Equities Sector Coverage: Optimists Take Hold of Market

Sector Recap |

NYSE There were no economic data points and the bond markets were closed on Columbus Day. The Dow Jones Industrial Average surged to 11,394.81 on Monday on the European pledge to help banks. The NASDAQ traded climbed from 2519.78 to 2559.02 on Monday. Asian stocks moved higher on Monday with the Nikkei 225 closed at 8,606 and the Hang Seng higher by just 0.02% to 17,711. European stocks traded higher on Monday as Germany and France reach agreement on Europe’s banks. The FTSE 100 gained 1.80% to 5,399 with the DAX up surging 3.02% to 5,847 and the CAC 40 higher by 2.07% to 3,161. The US Treasury market was closed for Columbus Day. The 10-Year US Treasury yield ended last week at 2.076 well above its September 23rd all time low at 1.671 percent. Gold rose from $1639.9 the Troy ounce to $1676.7 on Monday. Crude oil traded up from $82.75 to $86.09 above its 200-week simple moving average at $83.57. The euro versus the dollar rose from 1.3381 to 1.3697 on Monday.

Energy

Oil-field services company Superior Energy (SPN) has agreed to buy Complete Production (CPX) for $2.7B in cash and stock ($32.90 per share – a 61% premium). The transaction will provide stronger competition to the Big Four service companies: Schlumberger (SLB), Halliburton (HAL), Baker Hughes (BHI) and Weatherford (WFT). Stone Energy (SGY) is upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays. Pioneer Natural Resources (PXD) is reduced to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays. Talisman Energy (TLM) is taken to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays. In afternoon trading: Shares of General Maritime (GMR) are up about 44%. Shares of Complete Production Services are up about 40%, while shares of Superior Energy are down about 13.5%.

Energy Select Sector SPDR (XLE) was trading at $63.65 at 4:00 PM on Monday, up 4.52% on the day – down 6.74% year-to-date.

Materials

Dow Chemical (DOW) and Saudi Aramco signed a deal over the weekend that advances their plans to build one of the world's biggest chemical plants in Saudi Arabia. Potash (POT) is lifted to Buy from Neutral at Ticonderoga with a new price objective of $62. In afternoon trading: Shares of Stillwater Mining (SWC) are up about 11.25%. Shares of Mechel OAO (MTL) are up about 10.25%. Shares of Cliffs Natural Resources (CLF) are up about 7.5%. Shares of ArcelorMittal (MT) are up about 7%. Shares of Harmony Gold (HMY) are up about 6.5%.

The Materials Select Sector SPDR (XLB) was trading at $32.40 at 4:00 PM on Monday, up 4.11% on the day – down 15.65% year-to-date.

Industrials

ABB Ltd (ABB) is upgraded to Buy from Hold at boutique brokerage Berenberg. Southwest Airlines (LUV) gets lowered to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank. Emerson (EMR) and MSC Industrial (MSM) are each lowered to Neutral from Buy by Bank of America-Merrill Lynch. In afternoon trading: Shares of SmartHeat (HEAT) are down about 12.25%. Shares of A-Power Energy (APWR) are down about 11.5%. Shares of Excel Maritime Carriers (EXM) are up about 10.5%. Shares of Manitowoc (MTW) are up about 9.75%. Shares of Tata Motors (TTM) are up about 9.5%.

The Industrial Select Sector SPDR (XLI) was trading at $31.37 at 4:00 PM on Monday, up 3.39% on the day – down 10.04% year-to-date.

Consumer Discretionary

Sidetracked by its own potential sale, Yahoo has withdrawn from the auction to buy online video Web site Hulu. The list of those still in the running following the latest bidding deadline last week comprises Dish (DISH), Amazon (AMZN) and Google (GOOG), with the latter prepared to offer over $2B. Chrysler (FIATY) and the UAW are due to discuss the final details of a new labor contract today, with a vote of union members possibly occuring by the end of the week. Meanwhile, Ford (F) workers started voting on their tentative agreement at the weekend. Dangdang (DANG) is begun with an Underweight by Barclays. Netflix (NFLX) is now Neutral from Sell at Janney Scott. CTC Media (CTCM) is lifted to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank. Bally Technologies (BYI) is now Buy from Neutral at Janney Scott. In afternoon trading: Shares of Central European Media Enterprises (CETV) are up about 16%.

The Consumer Discretionary Select Sector SPDR (XLY) was trading at $37.59 at 4:00 PM on Monday, up 3.41% on the day – up 0.48% year-to-date.



Consumer Staples

Diamond Foods (DMND) is upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies. TreeHouse Foods (THS) is lowered to Neutral from Buy at Bank of America-Merrill Lynch. In afternoon trading: Shares of Coffee Holding (JVA) are up about 13.5%. Shares of Medifast (MED) are up about 5.3%. Shares of Extra Space Storage (EXR) are up about 5%. Shares of AgFeed (FEED) are down about 5.3%. Actives: Shares of Wal-Mart (WMT) are up about 1.7%. Shares of Altria Group (MO) are up about 0.3%.

The Consumer Staples Select Sector SPDR (XLP) was trading at $30.51 at 4:00 PM on Monday, up 1.46% on the day – up 4.09% year-to-date.

Healthcare

Aegerion Pharmaceuticals (AEGR) is initiated with Buy at Jefferies. St. Jude Medical (STJ) is lifted to Equal Weight from Underweight at Morgan Stanley. Illumina (ILMN) is downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank. ICON plc (ICLR) is downgraded to Neutral at JP Morgan. In afternoon trading: Shares of eResearch Technology (ERT) are up about 10.25%. Shares of Complete Genetics (GNOM) are up about 10%. Shares of Merge Healthcare (MRGE) are up about 9.5%. Shares of Anadys Pharmaceuticals (ANDS) are up about 9.4%. Shares of Achillion Pharmaceuticals (ACHN) are up about 9.1%. Shares of Vertex Pharmaceuticals (VRTX) are down about 9.2%.

The Health Care Select Sector SPDR (XLV) was trading at $32.64 at 4:00 PM on Monday, up 2.32% on the day – up 3.62% year-to-date.

Financials

The Merkel-Sarkozy talks were given extra urgency by the woes of Dexia (DXBGF), whose rescue was agreed to by France, Luxembourg and Belgium last night. Sabra Healthcare REIT (SBRA) is resumed as a Buy at Citigroup. Robert Baird reduces ratings to Neutral from Outperform on Bank of Kentucky Financial (BKYF), Cardinal Financial (CFNL), First Financial Bancorp (FFBC), First Midwest Bancorp (FMBI), IberiaBank (IBKC), MB Financial (MBFI), Wintrust Financial (WTFC), and Bank of Hawaii (BOH). In afternoon trading: Shares of MGIC Investment (MTG) are up about 13.25%. Shares of Radian Group (RDN) are up about 10.5%.

The Financial Select Sector SPDR (XLF) was trading at $12.44 at 4:00 PM on Monday, up 5.16% on the day – down 22.01% year-to-date.

Information Technology

Alibaba is interested in buying Yahoo's (YHOO) 40% stake in the Chinese company, and has held talks with Singaporean investment company Temasek about providing the financing. Sidetracked by its own potential sale, Yahoo has withdrawn from the auction to buy online video Web site Hulu. The list of those still in the running following the latest bidding deadline last week comprises Dish (DISH), Amazon (AMZN) and Google (GOOG), with the latter prepared to offer over $2B. Initial sales of Apple's (AAPL) iPhone 4S are likely to beat those for the previous version of the device, with AT&T (T) and Sprint (S) reporting strong preorders after the product became available on Friday. Barclays has Overweights on Baidu (BIDU), Sohu.com (SOHU), and Sina Corp (SINA). Micron (MU) gets increased to Buy from Hold at Citigroup. Accenture (ACN) gets downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Robert W. Baird with a new lower target price of $62. Logitech Intl SA (LOGI) is moved to Underperform from Neutral at Bank of America-Merrill Lynch. In afternoon trading: Shares of Youku.com (YOKU) are up about 13.5%. Shares of Intralinks Holdings (IL) are up about 11.25%.

The Technology Select Sector SPDR (XLK) was trading at $25.05 at 4:00 PM on Monday, up 3.09% on the day – down 0.56% year-to-date.

Telecommunications Services

Initial sales of Apple's (AAPL) iPhone 4S are likely to beat those for the previous version of the device, with AT&T (T) and Sprint (S) reporting strong preorders after the product became available on Friday. Sprint Nextel (S) is downgraded by Deutsche Bank to Hold from Buy, Kaufman Brothers to Hold from Buy, and brokers Collins Stewart to Neutral from Buy, with a new lower target price of $3. In afternoon trading: Shares of Sprint Nextel are down about 10.5%. Shares of Clearwire (CLWR) are down about 10%. Shares of Radcom (RDCM) are up about 15%. Shares of Iridium Communications (IRDM) are up about 8.9%. Shares of MetroPCS (PCS) are up about 8%.

The NASDAQ Telecommunications Index (IXTC) was trading at $192.19 at 4:00 PM on Monday, up 3.05% on the day – down 14.72% year-to-date.

Utilities

In afternoon trading: Actives: Shares of Duke Energy (DUK) are up about 2%. Shares of AES Corp (AES) are up about 3.2%. Shares of Exelon (EXC) are up about 1.4%. Shares of TECO Energy (TE) are up about 2.2%. Shares of Genon Energy (GEN) are up about 2%. Shares of Southern (SO) are up about 1.1%. Shares of Constellation Energy Group (CEG) are up about 1%. Shares of PG&E (PCG) are up about 0.3%.

The Utilities Select Sector SPDR (XLU) was trading at $34.05 at 4:00 PM on Monday, up 1.95% on the day – up 8.65% year-to-date.

STOCKS: SPN, CPX, SLB, HAL, BHI, WFT, SGY, PXD, TLM, GMR, DOW, POT, SWC, MTL, CLF, MT, HMY, ABB, LUV, EMR, MSM, HEAT, APWR, EXM, MTW, TTM, DISH, AMZN, GOOG, FIATY, F, DANG, NFLX, CTCM, BYI, CETV, DMDN, THS, JVA, MED, EXR, FEED, WMT, MO, AEGR, STJ, ILMN, ICLR, ERT, GNOM, MRGE, ANDS, ACHN, VRTX, DXBGF, SBRA, BKYF, CFNL, FFBC, FMBI, IBKC, MBFI, WTFC, BOH, MTG, RDN, YHOO, AAPL, T, S, BIDU, SOHU, SINA, MU, ACN, LOGI, YOKU, IL, CLWR, RDCM, IRDM, PCS, DUK, AES, EXC, TE, GEN, SO, CEG, PCG

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Companies

Symbol Name Price Change % Volume
GEN Genesis Healthcare Inc. 2.61 -0.04 -1.51 148,242 Trade
IL IntraLinks Holdings Inc. $0.001 par value n/a n/a n/a 0 Trade
MTW Manitowoc Company Inc. (The) 5.81 0.17 3.01 874,982 Trade
SO Southern Company (The) 49.67 -0.28 -0.56 5,573,204 Trade
PCG Pacific Gas & Electric Co. 66.36 -0.27 -0.41 1,536,437 Trade
CNL:CA Continental Gold Inc. 4.01 -0.03 -0.74 294,852
BIDU Baidu Inc. 172.36 1.70 1.00 2,380,694 Trade
DISH DISH Network Corporation 63.20 0.21 0.33 2,627,592 Trade
BOH Bank of Hawaii Corporation 82.98 2.96 3.70 197,085 Trade
SWC Stillwater Mining Company ($0.01 Par Value) 17.32 -0.03 -0.17 1,009,883 Trade
WMT Wal-Mart Stores Inc. 71.59 0.85 1.20 7,984,091 Trade
MSM MSC Industrial Direct Company Inc. 102.46 0.05 0.05 468,438 Trade
ICLR ICON plc 80.27 -0.45 -0.56 240,034 Trade
FMBI First Midwest Bancorp Inc. 23.86 0.64 2.76 985,680 Trade
SGY Stone Energy Corporation 22.00 -0.33 -1.48 117,688 Trade
MO Altria Group Inc. 72.05 -0.91 -1.25 7,739,265 Trade
FFBC First Financial Bancorp. 27.85 1.20 4.50 316,293 Trade
AAPL Apple Inc. 143.93 -0.19 -0.13 21,159,085 Trade
SINA Sina Corporation 72.72 -0.84 -1.14 949,414 Trade
TE TECO Energy Inc. n/a n/a n/a 0 Trade
S Sprint Corporation 8.52 0.04 0.47 6,129,146 Trade
ACN Accenture plc Class A (Ireland) 120.52 -0.46 -0.38 2,030,161 Trade
POT Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan Inc. 17.21 0.13 0.76 3,808,038 Trade
IRDM Iridium Communications Inc 9.50 0.35 3.83 1,146,687 Trade
RDN Radian Group Inc. 17.90 0.12 0.67 815,325 Trade
SPN Superior Energy Services Inc. 13.79 -0.07 -0.51 3,063,748 Trade
LOGI Logitech International S.A. 32.06 0.31 0.98 244,390 Trade
AMZN Amazon.com Inc. 876.34 2.02 0.23 2,745,131 Trade
IBKC IBERIABANK Corporation 79.30 2.25 2.92 575,242 Trade
MTL Mechel PAO American Depositary Shares (Each rep. 1 5.48 -0.17 -3.01 2,165,495 Trade
LUV Southwest Airlines Company 53.83 0.35 0.65 2,631,265 Trade
AES The AES Corporation 11.08 -0.17 -1.51 6,948,340 Trade
DANG E-Commerce China Dangdang Inc. American Depositary n/a n/a n/a 0 Trade
GOOG Alphabet Inc. 831.50 0.09 0.01 1,052,488 Trade
ILMN Illumina Inc. 173.16 0.50 0.29 785,826 Trade
WFT Weatherford International plc (Ireland) 6.60 -0.03 -0.45 10,630,960 Trade
EMR Emerson Electric Company 59.61 0.06 0.10 2,392,618 Trade
ABB ABB Ltd 23.34 -0.02 -0.09 1,303,094 Trade
SOHU Sohu.com Inc. 40.38 -0.45 -1.10 99,179 Trade
TTM Tata Motors Ltd Limited 35.80 0.03 0.08 824,227 Trade
JVA Coffee Holding Co. Inc. 4.59 -0.09 -1.92 11,451 Trade
BHI Baker Hughes Incorporated 59.31 -0.71 -1.18 5,912,053 Trade
STJ St. Jude Medical Inc. n/a n/a n/a 0 Trade
ACHN Achillion Pharmaceuticals Inc. 4.28 0.01 0.23 1,629,826 Trade
CTCM CTC Media Inc n/a n/a n/a 0 Trade
F Ford Motor Company 11.68 0.00 0.00 27,973,847 Trade
MT ArcelorMittal 8.40 0.06 0.72 15,608,236 Trade
THS Treehouse Foods Inc. 84.50 -1.06 -1.24 339,704 Trade
NFLX Netflix Inc. 148.06 1.59 1.09 4,446,509 Trade
WTFC Wintrust Financial Corporation 70.41 2.26 3.32 663,504 Trade
SBRA Sabra Healthcare REIT Inc. 27.68 -0.05 -0.18 290,283 Trade
YHOO Yahoo! Inc. 46.62 -0.16 -0.34 3,448,634 Trade
AEGR Aegerion Pharmaceuticals Inc. n/a n/a n/a 0 Trade
CFNL Cardinal Financial Corporation 30.13 1.12 3.86 107,614 Trade
EXR Extra Space Storage Inc 74.00 -0.06 -0.08 580,993 Trade
CETV Central European Media Enterprises Ltd. 3.10 0.05 1.64 104,530 Trade
CLF Cliffs Natural Resources Inc 8.27 0.04 0.49 13,146,697 Trade
MBFI MB Financial Inc. 43.35 1.43 3.41 283,581 Trade
YOKU Youku Tudou Inc ADR (Sponsored) n/a n/a n/a 0 Trade
MU Micron Technology Inc. 28.97 0.47 1.65 24,967,379 Trade
EXC Exelon Corporation 35.70 -0.23 -0.64 3,999,410 Trade
PXD Pioneer Natural Resources Company 182.48 -5.84 -3.10 8,111,759 Trade
HMY Harmony Gold Mining Company Limited 2.34 -0.06 -2.50 3,404,063 Trade
T AT&T Inc. 41.76 0.31 0.75 14,563,314 Trade
MED MEDIFAST INC 43.87 0.12 0.27 118,091 Trade
HAL Halliburton Company 49.02 -0.20 -0.41 11,794,296 Trade
DUK Duke Energy Corporation (Holding Company) 82.04 -0.38 -0.46 2,466,999 Trade
VRTX Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated 107.29 -0.72 -0.67 3,022,997 Trade
RDCM Radcom Ltd. 21.50 0.45 2.14 20,602 Trade
SLB Schlumberger N.V. 77.84 -0.83 -1.06 5,573,463 Trade
MTG MGIC Investment Corporation 10.02 0.05 0.50 3,999,421 Trade

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