Equities Sector Coverage: Dow Closes Above 13,000 As Investors Shrug Off More Cliff News

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Wall Street Stock MarketInitial Jobless Claims came in at 393,000 in the latest week, well above the 350,000 recessionary threshold. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rebounded to 13,062.56 then dipped to 12,961.92 then moved back and forth around its 200-day simple moving average at 12,993.05. The Nasdaq rebounded to 3017.18 then dipped to 2996.30 staying above its 200-day SMA at to 2986.02.

Asian stocks were higher on Thursday. The Nikkei 225 closed at 9401 – up 0.99%. The Hang Seng closed at 21,923 – up 0.99%. European exchanges closed higher on Thursday. The FTSE 100 ended the day at 5,870 – up 1.14%. The DAX ended the day at 7,398 – up 0.75%. The CAC 40 ended the day at 3,569 – up 1.53%. The yield on the 10-Year US Treasury declined from 1.645% to 1.608% staying below the 50-day and 200-day simple moving averages at 1.685% and 1.763%. The Preliminary Real GDP for Q3 has been revised to +2.7%, below estimates.

Comex gold rebounded from $1717.7 the Troy ounce to $1729.0 below the 50-day simple moving average at $1739.8 with the 200-day SMA at $1665.6. Nymex crude oil rebounded from $86.55 per barrel to $88.69 still below its 50-day and 200-day simple moving averages at $88.68 and $93.88. The euro versus the dollar rebounded from 1.2942 to 1.3011 back above its 50-day simple moving average at 1.2903 and above the 200-day simple moving average at 1.2795.

Energy

Rio Tinto (RIO) intends to slash $7B of costs, including $5B of operating expense over the next two years and a further $2B in spending cuts mostly at its struggling aluminum and Australian coal operations. Frontline (FRO) missed estimates by 14 cents on revenue of $126.8M. Linn Energy (LINE) is a new Buy at Citigroup. Big Mover – Hercules Offshore (HERO) is up about 10%. Dow components – Chevron (CVX) is up about 0.3%. Exxon Mobil (XOM) is up about 0.2%. Energy Select Sector SPDR (XLE) was trading at $71.01 at 3:30 PM on Thursday, up 0.07% on the day – up 2.72% year-to-date.

Materials

South Africa's Gold Fields (GFI) plans to spin off two mines that were beset by violent strikes in recent months. The KDC and Beatrix mines will be placed under the control of a new company called Sibanye Gold, which will be listed in February. Dow Components – Alcoa (AA) is up about 0.25%. DuPont (DD) is up about 0.75%. The Materials Select Sector SPDR (XLB) was trading at $36.62 at 3:30 PM on Thursday, up 0.55% on the day – up 9.31% year-to-date.

Industrials

Activist fund Relational Investors and the Calpers pension fund yesterday disclosed a combined 6.4% stake in Timken (TKR) and called on the company to spin off its steel business. Lockheed Martin's (LMT) F-35 fighter program is years behind schedule, while expenses have run out of control. The price to build each plane is $137M vs $69M in 2001, and the program will cost $396B if the Pentagon keeps to a plan to build 2,443 jets by the late 2030s. Beacon Roofing (BECN) reported FQ4 EPS of $0.60 (in-line), while missing revenue by $1.5M. Pall (PLL) beat estimates by 11 cents, while missing revenue by $6M. Kansas City Southern (KSU) is a new Equal Weight at Barclays. Box Ships (TEU) and Diana Containerships (DCIX) are both begun with Equal Weights at Barclays. Taser International (TASR) is taken to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan. Dow components – Boeing Co (BA) is up slightly. Caterpillar (CAT) is up about 1.5%. General Electric (GE) is up about 0.2%. 3M Company (MMM) is down slightly. United Technologies (UTX) is up slightly. The Industrial Select Sector SPDR (XLI) was trading at $37.17 at 3:30 PM on Thursday, up 0.46% on the day – up 10.13% year-to-date.



Consumer Discretionary

One of GM's (GM) Chinese joint ventures, SAIC-GM-Wuling, intends to invest $1B to build a third commercial-vehicle plant in the southwest of the country. Meanwhile, GM is opening the second phase of a global R&D center in Shanghai as it looks to exploit the vast quantity of engineers in China. Cracker Barrel's (CBRL) Q3 saw comparable store restaurant sales gain 3.3% on a modest lift in store traffic and 2.5% jump in average check. For FY13, the restaurant operator sets lukewarm guidance for total revenue of $2.6B-$2.65B and EPS of $4.50-$4.70. Tiffany (TIF) missed estimates by 14 cents and revenue by $4M. The company sees FY12 EPS of $3.20-$3.40 (lower than prior guidance of $3.55-$3.70 and short of the consensus mark of analysts calling for $3.60). Pier 1 Imports (PIR) reported Q3 EPS of $0.25 (in-line), while beating revenue by $10.1M. Aeropostale (ARO) beat estimates by 2 cents and revenue by $4M. The company now sees Q4 earnings of $0.36 to $0.41 per share (compared with analysts’ expectations of $0.54). La-Z-Boy (LZB) missed estimates by 8 cents and revenue by $3M. Coldwater Creek (CWTR) beat estimates by 30 cents and revenue by $8M. New York & Co. (NWY) beat estimates by a penny and revenue by $4M. Guess (GES) missed estimates by a penny, while beating revenue by $4M. CarMax (KMX) gets increased to Buy from Neutral at Goldman Sachs. DR Horton (DHI) is now Neutral from Sell at Compass Point. Guess Inc. (GES) gets upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray. Nike (NKE) gets upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at HSBC Securities. British Sky Broadcasting (BSYBY) gets moved to Underperform from Perform at Jefferies. Big Movers – Coldwater Creek (CWTR) is up about 19.5%. Barnes & Noble (BKS) is down about 11%. La-Z-Boy (LZB) is down about 11%. Kohls (KSS) is down about 10.5%. Dow Components – Disney (DIS) is up about 1.2%. Home Depot (HD) is down about 0.7%. McDonalds (MCD) is down slightly. The Consumer Discretionary Select Sector SPDR (XLY) was trading at $47.48 at 3:30 PM on Thursday, up 0.25% on the day – up 21.68% year-to-date.

Consumer Staples

Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) is an Equal Weight at Stephens. Dow components – Coca Cola (KO) is up about 0.9%. Procter & Gamble (PG) is up about 0.3%. Wal-Mart (WMT) is up about 0.6%. The Consumer Staples Select Sector SPDR (XLP) was trading at $35.845 at 3:30 PM on Thursday, up 0.35% on the day – up 10.33% year-to-date.

Health Care

Jazz Pharmaceuticals (JAZZ) is a new Buy at Citigroup. WuXi PharmaTech (WX) is a new Overweight at Barclays. Dow Components – Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) is up slightly. Merck (MRK) is up about 0.25%. Pfizer (PFE) is up about 0.9%. United Health Group (UNH) is up about 3.2%. The Health Care Select Sector SPDR (XLV) was trading at $40.17 at 3:30 PM on Thursday, up 0.65% on the day – up 15.80% year-to-date.

Financials

The SEC has dropped a long-running investigation into whether Wells Fargo (WFC) misled investors in the sale of mortgage bonds. Still, the SEC did recently win settlements totaling over $400M from JPMorgan (JPM) and Credit Suisse (CS). Ares Commercial Real Estate (ACRE) is begun with a Buy at MLV & Co. AvalonBay (AVB) is raised to Market Perform from Underperform by BMO Capital. Northstar Realty (NRF) is now Outperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital. Public Storage (PSA) is hoisted the company to Hold from Underweight. Dow Components – American Express (AXP) is up about 1.2%. Bank of America (BAC) is up about 1%. JP Morgan Chase (JPM) is up about 1.1%. The Travelers Companies (TRV) is up about 0.5%. The Financial Select Sector SPDR (XLF) was trading at $15.76 at 3:30 PM on Thursday, up 0.38% on the day – up 21.23% year-to-date.

Information Technology

Dell (DELL) is the latest American corporation to be linked with a possible investment in Sharp (SHCAF), adding to speculation of talks between the struggling Japanese firm and Intel (INTC) and Qualcomm (QCOM). Sycamore Networks (SCMR) missed estimates by 7 cents, while beating revenue by $1.5M. Infoblox (BLOX) issued FQ2 guidance for revenue of $50M-$51.5M and EPS of $0.03-$0.04 (above a consensus of $48.3M and $0.01). FY13 guidance is for revenue of $204M-$208M and EPS of $0.17-$0.21 (above a consensus of $199M and $0.06). Workday (WDAY) beat estimates by 20 cents and revenue by $8.6M. The company expects FQ4 revenue of $75M-$79M (above a $70.5M consensus). TiVo (TIVO) reported Q3 EPS of $0.44 (may not be comparable to consensus of by -$0.21), while beating revenue by $22M. EMC Corp. (EMC) is a new Buy at Buckingham. RDA Microelectronics (RDA) is resumed with a Neutral at HSBC Securities. SunTrust starts Maxim Integrated Products (MXIM) with a Buy, has new Neutrals on Altera (ALTR) and Xilinx (XLNX), and resumes Texas Instruments (TXN). Crédit Agricole covers NetApp (NTAP) at Underperform and begins VMware (VMW) with a Buy. Google (GOOG) gets a Buy-from-Hold upgrade at Oracle Research. IAC/InterActiveCorp. (IACI) is moved to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo. Infoblox (BLOX) is boosted to Outperform from Perform with Wedbush. Micros Systems (MCRS) is moved to Buy from Neutral at Compass Point. Research In Motion (RIMM) is boosted to Buy from Neutral at Goldman Sachs. Activision Blizzard (ATVI) is now Neutral from Buy at Sterne Agee. Cree Inc. (CREE) is cut to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank. EZchip (EZCH) is slashed to Sell from Hold at Chardan Capital. Big Movers – OCZ Technology Group (OCZ) is up about 26.5%. Semtech (SMTC) is up about 12%. Liquidity Services (LQDT) is down about 16.5%. Dow Components – Cisco Systems (CSCO) is up about 1.25%. Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) is up about 1.1%. IBM (IBM) is down about 0.3%. Intel Corp (INTC) is down about 2.5%. Microsoft (MSFT) is down about 1.6%. The Technology Select Sector SPDR (XLK) was trading at $29.15 at 3:30 PM on Thursday, up 0.45% the day – up 14.54% year-to-date.

Telecommunication Services

Dow Components – AT&T (T) is up about 1%. Verizon (VZ) is up about 0.9%. The NASDAQ Telecommunications Index (IXTC) was trading at $194.94 at 3:30 PM on Thursday, up 1.05% on the day – down 1.01% year-to-date.

Utilities

New Jersey Resources (NJR) missed estimates by a penny, while beating revenue by $13M. The Big Names – Dominion Resources (D) is up about 0.4%. Edison International (EIX) is up about 0.9%. First Energy (FE) is flat. PG&E Corp (PCG) is up about 0.5%. Southern Company (SO) is up about 1.1%. The Utilities Select Sector SPDR (XLU) was trading at $34.92 at 3:30 PM on Thursday, up 0.49% on the day – down 2.95% year-to-date.

STOCKS: CVX, XOM, AA, DD, BA, CAT, GE, MMM, UTX, DIS, HD, MCD, KO, PG, WMT, JNJ, MRK, PFE, UNH, AXP, BAC, JPM, TRV, CSCO, HPQ, IBM, INTC, MSFT, T, VZ, D, EIX, FE, PCG, SO, RIO, FRO, LINE, HERO, GFI, TKR, LMT, BECN, PLL, KSU, TEU, DCIX, TASR, DELL, SHCAF, INTC, QCOM, GM, CBRL, TIF, PIR, ARO, LZB, CWTR, NWY, GES, KMX, DHI, GES, NKE, BSYBY, BKS, KSS, ADM, JAZZ, WX, WFC, JPM, CS, ACRE, AVB, NRF, PSA, SCMR, BLOX, WDAY, TIVO, EMC, RDA, MXIM, ALTR, XLNX, TXN, NTAP, VMW, GOOG, IACI, MCRS, RIMM, ATVI, CREE, EZCH, OCZ, SMTC, LQDT, NJR

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Companies

Symbol Name Price Change % Volume
MMM 3M Company 178.49 -0.19 -0.11 1,761,850
UNH UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (DE) 158.66 -0.04 -0.03 3,579,145
LMT Lockheed Martin Corporation 257.73 0.70 0.27 1,184,433
ARO Aeropostale Inc. n/a n/a n/a n/a
PG Procter & Gamble Company (The) 87.45 2.75 3.25 22,944,405
GE General Electric Co 30.53 -0.68 -2.18 83,552,728
RIO Rio Tinto Plc 42.93 -0.08 -0.19 2,422,714
CVX Chevron Corporation 115.60 0.02 0.02 6,730,924
SO Southern Company (The) 49.06 0.01 0.02 3,598,528
PCG Pacific Gas & Electric Co. 61.36 0.26 0.43 1,763,952
TKR Timken Company (The) 42.95 -0.40 -0.92 632,948
JNJ Johnson & Johnson 114.15 -0.05 -0.04 7,502,425
WMT Wal-Mart Stores Inc. 67.18 -0.44 -0.65 12,054,682
AA Alcoa Inc. 35.66 0.24 0.68 5,330,864
INTC Intel Corporation 36.94 0.37 1.01 23,950,936
IBM International Business Machines Corp 170.55 3.74 2.24 12,690,029
D Dominion Resources Inc. 75.79 0.17 0.22 1,739,289
TRV The Travelers Companies Inc. 118.02 0.03 0.03 1,222,280
TASR TASER International Inc. 24.85 -0.24 -0.96 483,640
TIF Tiffany & Co. 79.42 0.39 0.49 1,059,911
XLNX Xilinx Inc. 58.03 0.05 0.09 2,663,757
BLOX Infoblox Inc. n/a n/a n/a 0
EIX Edison International 71.97 0.25 0.35 921,218
JAZZ Jazz Pharmaceuticals plc 123.88 -0.54 -0.43 784,878
RY.PR.A:CA Royal Bank of Canada Non-Cumulative First Preferre 25.25 0.05 0.20 18,256
GES Guess? Inc. 12.51 0.16 1.30 945,263
GFI Gold Fields Limited American Depositary Shares 3.47 0.02 0.58 5,937,316
JPM JP Morgan Chase 83.67 0.37 0.44 18,436,790
AXP American Express Company 76.20 -0.49 -0.64 8,465,939
BECN Beacon Roofing Supply Inc. 44.44 0.13 0.29 319,439
UTX United Technologies Corporation 110.79 0.06 0.05 3,134,293
TXN Texas Instruments Incorporated 74.75 0.87 1.18 6,661,449
BKS Barnes & Noble Inc. 10.75 -0.70 -6.11 1,369,194
VMW Vmware Inc. Class A 82.64 -0.05 -0.06 2,154,377
SMTC Semtech Corporation 32.20 0.00 0.00 539,275
CSCO Cisco Systems Inc. 30.10 0.12 0.40 22,754,366
LINE Linn Energy LLC Unit Repstg Ltd Liability Co Ints n/a n/a n/a 0
DIS Walt Disney Company (The) 107.66 0.38 0.35 5,648,970
VZ Verizon Communications Inc. 52.72 0.36 0.69 15,473,748
WDAY Workday Inc. 81.78 -0.26 -0.32 1,267,009
NKE Nike Inc. 53.20 0.27 0.51 7,861,047
GM General Motors Company 37.01 -0.29 -0.78 14,001,523
BAC Bank of America Corporation 22.64 0.11 0.49 102,564,870
WX Wuxi Pharmatech Inc. ADS n/a n/a n/a 0
PSA Public Storage 217.97 2.64 1.23 1,040,790
GOOG Alphabet Inc. 805.02 2.85 0.35 1,670,045
MCD McDonald\'s Corporation 122.26 0.08 0.07 4,887,114
DHI D.R. Horton Inc. 28.31 0.30 1.07 4,869,433
ADM Archer-Daniels-Midland Company 44.73 0.23 0.52 2,395,321
DD E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Co. 73.03 0.08 0.11 3,231,085
ACRE Ares Commercial Real Estate Corporation 13.62 -0.10 -0.73 110,245
KSS Kohl\'s Corporation 40.53 0.30 0.75 3,549,805
ATVI Activision Blizzard Inc 38.97 0.11 0.28 6,106,829
MXIM Maxim Integrated Products Inc. 41.39 0.81 2.00 3,433,827
FRO Frontline Ltd 7.29 0.20 2.82 2,015,590
AVB AvalonBay Communities Inc. 176.97 1.75 1.00 563,977
TEU null n/a n/a n/a 0
HD Home Depot Inc. (The) 135.60 0.21 0.16 4,853,902
XOM Exxon Mobil Corporation 85.89 1.16 1.37 18,739,659
PFE Pfizer Inc. 31.77 0.07 0.22 30,159,695
ALTR Altera Corp. n/a n/a n/a 0
KSU Kansas City Southern 87.91 3.41 4.04 4,102,720
WFC Wells Fargo & Company 55.07 0.49 0.90 24,160,823
HPQ HP Inc. 14.73 -0.13 -0.87 14,687,037
BA Boeing Company (The) 159.53 0.53 0.33 3,384,525
MRK Merck & Company Inc. (new) 62.53 2.20 3.65 25,240,347
PIR Pier 1 Imports Inc. 7.71 0.02 0.26 2,187,843
LQDT Liquidity Services Inc. 9.30 0.05 0.54 96,296
NJR NewJersey Resources Corporation 36.45 0.15 0.41 450,028
EZCH EZchip Semiconductor Ltd n/a n/a n/a 0
FE FirstEnergy Corporation 30.04 -0.27 -0.89 4,713,891
NWY New York & Company Inc. 2.15 0.05 2.38 37,464
IACI IAC/InterActiveCorp n/a n/a n/a 0
CBRL Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Inc. 157.89 1.13 0.72 252,247
KO Coca-Cola Company (The) 41.32 0.18 0.44 14,695,409
KMX CarMax Inc 66.65 0.18 0.27 1,306,557
T AT&T Inc. 41.45 0.45 1.10 25,164,892
CAT Caterpillar Inc. 94.58 1.20 1.29 5,045,228
CREE Cree Inc. 28.05 0.43 1.54 716,706
DCIX Diana Containerships Inc. 3.24 0.23 7.64 1,719,643
NTAP NetApp Inc. 36.37 0.54 1.51 2,358,949
QCOM QUALCOMM Incorporated 62.88 -1.56 -2.42 20,936,881
EMC EMC Corporation n/a n/a n/a 0
MSFT Microsoft Corporation 62.74 0.44 0.71 30,213,462
LZB La-Z-Boy Incorporated 29.15 0.40 1.39 420,796
NRF NorthStar Realty Finance Corp. (New) n/a n/a n/a 0

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