THE M3: 1ST SINGAPORE LICENSE GRANTED, HET - MPEL DEAL STILL ON, JAN AIRPORT TRAFFIC, AND MORE....

The Macau Metro Monitor.  February 8th, 2010.

 

 

SINGAPORE APPROVES CASINO Wall Street Journal

Singapore granted Genting Singapore its gaming license, allowing Resort World's casino to open by next week's Chinese New Year.

 

'TOTAL NONSENSE' MAKES A LOT OF SENSE reviewjournal.com

Despite Lawrence Ho's comment that a deal with Harrah's is "total nonsense", gaming insiders claim that Harrah's is still working on acquiring Packer's 32.5% interest in Melco Crown but "the paperwork hasn't been signed yet."  Loveman told the Review-Journal in June he wanted to bring the Caesars brand to Macau. He made similar comments to Bloomberg.

 

JANUARY AIR PASSENGER VOLUME UP 4.8 PERCENT Macau  Daily Times

The Macau International Airport (MIA) reported 4.8% increase in the passenger volumes this January, and expects increased air traffic during the upcoming Lunar New Year holidays. Airlines are planning to add more flights to mainland China during the Chinese New Year to accommodate the travel demand. Additional flights will fly to popular destinations such as mainland China, Taiwan, Thailand and Japan, the MIA said.


CASH HANDOUT MAY CONTINUE THIS YEAR Macau  Daily Times

Portuguese channel of Radio Macau reported yesterday, that the SAR government is considering another cash handout scheme again in 2010, but permanent residents may be the only recipients.  The amount of the scheme would likely be the same or slightly greater than the payouts in 2009.  Last year each Macau permanent resident received MOP 6,000 while each non-permanent resident received MOP 3,600 in the scheme. Additionally, in 2009 each local permanent resident received MOP500 worth of health care vouchers. Radio Macau said the health care subsidy scheme will also be retained this year.

 

LUNAR NEW YEAR VISITOR RUSH macaubusiness.com

The number of visitors during Chinese New Year is expected to increase 10% y-o-y according to Macau Travel Industry Council president Andy Wu Keng Kuong.  Hotel occupancy rate stands at 90% for the Lunar New Year period, a 10% increase over 2009.


Another French Revolution?

"Don't be complacent," writes Hedgeye Managing Director Neil Howe. "Tectonic shifts are underway in France. Is there the prospect of the new Sixth Republic? C'est vraiment possible."

read more

Cartoon of the Day: The Trend is Your Friend

"All of the key trending macro data suggests the U.S. economy is accelerating," Hedgeye CEO Keith McCullough says.

read more

A Sneak Peek At Hedgeye's 2017 GDP Estimates

Here's an inside look at our GDP estimates versus Wall Street consensus.

read more

Cartoon of the Day: Green Thumb

So far, 64 of 498 companies in the S&P 500 have reported aggregate sales and earnings growth of 6.1% and 16.8% respectively.

read more

Europe's Battles Against Apple, Google, Innovation & Jobs

"“I am very concerned the E.U. maintains a battle against the American giants while doing everything possible to sustain so-called national champions," writes economist Daniel Lacalle. "Attacking innovation doesn’t create jobs.”

read more

An Open Letter to Pandora Management...

"Please stop leaking information to the press," writes Hedgeye Internet & Media analyst Hesham Shaaban. "You are getting in your own way, and blowing up your shareholders in the process."

read more

A 'Toxic Cocktail' Brewing for A Best Idea Short

The first quarter earnings pre-announcement today is not the end of the story for Mednax (MD). Rising labor costs and slowing volume is a toxic cocktail...

read more

Energy Stocks: Time to Buy? Here's What You Need to Know

If you're heavily-invested in Energy stocks it's been a heck of a year. Energy is the worst-performing sector in the S&P 500 year-to-date and value investors are now hunting for bargains in the oil patch. Before you buy, here's what you need to know.

read more

McCullough: ‘My 1-Minute Summary of My Institutional Meetings in NYC Yesterday’

What are even some of the smartest investors in the world missing right now?

read more

Cartoon of the Day: Political Portfolio Positioning

Leave your politics out of your portfolio.

read more

Jim Rickards Answers the Hedgeye 21

Bestselling author Jim Rickards says if he could be any animal he’d be a T-Rex. He also loves bonds and hates equities. Check out all of his answers to the Hedgeye 21.

read more

Amazon's New 'Big Idea': Ignore It At Your Own Peril

"We all see another ‘big idea’ out of Amazon (or the press making one up) just about every day," writes Retail Sector Head Brian McGough. "But whatever you do, DON’T ignore this one!"

read more