Equities Sector Coverage: Financials Fall As Market Pare Losses

Sector Recap  |

The Trade Deficit came in at $45.6 billion in August. Initial Jobless Claims came in at 404,000 still well above the 350,000 recessionary threshold. The Dow Jones Industrial Average declined to 11,377.82 Thursday morning nearly 250 points below Wednesday’s high at 11,625.30 with the post-August 9th high at 11,716.84. The afternoon trading saw a high above 11,500. The NASDAQ declined to 2588.71 Thursday morning versus Wednesday high at 2629.48 and its post-August 9th high at 2643.37.

Asian stocks were mixed on Thursday with the Nikkei 225 up 0.97% to 8,823 and the Hang Seng higher by 2.34% to 18,758. European stocks traded lower on Thursday as Euroland debt plan takes shape. The FTSE 100 declined 0.94% to 5,391 with the DAX down 1.55% to 5,901 and the CAC 40 slumping by 1.33% to 3,187. The US Treasury 10-Year yield declined from 2.224 percent to 2.121 on Thursday as traders awaited today’s auction. Yields are significantly above the September 23rd all time low at 1.671 percent for the 10-Year note. The US Treasury auctioned $13 billion in 30-Year bonds at 3.120 with a bid to cover at 2.94 times with an Indirect Bid of 28.7%. Gold traded lower from $1686.1 the Troy ounce to $1654.3 on Thursday. Crude oil traded down from $85.39 per barrel to $83.17 versus its 200-week simple moving average at $83.57 and below its 50-day at $84.85. The euro versus the dollar declined from 1.3825 to 1.3689 on Thursday.

Energy

The afternoon rebound was above 2625. Tesoro Logistics LP (TLLP) is begun with a Buy and $27.50 price objective at Wunderlich. In afternoon trading: Shares of Range Resources (RRC) are up about 7.75%. Shares of Lucas Energy (LEI) are up about 7.25%. Shares of Callon Petroleum (CPE) are up about 6.75%. Shares of RPC Inc. (RES) are up about 6%. Shares of Cal Dive International (DVR) are down about 8%. Shares of Frontline (FRO) are down about 6.25%.

Energy Select Sector SPDR (XLE) was trading at $64.04 at 4:00 PM on Thursday, down slightly on the day – down 6.17% year-to-date.

Materials

The afternoon rebound was above 2625. Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold (FCX) is begun with a Buy at BB&T Capital. Akzo Nobel N.V. (AKZOY) is initiated with an Underperform at Credit Suisse. Louisiana-Pacific (LPX) is lifted to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital. Mercer International (MERC) is moved to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital. In afternoon trading: Shares of Walter Energy (WLT) are up about 10%. Shares of Cemex (CX) are up about 9%. Shares of Owens Illinois (OI) are up about 7.25%. Shares of Mercer International are down about 8.5%.

The Materials Select Sector SPDR (XLB) was trading at $32.62 at 4:00 PM on Thursday, down 0.52% on the day – down 15.07% year-to-date.

Industrials

The afternoon rebound was above 2625. Armstrong World Industries (AWI) is assigned an Overweight at Barclays. Healthcare Services Group (HCSG) is downgraded to Hold from Buy at Duncan-Williams. Goodrich (GR) gets cut to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital. In afternoon trading: Shares of A123 Systems (AONE) are down about 7.5%. Shares of Lindsay (LNN) are down about 6%. Shares of Beacon Power (BCON) are up about 7.75%. Shares of Broadwind Energy (BWEN) are up about 7.25%. Shares of Mistras Group (MG) are up about 7%. Shares of Spirit Airlines (SAVE) are up about 6.75%. Shares of Wesco Aircraft (WAIR) are up about 6.25%.

The Industrial Select Sector SPDR (XLI) was trading at $31.62 at 4:00 PM on Thursday, down 0.85% on the day – down 9.32% year-to-date.

Consumer Discretionary

The afternoon rebound was above 2625. Instead of the typical July-September rise in shipments ahead of the holiday season, the Port of Long Beach reports 2 months of declines (and #3 expected soon) as retailers take a conservative stance on orders. Guess? (GES) is a new Neutral at Bank of America-Merrill Lynch. Johnson Controls (JCI) is resumed with a Buy and $40 target price at Needham. Barclays begins Overweights on Lennar (LEN), Pulte Group (PHM), and Toll Brothers (TOL). Grupo Televisa (TV) is established at an Underweight by Barclays. Williams-Sonoma (WSM) is upgraded to Buy from Hold at BB&T Capital. Dick’s Sporting Goods (DKS) is boosted to Buy from Hold at ThinkEquity. Clear Channel Outdoor (CCO) is cut to Average from Above Average at Caris & Co. In afternoon trading: Shares of BB Liquidating – formerly Blockbuster (BLOAQ) are down about 87.5%

The Consumer Discretionary Select Sector SPDR (XLY) was trading at $38.05 at 4:00 PM on Thursday, down slightly on the day – up 1.71% year-to-date.

Consumer Staples

The afternoon rebound was above 2625. Carrefour (CRRFY) warns Q4 profit will miss expectations, as a slowing economy adds to the company's self-inflicted wounds. Kroger (KR) gets downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies.  In afternoon trading: Shares of Zhongpin (HOGS) are up about 9.75%. Shares of Coffee Holding (JVA) are up about 8.75%. Shares of Supervalu (SVU) are up about 6%. Shares of Carrefour are down about 5.25%.

The Consumer Staples Select Sector SPDR (XLP) was trading at $30.63 at 4:00 PM on Thursday, down 0.29% on the day – up 4.50% year-to-date.

Healthcare

The afternoon rebound was above 2625. Volcano (VOLC) gets picked up with a Neutral at Goldman Sachs. Onyx Pharmaceuticals (ONXX) is moved to Outperform from Market Perform by BMO Capital. In afternoon trading: Shares of Dendreon (DNDN) are up about 8.75%. Shares of Vertex Pharmaceuticals (VRTX) are up about 8.5%. Shares of Akorn (AKRX) are up about 8.5%. Shares of Brookdale Senior Living (BKD) are up about 6%. Shares of Thoratec (THOR) are up about 6%.

The Health Care Select Sector SPDR (XLV) was trading at $32.57 at 4:00 PM on Thursday, down slightly on the day – up 3.40% year-to-date.

Financials

The afternoon rebound was above 2625. Continuing to unload banking assets in tough market conditions and to limit federal oversight, MetLife (MET) is exploring a sale of its mortgage operation. Bailed-out American International Group (AIG) improves its credit terms with $4.5 billion in new facilities - a $3 billion four-year deal, and a $1.5 billion 365-day arrangement - to replace $3.18 billion in lines under less favorable terms. JPMorgan (JPM) reported a quarterly profit of $1.02 / share (versus expectations of $0.93 / share). Blackstone (BX) is removed from Citigroup’s Top Picks Live list. Legg Mason (LM) and Hatteras Financial (HTS) are each lowered to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie. Primerica (PRI) is reduced to Perform from Outperform at Raymond James. In afternoon trading: Shares of Ambac Financial Group (ABKFQ) are down about 9%. Shares of Lehman Brothers (LEHMQ) are up about 8%.

The Financial Select Sector SPDR (XLF) was trading at $12.45 at 4:00 PM on Thursday, down 2.31% on the day – down 21.94% year-to-date.

Information Technology

The afternoon rebound was above 2625. Bloomberg reports 2 people familiar with the matter characterizing a rumor Akamai (AKAM) is to be acquired by Google (GOOG) as baseless. The email, IM, and Internet outages for Research in Motion's (RIMM) Blackberry spread to North America, but the company reports "significant" improvement in service in Europe, the Middle East, India, and Africa. Netease.com (NTES) is now Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray. Broadcom (BRCM) is raised to Outperform from Neutral by brokers Robert W. Baird with a new target of $46. Infineon (IFNNY) is increased to Add from Neutral at WestLB. Rackspace (RAX) gets a Buy-from-Neutral upgrade at Goldman. Alliance Data Systems (ADS) is now Neutral from Buy at Suntrust. Altera (ALTR) is taken to Neutral from Outperform at Robert W. Baird with a new target of $35 from $46. Rightnow Technologies (RNOW) is reduced to Hold from Buy at Needham. In afternoon trading: Shares of TriQuint Semiconductor (TQNT) are up about 24%. Shares of Sina (SINA) are up about 18%. Shares of Fairchild Semiconductor (FCS) are up about 11.5%. Shares of JinkoSolar (JKS) are up about 11.5%.

The Technology Select Sector SPDR (XLK) was trading at $25.55 at 4:00 PM on Thursday, up 1.11% on the day – up 1.43% year-to-date.

Telecommunications Services

The afternoon rebound was above 2625. In afternoon trading: Shares of Clearwire (CLWR) are up about 28.5%. Shares of Sprint Nextel (S) are up about 8%. Shares of MetroPCS (PCS) are up about 5%. Shares of Leap Wireless (LEAP) are up about 4.5%. Shares of NII Holdings (NIHD) are up about 4.5%. Actives: Shares of AT&T (T) are up about 0.3%. Shares of Verizon (VZ) are up about 1.1%. Shares of Level 3 Communications (LVLT) are down about 2.25%. Shares of Frontier Communications (FTR) are down about 0.6%. Shares of Vodafone (VOD) are up about 1.4%.

The NASDAQ Telecommunications Index (IXTC) was trading at $195.38 at 4:00 PM on Thursday, up 0.99% on the day – down 13.31% year-to-date.

Utilities

The afternoon rebound was above 2625. York Water (YORW) is a new Neutral at boutique brokerage firm Boenning & Scattergood. In afternoon trading: Actives: Shares of Duke Energy (DUK) are up slightly. Shares of Genon Energy (GEN) are down about 5.25%. Shares of FirstEnergy (FE) are down about 2.8%. Shares of AES Corp (AES) are down about 0.7%. Shares of PG&E (PCG) are up about 1.1%. Shares of Exelon (EXC) are up slightly. Shares of PSE&G (PEG) are down slightly.

The Utilities Select Sector SPDR (XLU) was trading at $33.66 at 4:00 PM on Thursday, unchanged on the day – up 7.40% year-to-date.

STOCKS: TLLP, RRC, LEI, CPE, RES, DVR, FRO, FCX, AKZOY, LPX, MERC, WLT, CX, AWI, HCSG, GR, AONE, LNN, BCON, BWEN, MG, SAVE, WAIR, GES, JCI, LEN, PHM, TOL, TV, WSM, DKS, CCO, BLOAQ, CRRFY, KR, HOGS, JVA, SVU, MET, AIG, JPM, BX, LM, HTS, PRI, ABKFQ, LEHMQ, AKAM, GOOG, RIMM, NTES, BRCM, IFNNY, RAX, ADS, ALTR, RNOW, TQNT, SINA, FCS, JKS, CLWR, S, PCS, LEAP, NIHD, T, VZ, LVLT, FTR, VOD, YORW, DUK, GEN, FE, AES, PCG, EXC, PEG

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Companies

Symbol Name Price Change % Volume
LEI Defined Japan Index n/a n/a n/a n/a
BX The Blackstone Group L.P. Representing Limited Partnership Interests 32.23 0.25 0.78 2,823,993 Trade
GEN Genesis Healthcare Inc. 1.61 0.07 4.55 286,876 Trade
PRI Primerica Inc. 102.41 0.59 0.58 178,201 Trade
FTR Frontier Communications Corporation 2.59 0.01 0.39 1,645,438 Trade
KR Kroger Company (The) 28.62 0.32 1.13 4,592,355 Trade
PCG Pacific Gas & Electric Co. 6.91 -1.47 -17.54 173,062,577 Trade
TLLP ANDX Tesoro Logistics LP representing Limited Partner I n/a n/a n/a n/a
WSFS WSFS Financial Corporation 40.15 0.21 0.53 121,148 Trade
CPE Callon Petroleum Company 8.36 0.06 0.72 5,315,632 Trade
SINA Sina Corporation 57.00 0.59 1.05 627,514 Trade
JCI Johnson Controls International plc 31.71 -0.66 -2.04 4,707,903 Trade
S Sprint Corporation 6.11 -0.12 -1.93 9,759,435 Trade
AKAM Akamai Technologies Inc. 63.44 0.75 1.20 1,799,070 Trade
MET MetLife Inc. 44.06 0.09 0.20 4,189,727 Trade
GES Guess? Inc. 21.63 0.17 0.79 581,515 Trade
CCO Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings Inc. Class A 5.52 0.07 1.28 50,330 Trade
HCSG Healthcare Services Group Inc. 42.84 0.75 1.78 476,277 Trade
VOD Vodafone Group Plc 19.04 -0.24 -1.24 4,845,051 Trade
HTS Hatteras Financial Corp n/a n/a n/a 0 Trade
TOL Toll Brothers Inc. 36.11 0.41 1.15 1,536,548 Trade
WSM Williams-Sonoma Inc. (DE) 54.11 0.77 1.44 1,290,351 Trade
YORW The York Water Company 30.98 -0.30 -0.96 29,751 Trade
AWI Armstrong World Industries Inc 63.92 -0.73 -1.13 237,574 Trade
AES The AES Corporation 15.44 0.40 2.66 4,604,436 Trade
LM Legg Mason Inc. 27.73 0.09 0.33 923,812 Trade
BWEN Broadwind Energy Inc. 1.60 -0.06 -3.61 38,819 Trade
VZ Verizon Communications Inc. 58.10 0.07 0.12 10,057,967 Trade
LNN Lindsay Corporation 85.93 -0.11 -0.13 107,300 Trade
GOOG Alphabet Inc. 1,077.15 32.46 3.11 1,463,570 Trade
FCX Freeport-McMoRan Inc. 11.57 0.02 0.17 26,038,940 Trade
RES RPC Inc. 11.29 0.20 1.80 2,958,490 Trade
JVA Coffee Holding Co. Inc. 4.40 -0.04 -0.90 11,668 Trade
NTES NetEase Inc. 247.02 6.94 2.89 698,127 Trade
RRC Range Resources Corporation 11.74 -0.13 -1.10 7,172,804 Trade
LEN Lennar Corporation Class A 45.88 0.68 1.50 2,940,932 Trade
MG Mistras Group Inc 15.31 -0.03 -0.20 26,746 Trade
WAIR Wesco Aircraft Holdings Inc. 8.27 -0.04 -0.48 182,019 Trade
FRO Frontline Ltd. 5.66 0.18 3.28 384,409 Trade
JKS JinkoSolar Holding Company Limited American Depositary Shares (each representing 4) 12.32 0.01 0.08 441,827 Trade
ALTR Altair Engineering Inc. 29.71 0.70 2.41 154,478 Trade
AIG American International Group Inc. 42.45 0.45 1.07 5,341,365 Trade
PHM PulteGroup Inc. 28.07 0.21 0.75 3,352,528 Trade
DKS Dick's Sporting Goods Inc 33.58 -0.17 -0.50 1,435,607 Trade
TV Grupo Televisa S.A. 12.94 0.29 2.29 1,867,515 Trade
MERC Mercer International Inc. 11.73 0.22 1.91 183,201 Trade
FE FirstEnergy Corp. 38.12 0.12 0.32 5,188,628 Trade
BRCM Broadcom Corp. n/a n/a n/a 0 Trade
LPX Louisiana-Pacific Corporation 23.57 -0.16 -0.67 1,115,049 Trade
EXC Exelon Corporation 45.79 0.75 1.67 5,051,704 Trade
T AT&T Inc. 30.60 -0.02 -0.07 26,735,374 Trade
DUK Duke Energy Corporation (Holding Company) 85.14 1.48 1.77 2,722,876 Trade
ADS Alliance Data Systems Corporation 167.61 -0.53 -0.32 1,074,388 Trade
CX Cemex S.A.B. de C.V. Sponsored ADR 5.20 -0.03 -0.57 7,328,434 Trade
FCS Fairchild Semiconductor International Inc. n/a n/a n/a 0 Trade
PEG Public Service Enterprise Group Incorporated 51.47 0.72 1.42 3,568,973 Trade
RAX Rackspace Hosting Inc n/a n/a n/a 0 Trade
NIHD NII Holdings Inc. 5.26 0.18 3.54 775,132 Trade
JPM JP Morgan Chase & Co. 101.68 0.74 0.73 26,504,852 Trade

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