Equities Sector Coverage: Bulls Get the Green Light

Sector Recap |

Bulls Get the Green LightInitial Jobless Claims fell 12,000 to 365,000 still above the 350,000 recessionary threshold. Non-manufacturing ISM came in at 53.7 in August, just above expectations. The Dow Jones Industrial Average spiked higher at the open trading up to a day’s high at 13,291.38, which is shy of the year to date high at 13,336.66 set on May 1st. The NASDAQ surged to a day’s high at 3135.64, which sets a new year to date high.

Asian stocks were flat to higher on Thursday. The Nikkei 225 ended the day at 8,681 – up 0.01%. The Hang Seng ended the day at 19,209 – up 0.34%. European exchanges surged on the ECB’s new bond buying program. The FTSE 100 ended the day at 5,777 – up 2.11%. The DAX ended the day at 7,167 – up 2.91%. The CAC 40 ended the day at 3,510 – up 3.06%. The yield on the 10-Year US Treasury rose from 1.589% to 1.682% above the 50-day simple moving average at 1.590%.

Comex gold traded up from $1693.7 the Troy ounce to $1716.9 well above the 200-day simple moving average at $1645.8. Nymex crude oil rebounded from $95.73 per barrel to $97.71 then faded to $94.90 trading back and forth around its 200-day simple moving average at $96.63. The euro versus the dollar rebounded from 1.2564 to 1.2649 staying between its 50-day and 200-day simple moving averages at 1.2373 and 1.2842.

Energy

Gazprom (OGZPY) says FQ1 net profit fell 23.5% Y/Y on lower exports and retroactive payments to European customers that negotiated discounts. Mitcham Industries (MIND) beat estimates by 3 cents and revenue by $1.4M. Matrix Service (MTRX) beat estimates by 2 cents, while missing revenue by $3M. Atwood Oceanics (ATW) is covered at Outperform at BMO Capital. Big Movers – Heckmann Corp (HEK) up 9.82%. Dow components – Chevron (CVX) up 1.96%, Exxon Mobil (XOM) up 1.88%. Energy Select Sector SPDR (XLE) was trading at $71.97 at 3:30 PM on Thursday, up 1.78% on the day – up 4.11% year-to-date.

Materials

Harry Winston Diamond (HWD) missed estimates by 6 cents on revenue of $176.9M. AK Steel (AKS) is boosted to Buy from Neutral at Longbow. Randgold Resources (GOLD) gets upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan. Yara International (YARIY) is now Overweight from Neutral at HSBC Securities. Cliffs Natural Resources (CLF) is now Neutral from Buy at UBS. Harmony Gold Mining (HMY) is now Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan. Big Movers – Owens Illinois (OI) up 10.14%. Dow Components – Alcoa (AA) up 2.82%, DuPont (DD) up 2.20%. The Materials Select Sector SPDR (XLB) was trading at $36.15 at 3:30 PM on Thursday, up 2.26% on the day – up 7.91% year-to-date.

Industrials

Met-Pro (MPR) missed estimates by 3 cents, while beating revenue by $1.5M. Navistar International (NAV) beat estimates by $2.56 and revenue by $360M. The company expects to save $70M-$80M annually with reduced size of workforce. UTI Worldwide (UTIW) missed estimates by 3 cents and revenue by $130M. Layne Christensen (LAYN) missed estimates by 18 cents and revenue by $3M. ABM Industries (ABM) missed estimates by 5 cents with revenue in-line with estimates. FuelCell Energy (FCEL) missed estimates by 2 cents and revenue by $2M. Korn/Ferry International (KFY) beat estimates by 4 cents and revenue by $15M. NCI Building Systems (NCS) beat estimates by 10 cents, while missing revenue by $10M. Sparton (SPA) beat estimates by 12 cents, while missing revenue by $1.2M. AeroVironment (AVAV) missed estimates by 3 cents and revenue by $5M. Flowserve (FLS) is a fresh Market Perform with William Blair. Stanley Black & Decker (SWK) is moved to Overweight from Equal-Weight at Morgan Stanley. Ingersoll-Rand (IR) is moved to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley.

Big Movers – Navistar International (NAV) up 15.97%, AAR Corp (AIR) up 11.65%, FuelCell Energy (FCEL) down 9.94%.

Dow components – Boeing Co (BA) up 1.06%, Caterpillar (CAT) up 2.32%, General Electric (GE) up 2.78%, 3M Company (MMM) up 1.37%, United Technologies (UTX) up 1.26%.

The Industrial Select Sector SPDR (XLI) was trading at $36.615 at 3:30 PM on Thursday, up 2.05% on the day – up 8.49% year-to-date.

Consumer Discretionary

Apple's (AAPL) TV and set-top ambitions remain bogged down in a morass of pay-TV industry intransigence. Disagreements include Apple's control of the user interface, its ability to sell directly to consumers rather than leasing hardware, and content deals. However, Apple has compromised over the latter issue, and is "furthest along" in talks with Time Warner Cable (TWC). Men's Wearhouse (MW) beat estimates by 3 cents with revenue in-line with estimates. The company also ups its FY12 guidance, now seeing earnings of $2.74 to $2.80 a share and revenue growth of 4.8% to 5.6%. For the current quarter, it sees sales growth coming in around 8.8% to 9.3%. Street estimates project revenue growth of 6%. Stewart Enterprises (STEI) beat estimates by 2 cents and revenue by $2.7M. Delta Apparel (DLA) missed estimates by 11 cents, while beating revenue by $10M. Hooker Furniture (HOFT) beat estimates by 5 cents with revenue in-line with estimates. H&R Block (HRB) reported FQ1 EPS of -$0.38 (in-line), while missing revenue by $5M. FQ1 meets on its EPS estimate but comes up short on its top line as total revenue dipped slightly Y/Y. Pep Boys-Manny Moe & Jack (PBY) is a new Neutral at Credit Suisse.

Big Movers – The Men’s Warehouse (MW) up 15.52%. Dow Components – Disney (DIS) up 1.75%, Home Depot (HD) up 1.25%, McDonalds (MCD) up 1.53%. The Consumer Discretionary Select Sector SPDR (XLY) was trading at $46.48 at 3:30 PM on Thursday, up 2.13% on the day – up 19.12% year-to-date.

Consumer Staples

General Mills (GIS) sees FQ1 results in-line with company expectations, putting its adjusted EPS below last year’s first-quarter results. Big Movers – Snyders-Lance (LNCE) up 11.60%. Dow components – Kraft (KFT) up 1.20%, Coca Cola (KO) up 1.24%, Procter & Gamble (PG) up 1.30%, Wal-Mart (WMT) up 1.29%. The Consumer Staples Select Sector SPDR (XLP) was trading at $35.96 at 3:30 PM on Thursday, up 0.98% on the day – up 10.68% year-to-date.

Health Care

Arena Pharmaceuticals (ARNA) is an Underperform at Credit Suisse. Cardiovascular Systems (CSII) is launched with an Outperform at Leerink Swann. Dendreon (DNDN) is initiated with a Buy at WallachBeth. Geron (GERN) gets initiated with a Market Perform at JMP Securities. ImmunoCellular Therapeutics (IMUC) is initiated with a Buy at Maxim Group. Jazz Pharmaceuticals (JAZZ) is a new Neutral at Cowen. Orexigen (OREX) is initiated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse.

Big Movers – Orexigen (OREX) up 17.72%, Merge Healthcare (MRGE) up 10.56%, Warner Chilcott (WCRX) down 10.33%.

Dow Components – Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) up 1.06%, Merck (MRK) up 1.44%, Pfizer (PFE) up 1.38%.

The Health Care Select Sector SPDR (XLV) was trading at $39.51 at 3:30 PM on Thursday, up 1.49% on the day – up 13.89% year-to-date.

Financial

American Capital Mortgage (MTGE) is initiated with a Buy at Wunderlich. Cash America International (CSH) is a new Market Perform at JMP Securities. CIT Group (CIT) is a new Perform at Oppenheimer. Harris & Harris (TINY) is begun with a Buy at Ascendiant Capital Markets. SunTrust Banks (STI) is moved to Overweight from Neutral at JP Morgan. Barclays (BCS) is moved to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse.

Big Movers – Radian Group (RDN) up 18.48%, MGIC Investment (MTG) up 0.65%.

Dow Components – American Express (AXP) up 0.89%, Bank of America (BAC) up 4.15%, JP Morgan Chase (JPM) up 4.28%, Travelers (TRV) up 1.41%.

The Financial Select Sector SPDR (XLF) was trading at $15.49 at 3:30 PM on Thursday, up 2.18% on the day – up 19.15% year-to-date.

Information Technology

Apple's (AAPL) TV and set-top ambitions remain bogged down in a morass of pay-TV industry intransigence. Disagreements include Apple's control of the user interface, its ability to sell directly to consumers rather than leasing hardware, and content deals. However, Apple has compromised over the latter issue, and is "furthest along" in talks with Time Warner Cable (TWC). Following the unveiling of smartphones by Nokia (NOK) and Motorola (GOOG) yesterday, Amazon (AMZN) is due to hold an event today. A TV ad has already depicted a "Paperwhite" backlit Kindle e-reader, a 7-inch Kindle Fire, (most intriguingly) a bigger Fire, and perhaps its rumored smartphone. OCZ Technology (OCZ) warns it expects FQ2 revenue of $110M-$120M, below guidance of $130M-$140M and a consensus of $134.4M. SeaChange International (SEAC) missed estimates by 4 cents with revenue in-line with estimates. VeriFone (PAY) beat estimates by 5 cents, while missing revenue by $5M. FQ4 guidance is for revenue of $495M-$500M and EPS of $0.75-$0.77 versus a consensus of $520.2M and $0.74. Verint Systems (VRNT) beat estimates by 7 cents and revenue by $8M. Sigma Designs (SIGM) beat estimates by 19 cents and revenue by $3.3M. Activision Blizzard (ATVI) is upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray. Wright Express (WXS) is now Buy from Neutral at Janney Capital. ASML Holding (ASML) is slashed to Hold from Buy at Société Générale. Nokia (NOK) is now Sell from Hold at Deutsche Bank. OCZ Technology (OCZ) is downgraded to Hold from Buy at Needham. Seagate Technology (STX) is slashed to Hold from Strong Buy at Needham.

Big Movers – OCZ Technology Group (OCZ) down 17.35%, Verifone Systems (PAY) down 11.39%, First Solar (FSLR) up 10.35%.

Dow Components – Cisco Systems (CSCO) up 3.60%, Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) up 1.45%, IBM (IBM) up 2.07%, Intel Corp (INTC) up 2.34%, Microsoft (MSFT) up 2.91%.

The Technology Select Sector SPDR (XLK) was trading at $31.095 at 3:30 PM on Thursday, up 2.08% on the day – up 22.18% year-to-date.

Telecommunication Services

MagicJack Vocaltec (CALL) increased its guidance due to lower costs and robust sales of its new MagicJack Plus product. The company expects FY EPS of $1.70-$2 versus a previous estimate of $1.50-$1.80 and consensus of $1.53, and forecasts revenue growth of 35%-45% versus 25%-40% prior. Q3 guidance comes in at EPS $0.55-$0.80 versus forecasts of $0.39 and revenue of $40M-$41M versus $39.5M. NTT DoCoMo (NTT) gets downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman Sachs.

Dow Components – AT&T (T) up 1.06%, Verizon (VZ) down 0.18%.

The NASDAQ Telecommunications Index (IXTC) was trading at $199.52 at 3:30 PM on Thursday, up 2.86% on the day – up 1.32% year-to-date.

Utilities

OGE Energy (OGE) is upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform by BMO Capital. Iberdrola (IBDRY) gets downgraded to Underperform by BNP Paribas. The Big Names – Dominion Resources (D) up 1.85%, Edison International (EIX) up 0.73%, First Energy (FE) up 0.86%, PG&E Corp (PCG) up 0.58%, Southern Company (SO) up 1.30%.

The Utilities Select Sector SPDR (XLU) was trading at $36.68 at 3:30 PM on Thursday, up 0.96% on the day – up 1.95% year-to-date.

STOCKS: CVX, XOM, AA, DD, BA, CAT, GE, MMM, UTX, DIS, HD, MCD, KFT, KO, PG, WMT, JNJ, MRK, PFE, AXP, BAC, JPM, TRV, CSCO, HPQ, IBM, INTC, MSFT, T, VZ, D, EIX, FE, PCG, SO, OGZPY, MIND, MTRX, ATW, HEK, HWD, AKS, GOLD, YARIY, CLF, HMY, OI, MPR, NAV, UTIW, LAYN, ABM, FCEL, KYF, NCS, SPA, AVAV, FLS, SWK, IT, NAV, AIR, FCEL, AAPL, TWC, MW, STEI, DLA, HOFT, HRB, PBY, MW, GIS, LNCE, ARNA, CSII, DNDN, GERN, IMUC, JAZZ, OREX, OREX, MRGE, WCRX, MTGE, CSH, CIT, TINY, STI, BCS, RDN, MTG, AAPL, TWC, NOK, GOOG, AMZN, OCZ, SEAC, PAY, VRNT, SIGM, ATVI, WXS, ASML, NOK, OCZ, STX, OCZ, PAY, FSLR, CALL, NTT, OGE, IDBRY

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Companies

Symbol Name Price Change % Volume
DLA Delta Apparel Inc. 21.35 -0.04 -0.19 30,149
IMUC ImmunoCellular Therapeutics Ltd. 2.72 0.06 2.26 32,547
HRB H&R Block Inc. 22.14 0.42 1.93 3,533,059
MW Men's Wearhouse, Inc. (The) n/a n/a n/a 0
NTT Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation 40.20 0.17 0.42 196,526
MMM 3M Company 171.62 -0.81 -0.47 2,181,327
CIT CIT Group Inc (DEL) 41.84 0.50 1.21 1,321,816
NCS NCI Building Systems Inc. New 17.20 0.35 2.08 281,251
AVAV AeroVironment Inc. 28.58 0.58 2.07 159,155
ASML ASML Holding N.V. 102.92 3.14 3.15 819,082
PG Procter & Gamble Company (The) 82.99 0.59 0.72 8,597,543
GE General Electric Co 31.11 -0.23 -0.73 22,138,326
CVX Chevron Corporation 113.25 0.25 0.22 6,909,834
SO Southern Company (The) 46.87 0.11 0.24 5,009,956
PCG Pacific Gas & Electric Co. 58.38 0.10 0.17 2,864,227
AKS AK Steel Holding Corporation 10.65 0.85 8.67 29,231,807
TWC Time Warner Cable Inc n/a n/a n/a 0
ATW Atwood Oceanics Inc. 10.50 0.50 5.00 2,939,435
FLS Flowserve Corporation 49.00 -0.42 -0.85 1,362,123
UTIW UTi Worldwide Inc. n/a n/a n/a 0
ABM ABM Industries Incorporated 44.22 0.65 1.49 275,214
JNJ Johnson & Johnson 111.94 -0.02 -0.02 5,451,568
WMT Wal-Mart Stores Inc. 69.94 -0.94 -1.33 10,527,889
AA Alcoa Inc. 31.22 2.18 7.51 7,034,136
INTC Intel Corporation 34.39 0.23 0.67 14,461,972
IBM International Business Machines Corp 159.84 -0.18 -0.11 3,447,052
D Dominion Resources Inc. 73.48 -0.30 -0.41 2,851,263
TRV The Travelers Companies Inc. 115.87 0.22 0.19 2,041,512
AAPL Apple Inc. 109.11 -0.79 -0.72 34,325,899
BCS Barclays PLC 10.97 0.27 2.52 5,796,721
EXP Eagle Materials Inc 100.48 0.94 0.94 663,325
EIX Edison International 69.74 0.34 0.49 2,705,358
RDN Radian Group Inc. 15.00 0.11 0.74 2,158,104
CSH Cash America International Inc. n/a n/a n/a 0
JAZZ Jazz Pharmaceuticals plc 101.62 -0.70 -0.68 691,257
SIGM Sigma Designs Inc. 7.65 0.35 4.79 237,292
SPA Sparton Corporation 24.02 0.24 1.01 82,450
LNCE Snyder\'s-Lance Inc. 36.58 0.36 0.99 534,556
JPM JP Morgan Chase 83.26 1.66 2.03 18,529,840
STX Seagate Technology 39.16 0.29 0.75 3,813,200
AXP American Express Company 72.03 0.17 0.24 3,929,106
MTGE American Capital Mortgage Investment Corp. 16.35 0.20 1.24 450,619
UTX United Technologies Corporation 107.42 -0.80 -0.74 3,077,760
ARNA Arena Pharmaceuticals Inc. 1.45 0.04 2.84 1,244,331
OI Owens-Illinois Inc. 17.90 -0.23 -1.27 3,065,174
AMZN Amazon.com Inc. 759.36 19.02 2.57 4,314,790
SWK Stanley Works 119.15 0.92 0.78 799,897
CSCO Cisco Systems Inc. 29.53 0.28 0.96 20,865,842
DIS Walt Disney Company (The) 99.96 1.46 1.48 11,331,543
PAY Verifone Systems Inc. 16.39 0.87 5.61 3,055,419
VZ Verizon Communications Inc. 49.75 -0.06 -0.12 13,074,713
AIR AAR Corp. 37.14 0.27 0.73 269,796
TINY Harris & Harris Group Inc. 1.25 -0.01 -0.68 75,609
OREX Orexigen Therapeutics Inc. 1.90 0.00 0.00 119,820
GERN Geron Corporation 2.08 0.07 3.48 1,477,126
BAC Bank of America Corporation 21.84 0.61 2.87 130,377,964
NAV Navistar International Corporation 30.76 0.00 0.00 883,984
NOK Nokia Corporation Sponsored American Depositary Sh 4.51 0.28 6.62 18,421,473
GOOG Alphabet Inc. 762.52 12.02 1.60 1,394,223
MCD McDonald\'s Corporation 119.29 1.05 0.89 5,191,936
VRNT Verint Systems Inc. 38.05 1.25 3.40 574,928
DD E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Co. 72.89 -0.24 -0.33 3,432,101
CSII Cardiovascular Systems Inc. 23.85 0.46 1.97 180,475
ATVI Activision Blizzard Inc 36.48 0.77 2.16 8,661,522
HD Home Depot Inc. (The) 129.68 -0.19 -0.15 4,065,425
XOM Exxon Mobil Corporation 87.48 0.44 0.51 11,741,074
GIS General Mills Inc. 61.13 0.19 0.31 2,132,974
PFE Pfizer Inc. 31.59 -0.04 -0.13 19,300,328
FSLR First Solar Inc. 32.35 2.20 7.30 4,769,813
HPQ HP Inc. 15.55 0.43 2.84 11,538,522
BA Boeing Company (The) 152.16 -0.09 -0.06 2,855,946
OGE OGE Energy Corporation 32.41 0.07 0.22 934,002
MRK Merck & Company Inc. (new) 60.25 -0.88 -1.44 12,985,234
PBY Pep Boys-Manny Moe & Jack n/a n/a n/a 0
CLF Cliffs Natural Resources Inc 10.48 0.92 9.62 25,635,103
FE FirstEnergy Corporation 30.50 -0.07 -0.23 5,709,486
SEAC SeaChange International Inc. 2.72 0.06 2.26 60,708
CALL magicJack VocalTec Ltd 7.15 0.05 0.70 74,920
MTRX Matrix Service Company 21.15 0.35 1.68 108,183
KO Coca-Cola Company (The) 40.62 0.26 0.64 15,977,869
HMY Harmony Gold Mining Company Limited 2.19 -0.10 -4.37 7,201,947
T AT&T Inc. 38.63 0.02 0.05 20,773,441
CAT Caterpillar Inc. 94.45 -0.69 -0.73 4,980,336
LAYN Layne Christensen Company 10.55 0.24 2.33 89,345
FCEL FuelCell Energy Inc. 2.20 0.20 10.00 1,096,818
MTG MGIC Investment Corporation 9.36 0.10 1.08 4,741,629
MSFT Microsoft Corporation 60.22 0.97 1.64 23,552,683
HOFT Hooker Furniture Corporation 28.60 0.30 1.06 58,162
MIND Mitcham Industries Inc. 3.84 0.02 0.52 2,587
IT Gartner Inc. 100.69 0.61 0.61 374,822
STI SunTrust Banks Inc. 52.54 0.50 0.96 4,323,215

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