Equities Sector Coverage: Stocks Back Off Highs, Closing Slightly Lower

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NYSE Wall StreetHousing Starts fell 1.1% in February to an annual rate of 698,000. Permits rose 5.1% to an annual rate of 717,000. Single Family Starts fell 9.9% to an annual rate of 457,000 homes. The Dow Jones Industrial Average opened lower trading down to 13,123.38 in morning trading, then rebounded entering the final half hour of trading below 13,200. The NASDAQ’s traded down to 3050.82 in morning trading, then rebounded entering the final half hour of trading below 3080.

Asian stocks were mixed again on Tuesday as analysts cite concerns over the economy in China. The Nikkei 225 was on holiday - ended their Monday session at 10,142 – up 0.12% on the day. The Hang Seng ended their session at 20,888 – down 1.08% on the day. European stocks declined on Tuesday on renewed Greek concerns. The FTSE 100 ended their session at 5,891 – down 1.17% on the day. The DAX ended their session at 7,055 – down 1.39% on the day. The CAC 40 ended their session at 3,531 – down 1.32% on the day.

The yield on the 10-Year US Treasury declined from 2.366 percent to 2.327 then rose to 2.399 staying above its 200-day simple moving average at 2.214. Gold declined from $1664.9 the Troy ounce to $1641.2 staying below its 200-day simple moving averages at $1680.3 for four consecutive days. Crude oil declined from $107.91 per barrel to $105.35. The euro versus the dollar declined from 1.3243 to 1.3176 then rebounded to 1.3250.

Energy

Williams Partners (WPZ) has agreed to buy Caiman Energy’s wholly owned subsidiary, Caiman Eastern Midstream, for approximately $2.5B. CVR Energy (CVI) has rejected Carl Icahn's extended $30 a share tender offer, and asked shareholders not to participate. Diamond Offshore (DO) is now Neutral from Underperform at Macquarie. Frontline (FRO) is taken to Underperform from Market Perform with Wells. Kinder Morgan Inc (KMI) is moved to Neutral from Buy at Bank of America-Merrill Lynch.

Energy Select Sector SPDR (XLE) was trading at $74.01 at 4:00 PM on Tuesday, down 1.50% on the day – up 7.06% year-to-date. The February 2012 change was +5.93%. The 2011 change was -1.29%.

Big Movers: (DHT) -27%, (OSG) -12%.

Materials

Morgan Stanley starts Airgas (AIR) at Overweight, assigns an Underweight on Air Products (APD), and picks up Praxair (PX) at Equal Weight. Agrium (AGU) is a new Neutral at Piper Jaffray, which picks up CF Industries (CF) at Overweight and assigns it a price objective of $230. IAMGOLD (IAG) is lifted to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie.

The Materials Select Sector SPDR (XLB) was trading at $37.12 at 4:00 PM on Tuesday, down 0.56% on the day – up 10.81% year-to-date. The February 2012 change was -0.56%. The 2011 change was -12.78%.

Heavily Traded: (AA) -1.8%, (FCX) -0.4%, (VALE) -2.5%, (POT) +3.8%, (X) -1.5%.

Industrials

Morgan Stanley starts Airgas (AIR) at Overweight, assigns an Underweight on Air Products (APD), and picks up Praxair (PX) at Equal Weight. Rockwell Collins (COL) is covered with a Hold at KeyBanc Capital. Deutsche Lufthansa AG (DLAKY) gets a Buy-from-Neutral boost at UBS. United Parcel Service (UPS) is cut to Hold from Buy at Stifel Nicolaus.

The Industrial Select Sector SPDR (XLI) was trading at $37.54 at 4:00 PM on Tuesday, down 1.16% on the day – up 11.23% year-to-date. The February 2012 change was +2.79%. The 2011 change was -3.21%.

Heavily Traded: (GE) -0.5%, (GLW) -1.7%.

Consumer Discretionary

Michael Kors (KORS) insiders plan to sell over $1B worth of stock in a secondary offering, with founder Michael Kors due to offload 3M shares and CEO John Idol 1.7M. The company has also raised its FY 2012 EPS outlook to $0.79-$0.81 (above consensus of $0.67) and revenue at $1.27B-$1.28B (versus Street predictions of $1.28B). Time Warner Cable (TWC) and News Corp's (NWS) Fox sports unit are heading for a potential multi-billion dollar showdown over the rights to telecast the L.A. Dodgers' baseball games. Disney (DIS) will take a $200M write-down related to the mega-flop John Carter, worse than the $120M-$160M forecast by analysts. The loss will result in Disney's studio division reporting an operating loss of $80M-$120M in the March quarter compared with a $77M operating profit in the December quarter. Tiffany (TIF) missed estimates by 3 cents, while beating revenue by $10M. The company sees sales up by ~10% and EPS falling in a range of $3.95 to $4.05. Lions Gate Entertainment (LGF) is initiated with an Overweight at JPMorgan. Clear Channel Outdoor (CCO) and Lamar Advertising (LAMR) are each upgraded to Above Average from Average at Caris & Company. Harley-Davidson (HOG) is upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform by BMO Capital with a new target of $60. Domino’s Pizza (DPZ) gets downgraded to Underperform from Neutral by Bank of America-Merrill Lynch.

The Consumer Discretionary Select Sector SPDR (XLY) was trading at $44.655 at 4:00 PM on Tuesday, up 0.17% on the day – up 14.44% year-to-date. The February 2012 change was +10.09%. The 2011 change was +4.30%.

Consumer Staples

Tesco (TSCDY) gets upgraded to Hold from Sell at ING Group. Dole Food (DOLE) is moved to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan.

The Consumer Staples Select Sector SPDR (XLP) was trading at $33.60 at 4:00 PM on Tuesday, down slightly on the day – up 3.42% year-to-date. The February 2012 change was +3.75%. The 2011 change was +10.85%.

Big Movers: (FEED) -15.25%, (PATH) -11%, (CHBT) +11.25%.

Heavily Traded: (RAD) -1.3%.

Health Care

AtriCure (ATRC) is a new Outperform at Leerink Swann. Cardiome Pharmaceuticals (CRME) is lowered to Market Perform from Outperform at Leerink Swann.

The Health Care Select Sector SPDR (XLV) was trading at $36.65 at 4:00 PM on Tuesday, down 0.52% on the day – up 5.65% year-to-date. The February 2012 change was +1.06%. The 2011 change was +10.32%.

Big Movers: (ECYT) +11.5%, (AMRN) +11.25%.

Heavily Traded: (AMRN) +11.25%, (PFE) down slightly.

Financials

Deutsche Bank (DB) is facing a number of civil suits in the U.S. over alleged Libor manipulation, and it has received subpoenas and information requests from the Justice Department, the SEC, the CFTC and the European Commission. Jefferies Group (JEF) beat estimates by 5 cents and revenue by $72M. FX Alliance (FX) is a new Neutral at Citigroup, Goldman Sachs, and JPMorgan. Kimco Realty (KIM) is an In-Line at Imperial Capital with a $20 target price. Comerica (CMA) gets moved to Market Perform from Outperform by Sanford Bernstein. Webster Financial (WBS) gets reduced to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital. Zions Bancorp (ZION) is moved to Market Perform from Outperform by Bernstein. Washington Mutual (WAMUQ) is down about 95% on completion of its Chapter 11 filing.

The Financial Select Sector SPDR (XLF) was trading at $15.875 at 4:00 PM on Tuesday, up 0.47% on the day – up 22.12% year-to-date (the strongest performing sector). The February 2012 change was +5.02%. The 2011 change was -18.50%; the weakest performing sector for the year.

Information Technology

After announcing a goody bag of a buyback and dividends early yesterday, Apple (AAPL) later disclosed that it has sold 3M new iPads since the device was launched on Friday. Adobe's (ADBE) FQ1 net profit dropped 21% to $185.2M while revenue rose 1.7% to $1.05B, with the company's performance hurt by lower-than-expected sales from its legacy desktop software due to customers waiting for the launch of the company's Creative Suite 6 software and subscription services. Oracle (ORCL) is due to report its FQ3 results after the bell today, with analysts expecting that EPS rose to $0.56 from $0.54 a year ago and that revenue edged up just 2.5% to $9.02B. Microsoft (MSFT) continues to work on Windows 8, with Bloomberg reporting that the first PCs and tablets based on the OS will arrive in October. The initial hardware will include systems featuring ARM-based (ARMH) processors to go with x86 Intel (INTC) gear. JA Solar Holdings (JASO) missed estimates by 29 cents, while beating revenue by $66M. 4:09 PM Adobe Systems (ADBE) reported FQ1 EPS of $0.57 (in-line) and revenue of $1.05B (in-line). The company expects FQ2 revenue of $1.09B-$1.14B and EPS of $0.57-$0.61, (in-line), and expects FY12 revenue growth of 6%-8% and EPS of $2.38-$2.48 (consensus of 4.7% growth and $2.42). LDK Solar (LDK) lowers the top end of its Q4 revenue guidance, forecasting revenue of $440M-450M (versus $440M-520M prior guidance). Yingli Green Energy (YGE) and Trina Solar (TSL) are each begun with Equal Weights at Barclays. Adobe Systems (ADBE) is upgraded to Sector Perform from Underperform at RBC Capital, but is slashed to Sector Perform from Outperform at Pacific Crest. InterXion (INXN) is moved to Outperform from Market Perform with Wells Fargo. OmniVision (OVTI) is now Buy from Hold with a $24 target at Needham. ARM Holdings (ARMH) is lifted to Overweight to Equal Weight at Barclays. Digital River (DRIV) is reduced to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital. F5 Networks (FFIV) is reduced to Hold from Buy at McAdams Wright Ragen. CA Technologies (CA) is cut to Sector Perform from Outperform. Ixia (XXIA) is downgraded to Hold from Buy with a $15 objective at Wunderlich. Veeco Instruments (VECO) is reduced to Sell from Underperform at Crédit Agricole.

The Technology Select Sector SPDR (XLK) was trading at $30.07 at 4:00 PM on Tuesday, down 0.10% on the day – up 18.15% year-to-date. The February 2012 change was +7.08%. The 2011 change was +1.03%.

Big Movers: (YGE) +16%, (STP) +12.5%, (TSL) +10.75%, (DRWI) +10.25%.

Telecommunication Services

Swisscom AG (SCMWY) is now Neutral from Buy at Nomura. Inteliquent (IQNT) shares are up more than 11% after the company said it was included in the International Business Times fastest growing companies list.

The NASDAQ Telecommunications Index (IXTC) was trading at $216.87 at 4:00 PM on Tuesday, up 0.71% on the day – up 10.13% year-to-date. The February 2012 change was +1.63%. The 2011 change was -12.62%.

Big Mover: (IQNT) +11.5%.

Heavily Traded (S) -0.5%, (CLWR) +3.9%, (VOD) +2.7%, (T) +0.5%.

Utilities

GenOn Energy (GEN) is slashed to Sell from Hold at Deutsche Bank. International Power (IPRPY) is now Neutral from Buy at Nomura. Public Service Enterprise Group (PEG) is downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank.

The Utilities Select Sector SPDR (XLU) was trading at $34.58 at 4:00 PM on Tuesday, up 0.12% on the day – down 3.89% year-to-date (the weakest performing sector). The February 2012 change was +0.61%. The 2011 change was +14.81%; the strongest performing sector for the year.

Heavily Traded: (GEN) -2.7%, (DUK) -0.4%, (EXC) -0.4%, (SO) -0.1%, (NRG) -0.2%.

STOCKS: WPZ, CVI, DO, FRO, KMI, DHT, OSG, AIR, APD, PX, AGU, CF, IAG, AA, FCX, VALE, POT, X, COL, DLAKY, UPS, GE, GLW, KORS, TWC, NWS, DIS, TIF, LGF, CCO, LAMR, HOG, DPZ, TSCDY, DOLE, FEED, PATH, CHBT, RAD, ATRC, CRME, ECYT, AMRN, PFE, DB, JEF, FX, KIM, CMA, WBS, ZION, WAMUQ, AAPL, ADBE, ORCL, MSFT, ARMH, INTC, JASO, LDK, YGE, TSL, INXN, OVTI, ARMH, DRIV, FFIV, CA, XXIA, VECO, STP, DRWI,, SCMWY, IQNT, S, CLWR, VOD, T, GEN, IPRPY, PEG, DUK, EXC, SO, NRG

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Companies

Symbol Name Price Change % Volume
AA Alcoa Inc. 9.76 -0.02 -0.20 12,146,577
AAPL Apple Inc. 112.71 -1.91 -1.67 52,481,151
ADBE Adobe Systems Incorporated 107.47 -0.45 -0.42 3,087,239
AGU Agrium Inc. 91.66 -0.95 -1.03 1,554,624
AIR AAR Corp. 29.66 0.65 2.24 665,441
AMRN Amarin Corporation plc 2.94 0.24 8.89 4,197,034
APD Air Products and Chemicals Inc. 147.46 -0.69 -0.47 865,081
ARMH ARM Holdings plc n/a n/a n/a 0
ATRC AtriCure Inc. 16.14 -0.36 -2.18 96,382
BAM.PFA:CA Brookfield Asset Management Inc Cum Cl A Pref Shs Ser 32 n/a n/a n/a 0
CCO Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings Inc. Class A 6.10 0.00 0.00 156,088
CF CF Industries Holdings Inc. 22.63 -0.60 -2.58 6,960,761
CMA Comerica Incorporated 46.96 0.22 0.47 1,561,633
COL Rockwell Collins Inc. 84.80 -0.22 -0.26 748,272
CRME Cardiome Pharma Corporation 3.12 0.00 0.00 19,915
CVI CVR Energy Inc. 14.71 -0.13 -0.88 658,158
DB Deutsche Bank AG 12.75 -0.25 -1.92 6,149,046
DHT DHT Holdings Inc. 4.17 -0.05 -1.18 1,261,669
DIS Walt Disney Company (The) 93.27 -0.14 -0.15 4,407,725
DO Diamond Offshore Drilling Inc. 15.63 -0.60 -3.70 3,775,275
DPZ Domino\'s Pizza Inc 154.26 0.18 0.12 497,950
DUK Duke Energy Corporation (Holding Company) 82.52 0.01 0.01 2,348,821
ECYT Endocyte Inc. 3.13 -0.01 -0.32 118,295
EXC Exelon Corporation 34.80 -0.42 -1.19 3,946,652
FCX Freeport-McMoRan Inc. 10.63 -0.35 -3.19 22,336,624
FFIV F5 Networks Inc. 120.49 -0.76 -0.63 314,123
FRO Frontline Ltd 7.11 -0.20 -2.74 823,279
GE General Electric Co 29.89 -0.15 -0.50 22,821,677
GEN Genesis Healthcare Inc. 2.72 -0.07 -2.51 154,075
GLW Corning Incorporated 23.14 0.03 0.13 10,115,486
HOG Harley-Davidson Inc. 52.52 0.57 1.10 1,659,810
IAG Iamgold Corporation 4.12 -0.19 -4.41 7,342,082
INTC Intel Corporation 37.19 -0.36 -0.96 18,062,474
INXN InterXion Holding N.V. (0.01 nominal value) 37.08 0.12 0.32 368,024
IQNT Inteliquent Inc. 16.35 0.20 1.24 195,910
JASO JA Solar Holdings Co. Ltd. 6.02 0.05 0.84 515,677
KIM Kimco Realty Corporation 29.95 0.03 0.10 2,399,155
KMI Kinder Morgan Inc. 21.94 -0.17 -0.77 15,729,138
KORS Michael Kors Holdings Limited 50.51 0.40 0.80 1,669,216
LAMR Lamar Advertising Company 65.58 0.06 0.09 419,436
LGF Lions Gate Entertainment Corporation 20.70 -0.29 -1.38 3,828,763
MSFT Microsoft Corporation 57.43 -0.39 -0.67 19,955,336
NRG NRG Energy Inc. 11.53 -0.23 -1.96 5,562,716
NWS News Corporation 14.47 -0.06 -0.41 388,219
ORCL Oracle Corporation 39.23 -0.28 -0.71 14,017,314
OVTI OmniVision Technologies Inc. n/a n/a n/a 0
PEG Public Service Enterprise Group 43.80 0.13 0.30 2,415,970
PFE Pfizer Inc. 34.26 0.11 0.32 12,937,101
POT Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan Inc. 15.95 -0.37 -2.27 9,390,705
PX Praxair Inc. 116.84 -1.53 -1.29 1,558,168
RAD Rite Aid Corporation 8.09 -0.03 -0.37 5,640,605
S Sprint Corporation 6.64 0.02 0.30 8,699,931
SO Southern Company (The) 53.53 0.05 0.09 4,282,665
T AT&T Inc. 41.28 0.17 0.41 18,867,573
TIF Tiffany & Co. 72.69 -0.12 -0.16 809,071
TSL Trina Solar Limited Sponsored ADR (Cayman Islands) 10.32 -0.11 -1.05 1,190,629
TWC Time Warner Cable Inc n/a n/a n/a 0
UPS United Parcel Service Inc. 109.21 -0.46 -0.42 1,651,581
VALE VALE S.A. American Depositary Shares Each Represen 5.42 0.00 0.00 15,016,506
VECO Veeco Instruments Inc. 19.17 -0.25 -1.29 107,609
VOD Vodafone Group Plc 29.15 -0.48 -1.62 6,594,085
WBS Webster Financial Corporation 38.45 0.00 0.00 654,532
WPZ Williams Partners L.P. Representing Limited Partne 38.37 -0.38 -0.98 870,752
XXIA Ixia 12.12 -0.06 -0.49 192,358
YGE Yingli Green Energy Holding Company Limited ADR 3.89 0.19 5.14 119,703
ZION Zions Bancorporation 30.61 0.33 1.09 2,982,454

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