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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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