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Pub Power Equity Signal Turns Negative

Pub Power Equity Signal Turns Negative

Courtesy of Jake at Econompic Data  

indoors shot of a table laid out in a restaurant

Time to revisit a catchy, data-mined, equity buy signal (with a decent explanation) that was first detailed at EconomPic back in September… the "Pub Power" equity buy signal.

What is the Pub Power signal? As detailed back then:

It is the relative strength of ‘food establishment and drinking places’ sales vs. grocery sales (as expressed in year over year terms). The relevance? Well, the data seems to suggest that "Pub Power" = Strength in the Dow, one year forward.

The thought was that the relative strength (i.e. demand) of restaurants relative to cooking at home shows the following characteristics:

  • Consumer confidence
  • Exuberance
  • Spending power
  • Wealth

Or something like that…

On the other hand, when times are tough, individuals are more likely to eat at home, causing year over year sales at pubs to decline relative to grocery stores. At the time the signal pointed to a further run in the Dow and here we are four months and 10% later.

So lets take a look at what the signal is telling us now…

Beware all of you equity investors out there… the Pub Power signal has turned negative.

Why does this matter?

It probably doesn’t, but from December 1993 through December 2008 (the last period in which we have one year forward data on the Dow) the Dow has returned an average of -9.8% one year forward when the "Pub Power" was negative and 10.8% when the signal was positive.

Source: Census

 


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Why “Healthcare Reform” Is Not Reform, Part I

Why "Healthcare Reform" Is Not Reform, Part I

Courtesy of Charles Hugh Smith, Of Two Minds

"Healthcare reform" is a simulacrum reform; beneath the public relations, it does nothing to challenge the status quo "sickcare system" which is impoverishing the nation even as the health of the citizenry declines.

There are two fundamental reasons why the "healthcare reform" which passed the U.S. Senate on Christmas Eve is a simulacrum of reform: it does nothing to lower cost or limit the diversion of national wealth to a few cartels, nor does it address the food-diet-nutrition-lifestyle causal chains which are dooming the nation to an explosion of preventable chronic disease and diminishing lifespans.

Here are two documentaries you need to see: Borrow, rent, or buy, whatever it takes, but see these:

McDonald's Same Store Sales Up 7.1 Percent In January

Food, Inc.

King Corn (Film)

And two more which directly address the fast food industry:

Super Size Me

Fast Food Nation (film)

The central tenet of the Survival+ critique is that no problem can even begin to be solved without an integrated understanding of the interlocking chains of causality which create the problem.

In the U.S., healthcare costs are exploding for a number of powerful reasons, but the most important one is the deterioration of the citizens’ health which can be causally traced to the nation’s deteriorating food supply, diet, nutrition and fitness--all integrated parts of a massively unhealthy lifestyle.

While we don’t know everything about human health, of course, we do know that extra weight (obesity) and lack of exercise are causally linked to a number of interlinked chronic diseases, all of which lead to early death (Diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, cancer, etc.).

The obesity epidemic can be viewed visually via this slideshow map of the U.S. I recommend you view this slideshow which depicts the obesity epidemic on a state-by-state basis:

Centers for Disease Control, U.S. Obesity Trends 1985-2007

Here’s a chart of global obesity (BMI is not a perfect metric, but this certainly suggests some obvious conclusions)

Some question whether poor diet, excess weight and inactivity actually increase healthcare costs; this chart from the State of Minnesota shows that inactivity does have costs.

The terrible truth is that the "sickcare" industry, agribusiness, and the fast-food/ packaged food industries all profit immensely from poor diet/ nutrition, widespread ignorance of the principles of human
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Is Monsanto Worth a Look? Depends on Which Monsanto You’re Talking About.

Is Monsanto Worth a Look? Depends on Which Monsanto You’re Talking About.

Disclaimer:  This is not research, advice or an invitation to trade or invest.  My comments below are simply some observations based on publicly available information.  Do not trade based on anything you read here.

Monsanto (MON) is becoming quite the controversial stock in light of the dichotomy of near-term and long-term outlooks.  You could make the case that this is true for all of the agriculture stocks (brutal farm incomes and spending this year but multi-year Ag Supercycle on the horizon). 

Roundup - the trouble with Monsanto

Let’s look at MON as a microcosm for the ag story at large…

Monsanto’s long-term story is one of the most exciting and imagination-capturing I can think of.

The short version goes something like this: 

The planet’s population is not only growing, it is becoming more prosperous.  As a result, the emerging middle class (China, Latin America, India, Africa) will be looking to upgrade the food they consume and to include more proteins in their diet.  In order to meet this new protein demand, roughly four times the amount of productivity will be required of the available global farmland.  The best way to accomplish this is with enhanced seed and genomic technology, which puts the industry leader, Monsanto, squarely in the driver’s seat for this global mega-trend.

OK, this is all well and good, but right now in 2009, the $43 billion dollar company is not quite being driven by the Ag-Tech story, it is instead being driven in part by the results of its weed-killer business, also known as Roundup.

Monsanto put out an earnings forecast this week and had to lower its 2009 and 2010 profit estimates in light of the fact that consumers are skipping the brand-name Roundup product in favor of cheaper generic herbicides.

roundup on monsantoThe company is pegging its 2010 earnings at $3.10 to $3.30 a share, The Street was thinking more like $4.30.  Not pretty.

Monsanto’s CEO is telling us that the Roundup business will only be 15% of the profit mix at Monsanto by 2012 as the seed and genomic businesses kick into high gear and go to 85% of profits.  The question becomes whether or not you are willing to see through the valley into the intermediate term when this prospect has the potential to become reality. 

The analysts I’ve…
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THE NEXT GREAT BUBBLE

THE NEXT GREAT BUBBLE

THE NEXT GREAT BUBBLE

Courtesy of The Pragmatic Capitalist

It’s every investors dream – you buy into an investment theme or idea before anyone else has caught onto it and you ride it all the way up until it gets bubbly and you sell to some sucker who buys at the very top.  Didn’t you wish you owned oil all last summer?  Or Amazon.com in 1999?  Or a house in 2006?   Well, it’s not exactly reasonable to expect that you’ll buy into a bubble before anyone else, or for that matter, that you’ll sell at the peak, but that doesn’t mean we can’t dream…..And maybe even catch some of the ride in between the bottom and the top.   Regular readers know I would never expect you to put all your eggs in one basket so let’s look at a couple different scenarios and spot the next big bubble:

Bubble #1 – The Inflation Bubble

“By a continuing process of inflation, government can confiscate, secretly and unobserved, an important part of the wealth of their citizens.”   J.M. Keynes

The cause and the timeframe – The Fed hasn’t learned their lesson.  Despite 25 years of printing money and trying to inflate our way out of every crisis the Fed is at it again.  The Fed has expanded their balance sheet at a rate that is unheard of.  They’ve also vowed to keep rates low as long as necessary to reflate the market.  While I don’t currently see any risk of inflation in the coming 6-9 months there is a very real potential that inflation gets out of hand in the next 5 years.

How to play it – Inflation destroys the paper money is printed on.  If you believe hyperinflation is the next great bubble (as Marc Faber does) you will want to be short U.S. dollars and long gold and silver.  Owning a good gun wouldn’t hurt either.

Probability of occurring25%.  Unfortunately, I have trouble jumping on the hyperinflation bandwagon until I see the major deflationary trends in assets, wages and debt subside.

food bubbleBubble #2 – The Food Bubble

“For 50 or 60 years, we have let ourselves believe that as long as we have money we will have food. That is a mistake. If we continue our offenses against the land and the


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Substance Abuse Touches Around Half Of All American Families

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According to Gallup, the effects of substance abuse are felt by around half of all American families, with, as Statista's Katharina Buchholz notes, only slight differences were recorded by the survey regarding race or sex.

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Disney Did In 1 Day What Took HBO 4 Years: 10 Million Streaming Subscribers

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Somewhere Netflix and Amazon video are sweating.

Disney announced today that Disney+ has reached a stunning 10 million plus subscribers just 24 hours after its launch yesterday in the U.S., Canada, and Netherlands; the figure surprised analysts who had expected a much slower rollout for Disney to reach that level, although let's just ignore that most of the new "subs" are only there thanks to one of the various free streaming offers (perhaps someone should launch WeStream).

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Digital Currencies

Is Bitcoin a Macro Asset?

 

Is Bitcoin a Macro Asset?

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As part of Coindesk’s popup podcast series centered around today’s Invest conference, I answered a few questions for Nolan Bauerly about Bitcoin from a wealth management perspective. I decided in December of 2017 that investing directly into crypto currencies was unnecessary and not a good use of a portfolio’s allocation slots. I remain in this posture today but I am openminded about how this may change in the future.

You can listen to this short exchange below:

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Silver Testing This Support For The First Time In 8-Years!

Courtesy of Chris Kimble

Its been a good while since Silver bulls could say that it is testing support. Well, this week that can be said! Will this support test hold? Silver Bulls sure hope so!

This chart looks at Silver Futures over the past 10-years. Silver has spent the majority of the past 8-years inside of the pink shaded falling channel, as it has created lower highs and lower lows.

Silver broke above the top of this falling channel around 90-days ago at (1). It quickly rallied over 15%, before creating a large bearish reversal pattern, around 5-weeks after the bre...



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Analysts Upbeat On Skyworks' Fundamentals

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Skyworks Solutions Inc (NASDAQ: SWKS) reported better-than-expected fiscal fourth-quarter earnings and revenues, but the stock is slipping in reaction to the year-over-year declines in both metrics.

The Analysts

Bank of America analyst Vivek Arya reiterated an Underperform rating and $92 price target for Skyworks shares. (See his track record ...



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Gold Gann and Cycle Review

Courtesy of Read the Ticker

Gold has performed well, golden skies are here again. In fact it has been a straight line move, and this is typically unusual and a pause can be expected.

It seems the markets are happy again, new highs in the SP500, US 10 year interest rates look to re bound, negative interest may soften. The US FED has reversed their QT and now doing $250BN (not QE) repo. The main point is the FED has stopped QT, and will do QE forever. The evidence now is the FED put is under market risk and the possibility of excessive losses do not exist. 

Point: If in future if there is market risk, the FED will print it's way out of it.
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Today's Fed POMO TOMO FOMC Alphabet Soup Unspin

Courtesy of Lee Adler

But make no mistake, if the Fed wants money rates to stay down by another quarter, it will need to imagineer even more money.

That’s on top of the $281 billion it has already imagineered into existence since addressing its “one-off” repo market emergency on September 17. This came via  “Temporary” Repo Man Operations money, and $70.6 billion in Permanent Open Market Operations (POMO) money.

By my calculations that averages out to $7.4 billion per business day. That works out to a monthly pace of $155 billion or so.

If they keep this up, it will be more than enough to absorb every penny of new Treasury supply. That supply had caused the system to run out of money in mid September.  This flood of paper had been inundati...



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The Big Pharma Takeover of Medical Cannabis

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The Big Pharma Takeover of Medical Cannabis

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Funny but probably true:

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Despacito - How to Make Money the Old-Fashioned Way - SLOWLY!

Are you ready to retire?  

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Unfortunately, as the last decade has shown us, we can't count on bonds to pay us more than 3% and the average return from the stock market over the past 20 years has been erratic - to say the least - with 4 negative years (2000, 2001, 2002 and 2008) and 14 positives, though mostly in the 10% range on the positives.  A string of losses like we had from 2000-02 could easily wipe out a decades worth of gains.

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