Daily Australia: A Golden Future? and more

In this briefing:

  1. A Golden Future?
  2. Uranium – About to Enter Its Own Nuclear Winter
  3. This Week in Blockchain & Cryptos: A Bitcoin Reversal; More Red Flags for Bitmain
  4. U.S. Equity Strategy: Oversold Rally Continues
  5. Asia Gaming Preview 2019: Part Two Picks: Galaxy, MGM China and Nagacorp

1. A Golden Future?

The ability to have stable prices has great value.

According to Edward Gibbon, the decaying Roman Empire exhibited five hallmarks: 1) concern with displaying affluence instead of building wealth; 2) obsession with sex; 3) freakish and sensationalistic art; 4) widening disparity between the rich and the poor; and 5) increased demand to live off the state. Most DMs and many EMs display similar symptoms today because fiscal and monetary policies, the foundation of both ancient and modern societies, are identical: increasing welfare outlays by artificially inflating the money supply. The Roman Empire took more than four centuries to destroy what the Republic had built in the previous five centuries because clipping and debasing coins inflated currency supplies slowly. Entering debits and credits in the books of commercial and central banks is much more efficient. 

2. Uranium – About to Enter Its Own Nuclear Winter

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  • Quantifying nuclear statistics with substantial discrepancies
  • LT contracts & speculative hoarding driving recent 40% spot price increase
  • Primary/secondary Uranium supplies currently 112% of 2017 demand
  • Uranium supply deficits extremely unlikely before 2022
  • Global Uranium demand to fall 25-40% by 2050
  •  Primary Uranium sector LT SELL

We have independently audited global nuclear construction statistics in order to determine future Uranium demand.  Although near-term statistics match those in the public domain, long-term demand determined via construction pipeline illustrates substantial discrepancies.  Compiling planned plant construction, operational extensions, nameplate upgrades, versus decommissioning announcements/events, and in many cases, public policy inertia; has led us to believe that despite historical primary supply shortages, global nuclear demand peaked in 2006.

Since plateauing and despite strong Chinese growth, nuclear power generation has fallen <2% over the past two decades, a decline that is predicted to accelerate as a number of developed and developing nations pursue other energy options.

The macro-trend not replacing existing nuclear infrastructure means (dependent on assumptions), according to our calculations, global uranium demand will decrease between 20 to 40% by 2050.

As opposed to signifying a fundamental change in underlying demand, we believe that recent Uranium price increases are the result of producers closing primary operations, and substituting production with purchases on the spot market to meet long-term contract obligations.  In addition, hedge funds are buying physical uranium in order to realise profits on potential future commodity price increases.  Critically, we determine that primary and secondary supplies are more than sufficient to meet forecast demand over the next four to five years; before taking into account substantial existing global uranium stocks, some of which are able to re-enter the spot market at short notice.

3. This Week in Blockchain & Cryptos: A Bitcoin Reversal; More Red Flags for Bitmain

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The year 2018 was not the brightest for cryptocurrencies; Bitcoin (XBTUSD CURNCY) fell around 70% during 2018 and top altcoins like Ethereum (ETH BGN CURNCY), Ripple and Bitcoin Cash were also down around 80%, 85% and 95% respectively during last year. While it is difficult to pinpoint a single reason for this, a number of factors including, rising security concerns, increased scrutiny, failed institutional support and Bitcoin Cash hash wars have collectively contributed to this bearish sentiment in the cryptocurrency markets last year.

In this note we take a look at several top cryptocurrency and blockchain developments from last year, to see how they would fare going into 2019.

This is a collaborative report between Douglas Kim and myself.

4. U.S. Equity Strategy: Oversold Rally Continues

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A combination of, optimism surrounding U.S.-China trade talks, and Fed Chairman Powell’s comments have led to a continuation of the oversold bounce which began on 12/26, and the S&P 500 is now trading just below the 12/19 pre-Fed rate hike area. ~2,350 on the S&P 500 remains the support level to monitor. A retest of this low remains the most likely scenario, though it is far from a guarantee due to the potential for a “V” reversal. We examine an array of factors leading to our intact cautious outlook, and highlight attractive set-ups within Consumer Discretionary and Health Care Sectors.

5. Asia Gaming Preview 2019: Part Two Picks: Galaxy, MGM China and Nagacorp

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  • Global and Asia headwinds still rattle the gaming sector, but these three companies remain undervalued despite market sentiment.
  • Macau’s solid year end performance continues to defy projections, producing a 14% y/y GGR increase.
  • Galaxy will benefit disproportionately from the HKMB bridge traffic growth, MGM’s single digit market share will ramp up to double digits and Nagacorp may be the single most siloed gaming operator in all of Asia.

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