Equities Sector Coverage: Stocks Drop on Bernanke Comments But Close Flat

Sector Recap |

Ben Bernanke, Chairman of the Federal ReserveThe Dow Jones Industrial Average rebounded to 13,329.44 then consolidated during Fed Chief Bernanke’s press conference dipping into the red at 13,239.65 but staying above its 50-day and 200-day simple moving average at 13,133.65 and 13,002.30. The Nasdaq traded up to 3033.93 then down to 3019.22 then up to 3035.19 after the Fed Statement then down to 3013.00 during the Fed Chief’s press conference staying above its 50-day and 200-day simple moving averages at 2999.94 and 2988.91.

Asian stocks were higher on Wednesday. The Nikkei 225 closed at 9581 – up 0.59%. The Hang Seng closed at 22,503 – up 0.80%. European exchanges were higher on Tuesday. The FTSE 100 ended the day at 5,946 – up 0.35%. The DAX ended the day at 7,615 – up 0.33%. The CAC 40 ended the day at 3,647 – up 0.01%. The yield on the 10-Year US Treasury traded between 1.646% and 1.673% before the FOMC Statement then rose to 1.704% on the announcement of QE4, staying versus the 50-day and 200-day simple moving averages at 1.678% and 1.747%.

Comex gold rebounded from $1708.5 the Troy ounce to $1725.0 staying between the 200-day simple moving average at $1663.4 and the 50-day simple moving average at $1728.3. Nymex crude oil rebounded from $85.68 per barrel to $87.68 staying below the 50-day and 200-day simple moving averages at $87.86 and $93.02. The euro versus the dollar traded up from 1.2998 to 1.3095 staying above its 200-day simple moving average at 1.2782 and the 50-day at 1.2921.

Energy

As expected, OPEC has left its oil output ceiling at 30M BPD at its meeting in Vienna today, although it's unclear whether the cartel will do anything to address the fact that it's producing well above that figure. Chesapeake Energy (CHK) has agreed to sell a substantial majority of its midstream assets to Access Midstream Partners (ACMP) for $2.16B. Meanwhile, Williams Cos. (WMB) will acquire a 50% interest in Access GP and 25% of limited partner units of Access Midstream for $2.4B. Crédit Agricole cuts National Oilwell Varco (NOV) and Patterson-UTI Energy (PTEN) to Outperform from Buy. Big Movers – TOP Ships (TOPS) is up about 13%, while Cobalt International Energy (CIE) is down about 7%, both on over 3x average volume. Dow components – Chevron (CVX) is up about 0.7%. Exxon Mobil (XOM) is up about 1%. Energy Select Sector SPDR (XLE) was trading at $72.14 at 3:30 PM on Wednesday, up 0.33% on the day – up 4.35% year-to-date.

Materials

Molycorp (MCP) said that Mark Smith has left as CEO but didn't provide an explanation, although the WSJ reported that Smith was fired. Molycorp named Vice Chairman Constantine Karayannopoulos as Smith's interim replacement. Agrium (AGU) and Intrepid Potash (IPI) are new Neutrals at Goldman Sachs, which starts CF Industries (CF) at a Sell and picks up Mosaic (MOS) and Potash (POT) with Buys. Anglo American (AAUKY) received an Equal Weight-from-Underweight boost at Barclays. Big Mover – Greif Inc. (GEF) is up about 7.5% on over 3x average volume. Dow Components – Alcoa (AA) is down slightly. DuPont (DD) is up about 2%. The Materials Select Sector SPDR (XLB) was trading at $36.46 at 3:30 PM on Wednesday, down 0.30% on the day – up 8.84% year-to-date.

Industrials

Joy Global (JOY) beat estimates by 22 cents on revenue of $1.6B. The outlook for the company's mining equipment remains weak for now… The company expects FY2013 EPS at $5.90-$6.50 on revenue of $4.9B-$5.2B. ABM Industries (ABM) is upgraded to Buy from Hold at Keybanc. Towers Watson (TW) is taken to Outperform from Perform at Robert W. Baird. FedEx (FDX) is reduced to Outperform from Strong Buy at Raymond James. Knight Transportation (KNX) is now Neutral from Buy at Bank of America-Merrill Lynch. Big Mover – Swisher Hygiene (SWSH) is up about 8.5% on over 2x average volume. Dow components – Boeing Co (BA) is down slightly. Caterpillar (CAT) is up about 1.4%. General Electric (GE) is up about 1.7%. 3M Company (MMM) is down about 0.5%. United Technologies (UTX) is relatively unchanged. The Industrial Select Sector SPDR (XLI) was trading at $37.83 at 3:30 PM on Wednesday, up 0.19% on the day – up 12.09% year-to-date.

Consumer Discretionary

The WSJ has continued its focus on executive trading at Big Lots (BIG), finding that ten senior managers sold a total of over $23M in stock in March. The sales were made just before the firm reported slowing Q1 revenues, which sent shares plunging 24% in one day. Nike (NKE) is a new Neutral at JPMorgan, which has an Underweight on Under Armour (UA). Deckers Outdoor (DECK) is assigned a Buy at Janney Montgomery Scott. Mattress Firm Holding (MFRM) is initiated with a Buy at Citigroup. Expedia (EXPE) is a new Neutral at Janney, along with MakeMyTrip (MMYT) and priceline.com (PCLN). Orbitz (OWW) is initiated with a Buy. Coinstar (CSTR) is upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Northland. Royal Caribbean (RCL) is reduced to Neutral from Buy at Longbow. Big Mover – Eastman Kodak (EKDKQ) is down about 11%. Dow Components – Disney (DIS) is up about 0.9%. Home Depot (HD) is up about 0.25%. McDonalds (MCD) is relatively unchanged. The Consumer Discretionary Select Sector SPDR (XLY) was trading at $47.41 at 3:30 PM on Wednesday, up 0.23% on the day – up 21.50% year-to-date.

Consumer Staples

Costco's (COST) FQ1 net profit jumped 30% to $416M as EPS of $0.95 (beating consensus by 2 cents), but a revenue increase of 9.5% to $23.2B missed expectations. Costco's performance was boosted by a 14.3% increase in fee revenue after it raised some membership fees last year. Avon (AVP) intends to cut about 1,500 jobs worldwide and to exit South Korea and Vietnam as part of its program to save $400M a year by the end of 2015, which it announced in November. Mondelez International (MDLZ) is moved to Hold from Buy at Argus. Big Mover – Lifeadvantage (LFVN) is down about 11.5%. Dow components – Coca Cola (KO) is down about 0.25%. Procter & Gamble (PG) is up about 0.4%. Wal-Mart (WMT) is down about 2.6%. The Consumer Staples Select Sector SPDR (XLP) was trading at $36.13 at 3:30 PM on Wednesday, down 0.08% on the day – up 11.20% year-to-date.

Health Care

HIV drug maker Gilead Sciences Inc. (GILD) said it will pay about $510 million ($2.95 / share – an 81% premium) to buy drug developer YM BioSciences Inc. (YMI). Acadia Pharmaceuticals (ACAD) announced today a private equity financing to sell 19 million shares of common stock at $4.43 per share, plus warrants to purchase 500,000 shares at $0.01. The company expects gross proceeds of $86.4M. Warburg Pincus is reportedly looking at selling Bausch & Lomb and is seeking at least $10B for the eyecare company. Warburg's banker, Goldman Sachs, has contacted Sanofi (SNY), GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and Merck (MRK), and plans to reach out to Abbott Laboratories (ABT). Alnylam Pharmaceuticals (ALNY) is raised to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray. Novartis (NVS) is now Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank. Teva Pharmaceutical (TEVA) is taken to Market Perform from Outperform at Leerink. Big Movers - YM Biosciences (YMI) is up about 77%. AspenBio (APPY) is up about 22%. Cardiome Pharma (CRME) is up about 20%. Acadia Pharmaceuticals (ACAD) is up about 16.5%. Peregrine Pharmaceuticals (PPHM) is up about 15%. Acura Pharmaceuticals (ACUR) is down about 13.5%. Dow Components – Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) is up slightly. Merck (MRK) is up about 0.4%. Pfizer (PFE) is relatively unchanged. United Health Group (UNH) is up about 1.5%. The Health Care Select Sector SPDR (XLV) was trading at $41.05 at 3:30 PM on Wednesday, down 0.07% on the day – up 18.33% year-to-date.

Financials

The Fed is reportedly discouraging top U.S. banks from making large acquisitions as it informally uses powers it received under the Dodd-Frank Law and attempts to limit the ability of banks to threaten the stability of the financial system should they fail. Those told not to make major purchases include Capital One Financial (COF) after its $9B acquisition of ING's (ING) U.S. online business. Carlyle (CG) is a new Neutral at Bank of America-Merrill Lynch. Prosperity Bancshares (PB) is upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Robert W. Baird. Sterling Bancorp (STL) is upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at BMO Capital. Boston Properties (BXP) is downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel Nicolaus. Stifel Financial (SF) is downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform with Wells Fargo. Big Mover – MGIC Investment (MTG) is up about 8.5% on over 2x average volume. Dow Components – American Express (AXP) is up about 1.7%. Bank of America (BAC) is up about 1%. JP Morgan Chase (JPM) is up about 1.1%. The Travelers Companies (TRV) is up about 0.25%. The Financial Select Sector SPDR (XLF) was trading at $16.145 at 3:30 PM on Wednesday, up 0.47% on the day – up 24.19% year-to-date.

Information Technology

DayStar Technologies, Inc. (DSTI) announced that former United States Secretary of Energy, former Governor of New Mexico and Nobel Prize nominee, Bill Richardson, has joined the Board of Directors. Solar stocks are soaring today following news that Chinese officials would spend at least $2.1 billion to support the struggling industry [LDK Solar Co. (LDK), JinkoSolar (JKS), Yingli Green Energy (YGE), JA Solar (JASO) and Trina Solar (TSL), Canadian Solar (CSIQ), Renesol (SOL), Suntech Power (STP)]. SolarCity (SCTY) slashed its expected IPO price to $8 from $13-$15 and delayed going public at least a day. Akamai Technologies (AKAM) is a new Neutral at Goldman Sachs. OpenTable (OPEN) is an Overweight at JPMorgan. Yelp Inc. (YELP) is an Outperform at Credit Suisse. Take-Two Interactive Software (TTWO) is now Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray. 3D Systems (DDD) is now Neutral from Underweight at JPMorgan. Seagate Technology (STX) gets downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at JPMorgan. Big Movers – DayStar Technologies (DSTI) is up about 60%. JinkoSolar (JKS) is up about 20%. Yingli Green Energy (YGE) is up about 18.25%. LDK Solar (LDK) is up about 16.5%. JA Solar (JASO) is up about 16.5%. Renesola (SOL) is up about 16%. Canadian Solar (CSIQ) is up about 14.5%. Trina Solar (TSL) is up about 13.5%. Suntech Power (STP) is up about 12.25%. Dow Components – Cisco Systems (CSCO) is up about 0.25%. Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) is up about 2.3%. IBM (IBM) is down about 0.4%. Intel Corp (INTC) is up about 0.3%. Microsoft (MSFT) is down about 0.2%. The Technology Select Sector SPDR (XLK) was trading at $29.17 at 3:30 PM on Wednesday, down 0.21% the day – up 14.62% year-to-date.

Telecommunication Services

Big Mover – Neutral Tandem (IQNT) is up about 9%. Dow Components – AT&T (T) is up about 1.4%. Verizon (VZ) is up about 1.1%. The NASDAQ Telecommunications Index (IXTC) was trading at $201.10 at 3:30 PM on Wednesday, up 0.02% on the day – up 2.12% year-to-date.

Utilities

E.ON AG (EONGY) is cut to Underperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse. The Big Names – Dominion Resources (D) is up about 0.3%. Edison International (EIX) is up about 0.25%. First Energy (FE) is relatively unchanged. PG&E Corp (PCG) is up about 0.25%. Southern Company (SO) is down about 0.4%. The Utilities Select Sector SPDR (XLU) was trading at $35.545 at 3:30 PM on Wednesday, down 0.01% on the day – down 1.21% year-to-date.

STOCKS: CVX, XOM, AA, DD, BA, CAT, GE, MMM, UTX, DIS, HD, MCD, KO, PG, WMT, JNJ, MRK, PFE, UNH, AXP, BAC, JPM, TRV, CSCO, HPQ, IBM, INTC, MSFT, T, VZ, D, EIX, FE, PCG, SO, CHK, ACMP, WMB, NOV, PTEN, TOPS, CIE, MCP, AGU, IPI, CF, MOS, POT, AAUKY, GEF, JOY, ABM, TW, FDX, KNX, SWSH, BIG, NKE, UA, DECK, MFRM, EXPE, MMYT, PCLN, OWW, CSTR, RCL, EKDKQ, COST, AVP, MDLZ, LFVN, GILD, YMI, ACAD, SNY, GSK, MRK, ABT, ALNY, NVS, TEVA, APPY, CRME, PPHM, ACUR, COF, ING, CG, PB, STL, BXP, SF, MTG, DSTI, LDK, JKS, YGE, JASO, TSL, CSIQ, SOL, STP, SCTY, AKAM, OPEN, YELP, TTWO, DDD, TSX, IQNT, EONGY

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Companies

Symbol Name Price Change % Volume
MMM 3M Company 178.49 2.61 1.48 2,650,644
UNH UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (DE) 160.12 0.80 0.50 4,007,213
GSK GlaxoSmithKline PLC 37.79 0.40 1.07 6,515,493
CF CF Industries Holdings Inc. 30.95 0.58 1.91 4,674,539
DECK Deckers Outdoor Corporation 61.96 -0.38 -0.61 565,010
PG Procter & Gamble Company (The) 84.37 0.87 1.04 8,004,453
GE General Electric Co 31.78 0.25 0.79 31,227,376
CVX Chevron Corporation 115.81 0.64 0.56 5,771,551
ABT Abbott Laboratories 39.20 0.52 1.34 7,802,493
SO Southern Company (The) 47.94 0.53 1.12 5,025,251
MOS Mosaic Company (The) 31.42 1.24 4.11 5,671,171
PCG Pacific Gas & Electric Co. 59.33 0.14 0.24 3,849,639
AGU Agrium Inc. 109.38 2.73 2.56 453,866
ABM ABM Industries Incorporated 43.01 0.06 0.14 661,219
YELP Yelp Inc. Class A 36.09 -0.16 -0.44 1,025,670
MMYT MakeMyTrip Limited 24.65 0.80 3.35 531,435
JNJ Johnson & Johnson 112.26 1.27 1.14 7,672,088
CG The Carlyle Group L.P. 16.20 0.45 2.86 1,597,104
IPI Intrepid Potash Inc 2.65 0.26 10.88 4,588,690
WMT Wal-Mart Stores Inc. 70.08 -0.26 -0.37 10,756,653
AA Alcoa Inc. 32.05 0.74 2.36 4,344,295
INTC Intel Corporation 35.76 0.06 0.17 16,326,925
IBM International Business Machines Corp 166.52 1.16 0.70 3,146,930
LFVN Lifevantage Corporation 9.85 0.92 10.30 184,080
D Dominion Resources Inc. 74.53 1.03 1.40 2,224,948
NOV National Oilwell Varco Inc. 39.78 -0.10 -0.25 4,135,152
TRV The Travelers Companies Inc. 119.19 0.81 0.68 2,138,835
APPY Venaxis Inc. 3.94 -0.01 -0.25 116,276
BIG Big Lots Inc. 54.88 -0.62 -1.12 895,397
ACAD ACADIA Pharmaceuticals Inc. 26.76 -0.48 -1.76 1,410,533
MDLZ Mondelez International Inc. 41.95 0.62 1.50 6,261,570
EXPE Expedia Inc. 124.06 1.06 0.86 1,556,917
ALNY Alnylam Pharmaceuticals Inc. 42.25 1.45 3.54 1,401,075
POT Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan Inc. 19.75 0.47 2.44 8,756,102
AKAM Akamai Technologies Inc. 64.94 -1.37 -2.07 1,224,125
ACUR Acura Pharmaceuticals Inc. 1.00 0.09 9.30 1,038,920
EIX Edison International 69.97 0.53 0.76 3,307,626
GILD Gilead Sciences Inc. 72.70 0.68 0.94 9,936,284
AXLL Axiall Corporation n/a n/a n/a 0
UA Under Armour Inc. Class A 28.81 -0.01 -0.03 4,014,148
PCLN The Priceline Group Inc. 1,557.98 9.31 0.60 333,919
JPM JP Morgan Chase 85.49 0.37 0.43 14,567,202
AXP American Express Company 74.77 -0.14 -0.19 2,566,883
UTX United Technologies Corporation 109.79 1.36 1.25 3,429,005
AVP Avon Products Inc. 5.57 0.04 0.72 6,146,160
TSL Trina Solar Limited Sponsored ADR (Cayman Islands) 9.82 0.01 0.10 1,625,180
CSCO Cisco Systems Inc. 30.06 0.11 0.37 21,361,984
DIS Walt Disney Company (The) 104.86 1.48 1.43 12,173,909
WMB Williams Companies Inc. (The) 30.20 -0.94 -3.02 8,616,591
COST Costco Wholesale Corporation 159.70 2.11 1.34 2,615,294
VZ Verizon Communications Inc. 51.49 0.36 0.70 10,101,462
NKE Nike Inc. 51.72 0.17 0.33 5,869,828
BAC Bank of America Corporation 23.09 0.14 0.61 130,590,406
COF Capital One Financial Corporation 90.45 -0.16 -0.18 3,428,137
TW Towers Watson & Co n/a n/a n/a 0
GEF Greif Inc 55.35 0.63 1.15 366,008
MCD McDonald\'s Corporation 121.26 0.81 0.67 2,623,713
YGE Yingli Green Energy Holding Company Limited ADR 3.12 0.02 0.65 78,603
BXP Boston Properties Inc. 128.74 -0.76 -0.59 628,343
DD E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Co. 74.85 0.17 0.23 2,358,921
SCTY SolarCity Corporation n/a n/a n/a 0
CRME Cardiome Pharma Corporation 2.90 0.05 1.75 84,950
JASO JA Solar Holdings Co. Ltd. 5.22 0.01 0.19 415,653
JOY Joy Global Inc. 28.06 -0.03 -0.11 796,479
JKS JinkoSolar Holding Company Limited American Deposi 15.92 0.23 1.47 462,678
PPHM Peregrine Pharmaceuticals Inc. 0.40 0.08 23.94 11,157,314
HD Home Depot Inc. (The) 133.39 0.86 0.65 5,174,577
XOM Exxon Mobil Corporation 89.00 0.68 0.77 8,021,683
PFE Pfizer Inc. 31.70 0.76 2.46 29,350,843
TEVA Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Limited American De 36.30 0.39 1.09 7,696,056
KNX Knight Transportation Inc. 35.95 -2.45 -6.38 2,218,051
NVS Novartis AG 69.74 2.15 3.18 3,219,247
CSIQ Canadian Solar Inc. 12.78 0.13 1.03 1,279,339
FDX FedEx Corporation 196.60 -0.47 -0.24 1,957,386
HPQ HP Inc. 15.78 -0.38 -2.35 9,865,108
BA Boeing Company (The) 156.49 1.10 0.71 2,707,872
MRK Merck & Company Inc. (new) 61.23 1.11 1.85 10,516,352
STL Sterling Bancorp 24.30 -0.10 -0.41 931,794
ING ING Group N.V. 14.45 -0.14 -0.96 3,979,539
SNY Sanofi American Depositary Shares (Each repstg one 40.40 0.63 1.58 1,438,696
FE FirstEnergy Corporation 30.73 0.20 0.66 3,913,199
TTWO Take-Two Interactive Software Inc. 49.78 0.12 0.24 796,344
KO Coca-Cola Company (The) 42.00 1.02 2.49 28,125,775
SF Stifel Financial Corporation 52.06 -0.37 -0.71 359,653
T AT&T Inc. 40.38 -0.03 -0.07 17,105,180
CAT Caterpillar Inc. 95.53 -0.74 -0.77 6,550,220
DDD 3D Systems Corporation 15.49 -0.10 -0.64 1,695,027
SOL Renesola Ltd. of Beneficial Interest 0.70 -0.03 -4.37 776,728
TOPS TOP Ships Inc. 2.98 0.03 1.02 80,043
MTG MGIC Investment Corporation 10.17 0.38 3.88 12,648,021
MSFT Microsoft Corporation 61.97 0.96 1.57 27,349,356
CHK Chesapeake Energy Corporation 7.72 0.12 1.58 44,636,985
IQNT Inteliquent Inc. 23.15 -0.03 -0.13 234,218
MFRM Mattress Firm Holding Corp. n/a n/a n/a 0
CIE Cobalt International Energy Inc. COBALT INTERNATIO 1.15 0.00 0.00 6,118,074
PTEN Patterson-UTI Energy Inc. 28.17 -0.66 -2.27 2,210,809
SWSH Swisher Hygiene Inc n/a n/a n/a 0

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