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Sell Dave & Busters (25-30% Downside)

Takeaway: PLAY is no longer the only game in town when it comes to big venues to go enjoy games and grab a bite to eat.

Sell Dave & Busters (25-30% Downside) - dave and busters

 

Hedgeye's Restaurants Team, led by Sector Head Howard Penney, will be hosting a Black Book today (at 11am ET) to update their SHORT thesis on Dave & Buster's Entertainment (PLAY).

 

"Competitive intrusion," words seldom used by PLAY's management team, were first mentioned during their 1Q16 call one time, and then three times in their 2Q16 call. During the 2Q16 call Steve King, PLAY's CEO also mentioned, "there is more of that competitive intrusion coming that will affect our fourth quarter." PLAY is no longer the only game in town when it comes to big venues to go enjoy games and grab a bite to eat. 

 

PLAY is facing competitive intrusions in key markets, including Texas. Other markets are also getting hit by differentiated concepts that provide a fun atmosphere with the availability of food.

KEY DISCUSSION POINTS

  • Competitive intrusions intensifying
      • Superior competition moving in on PLAY's territory
      • PLAY losing managerial talent to the competition
  • Food & Beverage sales decelerating, and will drag the rest of the business down with it
  • Discretionary games business will suffer, the margin tailwind is behind them
  • Excessive unit growth
  • Downside: 25-30%

CALL DETAILS

 

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Poll of the Day: Whose Opinion Do You Trust The MOST?

Takeaway: What do you think? Cast your vote. Let us know.

Poll of the Day: Whose Opinion Do You Trust The MOST? - poll 9 28

 


CHART OF THE DAY: Why We're Confident There Will Be More #GrowthSlowing Data?

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.

 

"... Data? Why am I confident that it will be more #GrowthSlowing data?

  1. Because Durable Goods are going to be reported this morning and they’re in a #recession
  2. US GDP is going to be reported tomorrow and it’s closer to 1% y/y than it’s been all year
  3. Personal Income and Consumption is set to slow (rate of change) on Friday" 

CHART OF THE DAY: Why We're Confident There Will Be More #GrowthSlowing Data? - 09.28.16 EL Chart


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What To Expect On Today's Fed Yip-Yap Day

Takeaway: Another "rates are up on Fed" yip-yap day.

All quiet this morning...

 

Ahead of Yellen and her band of Fed Speakers back to the front line of “news-flow” today – Trump/Clinton can eat cake!

 

The Dollar is up small (+0.1% at 95.54 USD Index) ahead of Janet’s testimony in front of the House Financial Services committee (a brilliant bunch indeed) and I wouldn’t be surprised if she tries to talk hawkish amidst acting dovish. Don’t forget that she’s a Democrat who wants to paint the economy as “good”, even though GDP will be reported at 1% tomorrow.

 

Meanwhile, Gold is down small on Fed Head speaker day (they don't like Gold). Another buying opportunity if you see $1315 or lower.

 

Anyone else getting tired of these guys and gals yet? Here's San Francisco Fed John Williams yesterday:

 

"It is getting harder and harder to justify interest rates being so incredibly low given where the U.S. economy is and where it is going. I would support an interest rate increase. I think that the economy can handle that. I don’t think that would stall, slow or derail the economic expansion."

Williams, retire buddy.

 

All in, this should be another "rates are up on Fed" yip-yap day, only because they bounced off low-end of Hedgeye's risk range.

 

What To Expect On Today's Fed Yip-Yap Day - Fed hawkish dovish cartoon 09.20.2016


Cartoon of the Day: Yellen's Arcade

Cartoon of the Day: Yellen's Arcade - Yellen   toy animals 09.27.2016

 

The Fed isn't "data dependent." It's S&P 500 dependent and will do anything to keep the bull market going. 


Sell American Express, Capital One & Discover

Takeaway: Credit card lenders are value traps with downside risk that should be avoided/shorted this late in the cycle.

Sell American Express, Capital One & Discover - credit cards

 

The Hedgeye Financials Team, led by Sector Head Josh Steiner, will be hosting a conference call tomorrow (at 1pm ET) to run through their outlook on Credit Card lenders.

 

Credit Card lenders are notoriously cyclical stocks that should be avoided/shorted late in the cycle. The cycle is late. 

 

Credit is deteriorating. Rapid loan growth is obfuscating underlying performance, and seasonality headwinds will combine with cyclical pressures to make both the intermediate term and longer-term outlook very challenging for the group.

 

Capital One (COF), Discover (DFS) and American Express (AXP) all have underappreciated risks.

KEY DISCUSSION POINTS:

  • Delinquencies are rising quickly across the group.
  • Roll rates are deteriorating.
  • Bankruptcy tailwinds are reversing.
  • Subprime and deep subprime exposures have grown significantly, creating more downside risk than people realize.

CALL DETAILS:

 

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