Equities Sector Coverage: Stocks Continue Drop to Start November

Sector Recap |

The national ISM Manufacturing Index came in at 50.8 in October, lower than expected. Construction Spending rose by 0.2% in September, in line with estimates. The Dow Jones Industrial Average traded down to 11,630.03 on Tuesday afternoon. The NASDAQ traded down from 2638.60 to 2597.16.

Asian stocks slipped again on Tuesday with the Nikkei 225 down 1.70% to 8,836 and the Hang Seng slumping 2.49% to 19,370. European stocks were lower on worries that the Greek referendum could scuttle the plan to resolve Europe’s debt crisis. The FTSE 100 declined 2.75% to 5,392 with the DAX slumping 4.76% to 5,849 and the CAC 40 plummeting by 5.07% to 3,078. The US Treasury 10-Year yield declined from 2.146 to 1.952 on Tuesday. Gold declined from $1725.0 the Troy ounce to below $1700.0 and stayed below its 50-day simple moving average at $1729.7.

Crude oil declined from $92.88 per barrel to $89.17 staying between its 200-week and 200-day simple moving averages at $83.50 and $94.80. The euro versus the dollar traded down from 1.3869 to 1.3612 below its 50-day and 200-day simple moving averages at 1.3820 and 1.4102.

Energy

Baker Hughes (BHI) reported Q3 EPS of $1.18 (missing estimates by 2 cents) with revenue in-line with estimates. Forest Oil (FST) reported Q3 revenue of $174.1M and EPS of $0.25 (the latter was in-line, but the former missed by $23.5M). The company expects its oil and gas to grow by 4%-7% Q/Q in 2011. Baker Hughes (BHI) missed estimates by 2 cents with revenue in-line with estimates. Valero (VLO) beat estimates by 37 cents and revenue by $2.3B. Rowan Companies (RDC) missed estimates by 14 cents and revenue by $15M. ENI S.p.A. (E) is downgraded to Hold from Buy at brokerage Collins Stewart. In afternoon trading: Shares of General Maritime (GMR) are down about 13.5%. Shares of Denison Mines (DNN) are down about 10.75%.

Energy Select Sector SPDR (XLE) was trading at $67.46 at 4:00 PM on Monday, down 3.23% on the day – down 1.16% year-to-date.

Materials

Anglogold (AU) and Harmony Gold (HMY) are both begun with a Buy at Deutsche Bank. Hecla Mining (HL) and Silver Standard (SSRI) are both moved to Market Perform from Outperform by BMO Capital. In afternoon trading: Shares of Jaguar Mining (JAG) are up about 10.25%. Shares of Ferro Corp. (FOE) are up about 6.5%. Shares of Kraton Performance Polymers (KRA) are down about 9.25%. Shares of Stillwater Mining (SWC) are down about 7.25%. Shares of Silver Standard are down about 7.25%. Shares of Mechel OAO (MTL) are down about 6.25%. Shares of Teck Resources (TCK) are down about 6%.

The Materials Select Sector SPDR (XLB) was trading at $33.53 at 4:00 PM on Monday, down 2.67% on the day – down 12.71% year-to-date.

Industrials

U.K.-based G4S (GFSZF) has pulled out of its planned £5.2B ($8.4B) purchase of Denmark's ISS, whose owners include Goldman Sachs Capital Partners (GS). Expeditors International of Washington (EXPD) missed estimates by 48 cents on revenue of $1.73B. Oshkosh Truck (OSK) beat estimates by 16 cents and revenue by $100M. Emerson Electric (EMR) beat estimates by 2 cents with revenue in-line with estimates. Brazil’s GOL Linhas Areas Inteligentes S.A. (GOL) is begun with an Overweight at Barclays, which establishes Underweights on compatriot TAM S.A. (TAM) and Chile’s Lan Airlines S.A. (LFL). Xylem (XYL) is a new Neutral at brokers Robert W. Baird after its tax-free spin-off from ITT Corp (ITT). Canadian Pacific (CP) is cut to Market Perform from Outperform by BMO Capital. In afternoon trading: Shares of ITT Corp are up about 24%. Shares of General Cable (BGC) are down about 21.25%. Shares of Beacon Power (BCON) are down about 17%.

The Industrial Select Sector SPDR (XLI) was trading at $32.41 at 4:00 PM on Monday, down 3.02% on the day – down 7.05% year-to-date.

Consumer Discretionary

DirecTV (DTV) has come to an agreement with Fox (NWS) to continue providing the satellite broadcaster's 19M subscribers with Fox channels. Billboard advertising provider Clear Channel Outdoor (CCO) reported Q3 revenue of $748.4M and EPS of $0.01 (the former beat by $18.4M, but the latter missed by $0.04). Thomson Reuters (TRI) beat estimates by 3 cents and revenue by $30M. Sirius XM Radio (SIRI) beat estimates by a penny, while missing revenue by $1M. Total subscribers grew by 333.7K Q/Q, to 21.3M. Choice Hotels (CHH) is lowered to Neutral from Buy at Nomura. In afternoon trading: Shares of General Motors (GM) are down about 8.75%. Shares of Dangdang (DANG) are down about 8.25%. Shares of Lamar Advertising (LAMR) are down about 7.75%. Shares of Corinthian Colleges (COCO) are up about 9%. Shares of Eastman Kodak (EK) are up about 7.25%.

The Consumer Discretionary Select Sector SPDR (XLY) was trading at $38.18 at 4:00 PM on Monday, down 2.15% on the day – up 2.06% year-to-date.

Consumer Staples

Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) beat estimates by 2 cents and revenue by $2.97B. Avon Products (AVP) is downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies. In afternoon trading: Shares of Central European Distribution (CEDC) are down about 7.5%. Shares of Herbalife (HLF) are down about 6.5%. Shares of Coffee Holding (JVA) are down about 6.5%. Shares of Star Scientific (CIGX) are down about 5.75%. Shares of Winn-Dixie (WINN) are up about 7%.

The Consumer Staples Select Sector SPDR (XLP) was trading at $30.50 at 4:00 PM on Monday, down 1.74% on the day – up 4.06% year-to-date.

Healthcare

Pfizer (PFE) beat estimates by 7 cents, while missing revenue by $12.7B. The company raised full-year EPS guidance and boosted its share repurchase program. Amedisys (AMED) reported Q3 revenue of $374.9M and EPS of $0.36 (the former beat by $2.8M and the latter missed by $0.14). HCA (HCA) reported Q3 EPS 11c (versus consensus of 43c). Tenet Healthcare (THC) beat estimates by 2 cents with revenue in-line with estimates. Watson Pharmaceuticals (WPI) beat estimates by 4 cents, while missing revenue by $10M. AmerisourceBergen (ABC) missed estimates by 7 cents and revenue by $200M. Anthera Pharmaceuticals (ANTH) is begun with a Buy at Buy at Deutsche Bank. Amerigroup (AGP) is now Neutral from Underperform by Bank of America-Merrill Lynch. Transcept Pharmaceuticals (TSPT) is taken to Buy from Hold at MLV Capital with a price target of $21. Volcano (VOLC) is moved to Market Perform from Outperform at JMP Securities. In afternoon trading: Shares of Exelixis (EXEL) are down about 40%. Shares of Amedisys are down about 23%. Shares of Zalicus (ZLCS) are down about 14.25%. Shares of Merge Healthcare (MRGE) are down about 10.25%. Shares of Akorn Inc. (AKRX) are up about 11.5%. Shares of Pharmasset (VRUS) are up about 10.5%.

The Health Care Select Sector SPDR (XLV) was trading at $32.92 at 4:00 PM on Monday, down 1.91% on the day – up 4.51% year-to-date.

Financials

After other big banks announced they will not charge monthly debit card fees, Bank of America (BAC) announces that they are dropping plans to charge customers a $5-a-month fee to use their debit cards next year. Regulators are investigating whether MF Global (MF) diverted up to $700M from segregated customer accounts to support its trades as it teetered on bankruptcy. U.K.-based G4S (GFSZF) has pulled out of its planned £5.2B ($8.4B) purchase of Denmark's ISS, whose owners include Goldman Sachs Capital Partners (GS). Credit Suisse (CS) and Nomura (NMR) announced further cost reductions today, with the Swiss bank saying it will cut a further 1,500 jobs in addition to 2,000 it has already announced. Insurers may have to boost reserves by billions of dollars if regulators insist on a stricter approach for meeting claims on "universal-life" insurance products, The Wall Street Journal reports, with states saying that firms have improperly minimized reserves. Genworth Financial (GNW), Lincoln National (LNC) and Protective Life (PL) are among those that use a disputed methodology that has enabled them to keep reserves down. Fidelity National Information Services (FIS) beat estimates by 2 cents with revenue in-line with estimates. Macerich (MAC) beat estimates by a penny and revenue by $19M. Citigroup (C) is upgraded to Outperform from Neutral upgrade at Credit Suisse. Post Properties (PPS) is raised to Neutral from Underweight at JPMorgan. BNP Paribas (BNPQY) is cut to Underperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette. Barclays PLC (BCS) is now Neutral from Buy at UBS. Legg Mason (LM) is lowered to Sell from Neutral with a $22 target at Ticonderoga. Tanger Factory Outlet (SKT) is taken to Hold from Buy at Jefferies. In afternoon trading: Shares of ING Group (ING) are down about 12.25%. Shares of Radian Group (RDN) are up about 10.5%.

The Financial Select Sector SPDR (XLF) was trading at $12.86 at 4:00 PM on Monday, down 4.71% on the day – down 19.37% year-to-date.

Information Technology

Symantec (SYMC) has said that at least 48 chemical and defense firms were hit by a coordinated cyber-attack from hackers traced to China. AsiaInfo-Linkage (ASIA) reported revenue of $119M and EPS of $0.37 (beating consensus by $1.9M and $0.01). However, the company expects Q4 EPS of just $0.30-$0.33 (well below a $0.42 consensus). Rogers (ROG) missed Q3 revenue estimates, reporting $147.6M (versus $148.4M consensus). Intervac (IVAC) reported Q3 revenue of $19.3M and EPS of -$0.27 (beating consensus by $1.9M and $0.01). MicroStrategy (MSTR) reported Q3 revenue of $141.7M and EPS of $0.44 (the latter beat by $.02, the former was merely in-line). IPG Photonics (IPGP) reported revenue of $129.1M and EPS of $0.66 (beating consensus by $1M and $0.02), and in-line Q4 guidance revenue of $122M-$135M and EPS of $0.60-$0.71 (versus consensus of $130.6M and $0.65). NXPI Semiconductors (NXPI) missed estimates by a penny, while beating revenue by $34M. Vishay Intertechnology (VSH) missed estimates by 3 cents and revenue by $3M. Aruba Networks (ARUN) is a new Hold at Deutsche Bank. ARM Holdings (ARMH) is assigned a Hold at Canaccord Genuity. LG Display (LPL) and AU Optronics (AUO) are each upgraded to Overweight from Underweight at HSBC Securities. Accenture (ACN) is reduced to Equal Weight from Overweight by Barclays. Alcatel-Lucent (ALU) is moved to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan. NVIDIA (NVDA) is now Hold from Buy at Canaccord Genuity. OSI Systems (OSIS) is cut to In-Line from Outperform at Imperial Capital. In afternoon trading: Shares of AsiaInfo are down about 21.25%. Shares of Renren (RENN) are down about 11.25%.

The Technology Select Sector SPDR (XLK) was trading at $25.29 at 4:00 PM on Monday, down 2.77% on the day – up 0.40% year-to-date.

Telecommunications Services

American Tower (AMT) missed estimates by 21 cents, while beating revenue by $13M. MetroPCS Communications (PCS) missed estimates by 4 cents with revenue in-line with estimates. Telefonica S.A. (TEF) is reduced to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank. In afternoon trading: Shares of Leap Wireless (LEAP) are up about 14.5%. Shares of MetroPCS are down about 9.25%. Actives: Shares of Sprint Nextel (S) are down about 2.1%, while shares of AT&T (T) are down about 1.4% and shares of Verizon (VZ) are down about a half of a percent.

The NASDAQ Telecommunications Index (IXTC) was trading at $192.11 at 4:00 PM on Monday, down 3.42% on the day – down 14.76% year-to-date.

Utilities

FirstEnergy (FE) beat estimates by 12 cents on revenue of $4.7B. Pinnacle West Capital (PNW) beat estimates by 13 cents with revenue in-line with estimates. Entergy (ETR) beat estimates by 24 cents with revenue in-line with estimates. In afternoon trading: Actives: Shares of Duke Energy (DUK) are down about 0.9%. Shares of Genon Energy (GEN) are down about 4.9%. Shares of Exelon (EXC) are down about 1.3%. Shares of AES Corp (AES) are down about 1.3%.

The Utilities Select Sector SPDR (XLU) was trading at $34.12 at 4:00 PM on Monday, down 2.09% on the day – up 8.87% year-to-date.

STOCKS: BHI, FST, VLO, RDC, E, GMR, DNN, AU, HMY, HL, SSRI, JAG, FOE, KRA, SWC, MTL, TCK, GFSZF, GS, EXPD, OSK, EMR, GOL, TAM, LFL, XYL, ITT, CP, BGC, BCON, DTV, NWS, CCO, TRI, SIRI, CHH, GM, DANG, LAMR, COCO, EK, ADM, AVP, CEDC, HLF, JVA, CIGX, WINN, PFE, AMED, HCA, THC, WPI, ABC, ANTH, AGP, TSPT, VOLC, EXEL, ZLCS, MRGE, AKRX, VRUS, MF, CS, NMR, GNW, LNC, PL, FIS, MAC, C, PPS, BNPQY, BCS, LM, SKT, ING, RDN, SYMC, ASIA, ROG, IVAC, MSTR, IPGP, NXPI, VSH, ARUN, ARMH, LPL, AUO, CAN, ALU, NVDA, OSIS, RENN, AMT, PCS, TEF, LEAP, S, T, VZ, FE, PNW, ETR, DUK, GEN, EXC, AES

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Companies

Symbol Name Price Change % Volume
ABC AmerisourceBergen Corporation 80.78 -0.47 -0.58 3,001,798
ADM Archer-Daniels-Midland Company 42.17 0.64 1.54 2,848,458
AES The AES Corporation 12.85 -0.05 -0.39 5,867,949
AKRX Akorn Inc. 27.26 0.62 2.33 1,063,268
ALU Alcatel-Lucent ADR (Sponsored) n/a n/a n/a 0
AMBA Ambarella Inc. 73.61 2.74 3.87 1,959,619
AMED Amedisys Inc 47.44 0.13 0.27 352,605
AMT American Tower Corporation (REIT) 113.33 -0.15 -0.13 2,807,008
ANTH Anthera Pharmaceuticals Inc. 3.15 0.05 1.61 461,531
ARMH ARM Holdings plc n/a n/a n/a 0
AU AngloGold Ashanti Limited 15.92 -0.22 -1.36 2,721,434
AUO AU Optronics Corp American Depositary Shares 3.65 0.02 0.55 1,452,671
AVP Avon Products Inc. 5.66 0.14 2.54 4,571,806
BCS Barclays PLC 8.69 0.30 3.58 7,598,981
BGC General Cable Corporation 14.98 0.37 2.53 288,338
BHI Baker Hughes Incorporated 50.47 0.26 0.52 4,441,008
C Citigroup Inc. 47.23 1.43 3.12 25,563,084
CCO Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings Inc. Class A 5.84 -0.15 -2.50 197,293
CHH Choice Hotels International Inc. 45.08 0.29 0.65 192,620
CP Canadian Pacific Railway Limited 152.70 2.09 1.39 779,372
DANG E-Commerce China Dangdang Inc. American Depositary n/a n/a n/a 0
DNN Denison Mines Corp (Canada) 0.47 0.01 1.86 98,223
DUK Duke Energy Corporation (Holding Company) 80.04 -0.27 -0.34 3,883,040
EMR Emerson Electric Company 54.51 1.49 2.81 7,460,094
ETR Entergy Corporation 76.73 -0.60 -0.78 1,753,507
EXC Exelon Corporation 33.29 0.00 0.00 5,529,887
EXEL Exelixis Inc. 12.79 0.51 4.15 9,288,248
EXPD Expeditors International of Washington Inc. 51.52 0.18 0.35 868,379
FE FirstEnergy Corporation 33.08 -0.09 -0.27 3,504,010
FIS Fidelity National Information Services Inc. 77.03 0.19 0.25 1,816,037
FOE Ferro Corporation 13.81 0.32 2.37 720,194
GEN Genesis Healthcare Inc. 2.67 0.05 1.91 172,362
GM General Motors Company 31.77 0.29 0.92 9,330,018
GNW Genworth Financial Inc 4.96 0.11 2.27 14,570,158
GOL Gol Linhas Aereas Inteligentes S.A. Sponsored ADR 18.96 -0.27 -1.40 127,122
GS The Goldman Sachs Group Inc. 161.27 2.32 1.46 4,497,189
HCA HCA Holdings Inc. 75.63 0.37 0.49 2,572,638
HL Hecla Mining Company 5.70 -0.05 -0.87 8,336,925
HLF Herbalife Ltd. 61.99 0.49 0.80 1,156,180
HMY Harmony Gold Mining Company Limited 3.49 -0.07 -1.97 2,575,941
ING ING Group N.V. 12.34 0.47 3.96 4,015,997
IPGP IPG Photonics Corporation 82.35 0.85 1.04 144,776
ITT ITT Inc. 35.84 0.28 0.79 561,292
IVAC Intevac Inc. 5.90 -0.04 -0.67 7,230
JVA Coffee Holding Co. Inc. 5.56 0.13 2.39 31,438
KRA Kraton Performance Polymers Inc 35.04 0.56 1.62 522,122
LAMR Lamar Advertising Company 65.31 0.37 0.57 544,163
LFL LATAM Airlines Group S.A. 8.12 0.02 0.25 381,807
LM Legg Mason Inc. 33.48 0.52 1.58 944,717
LNC Lincoln National Corporation 46.98 1.11 2.42 1,633,390
LPL LG Display Co Ltd AMERICAN DEPOSITORY SHARES 12.72 -0.15 -1.17 603,480
MAC Macerich Company (The) 80.87 0.37 0.46 857,405
MSTR MicroStrategy Incorporated 167.44 1.70 1.03 124,744
MTL Mechel PAO American Depositary Shares (Each rep. 1 2.86 -0.01 -0.35 207,006
NMR Nomura Holdings Inc ADR American Depositary Shares 4.45 0.08 1.83 242,318
NVDA NVIDIA Corporation 68.52 1.12 1.66 10,748,304
NWS News Corporation 14.22 0.09 0.64 2,207,119
NXPI NXP Semiconductors N.V. 102.01 5.89 6.13 23,753,422
OSIS OSI Systems Inc. 65.38 0.89 1.38 149,183
OSK Oshkosh Corporation (Holding Company)Common Stock 56.00 1.66 3.05 1,552,986
PFE Pfizer Inc. 33.87 0.55 1.65 28,593,974
PNW Pinnacle West Capital Corporation 75.99 -0.77 -1.00 951,379
PPS Post Properties Inc. 66.13 -1.37 -2.03 810,195
RDC Rowan Companies plc Class A 15.16 0.00 0.00 4,541,871
RDN Radian Group Inc. 13.55 0.02 0.15 1,612,654
RENN Renren Inc. American Depositary Shares each repres 2.06 0.15 7.85 2,015,108
ROG Rogers Corporation 61.08 1.09 1.82 97,127
S Sprint Corporation 6.63 -0.03 -0.45 14,655,332
SIRI Sirius XM Holdings Inc. 4.17 0.03 0.60 37,873,541
SKT Tanger Factory Outlet Centers Inc. 38.96 -0.10 -0.26 639,078
SSRI Silver Standard Resources Inc. 12.06 -0.12 -0.99 1,412,034
SWC Stillwater Mining Company ($0.01 Par Value) 13.36 0.46 3.57 2,040,537
SYMC Symantec Corporation 25.10 0.09 0.36 10,888,079
T AT&T Inc. 40.61 -0.12 -0.29 19,381,624
TCK Teck Resources Ltd 18.03 -0.67 -3.58 10,778,336
TEF Telefonica SA 10.08 -0.18 -1.75 2,947,607
THC Tenet Healthcare Corporation 22.66 0.66 3.00 2,429,893
TRI Thomson Reuters Corp 41.38 0.48 1.17 1,172,741
VLO Valero Energy Corporation 53.00 1.29 2.49 8,318,572
VSH Vishay Intertechnology Inc. 14.09 0.19 1.37 1,380,107
VZ Verizon Communications Inc. 51.98 -0.14 -0.27 13,077,552
WPI Watson Pharmaceuticals Inc. n/a n/a n/a 0
XYL Xylem Inc. New 52.45 0.63 1.22 1,070,115

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