Tue, Mar. 15, 5:52 AM
- In a note this morning, analysts at Jefferies sound a bullish tone, noting that relative calm has returned to the high-yield debt market and money-flows are normalizing. In their words:
- "U.S. monetary conditions have loosened as the inflation rate has climbed and real rates have gone negative despite last year's rate hike. China's monetary conditions through the double whammy of a cut in the RRR and increased bank loan growth have further eased monetary conditions in the dollar bloc.
- "The drop in non-OPEC oil production (primarily led by the U.S.) and tentative verbal agreements amongst some OPEC members appears to have put a bottom in oil prices.
- "The bottom line is that the 'perfect storm' is passing and that a number of unrelated factors have caused monetary conditions to ease."
- Contrast Jefferies' view with that of Morgan Stanley, who said yesterday there's a 30% chance of a U.S. recession.
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Thu, Mar. 10, 4:54 PM
- In a note this morning, Goldman does an about-face on its recent advice to buy S&P calls:
- "The recent relief rally might be short-lived, especially with oil prices now at the upper end of our commodities team's forecast range for 1H 2016.
- "We make no changes to our asset allocation at this stage as the relief rally has been too fast, in our view. We still do not feel comfortable taking more risk in equities until valuation or growth becomes more attractive.
- "Although we believe the market has been too pessimistic, we think a key driver of the relief has been higher oil prices. With oil at the upper end of our commodities team's forecast range for 1H 2016, it could drive further volatility as we do not believe oil weakness is necessarily over.
- March 9: Goldman: Don't bet on bond market convergence
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Wed, Jan. 13, 5:06 AM
- The SocGen strategist says the West is about to be hit by a wave of deflation from emerging market economies and that central banks were unaware of the disaster about to hit them.
- “I realize most people think I am talking utter garbage but I’m used to that. And maybe I am! But the truth will come out in the next recession which may be pretty close now,” Edwards says.
- “The previous bear market low was in March 2009 when the S&P reached 666. I think we’ll go below that within this bear market.
- “Developments in the global economy will push the U.S. back into recession. The financial crisis will reawaken. It will be every bit as bad as in 2008-09 and it will turn very ugly indeed.
- “Emerging market currencies are still in freefall. The U.S. corporate sector is being crushed by the appreciation of the dollar.
- He says the U.S. economy is in far worse shape than the Fed realizes: “We have seen massive credit expansion in the U.S. This is not for real economic activity; it is borrowing to finance share buybacks.”
- Edwards attacked the “incredible conceit” of central bankers, who had failed to learn the lessons of the housing bubble that led to the financial crisis and slump of 2008-09. “They didn’t understand the system then and they don’t understand how they are screwing up again. Deflation is upon us and the central banks can’t see it.”
- Note: Edwards's "Ice Age" thesis goes back to Aug. 2008, and was reiterated in Dec. 2009, Sept. 2011, and May 2012.
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Mon, Jan. 11, 4:38 AM
- JPM strategists note that earnings expectations have been managed aggressively going into earnings season. Four months ago, the "hurdle rate" for S&P 500 stocks was +5% Y/Y; now it's -4% Y/Y. “If this were to materialize, it would be the weakest quarter for EPS delivery so far in the upcycle.”
- Energy sector earnings consensus signals only single-digit losses, while oil prices are 36% below the 21015 average.
- Sees euro-zone earnings outperforming U.S. for second year running.
- Overall, firm says risk/reward for stocks is poor. Use bounces as selling opportunities.
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May 1, 2014, 11:18 AM
- If Pfizer is successful in acquiring U.K.-based AstraZeneca, its plan to redomicile there will save it millions in corporate taxes. The tax arbitrage scheme, called an inversion, creates a holding company in the foreign country with the lower tax rate. Britain's corporate tax rate is 21% (20% next year) which is substantially lower than the U.S.'s top rate of 35% (up to 40% when state and local taxes are included).
- About 24 U.S. companies have employed this strategy since 2008. Ireland, Canada, Switzerland and the Netherlands are also popular destinations for redomiciling.
- According to Reuters, many of the m&a deals this year have been driven, at least in part, by tax inversions.
- Predictably, investment bankers are working feverishly to generate deals in various industries that take advantage of the loophole before Congress acts to close it.
- Some lawmakers say that the best solution is to reform the U.S. business tax code.
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Apr. 29, 2014, 8:05 AM
- If Pfizer (PFE) is successful in its plan to acquire AstraZeneca (AZN) and redomicile in the U.K., it will join a growing list of other U.S. firms who have executed similar transactions in order to lower their tax bills.
- Members of Congress say that the moves are symptomatic of the need to revamp the U.S. tax code.
- The U.K. corporate tax rate is 21% compared to the top U.S. rate of 35%. American firms must also pay taxes when they repatriate foreign profits after receiving credits for foreign taxes. This is why the ex-U.S. corporate cash horde is so large.
- Pfizer's 2013 tax rate was 27%.
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Apr. 22, 2014, 2:51 PM
- A "regime change" is at hand, argue two BAML technicians, with mega caps set to take over leadership of the market from small caps.
- The iShares S&P 100 ETF (OEF) is up 1.3% YTD vs. the iShares Russell 2000 ETF (IWM) down 1.5%. Over both 5- and 10-year horizons, however, the small caps are comfortably ahead.
- "Mega caps are set up for relative leadership while small caps are breaking relative support and set up for a loss of leadership," setting up a "regime change for the rally that began in late 2012 which was led by small caps and lagged by mega caps."
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