The Facebook (FB) IPO, priced at $38 per share with a record market cap at $104 billion The IPO raised $18.4 billion for Facebook. The opening process began at 11:00 AM on the NASDAQ, with a pre-open high at $45.00. The opening trade was $42.05 at 11:30 AM, and shares declined to the $38 offering price. Facebook was trading right at $38.00 into the final half hour of trading. The Dow Jones Industrial Average traded up to 12,492.97 then declined to 12,355.91 as the Facebook IPO drifted up and down. The NASDAQ traded then up to 2827.28 then declined to 2778.23.70 into the final half hour of trading.
Asian stocks were lower on Friday. The Nikkei 225 ended their session at 8,611 – down 2.99% on the day. The Hang Seng ended their session at 18,952 – down 1.30% on the day. European exchanges opened lower on Friday, recovered to the flat line, then closed lower. The FTSE 100 ended their session at 5,267 – down 1.33% on the day. The DAX ended their session at 6,271 – down 0.60% on the day. The CAC 40 ended their session at 3,008 – down 0.13% on the day. The yield on the 10-Year US Treasury traded between 1.743 percent and 1.692, well below its 50-day and 200-day simple moving averages at 2.037 and 2.020.
Gold traded up from $1567.8 the Troy ounce to $1597.5 well below the “Death Cross” 50-day and 200-day simple moving averages at $1641.3 and $1696.6. Crude oil traded up from $91.60 per barrel to $92.88 then down to $91.08 below its 200-day simple moving average at $96.24. The euro versus the dollar traded up from 1.2646 to 1.2784 well below its 50-day simple moving average at 1.3116.
Yingli Green Energy (YGE) fell 13% on Thursday on news that the US government’s imposition of anti-dumping tariffs on Chinese solar firms. The stock rose by 2.9% after hours after the company announced that the tariff would be less than expected. Kinder Morgan (KMI) replaces El Paso in the S&P 500 index on May 24. KMI is acquiring EP and shares were up 3.7% in after hours trading Thursday evening. GT Advanced Technologies (GTAT) declined 16% on Thursday on FQ1 results that were well below Street expectations as its photovoltaic equipment business suffered under a global slowdown in solar product demand. SunPower (SPWR) spikes higher by 10.6% after Reuters reported that Apple (AAPL) will use its solar modules to power its giant Maiden, NC data center. Dow components – Chevron (CVX) down 0.14%, Exxon Mobil (XOM) up 0.60%.
Energy Select Sector SPDR (XLE) was trading at $63.95 at 3:30 PM on Friday, down 0.61% on the day – down 7.49% year-to-date.
Silvercorp Metals (SVM) missed FQ4 EPS estimates by two cents with a 4.5% rise in revenue. Schnitzer Steel's (SCHN) sees nonferrous selling prices increasing 5% to10%, offset by nonferrous volumes expected to decline 10%-15% due to high FQ2 production levels. Operating income per ferrous ton expected to be 35% lower quarter over quarter. BHP Billiton (BHP) has been upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital, which cites an impressive valuation. Dow components – Alcoa (AA) up 0.24%, DuPont (DD) down 0.55%.
The Materials Select Sector SPDR (XLB) was trading at $32.75 at 3:30 PM on Friday, down 0.46% on the day – down 2.24% year-to-date.
General Motors (GM) will sell its first vehicle under the historic SS nameplate. The high-performance 2014 Chevrolet SS will sport a V8 engine and arrive in showrooms in late 2013. Donaldson (DCI) beat FQ3 EPS estimates by three cents with a miss on the revenue line. Canadian Pacific (CP) has been upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup. Kansas City Southern (KSU) has been upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at BMO Capital. Dow components – Boeing Co (BA) up 0.13%, Caterpillar (CAT) up 1.50%, General Electric (GE) up 0.48%, 3M Company (MMM) down 0.14%, United Technologies (UTX) down 0.57%.
The Industrial Select Sector SPDR (XLI) was trading at $34.12 at 3:30 PM on Friday, down 0.50% on the day – up 1.10% year-to-date.
Pacific Sunwear (PSUN) reported a lower than expected Q1 loss with relatively flat revenue but the posted strong sales late in the quarter, and the stock popped 23% in after hours trading on Thursday.. Aeropostale (ARO) beat Q1 estimates on revenue as total sales managed a slight 6% gain versus the prior year, shares none-the-less fell by 4.0% in after hours trading on Thursday. Gap (GPS) beat Q1 EPS estimates by a penny with better than expected revenue. Ann (ANN) shares were down 1.2% pre-market even though the retailer cited strong sales of Loft brand and significantly reduced promotions at Ann Taylor store. Brown Shoe (BWS) beat Q1 EPS estimates by fourteen cents with better than expected revenue. Mattel (MAT) has been initiated with a Buy rating at Suntrust, which has a Neutral rating on Hasbro (HAS). Dow Components – Disney (DIS) down 0.81%, Home Depot up 0.64%, McDonalds (MCD) up 1.48%.
The Consumer Discretionary Select Sector SPDR (XLY) was trading at $42.08 at 3:30 PM on Friday, down 0.59% on the day – up 7.84% year-to-date.
Amazon.com (AMZN) in looking for ways to monetize the Kindle Fire, which sells at a loss. The company is now selling ad space on the Kindle’s welcome screen. Salesforce.com (CRM) rebounded 7.2% in after hours trading on Thursday after the company reports a FQ1 earnings beat and positive guidance. Foot Locker's (FL) reported that store sales rose by +9.7% in Q1 as merchandise inventory fell 1.1% and shares rose by 1.4% premarket. AutoZone (AZO) has been upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse. Dow components – Kraft (KFT) up 0.79%, Coca Cola (KO) down 1.70%, Procter & Gamble (PG) flat, Wal-Mart (WMT) up 1.35%.
The Consumer Staples Select Sector SPDR (XLP) was trading at $33.58 at 3:30 PM on Friday, down 0.42% on the day – up 3.35% year-to-date.
Osiris Therapeutics (OSIR) has received approval from Health Canada to market its stem cell therapy Prochymal to treat acute graft-vs-host disease in children, and the stock surged 14% in after hours trading on Thursday. Boston Scientific (BSX) was up 4.1% in after hours trading on Thursday, after the FDA approves its Epic vascular stent designed to open blocked arteries in patients with iliac artery stenosis. Sequenom (SQNM) says the recently announced provider network participation agreement with Coventry Health Care (CVH) has been terminated without cause, and shares tumbled 7.8% in after hours trading on Thursday. Cardiovascular Systems (CSII) has been initiated with a Buy target and $17 price target at MLV & Co, saying the company is uniquely positioned to treat calcified plaque in the lower leg. Dow Components – Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) up 0.23%, Merck (MRK) down 0.11%, Pfizer (PFE) flat.
The Health Care Select Sector SPDR (XLV) was trading at $36.06 at 3:30 PM on Friday, down 0.91% on the day – up 3.95% year-to-date.
JPMorgan (JPM) CEO Jamie Dimon will testify before the Senate Banking Committee. Joining the testimonies are representatives from the relevant regulatory agencies. JP Morgan's Chief Investment Office built positives to over $100 billion in complex, risky bonds and structured products, and now sources say the portfolio size is over $150 billion. Moody's cut its ratings on 17 Spanish banks one-to-three notches. Santander (STD) and BBVA (BBVA) were cut but remain the most creditworthy of Spain’s largest lenders. Morgan Stanley (MS) has been upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS. Dow Components – American Express (AXP) up 0.11%, Bank of America (BAC) down 0.17%, JP Morgan Chase (JPM) down 2.00%, Travelers (TRV) down 0.48%.
The Financial Select Sector SPDR (XLF) was trading at $13.77 at 3:30 PM on Friday, down 1.15% on the day – up 5.92% year-to-date.
Marvell (MRVL) on its FQ1 earnings call, gave a positive outlook for sales growth, and shares moved higher by 4.1% in after hours trading. Brocade Communications Systems (BRCD) beat FQ2 EPS estimate by three cents with better than expected revenue. Applied Materials (AMAT) beat FQ2 EPS estimates by three cents with better than expected revenue. Marvell Technology (MRVL) beat Q1 EPS estimates by three cents with better than expected revenue. Autodesk (ADSK) reported in-line Q1 EPS with a beat on the revenue line but shares fell 5% in after hours trading on Thursday. Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) intends to cut 25,000 to 30,000 jobs, which is 10% of its workforce. H-P intends to spend the savings on making its sales force more efficient and on creating new products. Dow Components – Cisco Systems (CSCO) down 0.51%, Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) down 1.90%, IBM (IBM) down 0.48%, Intel Corp (INTC) up 0.50%, Microsoft (MSFT) down 0.94%.
The Technology Select Sector SPDR (XLK) was trading at $27.51 at 3:30 PM on Friday, down 0.79% on the day – up 8.09% year-to-date.
Aruba Networks (ARUN) reported FQ3 in-line with estimates, but shares slumped 7.2% in after hours trading on Thursday on disappointment because earnings whisper number was stronger than reality.. Sprint Nextel (S) has been upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Guggenheim. Dow components – AT&T (T) up 1.10%, Verizon (VZ) up 0.63%.
The NASDAQ Telecommunications Index (IXTC) was trading at $179.09 at 3:30 PM on Friday, down 1.10% on the day – down 9.06% year-to-date.
Dominion Resources (D) up 1.00%, Edison International (EIX) up 0.22%, First Energy (FE) flat, PG&E Corp (PCG) up 0.21%, Southern Company (SO) up 0.84%.
The Utilities Select Sector SPDR (XLU) was trading at $35.45 at 3:30 PM on Friday, down 0.11% on the day – down 1.47% year-to-date.
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