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You Don’t Need An Index To Know Which Way The Wind Blows





If there is an investment theme shaping up for Q3 2013, it would appear to be "Go big or go home."  As ConvergEx's Nick Colas notes, that means being maxed out long U.S. stocks, but how broad a net do you cast?  If you only go with the S&P 500, then your July 2013 return was 5.0%.  Not bad, Colas scoffs, until you consider that the small cap universe of U.S. stocks, as measured by the Russell 2000, was up 6.9% this month.  Before you load up on four letter symbols and/or small cap ETFs though, Nick warns that investors should consider that there are several important differences between these alternative universes.  Among the most important (discussed below) are sector weights are very different, with Russell short Energy and Consumer Non-Cyclicals versus S&P; and, the S&P 500 is heavily overweight its top five names (APPL, XOM, JNJ, GE and CVX), which represent 10.7% of the index.  The corresponding weight of the top 5 names in the Russell 2000 (CGSP, ATHN, CVLT, FMER and AYI) is 1.3%. Be sure you know what all-time high you are buying...

 
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Dylan Grice On The Intrinsic Value Of Gold, And How Not To Be A Turkey





Today’s bizarre confluence of negative real interest rates, money printing, eurozone sovereign default, aberrant asset prices, high unemployment, political polarization, growing distrust… none of it was supposed to happen. It is the unintended consequence of past crisis-fighting campaigns, like a troupe of comedy firemen leaving behind them a bigger fire than the one they came to extinguish. What will be the unintended consequences of today’s firefighting? We shudder to think.

 
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iPad Shipments Decline As BoomBustBlog Time Machine Disrupts The Apple Reality Distortion Field Once Again





Apple's second largest value driver decline was called with precision, detail and accuracy - as was the very similar call on the iPhone, Apple's primary value driver (also in decline). Where is the buy point?

 
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Frontrunning: July 31





  • Ackman Says Pershing Square Takes 9.8% Stake in Air Products (BBG) - So is APD Carl Icahn's biggest ever short yet
  • Latest Hilsenplant: Summers Hedges His Doubts on Fed's Bond Buying (WSJ)
  • China Stocks World’s Worst Losing $748 Billion on Slump (BBG)
  • U.S. Spy Program Lifts Veil in Court (WSJ)
  • Abenomics on the rock again: Japan July manufacturing PMI shows growth at 4-month low (Reuters)
  • EADS to be renamed Airbus in shake-up (FT)
  • Goldman's GSAM has significantly increased its exposure to European equities (FT) - there is a reason why this is Goldman's worst division
  • Japanese Megabanks Post Mega Profit Gains (WSJ) - when one excludes MTM impact from rate surge of course
  • Ex-workers sue Apple, seek overtime for daily bag searches (Reuters)
  • Hong Kong Yuan Deposits Snap Eight-Month Increase on Cash Crunch (BBG)
  • Downtown NYC Landlords Remake Offices in Shift From Banks (BBG)
 
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Was The Google Purchase of Motorola A Hardware Disaster With Overpriced Patents?





Let's run some quick numbers to determine if Google's management flummoxed in thier largest foray into hardware yet....

 
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Frontrunning: July 29





  • More Doctors Steer Clear of Medicare (WSJ)
  • Syrian Looters in Bulldozers Seek Treasure Amid Chaos (BBG)
  • Siemens CEO Peter Löscher Is Set to Leave His Post After Series of Earnings Misses (WSJ)
  • Silver Vault for 200 Tons Starts in Singapore as Wealthy Buy (BBG)
  • Omincom and Publicis merger shows that advertising is now firmly in the business of Big Data: collecting and selling the personal information of millions of consumers (NYT)
  • Apple supplier accused of labour violations (FT)
  • 'BarCap was the Wild Wild West – that’s what we called it’ (Telegraph)
  • P&G chief seizes opportunity in era of three-day stubble (FT)
  • Federal Reserve 'Doves' Beat 'Hawks' in Economic Prognosticating (WSJ) - LOL: Fed "hawks"
 
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Rumbled by the NSA





NSA has free access to your passwords when you back up your account on Google’s ‘back up my data’ featured on Android

 
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Frontrunning: July 26





  • The Citadel-SAC connection (BBG) - just wait until the Citadel-FRBNY connection emerges
  • Letter backs Yellen for Federal Reserve role (FT) - or said otherwise, the Democrats would like the Fed to rule (and monetize deficits) for ever
  • Obama, Republicans gear up for bruising U.S. budget fight (Reuters)
  • Up for Debate at Fed: A Sharper Easy-Money Message (WSJ)
  • UBS to Pay $885 Million to Settle U.S. Mortgage Suit (BBG), Banks shiver as UBS swallows $885 million U.S. fine (Reuters)
  • Japan finmin Aso: CPI shows gradual shift to inflation from deflation (Reuters)
  • Japan's PM calls for high-level talks with China (Reuters)
  • Holder Targets Texas in New Voting-Rights Push (WSJ)
  • Another Nightmareliner incident: Probe opened as Air India Boeing Dreamliner oven overheats midair (Reuters)
  • Samsung Boosts Capital Spending as High-End Phone Demand Slows (BBG)
 
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There’s No Hiding from the NSA





It turns out that the National Security Agency of the US can actually locate your cell phone even when it has been turned off and is no longer emitting a signal.

 
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Frontrunning: July 24





  • Humans Beating Robots Most Since ’08 as Trends Shift (BBG)
  • Easing of Mortgage Curb Weighed (WSJ)
  • European Banks Face Capital Gap With Focus on Leverage (BBG)
  • Signs Suggest China Warming to Idea of Stimulus (WSJ)
  • China Coal-Fired Economy Dying of Thirst as Mines Lack Water (BBG)
  • Jeans and shoes show criminal underbelly of China-EU trade (Reuters)
  • How U.S. drug sting targeted West African military chiefs (Reuters)
  • Japan scrambles jets after China plane flies by southern islands (Reuters)
  • Apple Plots Return to Growth After Coping With Aging Lineup (BBG)
  • AT&T Falls Shy of Analyst Estimates as Discounts Hurt Margins (BBG)
  • SAC insider trading case takes twist (FT)
 
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Crashing China Got You Down? Don't Worry, There's A "Soaring" Europe For That





Plunging Chinese manufacturing and an 11 month low PMI got you down? Don't worry: there's a Europe for that, which overnight reported that manufacturing and service PMI in Germany and, don't laugh, France soared far above expectations (German Mfg and Services PMIs of 50.3 and 52.5, up from 48.6 and 50.4, and above expectations of 49.2 and 50.8; French Mfg and Services PMIs of 48.3 and 49.8, up from 47.2 and 48.4 and an 11 and 17 month high, respectively, blowing away expectations of 47.6 and 48.8). The result was a composite Eurozone Manufacturing PMI of 50.1, above 50 for the first time since February of 2012, up from 48.8 and at a 24 month high - reporting the largest monthly increase in output sunce June 2011, as well as a composite Services PMI of 49.6, up from 48.3, and an 18 month high. In other words, European Composite PMI is expanding (above 50) for the first time since January 2012.

 
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Apple Beats On Stronger iPhone, Weaker iPad Sales; Cash Grows To Record At Slowest Pace In Three Years





Here are the highlights:

  • Q3 Revenue of $35.32 billion beats expectations of $35.04 billion; This compares to $35.0 billion a year ago, or the firm barely posted a revenue increase this quarter - the first time in years
    • sees Q4 revenue of $34-37 billion, Exp. $36.97 billion;
  • Q3 EPS of $7.47, Exp. $7.31
  • Q3 Gross margin of 36.9%, Exp. 36.7%; Sees Q4 margin of 36%-37%
  • iPhone sales of 31.2 million, Expected 26.1 million
  • iPad sales of 14.6 million, Expected 17.4 million
  • And since margin did not reflect a pick up in iPhone sales, sure enough the Q3 iPhone ASP was $581, vs Expectations of $597
  • AAPL total cash and investment rose to a record $146.6 billion up from $144.7 billion, however the sequential growth of "only" $1.9 billion was the lowest since March 2010

And on those news the stock is up some $15 after hours: hardly indicative of the epic moves in days gone by.

 
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Frontrunning: July 23





  • Biggest Banks Face Fed Restoring Barriers in Commodities (BBG)
  • SAC to Employees: Cohen Didn't Read Dell Email at Heart of SEC's Case (WSJ)
  • Second (and Third) liens are back, and so is 2005: As Banks Retreat, Hedge Funds Smell Profit (WSJ)
  • Singapore funds benefit from Asian wealth (FT)
  • 2 years later the lies haven't changed one bit - Tepco hit over slow admission of radioactive leak (FT)
  • How big tech stays offline on tax (Reuters)
  • Hilton Leads Rush to Africa in Fastest Boom (BBG)
  • U.S. and UK fine high-speed trader for manipulation (Reuters)
  • Key witness takes stand in SEC case against Goldman's Tourre (Reuters)
  • Boomer Sex With Dementia Foreshadowed in Nursing Home (BBG)
  • Bentley SUV gives £800m boost to UK car industry (FT)
 
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