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Lyxor cross-lists 2x leveraged Nasdaq 100 ETF on Xetra

Lyxor has listed its Lyxor Nasdaq-100 Daily (2x) Leveraged UCITS ETF on Deutsche Börse’s Xetra platform. The fund provides twice the daily return of the tech-leaning large-cap index.
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Lyxor has listed its Lyxor Nasdaq-100 Daily (2x) Leveraged UCITS ETF on Deutsche Börse Xetra.

Lyxor cross-lists 2x leveraged Nasdaq 100 ETF on Xetra

The Nasdaq 100 has clocked up a gain of 41.2% year-to-date.

The new share class trades in euros under the ticker L8I7 GY.

The fund provides twice the daily return of the Nasdaq 100 Index, one of the world’s preeminent large-cap growth-oriented indices.

The index tracks the performance of 100 of the largest US and international non-financial companies by market capitalization listed on the Nasdaq stock market, subject to various diversification requirements.

The index reflects companies across major industry groups including computer hardware and software, telecommunications, retail/wholesale trade, and biotechnology.

It does not contain securities of any traditional financial companies or investment companies. Technology stocks account for more than 48% of the index.

Known for being a technology-heavy index, major constituents include tech titans such as Apple, Microsoft, Amazon, Alphabet, Facebook, Tesla, Nvidia, Adobe, PayPal, and Netflix.

The Lyxor Nasdaq-100 Daily (2x) Leveraged UCITS ETF debuted on Euronext Paris (Ticker: LQQ FP) in euros in April 2018 and comes with an expense ratio of 0.60%.

It currently houses €220 million in assets under management, highlighting the strong demand for tactical exposure to this segment.

The Nasdaq 100 Index has been among the best-performing equity indices this year, clocking up a gain of 41.2% year-to-date, as measured in US dollars, as of 4 December. The index has been a net winner during the coronavirus pandemic owing to its significant allocation to technology companies and, to a lesser degree, biotechnology firms that have benefited from social-distancing restrictions and increased spending on healthcare respectively.

In October, Lyxor reduced the expense ratio on its regular Nasdaq 100 fund, the $1.7bn Lyxor Nasdaq-100 UCITS ETF, from 0.30% to 0.22%, making it the cheapest UCITS ETF in Europe for this exposure.

This ETF is synthetically replicated and maintains listings on Euronext Paris (UST FP), Borsa Italiana (UST IM), London Stock Exchange (NASD LN / NASL LN), and Xetra (LYMS GY).

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3 Nursing Home Stocks to Watch in 2022

By 2050, 22% of Americans will be seniors. The value of nursing home stocks should reflect that aging cohort. Keep reading to learn more.
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No one ever said they want to spend the rest of their lives in a nursing home. Unfortunately, the reality is that’s where a significant portion of the elderly and disabled population end up. Demographically, about 16.5% of the American population is currently over 65. By 2050, 22%, or more than one out of five Americans will be seniors. The value of nursing home stocks should reflect that rapidly aging cohort.

The Eldercare Industry

The eldercare industry consists of various sectors. For instance, these include:

  • Independent living
  • Assisted living facilities
  • Skilled nursing facilities
  • Nursing homes

We’ll concentrate on companies whose primary business involves skilled nursing facilities and nursing homes. The difference between the two is that the former is a temporary residence for those undergoing medical rehabilitation, and the latter is a home for residents requiring 24/7 care. In fact, there is a fair degree of overlap between them.

Keep reading for more info on nursing home stocks.

No. 3 National HealthCare Corporation (NYSE: NHC)

Headquartered in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, National HealthCare Corporation operates 75 skilled nursing centers, 24 assisted living facilities, 35 home care agencies, 29 hospice agencies and five retirement communities. Other services include rehab facilities, senior care pharmacies, memory care and a hospital. NHC has been in business for 50 years. It’s the country’s oldest publicly-traded long-term healthcare company. Additionally, most of its facilities are located in the southeastern U.S.

In 2021, its net operating revenues and grant income totaled $1,074,302,000. That was an increase of 4.5% compared to 2020’s net operating revenues of $1,028,217,000. However, most of that increase was attributable to the June 2021 controlling equity acquisition of hospice provider Caris Healthcare.

As of May 17, 2022, the stock’s 52-week history ranges from a low of $61.89 to a high of $78.42. On May 5, the nursing home stock announced a 3.6% dividend increase for the second quarter over the first quarter of 2022.

No. 2 Omega Healthcare Investors (NYSE: OHI)

Omega Healthcare Investors is a triple net equity Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT). OHI has been investing in senior care for 30 years, providing capital for operators of skilled nursing facilities and assisted living facilities. It partners with 64 of “the most future-focused, growth-oriented” operators in the U.S. and U.K. The REIT has helped these operators accelerate their growth strategies via $1.45 billion in unsecured credit.

On May 2, 2022, the company announced results for the first quarter of 2022. Additionally, net income was $195.2 million or $0.79 per common share. CEO Taylor Pickett said OHI’s near-term Funds from Operations (FFO) and Funds Available for Distribution (FAD) financial results were affected by the nonpayment of rent by several operators. However, as the impact of the Omicron variant receded, portfolio occupancy improved as the quarter progressed. This nursing home stock declared a $0.67 per share cash dividend on common stock.

In the first quarter, OHI acquired 27 care homes in the U.K. for $100 million. Earlier in the quarter, it acquired three other U.K. care homes. Two were purchased for $8 million and the third for $5 million. It also bought a Maryland skilled nursing facility for $8.5 million in this period. Under its capital renovation and construction program, OHI invested $20 million in this quarter. Additionally, as of May 17, OHI’s 52-week range was $24.81 to $38.19.

No. 1 Sabra Health Care REIT (Nasdaq: SBRA)

Based in Irvine, California, and operating since 2010, Sabra Health Care REIT invests in skilled nursing facilities, behavioral health facilities, and senior housing throughout the U.S. and Canada. While there are Sabra-owned properties in 41 states, the bulk of its U.S. holdings is located in Texas and California. This nursing home stocks portfolio currently consists of 416 real estate properties for investment. For example, these include:

  • 279 Skilled nursing facilities
  • 59 Senior housing communities
  • 50 Senior housing communities operated by third-party managers
  • 13 Behavioral health facilities
  • 15 Specialty hospitals

Taken together, these investment properties total 41,445 beds or units.

According to its first-quarter 2022 earnings report, Sabra collected 99.5% of its forecasted rents from the beginning of the pandemic up to April 2022. While there were “initial headwinds” related to the Omicron variant, the company’s seven largest skilled nursing tenants saw sizable occupancy increases during this quarter. The company has approximately $1 billion in liquidity,

The company declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.30 per share of common stock. In addition, as of May 17, the company’s 52-week range was $11.44 to $19.02.

Nursing Home Stocks Challenges

Nursing home residents were particularly vulnerable to COVID-19. Many of these elderly residents died during the earliest days of the pandemic. In addition, staffing shortages exacerbated the dire conditions in many nursing homes during this time. Due to long-term triple net leases, REITs were insulated to some degree, as long as operators continued to pay the rent.

There is also a move by the government to push private equity out of the skilled nursing sector. In 2021, 89% of the $3.7 billion spent on skilled nursing transactions involved private buyers. The view is that Wall Street’s acquisition of nursing home stocks was resulting in a lower quality of care and higher costs in nursing homes.

Nursing Home Stocks Considerations

By 2030, less than a decade from now, every Baby Boomer will be over 65. Those over 85, the group most likely to need nursing home care, is growing even faster. Although nursing home stocks were hit badly by the pandemic, the sheer number of elderly people and a caregiver deficit should mean such facilities are the only option for many in the near future.

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Global Supply Chain Pressure Index: May 2022 Update

Supply chain disruptions continue to be a major challenge as the world economy recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic. Furthermore, recent developments related…

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Supply chain disruptions continue to be a major challenge as the world economy recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic. Furthermore, recent developments related to geopolitics and the pandemic (particularly in China) could put further strains on global supply chains. In a January post, we first presented the Global Supply Chain Pressure Index (GSCPI), a parsimonious global measure designed to capture supply chain disruptions using a range of indicators. We revisited our index in March, and today we are launching the GSCPI as a standalone product, with new readings to be published each month. In this post, we review GSCPI readings through April 2022 and briefly discuss the drivers of recent moves in the index.

More Stress on Supply Chains

The chart below provides an update of the GSCPI through April; readers can find a link to the updated data series on our new product page. Between December 2021 and March 2022, the index registered an easing of global supply chain pressures, though they remained at very high levels historically. However, the April 2022 reading suggests a worsening of conditions as renewed strains emerge in global supply chains.

April Data Indicate Worsening of Supply Chain Pressures

Sources: Bureau of Labor Statistics; Harper Petersen Holding GmbH; Baltic Exchange; IHS Markit; Institute for Supply Management; Haver Analytics; Bloomberg L.P.; authors’ calculations.

Note: Index is scaled by its standard deviation.

Methodology

Before analyzing this recent pickup in supply chain pressures, we remind readers that the GSCPI is based on two sets of data. Global transportation costs are measured by using data on ocean shipping costs, for we which we employ data from the Baltic Dry Index (BDI) and the Harpex index, as well as BLS airfreight cost indices for freight flights between Asia, Europe, and the United States. We also use supply chain-related components  of Purchase Manager Index (PMI) surveys—“delivery times,” “backlogs,” and “purchased stocks”—for manufacturing firms across seven interconnected economies: China, the euro area, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Before combining these data within the GSCPI by means of principal component analysis, we strip out demand effects from the underlying series by projecting the PMI supply chain components on the “new orders” components of the corresponding PMI surveys and, in a similar vein, projecting the global transportation cost measures onto GDP-weighted “new orders” and “inputs purchased” components across the seven PMI surveys.

Sources of Pressure

So, what are the drivers behind recent moves in the GSCPI? The charts below illustrate how each of the underlying variables contributed to the overall change in the GSCPI in the last two months. Each column represents the contribution, in standard deviations, of each component of our index to the overall change in the index during a given period. In the first chart, we examine February-March 2022. We note that the lessening of supply chain pressures over this period was widespread across the various components, which indicated a welcome reduction in global supply chain disruptions. Most of the series in our data set declined over this period; the U.K. “backlog” component worsened and the U.S. “purchased stocks” component increased marginally.

Widespread Improvements Seen across Components in March 2022

Sources: Bureau of Labor Statistics; Harper Petersen Holding GmbH; Baltic Exchange; IHS Markit; Institute for Supply Management; Haver Analytics; Bloomberg L.P.; authors’ calculations.

In the chart below, we focus on the contributions of the underlying components of the GSCPI from March to April 2022.

Global Supply Chain Pressures Worsen in April 2022

Sources: Bureau of Labor Statistics; Harper Petersen Holding GmbH; Baltic Exchange; IHS Markit; Institute for Supply Management; Haver Analytics; Bloomberg L.P.; authors’ calculations.

As the chart indicates, the worsening of global supply chain pressures in April was predominantly driven by the Chinese “delivery times” component, the increase in airfreight costs from the United States to Asia, and the euro area “delivery times” component, as other components have eased over the month. These developments could be associated with the stringent COVID-19-related lockdown measures adopted in China, as well as the consequences of the Ukraine-Russia conflict for supply chains in Europe.

Finally, as we noted in our previous post and discuss on our product page, recent GSCPI readings are subject to revision. The chart below compares the current GSCPI release with the previous three releases, showing that revisions can have an impact up to a year back in time. The chart indicates that, based on the current vintage of the GSCPI, the decrease in global supply chain pressures through April occurred at a slighter faster pace than previous GSCPI estimates had suggested.

Revised and Realized Data Can Alter Previous Supply Chain Pressure Readings

Sources: Bureau of Labor Statistics; Harper Petersen Holding GmbH; Baltic Exchange; IHS Markit; Institute for Supply Management; Haver Analytics; Bloomberg L.P.; authors’ calculations.

Note: Index is scaled by its standard deviation.

Conclusions

In this post, we provide an update of the GSCPI through April 2022. This estimate suggests that the moderation we have observed in recent months has been partially reversed, as lockdown measures in China and geopolitical developments are putting further strains on delivery times and transportation costs in China and the euro area. Forthcoming readings will be particularly interesting as we assess the potential for these developments to further heighten global supply chain pressures.

Chart Data

Gianluca Benigno is the head of International Studies in the Federal Reserve Bank of New York’s Research and Statistics Group.

Julian di Giovanni is head of Climate Risk Studies in the Bank’s Research and Statistics Group.

Jan J.J. Groen is an economic research advisor in the Bank’s Research and Statistics Group.

Adam Noble is a senior research analyst in the Bank’s Research and Statistics Group.

How to cite this post:
Gianluca Benigno, Julian Di Giovanni, Jan Groen, and Adam Noble, “Global Supply Chain Pressure Index: May 2022 Update,” Federal Reserve Bank of New York Liberty Street Economics, May 18, 2022, https://libertystreeteconomics.newyorkfed.org/2022/05/global-supply-chain-pressure-index-may-2022-update/.


Disclaimer
The views expressed in this post are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the position of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York or the Federal Reserve System. Any errors or omissions are the responsibility of the authors.

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Target’s Plunge Exposes Inflation’s Risk To Margins

Target’s Plunge Exposes Inflation’s Risk To Margins

By Justin Zacks, Bloomberg Markets Live commentator and analyst

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Target's Plunge Exposes Inflation's Risk To Margins

By Justin Zacks, Bloomberg Markets Live commentator and analyst

While share prices of retailers have been all over the map in 2022, this week’s post-earnings plunges in Target and Walmart are highlighting the damage inflation can do to profit margins. Still, the exact influence of inflation on retailers depends on what they sell, who they are selling to and the methods they are using to do so. This influence will change as consumer demand and supply chains adapt.

[ZH: Top-down, producers have still not passed along prices to consumers, with huge aggregate pressures building]

Among chain stores in the S&P 500, only Dollar Tree (+15%) and Walmart (+2.4%) had positive returns year-to-date before Tuesday. The two worst-performing retailers were ecommerce sites Amazon.com (-34%) and Etsy (-60%).

This rotation by investors generally was based on two themes, the switch from online to bricks-and-mortar retailers due to the continued economic reopening following the waning of Covid-19 cases and the expectation that consumers would shift to lower-priced goods due to high inflation.

New York City raising its Covid-19 alert level to high on Tuesday is a warning that the pandemic (along with online retailing) might not be over yet, while Tuesday’s disparate results from the two largest brick-and-mortar retailers in the US, Walmart and Home Depot, are examples of how the effects of inflation are not the same across the board.

Walmart fell 11% Tuesday, the most in 35 years, after it sliced its 2022 outlook due to inflationary pressures. Its first-quarter gross profit rate was 38 basis points lower than the previous year as customers shifted to buying lower-margin groceries.

Target plunged 22% in premarket trading on Wednesday after lowering its operating margin outlook for the full year. Similar to Walmart, the big-box department-store chain saw strong demand for groceries and household essentials at the expense of discretionary categories in the first quarter.

“The Fed is very concerned about your lower and middle income persons who are struggling with higher inflation,” Dana Peterson, chief economist at the Conference Board, said in a Bloomberg TV interview Tuesday.

She noted that “in the present situation, people are still pretty optimistic,” but are “concerned about the economy in the future as they see higher interest rates and inflation affecting consumption” which “may bleed over into their labor market prospects.”

The large retailers themselves are already seeing overstaffing issues, according to Business Insider.

On Tuesday, Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell said the Fed will continue to raise rates until there is “clear and convincing” evidence that inflation has abated. Just how severe the effects of inflation have been on lower-income consumers will be further tested next week as Dollar General and Burlington Stores report earnings.

Meanwhile, Home Depot closed higher by 1.7% on Thursday after reporting first-quarter comparable sales that exceeded the average analyst estimate. While customer transactions were down 8.2% year-on-year, the home-improvement retailer more than made up for that with an 11.4% increase in the average ticket.

Price is less of an issue for Home Depot’s customers than for Walmart’s, which tend to skew toward the lower end of the income distribution. But while the home-improvement retailer’s outlook is strong, its sales growth did not outpace inflation.

Competitor Lowe’s, which is positioned slightly down the income spectrum and which doesn’t have as big of a professional-contractor business as Home Depot, is trading lower in the premarket after reporting worse-than-expected first-quarter comparable store sales.

“Its about what strata of consumer you are talking about,” Bloomberg Intelligence analyst Jennifer Bartashus said in a Bloomberg TV interview Tuesday. Consumers that have the discretionary income to spend are still spending,” she said.

“When I look at the consumer landscape, I just see a bifurcation happening that is probably set to continue over the short term,” noted Bartashus.

Consumers with incomes on the high end of the spectrum are less sensitive to inflation and are ready to spend after being cooped up at home during the various waves of the coronavirus pandemic over the past two years.

“We are expecting a big summer season of vacation,” Telsey Advisory Group CEO Dana Telsey said in a Bloomberg TV interview Tuesday. And after Covid-19 delays, there will be 2.6 million weddings with the average attendee spending $430 in 2022, she noted.

Telsey expects “the luxury good universe will do very well,” as Asian travelers return to the US once Covid-19 restrictions are lifted.

Two of the largest US luxury-goods manufacturers, Estee Lauder and PVH Corp., are both down about 35% year-to-date due to the lack of a rebound in international tourism.

April US retail sales were better than expected, but overall those sales have failed to keep up with inflation, perhaps one of the reasons the VanEck Retail ETF is down 16.5% year-to-date. Stagflation concerns and negative sentiment led Goldman Sachs strategists to lower their short-term outlook for global equities Tuesday.

Tyler Durden Wed, 05/18/2022 - 09:45

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