may think they have November in the bag, but they shouldn’t underestimate the fickleness of the American voter. Donald Trump and Republicans, who grab much of the media’s attention, are happy to let this be the gift that keeps on giving.  

IMMIGRATION TRANSFORMATION

Trump’s bid for presidency was built on a promise to build a "great, great wall" along the Mexican border, have them pay for it, and deport 11 million undocumented immigrants from U.S. soil - all while portraying Mexican immigrants, as criminals and rapists. Trump is now scheduled to hold his second meeting with his new Hispanic advisory board, leaving little doubt that he will shift his longstanding views, and his hard-nosed supporters are embracing it so far, calling it a more feasible approach to deportation without undermining his mainstay position.

 

His softening tone may be an appeal to minorities and moderates, but the message hasn’t resonated just yet. It’s still hard to see them throwing their weight behind Trump after the past 14 months of heated rhetoric.

SHORING UP THE BASE?

Trump may be massaging his message, but he hasn’t adjusted his campaign strategy just yet - he’s spending valuable time in states that will not provide him the votes he needs on Election Day. After canceling campaign stops in CO, NV, and OR, Trump stumped in TX and MS – two reliably red states that support him and the past nine Republican nominees. There’s money to be made in these states, but at a time when he needs to extend his reach to everyone, he’s focusing on shoring up the base.

 

Trump craves high energy rallies and feeds off the enthusiasm, but the aforementioned stops will not put him over the top in the Electoral College and propel him into the White House. Once Labor Day hits, expect to see his camp refocus on battleground states like OH, PA, NC, and FL…but it may prove to be too late.


EXPE: Adding Expedia to Investing Ideas (LONG SIDE)

Takeaway: We are adding EXPE to the long side today.

Editor's Note: Please note that Gaming, Lodging & Leisure analyst Todd Jordan and Internet & Media analyst Hesham Shaaban will send out a full report outlining our high-conviction long thesis. In the meantime, below is a brief summary written by Hedgeye CEO Keith McCullough earlier today.

 

EXPE: Adding Expedia to Investing Ideas (LONG SIDE) - expedia

 

High Beta has been working as of late so I have no problem buying Higher Beta names if:

 

A) My analyst likes the stock; and 

B) The stock is signaling immediate-term TRADE oversold 

 

Call it the KM @Hedgeye A/B test!

 

Fundamentally (from Todd Jordan and Hesham Shaaban), here's why we're adding Expedia (EXPE) to Investing Ideas:

 

"We expect 3Q to fuel optimism in both the OWW & AWAY stories since the inorganic seasonality impact should optically amplify their results.  First, roughly 40% of OWW’s annual EBITDA is historically concentrated into 3Q.  The 3Q15 OWW purchase accounting headwind effectively means EXPE doesn’t really have an OWW comp from last year, and the early leverage we’ve seen on the cost side YTD will only amplify the y/y impact into 3Q16.

 

For AWAY, the transition into a transactional model introduces a seasonality component that didn’t really exist last year (subscription model).  Given the early progress we’ve seen in online-bookability opt-in, coupled with another quarter of +200% y/y growth in online bookings transactions in 2Q, AWAY revenue growth will likely accelerate again since most of those 2Q booking will be recognized as revenue on the 3Q stay, and AWAY will have a full quarter's worth of the user fee in effect.

 

Meanwhile, the risk of softening trends in room nights is already on the table after 2Q mishap, and we only had to give back 5% on the stock that had ripped through July to essentially hedge that risk away.  We should see a big reset in 2016 consensus room night estimates, which basically means we can sleep on the long through 2016 since EXPE is now just an execution story at this point."

 

KM


PREMIUM INSIGHT

McCullough: Here’s What Happens If The Fed Raises Rates

McCullough: Here’s What Happens If The Fed Raises Rates - HETV macroshow thumb

In this brief excerpt from The Macro Show earlier today, Hedgeye CEO Keith McCullough explains what will happen to bond, stock and commodity markets if the Fed raises interest rates.


PREMIUM INSIGHT

3 Key Discussion Points Ahead Of Our Institutional Call On Pandora | $P

3 Key Discussion Points Ahead Of Our Institutional Call On Pandora | $P - Little pig cartoon

Pandora (P) is currently on our Internet & Media analyst Hesham Shaaban's Best Ideas List as a long. He is hosting a call today at 1pm ET to update his thesis and dissect the company's latest quarterly report. Here are the key discussion points.


Nonsense

Takeaway: The Fed nonsense is just starting to heat up.

Nonsense - Fed birdbrain cartoon 06.15.2015

 

There's a curious rhyme to Fed policy that's worth noting. Year-to-date, the Fed has pivoted from...

 

  1. Hawkish, December
  2. Dovish, March
  3. Hawkish, May
  4. Dovish, June
  5. Hawkish, July

 

Even more interesting is the effervescent hopes and dreams of most regional Fed governors about raising interest rates. That manifests most foolishly in San Francisco Fed head John Williams who forsaw as many as five rate hikes in 2016.

 

Nonsense - costanza

It doesn't end there...

 

Here's the latest nonsense from Dallas Fed president Robert Kaplan which reaffirms our #LowerForLonger call on interest rates:

 

8/25/16: Dallas Fed head Kaplan sees rate hike in the "not too distant future."

4/16/16Dallas Fed head Kaplan sees rate hike in the "not too distant future."

 

Nonsense - fed kaplan

Unfortunately...

 

Rather than studying the basic history of economic cycles, Fed officials are digging in their heels and clenching onto their dogmatic economic ideas. Central bankers from all over the world are dogpiling into Jackson Hole for this week's Fed-sponsored economic symposium. The theme of the meeting is "Designing Resilient Monetary Policy Frameworks For The Future."

 

In other words, if you're hoping the central planning will stop, don't hold your breath.


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