CHART(S) OF THE DAY: The Fed Should Read This Before Raising Interest Rates

CHART(S) OF THE DAY: The Fed Should Read This Before Raising Interest Rates - yellen everything fine

The Fed's economic narrative is that "all is good." But with little evidence to back this claim up, complacency appears to be at an all-time high.

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Cartoon of the Day: (Not So) Smooth Sailing

Cartoon of the Day: (Not So) Smooth Sailing - earnings cartoon 10.17.2016


Earnings season is underway and the results aren't looking good, particularly for the Industrials sector (see pre-announcements from Dover and Honeywell). 


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9 Reasons Investors Should Sell Chipotle | $CMG

9 Reasons Investors Should Sell Chipotle | $CMG - cmg Screen Shot 2016 10 17 at 3.13.34 PM

Cue the barf bags. Chipotle (CMG) is down -2.5% today after a Wall Street analyst cut his outlook. It's down -45% since Hedgeye Restaurants analyst Howard Penney turned bearish in October 2015. He says Wall Street consensus remains “far too optimistic.” Here's why.

The U.S. Industrial Economy's Worst Streak Ever

Takeaway: Disappointment continues for investors searching for a bottom in the industrial economy.

The U.S. Industrial Economy's Worst Streak Ever - industrial production 10 17


An industrial production update today confirmed yet another month of contraction in the industrial economy. Growth was negative for the 13th consecutive month at -1.03% year-over-year. That makes it the longest non-recessionary losing streak ever. Att the same time, earnings from manufacturers in the industrial complex are reporting dismal financial results.


In other words, investors searching for a bottom in the industrial economy have been disappointed for over a year now.


Our quarterly Macro Themes for the Q4 highlighted the #DoubleDipRecession risk embedded in the recent runup of the Industrials (XLI) sector. XLI is up +8% versus just 4% for the S&P 500. Here's what our Macro team wrote:


"The cyclical-industrial complex peaks ahead of the peak in the economic cycle and the current cycle has not proved different. Globally, growth and inflation expectations continue to be marked lower while PMI's and Industrial activity remain in Trend retreat. Domestically, manufacturing ISM's remain peri-contractionary while industrial production and corporate capex remain mired in their worst non-recession streaks of negative growth ever."


More bad news today for the industrial sector came from J.B. Hunt Transport Services' (JBHT). The freight trucking company cut its sales guidance for the year today to 7% growth from a prior range of 9% to 12% growth. The trucking industry has struggled with excess capacity, pricing pressures, and weak customer demand.


Related struggles have been reported by execs at Honeywell (HON), Dover Corp (DOV), and Fastenal (FAST). 


Double dip Recession? Yes.


Takeaway: We will provide a comprehensive overview of our #ACATaper and Healthcare Deflation themes with new datasets and analysis.

TODAY @ 1:00 PM ET | HEALTHCARE THEMES CALL - 111111111InsuredPopSlowing

4Q16 healthcare themes conference call

We hope you can join us for our 4Q16 Healthcare Themes Call Today at 1:00 PM ET.  We will provide a comprehensive update of our #ACATaper and Healthcare #Deflation themes with new datasets and analysis, including a detailed look at the population of insured medical consumers by month, state, and payor type (chart above).  


The U.S. Medical Economy remains extended after the largest expansion in insured medical consumers in a generation.  Slowing growth in medical consumers, continued deterioration in affordability, aggressive payment reforms, company leverage at 15-year highs, and multiples at 10-year highs is a recipe for downside.  We don't believe that the U.S. Medical Economy growth recovery of 2014 -2015 is durable, but rather a temporary boost in consumption driven by massive government stimulus.


We are also extremely pleased to announce that Emily Evans, Director of Health Policy at Hedgeye, will be joining the presentation and sharing her views on major policy initiatives including Alternative Payment Models, MACRA, and post-acute reform, among other topics that significantly impact our fundamental views.


Please contact  for further information.  An invite with dial-in instructions will be sent to subscribers ahead of the conference call.

key topics WILL include

#ACATaper Update and Review


Data updates since our JULY 2016 presentation

(continue to progress in line with our expectations for slowing demand)

  • JOLTS and Medicaid Pent-Up Demand
  • Exchange Enrollment
  • Premium/Deductible Affordability 

#Demographic Headwinds (YES HEADWINDS!)

Incremental medical spending for the US Medical Economy

(the most profitable in the world, will be sourced almost exclusively from Medicare, one of the least profitable payors with mounting deflationary pressures.)

  • Impact of Aging Population
  • Per Capita Spend by Age Cohort
  • Utilization History

#Recession Risk


Hedgeye Macro Has Been Highlighting Risk to U.S. Growth

(which is negative for the U.S. Medical Economy)

  • Employment vs. Privately Insured
  • Hospital Bad Debt Expense
  • Real Private Fixed Investment
  • Biotech Fundraising Cycle

#Cleansweep Policy Post Election

(Emily Evans will provide her outlook for post-election policy pressures which are likely to deteriorate further if Democrats make a clean sweep in November)

  • Major healthcare issues that have crystalized during campaign including affordability of health insurance, drug prices and public option
  • Implications to those issues if:
    • Democrats win White House and gain majorities in House and Senate
    • Republicans win White House and retain majorities in House and Senate
    • Government remains divided
  • Major healthcare issues that have not moved to the fore but have bi-partisan support include addressing mental health and substance abuse, elimination of certain ACA-related taxes and payment and delivery reform

#Defensive Long Healthcare Positioning Looks Like Consensus...

(and likely a bad idea here)


Healthcare As A Safe Haven Looks Like Consensus...

(likely to unwind if we are right on emerging fundamental and policy headwinds)

  • Style Factor and Surprise Analysis
  • Estimate Revisions
  • Relative and Absolute Valuation

Please call or e-mail with any questions.


Thomas Tobin
Managing Director



Andrew Freedman, CFA



Alexander Ross


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