Equities Sector Coverage: Google Weighs on Wall Street

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Google Weighs on Wall StreetInitial Jobless Claims rose to a higher than expected 388,000 back above the 350,000 recessionary threshold. The Philly Fed Index rose to 5.7 in October. The Index of Leading Indicators rose by 0.6% in September, the largest gain since February. The Dow Jones Industrial Average traded down to 13,520.68 then rebounded to 13,588.73 before declining to 13,510.93 versus the October 5 high at 13,661.87. The NASDAQ traded up to 3102.56 then down to 3065.24 after Google (GOOG) went off its fiscal cliff with an early mistake in releasing disappointing earnings versus its 50-day simple moving average at 3097.53.

Asian stocks were higher again on Thursday. The Nikkei 225 closed at 8,983 – up 2.00%. The Hang Seng closed at 21,519 – up 0.48%. European exchanges had a mixed open but with higher closes. The FTSE 100 ended the day at 5,917 – up 0.10%. The DAX ended the day at 7,437 – up 0.58%. The CAC 40 ended the day at 3,535 – up 0.22%. The yield on the 10-Year US Treasury declined to 1.782% then rose to 1.836% with the 50-day and 200-day simple moving averages at 1.701% and 1.802%.

Comex gold traded down from $1753.4 the Troy ounce to $1739.0 staying above its 50-day simple moving average at $1718.6 and well below the 2012 high at $1798.1 set on October 5. Nymex crude oil traded down to $90.66 per barrel then rose to $92.59 staying below its 50-day and 200-day simple moving averages at $93.90 and $95.76. The euro versus the dollar traded down from 1.3127 to 1.3058 staying below its September 17 high at 1.3170.

Energy

Sonoco Products (SON) beat estimates by 3 cents with revenue in-line with estimates. Diamond Offshore (DO) beat estimates by 27 cents, while missing revenue by $5M. Kinder Morgan Energy Partners (KMP) beat estimates by 66 cents and revenue by $70M. Noble (NE) missed estimates by 4 cents and revenue by $16M. McMoRan Exploration (MMR) is a new Buy at Guggenheim. ConocoPhillips (COP) is now Neutral from Sell at Goldman Sachs. SeaDrill (SDRL) is taken to Buy from Neutral at Goldman. Halliburton (HAL) is downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Stephens. Dow components – Chevron (CVX) is down about 0.7%. Exxon Mobil (XOM) down about 0.3%. Energy Select Sector SPDR (XLE) was trading at $74.90 at 3:30 PM on Thursday, down 0.16% on the day – up 8.35% year-to-date.

Materials

Steel Dynamics (STLD) beat estimates by 2 cents, while missing revenue by $660M. ThyssenKrupp (TYEKF) gets a Neutral-from-Underperform boost at BNP Paribas. Potash (POT) is reduced to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital. Dow Components – Alcoa (AA) is up about 0.2%. DuPont (DD) is up about 1%. The Materials Select Sector SPDR (XLB) was trading at $37.89 at 3:30 PM on Thursday, up 0.07% on the day – up 13.10% year-to-date.

Industrials

Snap-On (SNA) beat estimates by 3 cents and revenue by $5M. Southwest Airlines (LUV) reported Q3 EPS of $0.13 (in-line), while missing revenue by $50M. Danaher (DHR) missed estimates by 2 cents and revenue by $90M. Werner (WERN) missed estimates by a penny and revenue by $17M. Universal Forest Products (UFPI) missed estimates by 17 cents, while beating revenue by $4M. Lindsay Corp. (LNN) is lifted to Outperform from Market Perform by William Blair. Stanley Black & Decker (SWK) is moved to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James. Big Movers – SatCon Technology (SATC) is up about 57%. A123 Systems (AONE) is up about 42%. Broadwind Energy (BWEN) is up about 28%. WESCO International (WCC) is up about 13%. Iron Mountain (IRM) is down about 10%. Dow components – Boeing Co (BA) is up about 0.7%. Caterpillar (CAT) is up slightly. General Electric (GE) is up slightly. 3M Company (MMM) is down slightly. United Technologies (UTX) is up about 0.7%. The Industrial Select Sector SPDR (XLI) was trading at $37.47 at 3:30 PM on Thursday, up 0.42% on the day – up 11.02% year-to-date.

Consumer Discretionary

Sprint (S) is trying to cut a deal with other major Clearwire investors - including Comcast (CMCSA) and Intel (INTC) - that would allow it to appoint a majority of directors to Clearwire's board. Select Comfort (SCSS) beat estimates by 5 cents with revenue in-line with estimates. Monro Muffler Brake (MNRO) is a Hold at ISG Group. American Eagle Outfitters (AEO) is increased to Outperform from Market Perform with Wells Fargo. Harley-Davidson (HOG) gets moved to Buy from Neutral at Goldman. Skullcandy (SKUL) is slashed to Market Perform from Strong Buy at Raymond James. Big Movers – Orient-Express Hotels (OEH) is up about 23%. Ethan Allen Interiors (ETH) is up about 19%. Dow Components – Disney (DIS) is up about 0.2%. Home Depot (HD) is down slightly. McDonalds (MCD) is down about 1%. The Consumer Discretionary Select Sector SPDR (XLY) was trading at $47.38 at 3:30 PM on Thursday, down 0.04% on the day – up 21.42% year-to-date.

Consumer Staples

SUPERVALU (SVU) missed estimates by 13 cents with revenue in-line with estimates. Philip Morris (PM) missed estimates by a penny and revenue by $320M. Dow components – Coca Cola (KO) is up about 0.6%. Procter & Gamble (PG) is relatively unchanged. Wal-Mart (WMT) is down about 1%. The Consumer Staples Select Sector SPDR (XLP) was trading at $36.16 at 3:30 PM on Thursday, down 0.48% on the day – up 11.30 year-to-date.

Health Care

Boston Scientific (BSX) beat estimates by 5 cents, while missing revenue by $20M. Baxter (BAX) reported Q3 EPS of $1.14 (in-line), while missing revenue by $40M. Stryker (SYK) missed estimates by a penny with revenue in-line with estimates. The company lowers its FY12 expectations, now seeing an EPS of $4.04 - $4.07 (below the Street view of $4.09). For FY13, it expects EPS of $4.25 - $4.40 (below the consensus of $4.45). Abbott Labs (ABT) is lowered to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James. St. Jude Medical (STJ) gets moved to Market Perform from Outperform by William Blair. Stryker (SYK) is taken to Perform from Outperform at Oppenheimer. Big Movers – Align Technology (ALGN) is down about 24.5%. MannKind (MNKD) is down about 23.75%. Peregrine Pharmaceuticals (PPHM) is down about 13.5%. Aegerion Pharmaceuticals (AEGR) is up about 12.25%. Dow Components – Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) is up about 1.7%. Merck (MRK) is up about 1.2%. Pfizer (PFE) is up about 0.7%. United Health Group (UNH) is up slightly. The Health Care Select Sector SPDR (XLV) was trading at $41.33 at 3:30 PM on Thursday, unchanged on the day – up 19.14% year-to-date.

Financials

Verizon (VZ) is transferring $7.5B of the $30B in obligations held by its management pension plan to Prudential (PRU), a move that affects around 41,000 retirees. The Travelers (TRV) beat estimates by 61 cents and revenue by $720M. Morgan Stanley (MS) beat estimates by 3 cents, while missing revenue by $1.2B. BB&T (BBT) missed estimates by 5 cents, while beating revenue by $30M. American Express (AXP) reported Q3 EPS of $1.09 (in-line) and revenue of $7.9B (in-line). Excel Trust (EXL) is begun with a Buy recommendation at Cantor Fitzgerald. Zillow (Z) is a new Buy at Goldman Sachs. US Bancorp (USB) is boosted to Positive from Neutral at Susquehanna. Deutsche Bank (DB) is downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at JPMorgan. Big Mover – Reinsurance Group of America (RGA) is down about 10.5%. Dow Components – American Express (AXP) is down about 3.25%. Bank of America (BAC) is up about 0.4%. JP Morgan Chase (JPM) is down about 1%. The Travelers Companies (TRV) is up about 3.8%. The Financial Select Sector SPDR (XLF) was trading at $16.305 at 3:30 PM on Thursday, up 0.06% on the day – up 25.42% year-to-date.

Information Technology

Sprint (S) is trying to cut a deal with other major Clearwire investors - including Comcast (CMCSA) and Intel (INTC) - that would allow it to appoint a majority of directors to Clearwire's board. Nokia (NOK) swung to an underlying loss of $0.07 in Q3 from a profit of $0.03 a year earlier, but that was not as bad as expected, while revenue dropped 19% to €7.23B. Microsoft's (MSFT) FQ1 EPS is expected to fall to $0.56 from $0.68 a year earlier, with revenue dropping 5.5% to $16.42B. In contrast, Google's EPS is expected to increase to $10.65 from $9.72 and as revenue surges 58% to $11.87B. Mellanox (MLNX) is guiding on its Q3 earnings call for Q4 revenue of $145M-$150M (below a $153.1M consensus). eBay (EBAY) beat estimates by a penny with revenue in-line with estimates. The company is issuing Q4 guidance: Revenue of $3.85B-$4B and EPS of $0.66-$0.69 (versus consensus of $3.94B and $0.68). Xilinx (XLNX) beat estimates by 5 cents, while missing revenue by $3.7M. Lam Research (LRCX) beat estimates by 12 cents and revenue by $3M. Tibco Software (TIBX) is taken to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie. Dow Components – Cisco Systems (CSCO) is down about 0.7%. Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) is up about 0.5%. IBM (IBM) is down about 3%. Intel Corp (INTC) is down about 0.4%. Microsoft (MSFT) is down about 0.4%. The Technology Select Sector SPDR (XLK) was trading at $29.955 at 3:30 PM on Thursday, down 1.20% the day – up 17.70% year-to-date.

Telecommunication Services

Sprint (S) is trying to cut a deal with other major Clearwire investors - including Comcast (CMCSA) and Intel (INTC) - that would allow it to appoint a majority of directors to Clearwire's board. Verizon (VZ) is transferring $7.5B of the $30B in obligations held by its management pension plan to Prudential (PRU), a move that affects around 41,000 retirees. Verizon (VZ) met expectations as net profit climbed 15.5% to $1.59B, EPS came in at $0.64 and revenue edged up 3.9% to $29.01B. Wireless revenue rose 7.3% to $19B, boosted by price rises and the launch of the iPhone 5, with the unit adding 1.8M net new subscribers. Dow Components – AT&T (T) is up about 0.8%. Verizon (VZ) is up about 2.2%. The NASDAQ Telecommunications Index (IXTC) was trading at $195.04 at 3:30 PM on Thursday, down 0.52% on the day – down 0.96% year-to-date.

Utilities

Duke Energy (DUK) is raised to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup. Suez Environment (SZEVY) is now Underweight from Neutral at HSBC Securities. The Big Names – Dominion Resources (D) is up about 0.4%. Edison International (EIX) is up about 0.4%. First Energy (FE) is up about 0.8%. PG&E Corp (PCG) is down about 0.4%. Southern Company (SO) is up about 0.7%. The Utilities Select Sector SPDR (XLU) was trading at $37.38 at 3:30 PM on Thursday, up 0.37% on the day – up 3.89% 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, SON, DO, KMP, NE, MMR, COP, SDRL, HAL, STLD, TYEKF, POT, SNA, LUV, DHR, WERN, UFPI, LNN, SWK, SATC, AONE, BWEN, WCC, IRM, S, CMCSA, INTC, SCSS, MNRO, AEO, HOG, SKUL, OEH, ETH, SVU, PM, BSX, BAX, SYK, ABT, STJ, ALGN, MNKD, PPHM, AEGR, VZ, PRU, TRV, MS, BBT, AXP, EXL, Z, USB, DB, RGA, NOK, MSFT, MLNX, EBAY, XLNX, LRCX, TIBX, DUK, SZEVY

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Companies

Symbol Name Price Change % Volume
MMM 3M Company 178.49 2.61 1.48 2,650,644
MLNX Mellanox Technologies Ltd. 40.75 0.25 0.62 656,633
SDRL Seadrill Limited (Bermuda) 3.81 0.41 12.06 41,256,120
PG Procter & Gamble Company (The) 84.37 0.87 1.04 8,004,453
GE General Electric Co 31.78 0.25 0.79 31,227,376
HOG Harley-Davidson Inc. 60.81 -0.76 -1.23 1,503,129
CVX Chevron Corporation 115.81 0.64 0.56 5,771,551
ABT Abbott Laboratories 39.20 0.52 1.34 7,802,493
SO Southern Company (The) 47.94 0.53 1.12 5,025,251
PCG Pacific Gas & Electric Co. 59.33 0.14 0.24 3,849,639
SON Sonoco Products Company 54.01 -0.76 -1.39 485,293
BAX Baxter International Inc. 44.84 0.76 1.72 2,493,568
JNJ Johnson & Johnson 112.26 1.27 1.14 7,672,088
WMT Wal-Mart Stores Inc. 70.08 -0.26 -0.37 10,756,653
AA Alcoa Inc. 32.05 0.74 2.36 4,344,295
INTC Intel Corporation 35.76 0.06 0.17 16,326,925
IBM International Business Machines Corp 166.52 1.16 0.70 3,146,930
ETH Ethan Allen Interiors Inc. 37.25 0.00 0.00 225,752
D Dominion Resources Inc. 74.53 1.03 1.40 2,224,948
TRV The Travelers Companies Inc. 119.19 0.81 0.68 2,138,835
EBAY eBay Inc. 29.97 0.55 1.87 13,548,980
XLNX Xilinx Inc. 55.91 0.27 0.49 2,256,082
S Sprint Corporation 8.48 -0.26 -2.97 19,560,796
POT Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan Inc. 19.75 0.47 2.44 8,756,102
MNRO Monro Muffler Brake Inc. 57.35 0.52 0.92 485,826
POZN Pozen Inc. n/a n/a n/a 0
EIX Edison International 69.97 0.53 0.76 3,307,626
MS Morgan Stanley 43.73 0.15 0.34 12,115,063
JPM JP Morgan Chase 85.49 0.37 0.43 14,567,202
AXP American Express Company 74.77 -0.14 -0.19 2,566,883
LRCX Lam Research Corporation 104.09 -3.06 -2.86 2,227,565
UTX United Technologies Corporation 109.79 1.36 1.25 3,429,005
SWK Stanley Works 120.50 -0.45 -0.37 609,041
DB Deutsche Bank AG 18.28 -0.76 -3.99 11,826,211
CSCO Cisco Systems Inc. 30.06 0.11 0.37 21,361,984
LUV Southwest Airlines Company 49.79 0.19 0.38 6,700,895
COP ConocoPhillips 50.77 0.99 1.99 6,126,055
DIS Walt Disney Company (The) 104.86 1.48 1.43 12,173,909
BWEN Broadwind Energy Inc. 4.20 0.03 0.72 10,143
BSX Boston Scientific Corporation 20.81 0.20 0.97 6,247,211
VZ Verizon Communications Inc. 51.49 0.36 0.70 10,101,462
BBT BB&T Corporation 47.25 0.27 0.57 5,052,103
SCSS Select Comfort Corporation 22.61 -0.02 -0.09 664,092
SVU SuperValu Inc. 4.87 -0.08 -1.62 2,800,896
BAC Bank of America Corporation 23.09 0.14 0.61 130,590,406
LNN Lindsay Corporation 88.37 -0.72 -0.81 108,527
USB U.S. Bancorp 52.04 0.14 0.27 8,612,883
NOK Nokia Corporation Sponsored American Depositary Sh 4.62 0.04 0.87 12,020,369
MCD McDonald\'s Corporation 121.26 0.81 0.67 2,623,713
NE Noble Corporation (UK) 7.64 0.93 13.86 23,613,306
WERN Werner Enterprises Inc. 27.75 -1.00 -3.48 1,544,403
DD E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Co. 74.85 0.17 0.23 2,358,921
WCC WESCO International Inc. 71.10 -1.05 -1.46 472,974
DO Diamond Offshore Drilling Inc. 21.08 1.71 8.83 5,187,189
DHR Danaher Corporation 78.10 0.36 0.46 2,927,079
STJ St. Jude Medical Inc. 80.30 0.40 0.50 1,859,684
SNA Snap-On Incorporated 176.20 2.99 1.73 598,489
PM Philip Morris International Inc 90.24 0.85 0.95 4,298,030
PPHM Peregrine Pharmaceuticals Inc. 0.40 0.08 23.94 11,157,314
HD Home Depot Inc. (The) 133.39 0.86 0.65 5,174,577
XOM Exxon Mobil Corporation 89.00 0.68 0.77 8,021,683
PFE Pfizer Inc. 31.70 0.76 2.46 29,350,843
SKUL Skullcandy Inc. n/a n/a n/a 0
ALGN Align Technology Inc. 98.62 -0.68 -0.68 1,192,024
IRM Iron Mountain 34.65 -0.34 -0.97 1,154,710
HPQ HP Inc. 15.78 -0.38 -2.35 9,865,108
BA Boeing Company (The) 156.49 1.10 0.71 2,707,872
AEGR Aegerion Pharmaceuticals Inc. n/a n/a n/a 0
PRU Prudential Financial Inc. 106.02 -0.55 -0.52 2,595,373
MRK Merck & Company Inc. (new) 61.23 1.11 1.85 10,516,352
Z Zillow Group Inc. 36.91 -0.06 -0.16 1,175,111
RGA Reinsurance Group of America Incorporated 128.12 -0.09 -0.07 427,139
FE FirstEnergy Corporation 30.73 0.20 0.66 3,913,199
KO Coca-Cola Company (The) 42.00 1.02 2.49 28,125,775
T AT&T Inc. 40.38 -0.03 -0.07 17,105,180
CAT Caterpillar Inc. 95.53 -0.74 -0.77 6,550,220
HAL Halliburton Company 54.20 -0.23 -0.42 6,003,054
AEO American Eagle Outfitters Inc. 17.97 -0.16 -0.88 7,066,316
DUK Duke Energy Corporation (Holding Company) 75.82 1.09 1.46 3,196,119
UFPI Universal Forest Products Inc. 105.88 -0.14 -0.13 64,447
SYK Stryker Corporation 116.50 0.99 0.86 1,040,784
MNKD MannKind Corporation 0.65 -0.00 -0.09 3,831,897
MSFT Microsoft Corporation 61.97 0.96 1.57 27,349,356
CMCSA Comcast Corporation Class A Common Stock 69.45 0.22 0.32 8,580,877
STLD Steel Dynamics Inc. 37.11 -1.66 -4.28 5,724,430

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