Equities Sector Coverage: Markets Inch Slightly Lower

Sector Recap |

Wall Street SignThe S&P Case Shiller Home Price Index (the 20-City Composite) rose 0.5% year over year in June, up 2.3% versus May and posted a quarter over quarter gain of 6.0%. The Conference Board’s reading on Consumer Confidence fell to 60.6 in August versus 65.9 in July.  The Dow Jones Industrial Average opened lower trading down to 13,081.12 then rebounded to 13,147.32. The NASDAQ opened lower trading down to 3063.65 then rebounded to 3083.19.

Asian stocks were mixed on Tuesday. The Nikkei 225 ended the day at 9,033 – down 0.57%. The Hang Seng ended the day at 19,812 – up 0.07%. European exchanges traded lower on Tuesday. The FTSE 100 ended the day at 5,776 – down 0.02%. The DAX ended the day at 7,003 – down 0.64%. The CAC 40 ended the day at 3,432 – down 0.90%. The yield on the 10-Year US Treasury note traded lower from 1.657% to 1.615% versus the five-week modified moving average at 1.649%.

Gold traded down from $1670.0 the Troy ounce to $1659.1, then rebounded to $1674.9 staying above the 200-day simple moving average at $1647.6. Crude oil traded between $95.14 and $96.54 per barrel with the 200-day simple moving average at $96.73. The euro versus the dollar rebounded from 1.2468 to 1.2575 above its 50-day simple moving average at 1.2368.


In preparation for Hurricane Isaac, refineries in The Gulf of Mexico have shut down, adding to the closure of crude and gas wells in the Gulf, while airlines have been cancelling flights. Landfall is expected to be today or tomorrow, on the seventh anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Gazprom (OGZPY) is cut to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse. Pioneer Southwest Energy (PSE) is now Sell from Neutral at UBS.

Dow components – Chevron (CVX) up 0.49%, Exxon Mobil (XOM) up 0.27%.

Energy Select Sector SPDR (XLE) was trading at $72.08 at 3:30 PM on Tuesday, up 0.08% on the day – up 4.25% year-to-date.


Mosaic (MOS) is a new Neutral at Piper Jaffray. Minerals Technologies (MTX) is moved to Overweight from Equal Weight at First Analysis. AK Steel (AKS) is now Sell from Neutral at UBS. PetroLogistics (PDH) is now Neutral from Buy at Citi.

Big Movers – Molycorp (MCP) up 12.61%.
Dow Components – Alcoa (AA) up 0.24%, DuPont (DD) down 0.39%.

The Materials Select Sector SPDR (XLB) was trading at $35.59 at 3:30 PM on Tuesday, down 0.11% on the day – up 6.24% year-to-date.


Airbus (EADSF) has beaten Boeing (BA) to a $7B booking from Philippine Airlines, which ordered 10 long-haul A330-300 jets and 44 A321 planes. American Science & Engineering (ASEI) is boosted to Buy from Hold at Benchmark. China Southern Airlines (ZNH) is now Neutral from Sell at Citigroup.

Dow components – Boeing Co (BA) up 0.34%, Caterpillar (CAT) down 0.60%, General Electric (GE) down 0.05%, 3M Company (MMM) down 0.14%, United Technologies (UTX) up 0.17%.

The Industrial Select Sector SPDR (XLI) was trading at $36.50 at 3:30 PM on Tuesday, down 0.27% on the day – up 8.15% year-to-date.

Consumer Discretionary

General Motors (GM) is reportedly set to halt the manufacturing of the Chevrolet Volt, at least temporarily, following disappointing sales. Sales of the Volt haven't met management expectations, reaching just over 10,000 in the U.S. versus expectations of 45,000 through the year-end. Ford (F) is struggling in Europe, particularly with high labor costs at its decades-old factories. At Saarlouis in Germany, Ford pays workers €480 to make each Focus compact, whereas Hyundai pays €207 for the i30 at a four year old Czech plant. Brown Shoe (BWS) beat estimates by 13 cents, while missing estimates by $7M. Revenue is up 1.6% to $350.3M, as gross margin increased 140 bps to 39.0%. The company adjusted its 2012 EPS outlook to $0.85-$0.95 vs. $0.83-$0.95 previous and $0.89 consensus. Movado Group (MOV) beat estimates by 14 cents, while missing revenue by $4M. Phillips-Van Heusen (PVH) beat estimates by 5 cents with revenue in-line with estimates. The company lifted its FY12 guidance, now expecting an EPS of between $6.25 to $6.32, versus estimates for $6.23 per share. Crédit Agricole establishes Ford (F) at Outperform but only assigns rival General Motors (GM) an Underperform. Brean Murray begins Hold rated coverage on Ameristar Casinos (ASCA), Boyd Gaming (BYD), Isle of Capri Casinos (ISLE), and MGM Resorts (MGM). It begins Buys on Full House Resorts (FLL), Penn National Gaming (PENN), and Shuffle Master (SHFL). Del Frisco’s Restaurant Group (DFRG) is initiated with an Outperform at Raymond James. Lions Gate Entertainment (LGF) is initiated with an Outperform by Barrington. Sally Beauty (SBH) is initiated with an Overweight at JPMorgan.

Big Movers – Movado Group (MOV) up 17.40%.
Dow Components – Disney (DIS) down 0.04%, Home Depot (HD) up 0.12%, McDonalds (MCD) down 0.41%.

The Consumer Discretionary Select Sector SPDR (XLY) was trading at $45.42 at 3:30 PM on Tuesday, up 0.26% on the day – up 16.40% year-to-date.

Consumer Staples

Sanderson Farms (SAFM) beat estimates by 5 cents and revenue by $5M. Henkel (HENKY) is upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank.

Dow components – Kraft (KFT) up 0.43%, Coca Cola (KO) down 0.50%, Procter & Gamble (PG) down 0.11%, Wal-Mart (WMT) up 0.15%.

The Consumer Staples Select Sector SPDR (XLP) was trading at $35.721 at 3:30 PM on Tuesday, up 0.20% on the day – up 9.94% year-to-date.

Health Care

AstraZeneca (AZN) has named Roche (RHHBY) executive Pascal Soriot as its new CEO to replace David Brennan, who retired on June 1. Interim AstraZeneca CEO Simon Lowth will resume his position as CFO. The FDA has approved Gilead Sciences' (GILD) StribildT drug for treating HIV. The drug - once referred to as the "Quad" - simplifies therapy by combining four compounds into a once daily tablet. Globus Medical (GMED) is begun with a Buy at Bank of America-Merrill Lynch. Laboratory Corp (LH) is launched with a Hold at WallachBeth. Quest Diagnostics (DGX) is a new Hold at WallachBeth. Eli Lilly (LLY) is upgraded to Overweight from Underweight at Atlantic Equities. GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) is now Neutral from Buy at UBS. Pharmacyclics (PCYC) is reduced to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital.

Big Movers – Peregrine Pharmaceuticals (PPHM) up 23.05%.
Dow Components – Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) up 0.04%, Merck (MRK) down 0.58%, Pfizer (PFE) up 0.04%.

The Health Care Select Sector SPDR (XLV) was trading at $38.76 at 3:30 PM on Tuesday, down 0.05% on the day – up 11.73% year-to-date.


Assured Guaranty (AGO) is covered with a Market Perform rating at Keefe Bruyette. Stifel Nicolaus has Holds on Bank of Montreal (BMO), Bank of Nova Scotia (BNS), Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CM), and Toronto-Dominion Bank (TD). Hudson City Bancorp (HCBK) is upgraded to Outperform from Underperform at RBC Capital. Hudson City Bancorp (HCBK) is downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Guggenheim after yesterday’s purchase by M&T Bank (MTB).

Dow Components – American Express (AXP) up 0.35%, Bank of America (BAC) down 0.74%, JP Morgan Chase (JPM) down 0.19%, Travelers (TRV) down 0.05%.

The Financial Select Sector SPDR (XLF) was trading at $15.12 at 3:30 PM on Tuesday, unchanged on the day – up 16.31% year-to-date.

Information Technology

Samsung (SSNLF) "will take all necessary measures to ensure the availability of our products in the U.S.," the company said today in response to Apple's (AAPL) request to ban U.S. sales of eight of the South Korean firm's phones. Lexmark (LXK) intends stop manufacturing inkjet hardware and sell its related technologies in a restructuring that will result in 1,700 job cuts. Lexmark will instead focus "on higher value imaging and software." The company's exit from inkjet comes as H-P's (HPQ) printing business suffers as well. Perfect World (PWRD) missed estimates by 7 cents and revenue by $1.6M. The company expects Q3 revenue of RMB643M-RMB676M ($100.9M-$106.1M), below a consensus of $120M. Cypress Semiconductor (CY) is stared with a Hold at Feltl. Freescale Semiconductor (FSL) is a new Neutral at UBS. Amphenol (APH) is moved to Neutral from Buy at Bank of America-Merrill Lynch. Kenexa (KNXA) is cut to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse after being bought by International Business Machines (IBM). ASML Holding (ASML) and KLA-Tencor (KLAC) are each taken to Sell from Hold at Deutsche Bank.

Big Movers – Lexmark (LXK) up 17.10%. Dow Components – Cisco Systems (CSCO) down 0.49%, Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) down 1.92%, IBM (IBM) down 0.26%, Intel Corp (INTC) up 0.17%, Microsoft (MSFT) down 0.03%.

The Technology Select Sector SPDR (XLK) was trading at $30.565 at 3:30 PM on Tuesday, down 0.11% on the day – up 20.04% year-to-date.

Telecommunication Services

Dow Components – AT&T (T) down 0.29%, Verizon (VZ) down 0.02%.

The NASDAQ Telecommunications Index (IXTC) was trading at $197.22 at 3:30 PM on Tuesday, down 0.04% on the day – up 0.15% year-to-date.


Dominion Resources (D) down 0.30%, Edison International (EIX) down 0.78%, First Energy (FE) up down 0.52%, PG&E Corp (PCG) up 0.20%, Southern Company (SO) down 0.49%.

The Utilities Select Sector SPDR (XLU) was trading at $36.62 at 3:30 PM on Tuesday, down 0.22% on the day – up 1.81% year-to-date.


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Symbol Name Price Change % Volume
AA Alcoa Inc. 26.88 0.19 0.71 6,223,217
AAPL Apple Inc. 116.60 -0.46 -0.39 23,208,110
AGO Assured Guaranty Ltd. 29.97 -0.03 -0.10 1,269,848
AKS AK Steel Holding Corporation 5.16 0.14 2.79 14,766,847
APH Amphenol Corporation 65.96 -0.47 -0.71 2,469,551
ASEI American Science and Engineering Inc. n/a n/a n/a 0
ASML ASML Holding N.V. 105.26 1.68 1.62 1,639,127
AXP American Express Company 67.36 0.58 0.87 8,561,225
AZN Astrazeneca PLC 30.72 -0.28 -0.90 2,683,214
BA Boeing Company (The) 135.63 -0.21 -0.15 2,205,774
BAC Bank of America Corporation 16.67 0.11 0.66 77,958,664
BMO Bank Of Montreal 64.17 -0.48 -0.74 880,625
BNS Bank of Nova Scotia 53.46 -0.26 -0.48 404,855
BYD Boyd Gaming Corporation 18.65 -0.33 -1.74 1,309,406
CAT Caterpillar Inc. 86.33 -0.30 -0.35 3,592,524
CM Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce 75.51 -0.65 -0.85 424,921
CSCO Cisco Systems Inc. 30.15 -0.01 -0.03 15,140,476
CVX Chevron Corporation 101.30 -0.57 -0.56 5,622,393
CY Cypress Semiconductor Corporation 10.74 0.03 0.28 2,668,222
D Dominion Resources Inc. 72.84 -0.27 -0.37 1,510,791
DD E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Co. 69.70 0.24 0.35 1,824,762
DFRG Del Frisco\'s Restaurant Group Inc. 14.10 0.05 0.36 161,907
DGX Quest Diagnostics Incorporated 83.69 -0.88 -1.04 661,731
DIS Walt Disney Company (The) 93.03 1.00 1.09 13,814,540
EIX Edison International 70.90 -0.85 -1.18 1,625,069
F Ford Motor Company 12.02 0.05 0.42 24,364,204
FE FirstEnergy Corporation 33.19 0.34 1.04 4,060,791
FLL Full House Resorts Inc. 1.64 0.01 0.61 42,965
FSL Freescale Semiconductor n/a n/a n/a 0
GE General Electric Co 28.98 -0.09 -0.31 64,153,402
GILD Gilead Sciences Inc. 74.29 -0.02 -0.03 8,256,474
GM General Motors Company 32.04 0.29 0.91 11,975,752
GMED Globus Medical Inc. Class A 23.09 0.08 0.35 395,891
GSK GlaxoSmithKline PLC 41.13 -0.30 -0.72 2,303,054
HCBK Hudson City Bancorp Inc n/a n/a n/a 0
HD Home Depot Inc. (The) 126.60 0.35 0.28 3,234,128
HPQ HP Inc. 13.80 -0.30 -2.13 14,610,055
IBM International Business Machines Corp 149.63 -1.89 -1.25 4,414,216
INTC Intel Corporation 35.15 -0.28 -0.79 20,813,318
ISLE Isle of Capri Casinos Inc. 21.30 -0.17 -0.79 154,536
JNJ Johnson & Johnson 113.44 -1.43 -1.24 8,422,032
JPM JP Morgan Chase 68.49 0.23 0.34 12,176,224
KO Coca-Cola Company (The) 42.13 0.20 0.48 14,416,631
LGF Lions Gate Entertainment Corporation 19.71 0.41 2.12 3,136,187
LH Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings 138.76 -1.06 -0.76 669,423
LLY Eli Lilly and Company 78.25 -0.49 -0.62 3,214,980
LXK Lexmark International Inc. 39.94 0.03 0.08 567,908
MCD McDonald\'s Corporation 113.93 3.36 3.04 10,108,048
MGM MGM Resorts International 26.10 -0.02 -0.08 3,255,840
MMM 3M Company 169.50 -0.36 -0.21 2,013,585
MOS Mosaic Company (The) 24.31 -0.38 -1.54 4,099,658
MOV Movado Group Inc. 22.00 -0.05 -0.23 42,217
MRK Merck & Company Inc. (new) 61.20 -0.72 -1.16 7,406,681
MSFT Microsoft Corporation 59.66 2.41 4.21 80,052,571
MTB M&T Bank Corporation 118.91 0.06 0.05 630,967
MTX Minerals Technologies Inc. 67.65 -0.65 -0.95 284,768
PCG Pacific Gas & Electric Co. 60.31 -0.53 -0.87 1,312,897
PENN Penn National Gaming Inc. 13.34 0.19 1.44 1,157,214
PFE Pfizer Inc. 32.18 -0.36 -1.11 18,834,966
PG Procter & Gamble Company (The) 84.33 -0.60 -0.71 13,974,145
PLPD PolyPid Ltd n/a n/a n/a 0
PPHM Peregrine Pharmaceuticals Inc. 0.34 -0.01 -2.19 812,526
PVH PVH Corp. 109.36 -1.15 -1.04 645,345
SAFM Sanderson Farms Inc. 87.84 0.13 0.15 497,670
SBH Sally Beauty 26.33 0.00 0.00 1,216,962
SO Southern Company (The) 50.53 -0.19 -0.37 3,342,677
T AT&T Inc. 37.49 -1.16 -3.00 82,890,196
TD Toronto-Dominion Bank 45.03 0.17 0.38 1,562,476
TRV The Travelers Companies Inc. 108.35 -1.17 -1.07 3,768,289
UTX United Technologies Corporation 98.67 -0.62 -0.62 4,095,108
VZ Verizon Communications Inc. 48.20 -0.94 -1.91 24,788,232
WMT Wal-Mart Stores Inc. 68.34 -0.39 -0.57 7,844,583
XOM Exxon Mobil Corporation 86.62 -0.59 -0.68 10,736,170
ZNH China Southern Airlines Company Limited 29.28 -0.11 -0.37 7,508


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