Equities Sector Coverage: Stocks Close Higher on Jobs

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Initial Jobless Claims rose to 367,000 staying above the 350,000 recessionary threshold. Factory Orders fell 5.2% in August the biggest drop since January 2009. Freddie Mac set its 30-year fixed rate mortgage at a new record low at 3.36%. The Dow Jones Industrial Average traded up to 13,594.33 on Thursday with the NASDAQ as high as 3153.48.

In Asian, the Nikkei 225 ended the day at 8,825 – up 0.89%. The Hang Seng ended the day at 20,908 – up 0.09%. European exchanges traded back and forth around the flat line all day. The FTSE 100 ended the day at 5,828 – up 0.03%. The DAX ended the day at 7,305 – down 0.23%. The CAC 40 ended the day at 3,401 – down 0.14%. The yield on the 10-Year US Treasury rose from 1.618% to 1.673% versus its 50-day and 200-day simple moving averages at 1.668% and 1.812%.

Comex gold rallied from $1779.9 the Troy ounce to $1797.7 setting a new 2012 high. Nymex crude oil rebounded from $87.91 per barrel to $91.84 staying below its 50-day and 200-day simple moving averages at $93.62 and $96.17. The euro versus the dollar rallied from 1.2904 to 1.3031 staying above its 200-day simple moving average at 1.2821.


Enbridge Inc. (ENB) is lifted to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital. HollyFrontier (HFC) is now Neutral from Buy at UBS. Big Movers – James River Coal (JRCC) is up about 11%. Dow components – Chevron (CVX) up 1.03%, Exxon Mobil (XOM) up 0.68%. Energy Select Sector SPDR (XLE) was trading at $73.78 at 3:30 PM on Thursday, up 1.04% on the day – up 6.73% year-to-date.


CF Industries (CF) is a new Sector Perform at RBC Capital. Eldorado Gold (EGO) gets downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Macquarie. Dow Components – Alcoa (AA) up 2.88%, DuPont (DD) up 0.79%. The Materials Select Sector SPDR (XLB) was trading at $37.025 at 3:30 PM on Thursday, up 1.30% on the day – up 10.52% year-to-date.


Ametek (AME) is a new Equal-Weight at Morgan Stanley. Ryder System (R) is upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust. United Parcel Service (UPS) is reduced to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital. Big Movers – Genco Shipping & Trading (GNK) is up about 13%. Dow components – Boeing Co (BA) down 0.11%, Caterpillar (CAT) up 0.88%, General Electric (GE) down 0.22%, 3M Company (MMM) up 0.51%, United Technologies (UTX) up 0.10%. The Industrial Select Sector SPDR (XLI) was trading at $36.99 at 3:30 PM on Thursday, up 0.43% on the day – up 9.60% year-to-date.

Consumer Discretionary

McDonald's (MCD) filed a trademark with the USPTO to use its name for ground and whole-bean coffee products in a move that could signal a plan to sell bagged coffee. Gambling revenue in Macau rose a weaker-than-forecast 12.3% to $2.99B in September, marking the second lowest tally of the year. Though analysts expect a bounce back in October, casino players in the region such as Las Vegas Sands (LVS), MGM Resorts (MGM), and Wynn Resorts (WYNN) will be on edge to see if visitor levels keep trending lower. Tesla (TSLA) will make an advance payment on the DOE loan principal payment that's due in March, says CEO Elon Musk in a blog post. Also, Musk claims Tesla is "on the verge of becoming cash flow positive," and defends the company's Q3/Q4 guidance cut by claiming Tesla is "at the steepest portion of our production ramp." Amazon's (AMZN) Kindle Paperwhite e-reader appears to be sold out until November as the e-commerce giant's site shows a shipping time of 4-6 weeks for both the Wi-Fi and 3G models. The market for streaming video is getting a bit more crowded as Toys R Us launches its own service to provide movies and TV shows for kids. Powered by Rovi (ROVI), the store will include over 4,000 titles with movies priced at $2.99 for a 24-hour rental and TV shows at $1.99 a pop. Wet Seal (WTSLA) has appealed to its shareholders to help it end an attempt by Clinton Group to replace the company's board with its own candidates. International Speedway (ISCA) missed estimates by 7 cents and revenue by $12M. Marriott International (MAR) beat estimates by 4 cents and revenue by $50M. The company narrowed its FY outlook range however, now seeing $1.68 to $1.72 per share, compared with previous guidance of $1.65 to $1.75. For Q4, earnings are expected to be $0.52 to $0.56 per share, the consensus estimate of $0.57. National American University Holdings (NAUH) missed estimates by 3 cents on revenue of $29.5M. Lamar Advertising (LAMR) is a new Buy at Deutsche Bank. Steven Madden Ltd. (SHOO) is started with a Buy at Brean Murray. TripAdvisor (TRIP) is initiated with a Buy and $38 target at Needham. Time Warner (TWX) is moved to Hold from Buy at Argus. Dow Components – Disney (DIS) relatively unchanged, Home Depot (HD) down 0.35%, McDonalds (MCD) up 0.76%. The Consumer Discretionary Select Sector SPDR (XLY) was trading at $47.47 at 3:30 PM on Thursday, up 0.91% on the day – up 21.66% year-to-date.

Consumer Staples

Unilever (UL) is reportedly seeking a buyer for its popular Skippy peanut butter brand as it lines up Lazard to help it find potential acquirers. Village Super Market (VLGEA) beat estimates by a penny on revenue of $369.9M. B&G Foods (BGS) is a new Neutral at Credit Suisse. Dow components – Coca Cola (KO) up 0.21%, Procter & Gamble (PG) up 0.48%, Wal-Mart (WMT) up 0.82%. The Consumer Staples Select Sector SPDR (XLP) was trading at $36.36 at 3:30 PM on Thursday, up 0.44% on the day – up 11.91% year-to-date.

Health Care

Advocat (AVCA) is initiated with a Hold at C.K. Cooper. Baxter International (BAX) is begun with an Outperform at Cowen. Morgan Stanley establishes Overweights on Cubist Pharmaceuticals (CBST), Neurocrine Biosciences (NBIX), and NPS Pharmaceuticals (NPSP). Quidel (QDEL) is picked up at Overweight by Piper Jaffray. Thoratec (THOR) is taken to Outperform from Neutral with Wedbush. NuVasive (NUVA) is taken to Underperform from Outperform at RBC Capital. Big Movers – NuVasive (NUVA) is down about 33.5%. Biosante Pharmaceuticals (BPAX) is down about 11%. Dow Components – Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) up 0.60%, Merck (MRK) up 0.91%, Pfizer (PFE) up 0.16%, United Health Group (UNH) up 2.09%. The Health Care Select Sector SPDR (XLV) was trading at $41.125 at 3:30 PM on Thursday, up 0.60% on the day – up 18.55% year-to-date.


Maxim begins Buys on Fifth Street Finance (FSC), Medley Capital (MCC), THL Credit (TCRD), and TICC Capital (TICC). Evercore Partners (EVR) is downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at JMP Securities. Lazard (LAZ) is lowered to Market Perform from Outperform at JMP Securities. Dow Components – American Express (AXP) up 1.55%, Bank of America (BAC) up 3.13%, JP Morgan Chase (JPM) up 2.30%, Travelers (TRV) up 0.34%. The Financial Select Sector SPDR (XLF) was trading at $16.045 at 3:30 PM on Thursday, up 1.36% on the day – up 22.08% year-to-date.

Information Technology

Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) declared FY13 to be a "fix and rebuild" year that will see a broad-based profit decline (centered around enterprise services), and has again made cautious remarks about European and Chinese demand. Bloomberg Businessweek's talks with Apple (AAPL) insiders paint a complex picture of the post-Jobs era. Apple is said to have a "singular focus" on proving doubters wrong, and is deemed "happier and even somewhat more transparent" than before. A peek back also reveals that Steve Jobs reportedly came to "loathe" Google (GOOG) and considered ending its iOS search deal, but decided not to out of fear of upsetting users. The market for streaming video is getting a bit more crowded as Toys R Us launches its own service to provide movies and TV shows for kids. Powered by Rovi (ROVI), the store will include over 4,000 titles with movies priced at $2.99 for a 24-hour rental and TV shows at $1.99 a pop. Analog/security chipmaker O2Micro (OIIM) warned it expects Q3 revenue of $22M-$23.1M, below prior guidance of $24.1M-$26M and a consensus of $24.8M. Accelrys Inc. (ACCL) is a new Outperform at JMP Securities. Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) gets moved to Neutral from Sell at MKM Partners. eBay Inc. (EBAY) gets a boost to Buy from Neutral at Nomura. Adtran (ADTN) is now Neutral from Buy at UBS. Aruba Networks (ARUN) is now Neutral from Buy at Goldman Sachs. Booz Allen (BAH) is cut to Underperform from Market Perform with Wells Fargo. Polycom (PLCM) is cut to Neutral from Buy at UBS. Big Movers – Informatica (INFA) is down about 24.5%. Dow Components – Cisco Systems (CSCO) relatively unchanged, Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) up 0.20%, IBM (IBM) relatively unchanged, Intel Corp (INTC) down 0.63%, Microsoft (MSFT) relatively unchanged. The Technology Select Sector SPDR (XLK) was trading at $31.07 at 3:30 PM on Thursday, up 0.36% on the day – up 22.08% year-to-date.

Telecommunication Services

Deutsche Telekom (DTEGY) is listed to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank. SBA Communications (SBAC) is now Buy from Neutral at Citigroup. MetroPCS (PCS) is downgraded to Reduce from Neutral at Nomura. Sprint Nextel (S) is downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Robert W. Baird. Dow Components – AT&T (T) up 0.29%, Verizon (VZ) up 1.12%. The NASDAQ Telecommunications Index (IXTC) was trading at $199.02 at 3:30 PM on Thursday, up 0.42% on the day – up 1.06% year-to-date.


Edison International (EIX) is assigned an Underperform at Credit Suisse. Consolidated Edison (ED) is upgraded to Buy from Hold at Argus. The Big Names – Dominion Resources (D) up 0.58%, Edison International (EIX) up 1.27%, First Energy (FE) up 0.49%, PG&E Corp (PCG) up 0.75%, Southern Company (SO) up 0.33%. The Utilities Select Sector SPDR (XLU) was trading at $36.795 at 3:30 PM on Thursday, up 0.56% on the day – up 2.27% year-to-date.


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Symbol Name Price Change % Volume
AA Alcoa Inc. 9.68 -0.08 -0.82 10,111,624
AAPL Apple Inc. 112.88 0.17 0.15 29,865,507
ACN Accenture plc Class A (Ireland) 113.73 0.64 0.57 3,224,170
ADTN ADTRAN Inc. 18.73 -0.22 -1.16 179,968
AMD Advanced Micro Devices Inc. 6.32 -0.23 -3.51 29,874,936
AME AMETEK Inc. 47.05 -0.32 -0.68 1,512,628
AMZN Amazon.com Inc. 799.16 -6.59 -0.82 2,651,369
AXP American Express Company 63.42 -0.43 -0.67 6,946,585
BA Boeing Company (The) 130.57 -1.21 -0.92 2,219,885
BAC Bank of America Corporation 15.09 -0.43 -2.77 94,971,535
BAH Booz Allen Hamilton Holding Corporation 31.18 0.05 0.16 482,869
BAX Baxter International Inc. 47.20 -0.29 -0.61 2,418,383
BGS B&G Foods Inc. 49.65 -0.68 -1.35 403,852
CAT Caterpillar Inc. 82.37 -0.07 -0.08 3,340,788
CF CF Industries Holdings Inc. 22.64 0.01 0.04 4,950,648
CSCO Cisco Systems Inc. 31.07 -0.27 -0.86 20,361,549
CVX Chevron Corporation 98.78 -0.44 -0.44 5,781,775
D Dominion Resources Inc. 76.60 -0.41 -0.53 2,521,747
DD E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Co. 66.52 -0.25 -0.37 2,440,441
DIS Walt Disney Company (The) 91.96 -1.31 -1.40 10,449,325
EBAY eBay Inc. 31.67 -0.40 -1.25 6,223,692
ED Consolidated Edison Inc. 78.66 -0.02 -0.03 1,526,091
EGO Eldorado Gold Corporation 4.03 -0.10 -2.42 4,024,619
EIX Edison International 75.55 -0.07 -0.09 1,565,066
ENB Enbridge Inc 43.22 -0.48 -1.10 2,053,589
EVR Evercore Partners Inc Class A 50.16 -1.87 -3.59 264,384
FE FirstEnergy Corporation 34.58 0.09 0.26 3,341,708
FSC Fifth Street Finance Corp. 5.73 0.01 0.17 415,463
GE General Electric Co 29.54 -0.35 -1.17 25,905,794
GNK Genco Shipping & Trading Limited New (Marshall Isl 4.73 -0.17 -3.47 17,761
GOOG Alphabet Inc. 774.21 -12.69 -1.61 1,533,202
HD Home Depot Inc. (The) 125.45 -2.34 -1.83 5,338,465
HFC HollyFrontier Corporation 23.85 -0.94 -3.79 4,220,837
HPQ HP Inc. 15.02 -0.07 -0.46 7,484,534
IBM International Business Machines Corp 153.98 -1.00 -0.65 2,533,325
INTC Intel Corporation 36.65 -0.54 -1.45 25,518,796
ISCA International Speedway Corporation 33.26 -0.23 -0.69 138,772
JNJ Johnson & Johnson 117.78 -1.03 -0.87 5,998,854
JPM JP Morgan Chase 65.78 -1.47 -2.19 16,408,130
KO Coca-Cola Company (The) 42.05 -0.69 -1.61 15,036,043
LAMR Lamar Advertising Company 65.28 -0.30 -0.46 389,863
LAZ Lazard LTD. LTD. Class A 35.98 -0.66 -1.80 688,052
LVS Las Vegas Sands Corp. 56.46 -0.92 -1.60 2,782,103
MAR Marriott International 67.15 -1.29 -1.88 5,063,835
MCC Medley Capital Corporation 7.67 -0.10 -1.29 659,715
MCD McDonald\'s Corporation 116.53 -0.64 -0.55 3,022,356
MGM MGM Resorts International 25.36 -0.29 -1.13 2,999,075
MMM 3M Company 175.95 -1.44 -0.81 1,820,997
MRK Merck & Company Inc. (new) 62.15 -0.81 -1.29 6,983,821
MSFT Microsoft Corporation 56.90 -0.53 -0.92 21,688,720
NAUH National American University Holdings Inc. 2.08 0.04 1.96 2,679
NBIX Neurocrine Biosciences Inc. 53.25 -0.69 -1.28 665,592
NUVA NuVasive Inc. 66.15 -0.62 -0.93 543,721
OIIM O2Micro International Limited 1.60 -0.01 -0.61 5,147
PCG Pacific Gas & Electric Co. 63.90 -0.30 -0.47 2,099,864
PFE Pfizer Inc. 33.64 -0.62 -1.81 29,525,482
PG Procter & Gamble Company (The) 87.85 0.09 0.10 60,276,563
PLCM Polycom Inc. 12.47 -0.01 -0.08 1,865,163
QDEL Quidel Corporation 22.17 -0.54 -2.38 112,385
ROVI Rovi Corporation n/a n/a n/a 0
S Sprint Corporation 6.65 0.01 0.15 13,902,550
SBAC SBA Communications Corporation 111.40 -0.49 -0.44 540,939
SHOO Steven Madden Ltd. 34.48 -0.58 -1.65 401,694
SO Southern Company (The) 53.31 -0.22 -0.41 4,689,555
T AT&T Inc. 41.14 -0.14 -0.34 16,647,231
TCRD THL Credit Inc. 9.52 -0.15 -1.55 222,062
TICC TICC Capital Corp. 5.71 -0.05 -0.87 233,030
TRIP TripAdvisor Inc. 61.89 0.02 0.03 999,651
TRV The Travelers Companies Inc. 113.94 -1.37 -1.19 1,617,972
TSLA Tesla Motors Inc. 208.99 1.54 0.74 2,394,268
TWX Time Warner Inc. New 76.10 -0.63 -0.82 3,777,907
UL Unilever PLC 46.65 -0.37 -0.79 712,470
UPS United Parcel Service Inc. 108.84 -0.37 -0.34 2,360,783
UTX United Technologies Corporation 102.23 -0.33 -0.32 3,354,625
VZ Verizon Communications Inc. 52.15 -0.41 -0.78 10,559,019
WMT Wal-Mart Stores Inc. 71.62 -0.73 -1.01 5,948,719
XOM Exxon Mobil Corporation 83.06 -0.39 -0.47 10,860,320


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