CPI was flat in April, up 0.2% excluding food and energy. Retail Sales rose just 0.1% in April with and without autos. After a Dip in April, the NAHB Home Builder Index jumped 5 points to 29 in May. The Dow Jones Industrial Average traded down to 12,672.80 on Tuesday then up to 12,758.43 then plunged to 12,608.16 into the final half hour of trading. The NASDAQ traded down to 2902.30 Tuesday then up to 2930.68 then declined to 2889.39 into the final half hour of trading.
Asian stocks were mixed on Tuesday. The Nikkei 225 ended their session at 8,900 – down 0.81% on the day. The Hang Seng ended their session at 19,894 – up 0.81% on the day. European exchanges opened higher on Tuesday but slipped into the red at the closes. The FTSE 100 ended their session at 5,438 – down 0.51% on the day. The DAX ended their session at 6,401 – down 0.79% on the day. The CAC 40 ended their session at 3,039 – down 0.61% on the day. The yield on the 10-Year US Treasury rose from 1.760 percent to 1.810 then back down to 1.760 a new year-to-date low and well below its 50-day and 200-day simple moving averages at 2.054 and 2.030.
Gold traded down to a new year to date low of $1546.8 the Troy ounce then rebounded to $1564.4 then declined to $1542.8 well below the “Death Cross” 50-day and 200-day simple moving averages at $1649.3 and $1697.9. Crude oil traded up from $93.91 per barrel to $95.48 then declined to $93.06 below its 200-day simple moving average at $96.26. The euro versus the dollar traded up to 1.2868 then down to 1.2725 below its 50-day simple moving average at 1.3147.
Kodiak Oil & Gas (KOG) increased the size of its private offering of senior notes due in 2019 from $100 million to $150 million aggregate principal amount. Patriot Coal (PCX) was down 3.7% premarket after revising its metallurgical coal to 3.9 million tons at $142 per ton for the of the year from 4.9 million tons at $138 per ton and 0.2 million tons at an average $122 per ton for 2013. Dow components – Chevron (CVX) – down 0.16%, Exxon Mobil (XOM) up 0.12%.
Energy Select Sector SPDR (XLE) was trading at $64.94 at 3:30 PM on Tuesday, down 1.93% on the day – down 6.06% year-to-date.
Valspar (VAL) beat FQ2 EPS estimates by three cent with in-line revenue. Silver Wheaton (SLW) have been upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie. Dow components – Alcoa (AA) down 1.12%, DuPont (DD) down 0.43%.
The Materials Select Sector SPDR (XLB) was trading at $33.98 at 3:30 PM on Tuesday, down 1.56% on the day – up 1.43% year-to-date.
General Motors (GM) wants to buy Ally Financial’s global businesses, which is a move that could help the bailed-out auto maker repay a portion of the $12 billion it owes US taxpayers. Ford (F) launched a new advertising campaign omitting the well-known blue oval logo from TV spots and doesn’t mention the company by name, to focus on new models. Dow components – Boeing Co (BA) up 0.21%, Caterpillar (CAT) up 0.42%, General Electric (GE) down 0.32%, 3M Company (MMM) up 0.41%, United Technologies (UTX) up 1.07%.
The Industrial Select Sector SPDR (XLI) was trading at $34.98 at 3:30 PM on Tuesday, down 0.74% on the day – up 3.67% year-to-date.
Summer Infant (SUMR) missed Q1 EPS estimates by a nickel with a miss on the revenue line, and shares plunged 27.4% in after hours trading. Home Depot (HD) fell 4.3% premarket this morning after reporting in-line Q1 EPS, but missed consensus on the revenue line. Saks (SKS) reported in-line Q1 EPS, but missed on the revenue line and shares traded down 10.5% premarket. Dick’s Sporting Goods (DKS) beat Q1 EPS estimates by seven cents with better than expected revenue and shares rose by 4.3% premarket. Gap (GPS) plans to open a store in New York City for its Piperlime online marketplace. Dow Components – Disney (DIS) up 0.84%, Home Depot down 1.12%, McDonalds (MCD) up 0.78%.
The Consumer Discretionary Select Sector SPDR (XLY) was trading at $43.47 at 3:30 PM on Tuesday, down 0.32% on the day – up 11.40% year-to-date.
Groupon (GRPN) beat Q1 EPS estimates by a penny with better than expected revenue and shares rose by 11.4% in after hours trading. Clorox (CLX) raised its quarterly dividend 6.7% to 64 cents per share from 60 cents. Coty withdraws its $10.7 billion takeover bid for Avon (AVP), after the cosmetics direct seller missed its deadline to start talks. TJX Companies (TJX) beat Q1 EPS estimates by a penny with in-line revenue. Dow components – Kraft (KFT) down 0.29, Coca Cola (KO) flat, Procter & Gamble (PG) up 0.71%, Wal-Mart (WMT) up 0.76%.
The Consumer Staples Select Sector SPDR (XLP) was trading at $33.80 at 3:30 PM on Tuesday, down 0.27% on the day – up 4.03% year-to-date.
Zogenix (ZGNX) reported mixed Q1 earnings, a beat on revenue but short on a per share basis. Revenue doubled year over year on a jump in total prescriptions and higher contract revenue. DynaVox (DVOX) missed FQ3 EPS estimates by two cents with a miss on the revenue. Shares rallied 6.8% non-the-less. Amylin (AMLN) has become a takeover target from Pfizer (PFE), AstraZeneca (AZN), Bristol-Myers (BMY) and Sanofi (SNY), and each have signed confidentiality agreements on the drugmaker’s sale process. Pluristem Therapeutics (PSTI) traded up 5.3% premarket after announcing cardiac function in pre-clinical diabetic diastolic heart failure subjects was improved by the use of the company’s PLX cells. Dow Components – Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) down 0.25%, Merck (MRK) down 0.79%, Pfizer (PFE) down 0.95%.
The Health Care Select Sector SPDR (XLV) was trading at $36.58 at 3:30 PM on Tuesday, down 0.84% on the day – up 5.454% year-to-date.
JPMorgan (JPM) will consider clawing back bonuses following its $2.3 billion trading loss, and following news that Ina Drew could potentially receive $14.65 million of accelerated equity awards. Nationstar Mortgage (NSM), in its first earnings report since going public, reported Q1 EPS of 67 cents up from 21 cents in Q4. Dow Components – American Express (AXP) flat, Bank of America (BAC) up 1.36%, JP Morgan Chase (JPM) up 2.96%, Travelers (TRV) flat.
The Financial Select Sector SPDR (XLF) was trading at $14.42 at 3:30 PM on Tuesday, down 0.62% on the day – up 10.92% year-to-date.
Opnet Technologies (OPNT) beat FQ4 expectations on both the top line and bottom line as higher product sales helped offset the effect of temporary customer order delays. The stock rose by 6.5% in after hour trading. Panasonic (PC) and Sony (SNE) are in talks to form a joint venture to produce OLED TVs, with the goal of commercializing sets by 2015. It appears that Apple’s (AAPL) upcoming MacBook Pros will use Nvidia (NVDA) graphics processors to go with retina displays. Photronics (PLAB) beat FQ2 estimates despite an 11% year over year dip in overall revenue for the quarter. Facebook (FB) has increased its IPO price to between $34 and $38 a share in response to heavy demand for the shares. The previous price range was $28 to $35 a share. Dow Components – Cisco Systems (CSCO) down 0.54%, Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) down 1.15%, IBM (IBM) up 0.68%, Intel Corp (INTC) up 0.70%, Microsoft (MSFT) down 0.10%.
The Technology Select Sector SPDR (XLK) was trading at $28.33 at 3:30 PM on Tuesday, down 0.39% on the day – up 11.32% year-to-date.
Renren (RENN) reported Q1 EPS loss of a penny beating estimates by a penny. The company sees Q2 revenue coming in below estimates at around $41 to $43 million. Rural telco CenturyLink (CTL) remains a value play according to SA’s Saibus Research, noting that the company demonstrated a further narrowing of its revenue losses, and continued growth for its broadband, TV, and data center operations. Dow components – AT&T (T) flat, Verizon (VZ) up 1.05%.
The NASDAQ Telecommunications Index (IXTC) was trading at $184.33 at 3:30 PM on Tuesday, down 0.85% on the day – down 6.40% year-to-date.
Dominion Resources (D) has been upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies, citing valuation. Southern Company (SO) has been upgraded by Jefferies to Buy from Hold. Xcel Energy (XEL) has been downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies. Dominion Resources (D) flat, Edison International (EIX) down 0.27%, First Energy (FE) down 0.38%, PG&E Corp (PCG) down 0.40%, Southern Company (SO) up 0.06%.
The Utilities Select Sector SPDR (XLU) was trading at $35.58 at 3:30 PM on Tuesday, down 0.86% on the day – down 1.11% year-to-date.
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