Equities Sector Coverage: Stocks Edge Lower Ahead of Earnings

Sector Recap |

nyse, wall street, economy, stock marketThe Dow Jones Industrial Average traded down to 12,686.57 on Monday morning then rebounded in the afternoon. The NASDAQ traded down to 2919.04 on Monday morning then rebounded in the afternoon.

Asian stocks were lower on Monday. The Nikkei 225 ended the day at 8,897 – down 1.37%. The Hang Seng ended the day at 19,428 – down 1.88%. European exchanges traded lower on Monday. The FTSE 100 ended the day at 5,627 – down 0.62%. The DAX ended the day at 6,388 – down 0.35%. The CAC 40 ended the day at 3,157 – down 0.38%. The yield on the 10-Year US Treasury note traded down from 1.549% to 1.505% on Monday.

Gold rebounded from $1576.0 the Troy ounce to $1593.1 on Monday as the 50-day and 200-day simple moving averages decline to $1598.2 and $1661.1. Crude oil rebounded from $84.00 per barrel to $86.48 trading between its 200-week simple moving average at $80.35 and the 50-day at $89.04. The euro versus the dollar rebounded from 1.2259 to 1.2323.

Energy

Cabot Oil & Gas (COG) has been upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman. Carrizo Oil & Gas (CRZO) has been downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at BMO Capital. Ormat Tech (ORA) has been downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays. Dow components – Chevron (CVX) down 0.95%, Exxon Mobil (XOM) down 1.75%.
Energy Select Sector SPDR (XLE) was trading at $65.89 at 3:30 PM on Monday, down 0.60% on the day – down 4.69% year-to-date.

Materials

Alcoa (AA) kicks off the second quarter earnings results today, and analysts have sharply cut their EPS estimates to just $0.05 vs. $0.32 a year ago. Revenues are projected to slide 11.8% to $5.81 billion. Producing aluminum is being pressured by rising input costs and sinking finished-product prices. LyondellBasell (LYB) has been upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie. Thompson Creek Metals (TC) has been upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank. Weyerhaeuser (WY) has been upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup. Smithfield Foods (SFD) and Archer Daniels (ADM) have been downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at BMO Capital. Pan Am Silver (PAAS) has been downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank. Dow components – Alcoa (AA) down 1.73%, DuPont (DD) down 2.04%.
The Materials Select Sector SPDR (XLB) was trading at $34.90 at 3:30 PM on Monday, down 0.71% on the day – up 4.18% year-to-date.

Industrials

United Technologies (UTX) Sikorsky Aircraft division has signed a five-year $7.3 billion deal to supply the US armed forces with H-60 Black Hawk helicopters and additional versions of the aircraft. The agreement is the eighth multi-year procurement of the helicopters including options that could add $1 to $2 billion to the value of the contract. General Motors (GM) believes that faster growth in Russia will partially offset slowing sales in China. Mueller Water (MWA) has been upgraded to Buy from Hold at Brean Murray with a $5.10 price target. Catalysts include the recent positive housing data. Alaska Air (ALK) has been downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays. Dow components – Boeing Co (BA) up 0.75%, Caterpillar (CAT) down 1.43%, General Electric (GE) down 0.15%, 3M Company (MMM) down 0.38%, United Technologies (UTX) down 0.24%.
The Industrial Select Sector SPDR (XLI) was trading at $35.15 at 3:30 PM on Monday, down 0.17% on the day – up 4.15% year-to-date.

Consumer Discretionary

Coach (COH) has been upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Atlantic Equities. Pearson Plc (PSO) has been downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup. PetSmart (PETM) has been downgraded to Hold from Buy at Needham amid valuation concerns. Dow Components – Disney (DIS) down 0.22%, Home Depot down 0.08%, McDonalds (MCD) down 0.36%.
The Consumer Discretionary Select Sector SPDR (XLY) was trading at $43.50 at 3:30 PM on Monday, down 0.62% on the day – up 11.48% year-to-date.



Consumer Staples

DSW Inc (DSW) - The shoe company is initiated with a Hold rating at Canaccord Genuity Boston Beer (SAM) has been downgraded to Sell from Neutral at UBS. Dollar Tree (DLTR) has been downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley. Smithfield Foods (SFD) and Archer Daniels (ADM) have been downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at BMO Capital. Tyson Foods (TSN) has been downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at BMO Capital. Dow components – Kraft (KFT) down 0.10%, Coca Cola (KO) down 0.23%, Procter & Gamble (PG) up 0.55%, Wal-Mart (WMT) up 0.29%.
The Consumer Staples Select Sector SPDR (XLP) was trading at $34.87 at 3:30 PM on Monday, down 0.26% on the day – up 7.33% year-to-date.

Health Care

WellPoint (WLP) will acquire Amerigroup (AGP) for $92 a share in a cash deal worth about $4.9 billion. The offer represents a 43% premium over Amerigroup's closing price on Friday, and AGP shares were up 40% in the premarket. Celgene (CELG) is one of two firms other than GSK (GSK) considering buying Human Genome Sciences (HGSI) and holding talks with the company. Human Genome will be holding an auction, and the deadline for bids is July 16. Nanosphere (NSPH) has been upgraded to Buy from Neutral at ROTH Capital. Sirona Dental Systems (SIRO) has been upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Robert W. Baird. Lincare (LNCR) has been downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies. Dow Components – Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) up 0.37%, Merck (MRK) up 1.08%, Pfizer (PFE) up 0.10%.
The Health Care Select Sector SPDR (XLV) was trading at $37.82 at 3:30 PM on Monday, up 0.50% on the day – up 9.02% year-to-date.

Financial

According to Britain’s Sunday Times, Barclays (BCS) is considering spinning off its investment-banking unit following the Libor scandal. The division could be headquartered in New York while the UK-based retail and commercial bank businesses stay in London. Wells Fargo (WFC) has been initiated with a Buy rating at Jefferies. MasterCard (MA) and Visa (V) have been downgraded to Sell from Neutral at UBS, sending each lower before the open on Monday. State Street (STT) has been downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman. TD Ameritrade (AMTD) has been downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman. Dow Components – American Express (AXP) down 0.98%, Bank of America (BAC) down 0.52%, JP Morgan Chase (JPM) down 0.44%, Travelers (TRV) down 0.19%.

The Financial Select Sector SPDR (XLF) was trading at $14.42 at 3:30 PM on Monday, down 0.35% on the day – up 10.92% year-to-date.

Information Technology

Entropic Communications (ENTR) has been initiated with a Buy rating and $8 price target at Needham, which sees the company gaining market share in the set-top box arena. Youku.com (YOKU) has been initiated with an Overweight rating at JP Morgan. Lam Research (LRCX) has been downgraded to Outperform from Buy at Credit Agricole. SolarWinds (SWI) has been downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at FBR Capital. Dow Components – Cisco Systems (CSCO) down 0.72%, Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) down 0.69%, IBM (IBM) down 1.13%, Intel Corp (INTC) down 0.99%, Microsoft (MSFT) down 0.66%.
The Technology Select Sector SPDR (XLK) was trading at $28.59 at 3:30 PM on Monday, down 0.35% on the day – up 12.34% year-to-date.

Telecommunication Services

Equinix (EQIX) has been initiated with a Buy rating at Deutsche Bank.Dow Components – AT&T Inc down 0.14%, Verizon (VZ) up 0.20%.
The NASDAQ Telecommunications Index (IXTC) was trading at $181.04 at 3:30 PM on Monday, down 0.74% on the day – down 8.07% year-to-date.

Utilities

Dominion Resources (D) down 0.37%, Edison International (EIX) up 0.22%, First Energy (FE) down 0.20%, PG&E Corp (PCG) down 0.16%, Southern Company (SO) up 0.43%.
The Utilities Select Sector SPDR (XLU) was trading at $36.70 at 3:30 PM on Monday, down 0.35% on the day – up 2.00% year-to-date.

STOCKS: CVX, XOM, COG, CRZO, ORA, AA, DD, LYB, TC, WY, SFD, ADM, PAAS, BA, CAT, GE, MMM, UTX, GM, MWA, ALK, DIS, HD, MCD, COH, PSO, PETM, KFT, KO, PG, WMT, DSW, SAM, DLTR, TSN, AVP, JNJ, MRK, PFE, WLP, AGP, CELG, GSK, HGSI, NSPH, SIRO, LNCR, AXP, BAC, JPM, TRV, BCS, WFC, MA, V, STT, AMTD, CSCO, HPQ, IBM, INTC, MSFT, ENTR, YOKU, LRCX, SWI, T, VZ, EQIX, D, EIX, FE, PCG, SO

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Companies

Symbol Name Price Change % Volume
MMM 3M Company 178.68 0.19 0.11 1,464,419
COG Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation 22.48 0.81 3.74 6,770,345
GSK GlaxoSmithKline PLC 38.75 -0.14 -0.36 3,874,375
SAM Boston Beer Co. Cl A 153.20 -2.15 -1.38 156,519
TSN Tyson Foods Inc. 62.34 -0.40 -0.64 2,174,999
EQIX Equinix Inc. 381.15 4.42 1.17 628,243
PG Procter & Gamble Company (The) 84.70 -0.23 -0.27 14,117,593
GE General Electric Co 31.21 -0.02 -0.06 37,717,128
CVX Chevron Corporation 115.58 -0.36 -0.31 3,427,849
SO Southern Company (The) 49.05 -0.57 -1.15 3,738,473
PCG Pacific Gas & Electric Co. 61.10 -0.36 -0.59 1,892,385
CRZO Carrizo Oil & Gas Inc. 35.88 0.34 0.96 936,221
JNJ Johnson & Johnson 114.20 -0.50 -0.44 5,540,831
WMT Wal-Mart Stores Inc. 67.62 -0.49 -0.72 6,821,078
AA Alcoa Inc. 35.42 0.61 1.75 5,050,305
INTC Intel Corporation 36.57 -0.19 -0.52 13,654,725
IBM International Business Machines Corp 166.81 0.01 0.01 6,974,148
D Dominion Resources Inc. 75.62 -0.55 -0.72 1,397,366
TRV The Travelers Companies Inc. 117.99 -0.55 -0.46 994,748
AGII Argo Group International Holdings Ltd. 63.80 -0.65 -1.01 67,233
BCS Barclays PLC 11.22 0.01 0.09 2,353,900
EIX Edison International 71.72 -0.58 -0.80 1,219,056
ALK Alaska Air Group Inc. 94.22 1.29 1.39 1,505,188
JPM JP Morgan Chase 83.30 -0.64 -0.76 16,558,181
AXP American Express Company 76.69 -0.80 -1.03 8,113,778
AMTD TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation 46.32 -0.33 -0.71 2,441,025
LRCX Lam Research Corporation 110.84 -0.40 -0.36 1,870,361
UTX United Technologies Corporation 110.73 0.31 0.28 2,828,243
AVP Avon Products Inc. 5.44 -0.20 -3.55 2,629,249
V Visa Inc. 81.73 0.14 0.17 6,481,029
SIRO Sirona Dental Systems Inc. n/a n/a n/a 0
CSCO Cisco Systems Inc. 29.98 -0.05 -0.17 16,866,056
WY Weyerhaeuser Company 30.21 -0.29 -0.95 4,006,536
DIS Walt Disney Company (The) 107.28 -0.88 -0.81 5,350,202
LYB LyondellBasell Industries NV Class A (Netherlands) 89.76 -0.29 -0.32 2,095,154
COH Coach Inc. 35.10 -0.25 -0.71 1,835,616
VZ Verizon Communications Inc. 52.36 0.11 0.21 13,286,142
NSPH Nanosphere Inc n/a n/a n/a 0
GM General Motors Company 37.30 -0.17 -0.45 8,262,742
DLTR Dollar Tree Inc. 76.26 -1.05 -1.36 2,032,280
BAC Bank of America Corporation 22.53 -0.10 -0.44 75,998,512
ORA Ormat Technologies Inc. 52.80 -1.12 -2.08 107,482
MCD McDonald\'s Corporation 122.18 -0.53 -0.43 3,155,159
PSO Pearson Plc 7.23 0.10 1.40 1,384,844
PAAS Pan American Silver Corp. 18.27 -0.06 -0.33 1,510,514
ADM Archer-Daniels-Midland Company 44.50 -0.45 -1.00 2,834,854
DD E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Co. 72.95 -0.50 -0.68 1,461,806
TC TC n/a n/a n/a 0
DSW DSW Inc. 20.57 -0.72 -3.38 1,165,484
HD Home Depot Inc. (The) 135.39 -0.77 -0.57 5,078,666
XOM Exxon Mobil Corporation 84.73 -1.55 -1.80 16,384,297
PFE Pfizer Inc. 31.70 -0.33 -1.03 26,144,522
WFC Wells Fargo & Company 54.58 0.31 0.57 20,906,892
HPQ HP Inc. 14.86 0.28 1.92 15,081,845
BA Boeing Company (The) 159.00 0.68 0.43 3,144,071
CELG Celgene Corporation 113.62 -1.60 -1.39 4,701,297
MRK Merck & Company Inc. (new) 60.33 -0.84 -1.37 11,478,794
SWI SolarWinds n/a n/a n/a 0
FE FirstEnergy Corporation 30.31 -0.45 -1.46 4,519,371
YOKU Youku Tudou Inc ADR (Sponsored) n/a n/a n/a 0
KO Coca-Cola Company (The) 41.14 -0.15 -0.36 10,987,077
T AT&T Inc. 41.00 0.20 0.49 16,694,926
MWA MUELLER WATER PRODUCTS 12.86 -0.03 -0.23 708,983
CAT Caterpillar Inc. 93.38 0.05 0.05 3,540,211
MSFT Microsoft Corporation 62.30 -0.20 -0.32 18,453,121

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