Equities Sector Coverage: Stocks Close Lower Despite Paring Losses

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Stocks Close Lower Despite Paring LossesThe US trade deficit fell to $48.68 billion in May from an upwardly revised $50.6 billion in April. Minutes from the June FOMC meeting revealed that Fed officials expect the US economy to expand more slowly than expected, with the unemployment rate falling “only slowly.” The FOMC continued to discuss the need for further monetary stimulus. The Fed also sees the deterioration in Europe and slowing in China as major risk factors. The Dow Jones Industrial Average traded down to 12,534.33 on Wednesday staying below its 50-day simple moving average at 12,656. The NASDAQ traded down to 2866.53 below its 50-day at 2885.

Asian stocks were mixed on Wednesday. The Nikkei 225 ended the day at 8,851 – down 0.08%. The Hang Seng ended the day at 19,420 – up 0.12%. European exchanges were also mixed on Wednesday. The FTSE 100 ended the day at 5,664 – up 0.01%. The DAX ended the day at 6,454 – up 0.24%. The CAC 40 ended the day at 3,157 – down 0.57%. The yield on the 10-Year US Treasury note traded down from 1.523% to 1.452% as the “flight to quality” continues.

Gold traded between $1565.5 the Troy ounce and $1583.4 as the 50-day and 200-day simple moving averages decline to $1594.8 and $1660.7. Crude oil rebounded from $84.01 per barrel to $86.49 between its 200-week simple moving average at $80.35 and the 50-day at $88.25. The euro versus the dollar traded down from 1.2295 to a new multi-year low at 1.2217.

Energy

Rex Energy (REXX) has been is resumed with an Outperform rating at Wells Fargo. Dow components – Chevron (CVX) up 1.42%, Exxon Mobil (XOM) up 1.03%.

Energy Select Sector SPDR (XLE) was trading at $65.60 at 3:30 PM on Wednesday, up 0.99% on the day – down 5.11% year-to-date.

Materials

Goldcorp (GG) slumped by 4% in after hours trading on Tuesday after lowering its 2012 gold production guidance to 2.35 to 2.45 million ounces below prior guidance of 2.6 million. Alcoa (AA) has been downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital. BHP Billiton (BHP) - The Anglo-Australian mining company has been downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse. DuPont (DD) has been downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie with a $54 price target on concerns regarding chemical segment performance. Sigma-Aldrich (SIAL) has been downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JP Morgan. Dow components – Alcoa (AA) down 0.30%, DuPont (DD) down 1.91%.
The Materials Select Sector SPDR (XLB) was trading at $34.19 at 3:30 PM on Wednesday, down 0.64% on the day – up 2.06% year-to-date.

Industrials

Robert W. Baird gives Neutral from Outperform downgrades to Commercial Vehicle Group (CVGI), Modine Manufacturing (MOD), and Meritor (MOTR). Norsk Hydro (NHYDY) has been downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform by BMO Capital. Shaw Group (SHAW) has been downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Macquarie. Dow components – Boeing Co (BA) down 1.75%, Caterpillar (CAT) down 0.17%, General Electric (GE) up 0.11%, 3M Company (MMM) down 0.76%, United Technologies (UTX) down 1.71%.
The Industrial Select Sector SPDR (XLI) was trading at $34.24 at 3:30 PM on Wednesday, down 1.10% on the day – up 1.45% year-to-date.

Consumer Discretionary

DirecTV's (DTV) with 20 million subscribers lost access to 17 Viacom (VIA) networks last night, including Nickelodeon, MTV and Comedy Central. The channels were dropped because the two companies could not agree on a new deal on carriage fees. There was a similar fight between Dish Network (DISH) and AMC Networks (AMCX) in June. The Amazon (AMZN) smartphone rumors heats up that the company is testing a device with a 4 to 5 inch screen with an Asian component suppliers with mass production beginning in late 2012. Amazon.com (AMZN) has been initiated with a Market Perform rating by BMO Capital with a $260 price target. Life Time Fitness (LTM) has been initiated with a Hold rating at Stifel Nicolaus. AMC Networks (AMCX) has been upgraded to Positive from Neutral at Susquehanna. Dow Components – Disney (DIS) down 0.25%, Home Depot down 1.01%, McDonalds (MCD) down 1.14%.
The Consumer Discretionary Select Sector SPDR (XLY) was trading at $42.89 at 3:30 PM on Wednesday, down 0.88% on the day – up 9.92% year-to-date.

Consumer Staples

Best Buy (BBY) lost 4.5% in after hours on Tuesday after HHGregg (HGG) cut its guidance blaming weak video sales, which is worrisome to Best Buy investors hoping that TV sales would hold up versus e-commerce sales. The Amazon (AMZN) smartphone rumors heats up that the company is testing a device with a 4 to 5 inch screen with an Asian component suppliers with mass production beginning in late 2012. Wendy’s (WEN) has been upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Wedbush. Staples (SPLS) has been downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform by Sanford Bernstein due to economic concerns with the price target lowered to $14 from $18. Office Depot (ODP) has also been downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform, with a lowered price target at $2.50. Dow components – Kraft (KFT) down 0.25%, Coca Cola (KO) down 0.56%, Procter & Gamble (PG) down 0.70%, Wal-Mart (WMT) down 0.32%.

The Consumer Staples Select Sector SPDR (XLP) was trading at $34.82 at 3:30 PM on Wednesday, down 0.40% on the day – up 7.17% year-to-date.

Health Care

Shionogi-ViiV Healthcare, which is a joint venture involving GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), Pfizer (PFE) and Shionogi, announced that a Phase III trial of its dolutegravir HIV treatment might be more effective than Gilead's (GILD) and Bristol-Myers Squibb's (BMY) Atripla drug. A Chinese consumer watchdog apologized over a test that showed that Mead Johnson's (MJN) baby formulas contained banned additives. Mead's shares ended Tuesday down 4.3%diving yesterday before they recovered somewhat. ViroPharma (VPHM) has been initiated with a Market Perform rating at Wells. Amerigroup (AGP) has been downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies. Dendreon (DNDN) has been downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Bank of America-Merrill Lynch. Dow Components – Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) up 0.07%, Merck (MRK) down 0.21%, Pfizer (PFE) down 0.53%.
The Health Care Select Sector SPDR (XLV) was trading at $37.48 at 3:30 PM on Wednesday, down 0.45% on the day – up 8.04% year-to-date.

Financial

To take advantage of a recovering office property market, Blackstone (BX) is considering packaging its portfolio of office buildings, worth as much as $22 billion by listing the properties as a REIT. Priced at $20 billion would result in about an $8 billion profit. JP Morgan (JPM) will claw back millions of dollars in stock from individuals connected with the CIO derivatives trading loss. The claw backs could be announced as soon as Friday, when the bank reports earnings. Three of Barclays' (BCS) top ten investors want an outsider appointed as new chairman, which could undermine plans for deputy chairman Sir Michael Rake to succeed Marcus Agius. Comerica (CMA) has been initiated with a Neutral rating at Guggenheim. Dow Components – American Express (AXP) down 0.72%, Bank of America (BAC) up 2.07%, JP Morgan Chase (JPM) up 1.17%, Travelers (TRV) down 1.01%.
The Financial Select Sector SPDR (XLF) was trading at $14.39 at 3:30 PM on Wednesday, up 0.35% on the day – up 10.69% year-to-date.

Information Technology

The Amazon (AMZN) smartphone rumors heats up that the company is testing a device with a 4 to 5 inch screen with an Asian component suppliers with mass production beginning in late 2012. Baidu.com (BIDU) has been initiated with an Overweight rating $154 price target at HSBC Securities. SINA Corp (SINA) has been initiated with an Overweight rating and $62 price target at HSBC. HSBC also initiated Youku.com (YOKU) with a Neutral rating and $22 price target. Apple (AAPL) has been initiated with a Buy rating at UBS with a price target at $740. EMC Corp. (EMC) has also been initiated with a Buy rating, but International Business Machines (IBM) has been initiated with a Neutral rating and a $205 price target. SAP AG (SAP) - The German software firm has been upgraded to Buy from Hold at ThinkEquity. Dow Components – Cisco Systems (CSCO) up 0.09%, Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) up 2.80%, IBM (IBM) down 0.27%, Intel Corp (INTC) down 0.63%, Microsoft (MSFT) down 1.55%.
The Technology Select Sector SPDR (XLK) was trading at $28.04 at 3:30 PM on Wednesday, down 0.95% on the day – up 10.18% year-to-date.

Telecommunication Services

The Amazon (AMZN) smartphone rumors heats up that the company is testing a device with a 4 to 5 inch screen with an Asian component suppliers with mass production beginning in late 2012. Dow Components – AT&T Inc down 0.38%, Verizon (VZ) up 0.36%.
The NASDAQ Telecommunications Index (IXTC) was trading at $178.34 at 3:30 PM on Wednesday, down 0.42% on the day – down 9.44% year-to-date.

Utilities

Duke Energy (DUK) fired CEO Bill Johnson after its merger with Progress Energy partly because of his autocratic leadership style. CEO Jim Rogers told a hearing of the North Carolina Utilities Commission that there were also concerns about Progress' nuclear assets and poor performance since the deal was announced 18 months ago. Duke Energy (DUK) has been downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS. Dominion Resources (D) up 0.60%, Edison International (EIX) up 0.71%, First Energy (FE) up 0.53%, PG&E Corp (PCG) up 1.22%, Southern Company (SO) up 0.33%.
The Utilities Select Sector SPDR (XLU) was trading at $36.85 at 3:30 PM on Wednesday, up 0.22 on the day – up 2.42% year-to-date.

STOCKS: CVX, XOM, REXX, AA, DD, GG, BHP, SIAL, BA, CAT, GE, MMM, UTX, CVGI, MOD, MOTR, NHYDY, SHAW, DIS, HD, MCD, DTV, VIA, DISH, ANCX, AMZN, LTM, AMCX, KFT, KO, PG, WMT, BBY, HGG, WEN, SPLS, ODP, JNJ, MRK, PFE, GSK, GILD, BMY, MJN, VPHM, AGP, DNDN, AXP, BAC, JPM, TRV, BX, BCS, CMA, CSCO, HPQ, IBM, INTC, MSFT, BIDU, SINA, YOKU, AAPL, EMC, SAP, T, VZ, D, EIX, FE, PCG, SO, DUK

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Companies

Symbol Name Price Change % Volume
BX The Blackstone Group L.P. Representing Limited Par 26.55 0.00 0.00 1,100
MMM 3M Company 171.80 0.00 0.00 100
GSK GlaxoSmithKline PLC 37.69 0.00 0.00 109,656
CVGI Commercial Vehicle Group Inc. 5.56 0.00 0.00 0
PG Procter & Gamble Company (The) 82.91 0.00 0.00 1,720
GE General Electric Co 31.17 0.00 0.00 13,413
CVX Chevron Corporation 112.76 0.00 0.00 1,600
SO Southern Company (The) 46.93 0.00 0.00 100
PCG Pacific Gas & Electric Co. 58.38 0.00 0.00 0
BIDU Baidu Inc. 165.17 0.00 0.00 100
DISH DISH Network Corporation 58.51 0.00 0.00 0
ANCX Access National Corporation 28.17 0.00 0.00 0
JNJ Johnson & Johnson 112.06 0.00 0.00 3,732
WMT Wal-Mart Stores Inc. 69.86 0.00 0.00 4,505
AA Alcoa Inc. 31.15 0.00 0.00 1,846
INTC Intel Corporation 34.72 0.00 0.00 3,721
IBM International Business Machines Corp 160.35 0.00 0.00 804
D Dominion Resources Inc. 72.71 0.00 0.00 0
TRV The Travelers Companies Inc. 116.16 0.00 0.00 0
AAPL Apple Inc. 109.95 0.00 0.00 150,720
SINA Sina Corporation 70.59 0.00 0.00 500
TE TECO Energy Inc. n/a n/a n/a 0
BCS Barclays PLC 11.59 0.00 0.00 1,185,057
EIX Edison International 68.85 0.00 0.00 0
GG Goldcorp Inc. 13.37 0.00 0.00 6,200
SPLS Staples Inc. 9.89 0.00 0.00 0
GILD Gilead Sciences Inc. 72.47 0.00 0.00 46,312
JPM JP Morgan Chase 83.69 0.00 0.00 5,783
AXP American Express Company 72.31 0.00 0.00 50
UTX United Technologies Corporation 107.43 0.00 0.00 200
AMZN Amazon.com Inc. 764.72 0.00 0.00 5,873
CSCO Cisco Systems Inc. 29.33 0.00 0.00 4,735
DIS Walt Disney Company (The) 100.66 0.00 0.00 3,919
VZ Verizon Communications Inc. 50.36 0.00 0.00 406
ODP Office Depot Inc. 4.90 0.00 0.00 16
REXX Rex Energy Corporation 0.57 0.00 0.00 13,300
BAC Bank of America Corporation 22.16 0.00 0.00 1,023,486
BHP BHP Billiton Limited 38.34 0.00 0.00 60,487
MCD McDonald\'s Corporation 119.25 0.00 0.00 72
DD E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Co. 72.73 0.00 0.00 7
HGG HHGregg Inc. (IN) 1.50 0.00 0.00 0
BMY Bristol-Myers Squibb Company 56.03 0.00 0.00 7,500
CMA Comerica Incorporated 67.69 0.00 0.00 1,570
WEN Wendys International Inc. 12.99 0.00 0.00 11,300
BBY Best Buy Co. Inc. 46.93 0.00 0.00 110
HD Home Depot Inc. (The) 128.74 0.00 0.00 269
XOM Exxon Mobil Corporation 87.56 0.00 0.00 216
PFE Pfizer Inc. 31.56 0.00 0.00 43,932
HPQ HP Inc. 15.60 0.00 0.00 0
BA Boeing Company (The) 152.24 0.00 0.00 1,136
MRK Merck & Company Inc. (new) 60.28 0.00 0.00 3,202
AMCX AMC Networks Inc. 52.16 0.00 0.00 1
SAP SAP SE ADR (Sponsored) 82.99 0.00 0.00 1,190
MJN Mead Johnson Nutrition Company 70.95 0.00 0.00 1,645
FE FirstEnergy Corporation 30.37 0.00 0.00 0
YOKU Youku Tudou Inc ADR (Sponsored) n/a n/a n/a 0
MOD Modine Manufacturing Company 14.90 0.00 0.00 0
KO Coca-Cola Company (The) 40.57 0.00 0.00 455
T AT&T Inc. 39.35 0.00 0.00 3,661
CAT Caterpillar Inc. 95.22 0.00 0.00 3,060
DUK Duke Energy Corporation (Holding Company) 73.86 0.00 0.00 11
VIA Viacom Inc. 40.55 0.00 0.00 0
EMC EMC Corporation n/a n/a n/a 0
MSFT Microsoft Corporation 59.95 0.00 0.00 3,285
SIAL Sigma-Aldrich Corp. n/a n/a n/a 0

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