Equities Sector Coverage: Stocks Edge Lower to Start Final Week of Summer

Sector Recap  |

The Dow Jones Industrial Average opened higher, traded down to 13,121.65 then up to 13,176.17. The NASDAQ opened higher, traded down to 3069.05 then up to 3085.81. Asian stocks were mixed on Monday. The Nikkei 225 ended the day at 9,085 – up 0.16%. The Hang Seng ended the day at 19,799 – down 0.41%. European exchanges were higher on Monday. The FTSE 100 was closed at 5,777. The DAX ended the day at 7,047 – up 1.10%. The CAC 40 ended the day at 3,463 – up 0.86%.

The yield on the 10-Year US Treasury note traded down from 1.688% to 1.640% versus the five-week modified moving average at 1.649%. Gold traded up to $1679.3 the Troy ounce then fell to $1666.2, above the 200-day simple moving average at $1648.1. Crude oil traded up to $97.72 per barrel then faded to $94.41 with the 200-day simple moving average at $96.75. The euro versus the dollar rebounded from 1.2493 to 1.2534 above its 50-day simple moving average at 1.2371.


Bonanza Creek Energy (BCEI) is begun with a Sector Perform at RBC Capital. Key Energy (KEG) is taken to Buy from Neutral with at SunTrust. Dow components – Chevron (CVX) down 0.06%, Exxon Mobil (XOM) down 0.12%. Energy Select Sector SPDR (XLE) was trading at $71.96 at 3:30 PM on Monday, down 0.03% on the day – up 4.09% year-to-date.


Mosaic (MOS) is a fresh Hold at Topeka. Citing expectations for higher ethane prices, UBS lowers LyondellBasell (LYB) to Neutral from Buy and Westlake Chemical (WLK) to Sell from Neutral. Dow Components – Alcoa (AA) down 1.39%, DuPont (DD) down 0.70%. The Materials Select Sector SPDR (XLB) was trading at $35.60 at 3:30 PM on Monday, down 0.67% on the day – up 6.27% year-to-date.


After two years of trying, Hertz (HTZ) is set to acquire Dollar Thrifty (DTG) in a deal worth $2.3B ($87.50 per share – a premium of 8%, more than double the $41 that Hertz offered in 2010). To help get regulatory approval, Hertz has agreed to sell its Advantage Rent-A-Car unit to Franchise Services of North America and Macquarie Capital. Marten Transport (MRTN) is moved to Buy from Hold at Wunderlich. Dow components – Boeing Co (BA) up 0.58%, Caterpillar (CAT) down 0.55%, General Electric (GE) up 0.62%, 3M Company (MMM) down 0.22%, United Technologies (UTX) up 0.82%. The Industrial Select Sector SPDR (XLI) was trading at $36.64 at 3:30 PM on Monday, down 0.19% on the day – up 8.56% year-to-date.

Consumer Discretionary

Tiffany's (TIF) Q2 earnings were in line with its own expectations but came in just below those of analysts. Net profit rose 2% to $92M, or $0.72 a share, while revenue increased by the same amount to $887M. The jeweler lowered its FY EPS guidance to $3.70-$3.80 from a prior outlook of $3.95-$4.04. GM's (GM) European unit Opel has denied a report in Germany's Bild newspaper that it intends to slash a third of jobs in the country. The cuts would be part of a phased strategy that also includes reducing working hours, a move that Opel announced last week. Ford (F) has broken ground on a factory in Chongqing in southwest China, where it plans to start making its 2-liter EcoBoost turbocharged engine. rue21 (RUE) is raised to Buy from Hold at Jefferies. Ignite Restaurant Group (IRG) is downgraded to Hold from Buy at KeyBanc. Dow Components – Disney (DIS) up 0.54%, Home Depot (HD) down 0.25%, McDonalds (MCD) up 0.85%. The Consumer Discretionary Select Sector SPDR (XLY) was trading at $45.32 at 3:30 PM on Monday, down 0.13% on the day – up 16.12% year-to-date.

Consumer Staples

Annie’s Inc. (BNNY) is a new Outperform at Credit Suisse. TreeHouse Foods (THS) is now Buy from Neutral at Citigroup. Dow components – Kraft (KFT) down 0.38%, Coca Cola (KO) down 0.55%, Procter & Gamble (PG) up 0.40%, Wal-Mart (WMT) up 0.85%. The Consumer Staples Select Sector SPDR (XLP) was trading at $35.645 at 3:30 PM on Monday, up 0.13% on the day – up 9.71% year-to-date.

Health Care

Allergan (AGN) is begun with an Outperform at William Blair. Globus Medical (GMED) is a new Outperform at William Blair. Jazz Pharmaceuticals (JAZZ) is initiated with a Buy at brokerage boutique WallachBeth. Sarepta Therapeutics (SRPT) is begun with a Buy at ThinkEquity. BioMarin Pharmaceutical (BMRN) is downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank. Big Movers – Sarepta Therapeutics (SRPT) up 13.18%, Zalicus (ZLCS) up 10.32%, Peregrine Pharmaceuticals (PPHM) down 12.27%. Dow Components – Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) up 0.22%, Merck (MRK) down 0.09%, Pfizer (PFE) down 0.29%. The Health Care Select Sector SPDR (XLV) was trading at $38.78 at 3:30 PM on Monday, up 0.10% on the day – up 11.79% year-to-date.


The drought will probably cause insurers their biggest agricultural loss ever, with gross indemnities of $30B and an underwriting loss of $18B. However, the government will pay for $14B through reinsurance programs and private firms $4B-$5B. Companies with exposure include QBE (QBEIF), American Financial (AFG) and Wells Fargo's (WFC) Rural Community. State regulators are looking at changes that would force insurers such as AIG (AIG) and MetLife (MET) to increase by billions of dollars the amount that they would have to hold against the riskier mortgage bonds they've been acquiring lately. New York Mortgage Trust (NYMT) is a new Buy at Ladenburg. Weyerhaeuser (WY) is upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform by BMO Capital. Big Movers – Hudson City Bancorp (HCBK) up 15.68%. Dow Components – American Express (AXP) up 0.03%, Bank of America (BAC) down 0.92%, JP Morgan Chase (JPM) up 0.43%, Travelers (TRV) down 0.24%. The Financial Select Sector SPDR (XLF) was trading at $15.13 at 3:30 PM on Monday, unchanged on the day – up 16.42% year-to-date.

Information Technology

Samsung's (SSNLF) shares tumbled 7.45% in Seoul today following its $1.05B patent defeat to Apple (AAPL) on Friday, with the latter climbing 2.35% premarket, Nokia (NOK) jumping 11.4% and Microsoft (MSFT) edging up 0.8%. Apple has until today to outline which Samsung devices it wants to ban from being sold in the U.S. Read market currents for a summary of the latest reaction and analysis. Samsung (SSNLF) has followed Intel (INTC) and Taiwan Semiconductor (TSM) in investing in ASML, with the South Korean company agreeing to provide the Dutch chip-equipment maker with €276M for R&D. ASML has now raised €1.38B from the three chipmakers for research. Samsung is also buying a 3% stake in ASML for €503M, bringing the total customer equity investment in the company to €3.85B. Eloqua (ELOQ) is initiated with Buys at both Needham Deutsche Bank, Overweight at JPMorgan and an Outperform at JMP Securities. FactSet Research Systems (FDS) is a fresh Market Perform at William Blair. Autodesk (ADSK) is downgraded to Hold from Buy at Argus. Broadcom (BRCM) is now Neutral from Buy at Nomura. Ellie Mae Inc. (ELLI) gets cut to Equal Weight from Overweight at Stephens. Dow Components – Cisco Systems (CSCO) up 0.44%, Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) down 1.08%, IBM (IBM) down 0.86%, Intel Corp (INTC) down 0.16%, Microsoft (MSFT) up 0.69%. The Technology Select Sector SPDR (XLK) was trading at $30.56 at 3:30 PM on Monday, unchanged on the day – up 20.16% year-to-date.

Telecommunication Services

Dow Components – AT&T (T) down 0.15%, Verizon (VZ) down 1.38%. The NASDAQ Telecommunications Index (IXTC) was trading at $197.08 at 3:30 PM on Monday, up 0.37% on the day – up 0.07% year-to-date.


Public Service Enterprise Group (PEG) is downgraded to Underperform from Perform at FBR Capital. Dominion Resources (D) up 0.45%, Edison International (EIX) up 1.32%, First Energy (FE) up 0.24%, PG&E Corp (PCG) up 0.27%, Southern Company (SO) down 0.38%. The Utilities Select Sector SPDR (XLU) was trading at $36.67 at 3:30 PM on Monday, up 0.14% on the day – up 1.95% year-to-date.


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Symbol Name Price Change % Volume
MMM 3M Company 189.48 0.54 0.29 2,492,126 Trade
WLK Westlake Chemical Corporation 74.71 2.12 2.92 1,023,518 Trade
FDS FactSet Research Systems Inc. 209.48 1.60 0.77 261,393 Trade
PG Procter & Gamble Company (The) 91.37 -0.64 -0.70 7,964,516 Trade
GE General Electric Company 8.98 0.25 2.86 84,265,676 Trade
MRTN Marten Transport Ltd. 17.75 0.25 1.43 160,653 Trade
CVX Chevron Corporation 111.40 -0.72 -0.64 5,624,092 Trade
SO Southern Company (The) 46.87 0.08 0.17 5,475,262 Trade
MOS Mosaic Company (The) 31.49 0.09 0.29 2,526,151 Trade
PCG Pacific Gas & Electric Co. 7.03 0.12 1.74 78,485,910 Trade
GMED Globus Medical Inc. Class A 42.55 0.22 0.52 769,408 Trade
ELLI Ellie Mae Inc. 68.94 0.64 0.94 499,535 Trade
ADSK Autodesk Inc. 135.30 -0.58 -0.43 1,425,769 Trade
JNJ Johnson & Johnson 128.04 -1.32 -1.02 6,264,150 Trade
AA Alcoa Corporation 28.98 0.08 0.28 9,242,882 Trade
INTC Intel Corporation 48.13 -0.47 -0.97 19,057,707 Trade
D Dominion Energy Inc. 68.97 0.09 0.13 5,574,973 Trade
TRV The Travelers Companies Inc. 122.30 0.48 0.39 1,349,813 Trade
TIF Tiffany & Co. 84.01 -0.56 -0.66 2,706,705 Trade
RWWD:CA First Asset MSCI World Low Risk Weighted ETF Com Unit Unhedged Adv Cl n/a n/a n/a 0
EIX Edison International 54.18 -0.87 -1.58 4,778,289 Trade
JAZZ Jazz Pharmaceuticals plc 128.17 0.17 0.13 1,044,973 Trade
MET MetLife Inc. 44.87 0.81 1.84 5,861,008 Trade
AXP American Express Company 99.41 1.42 1.45 4,701,930 Trade
UTX United Technologies Corporation 110.87 -0.19 -0.17 3,887,461 Trade
HTZ Hertz Global Holdings Inc 16.15 0.01 0.06 1,912,597 Trade
SRPT Sarepta Therapeutics Inc. 119.26 0.53 0.45 651,694 Trade
CSCO Cisco Systems Inc. 43.96 -0.06 -0.14 17,262,525 Trade
WY Weyerhaeuser Company 24.38 0.27 1.12 4,155,613 Trade
LYB LyondellBasell Industries NV Class A (Netherlands) 84.78 0.20 0.24 2,671,082 Trade
AGN Allergan plc 152.89 0.20 0.13 1,910,326 Trade
VZ Verizon Communications Inc. 57.08 -1.02 -1.76 13,411,691 Trade
HCBK Hudson City Bancorp Inc n/a n/a n/a 0 Trade
GM General Motors Company 37.67 0.12 0.32 17,427,441 Trade
BAC Bank of America Corporation 28.45 1.90 7.16 163,131,700 Trade
NOK Nokia Corporation Sponsored American Depositary Shares 5.95 -0.10 -1.65 24,161,849 Trade
MCD McDonald's Corporation 179.35 -1.67 -0.92 3,376,029 Trade
BCEI Bonanza Creek Energy Inc. 24.33 0.84 3.58 145,444 Trade
IRG Ignite Restaurant Group Inc. n/a n/a n/a 0
PPHM CDMO Peregrine Pharmaceuticals Inc. n/a n/a n/a n/a
F Ford Motor Company 8.29 -0.55 -6.22 73,869,859 Trade
PFE Pfizer Inc. 42.11 -0.62 -1.45 28,623,739 Trade
KEG Key Energy Services Inc. 2.17 -0.13 -5.65 214,824 Trade
WFC Wells Fargo & Company 48.94 1.27 2.66 32,026,431 Trade
AIG American International Group Inc. 43.13 0.68 1.60 5,299,044 Trade
HPQ HP Inc. 21.05 0.04 0.19 8,633,235 Trade
THS Treehouse Foods Inc. 58.69 -0.13 -0.22 668,743 Trade
AFG American Financial Group Inc. 94.50 1.14 1.22 374,447 Trade
MRK Merck & Company Inc. (new) 74.61 0.11 0.15 14,573,342 Trade
FE FirstEnergy Corp. 38.48 0.36 0.94 4,644,565 Trade
BRCM Broadcom Corp. n/a n/a n/a 0 Trade
BMRN BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc. 95.71 0.78 0.82 615,019 Trade
KO Coca-Cola Company (The) 46.92 -0.65 -1.37 16,907,780 Trade
T AT&T Inc. 30.56 -0.04 -0.13 24,494,417 Trade
TSM Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Ltd. 35.64 -0.40 -1.11 8,727,353 Trade
CAT Caterpillar Inc. 131.66 0.97 0.74 3,636,946 Trade
NYMT New York Mortgage Trust Inc. 6.14 0.04 0.66 843,484 Trade
MSFT Microsoft Corporation 105.38 0.37 0.35 29,853,865 Trade
PEG Public Service Enterprise Group Incorporated 51.45 -0.02 -0.04 2,908,560 Trade
WMT Walmart Inc. 96.35 0.10 0.10 5,409,950 Trade
IBM International Business Machines Corporation 121.62 -0.11 -0.09 3,841,100 Trade
AAPL Apple Inc. 154.94 1.87 1.22 30,569,706 Trade
JPM JP Morgan Chase & Co. 102.50 0.82 0.81 18,532,952 Trade
DIS The Walt Disney Company 110.91 -0.85 -0.76 5,899,937 Trade
HD Home Depot Inc. (The) 177.04 0.57 0.32 4,075,410 Trade
XOM Exxon Mobil Corporation 71.64 -0.03 -0.04 12,595,640 Trade
BA The Boeing Company 352.06 -0.18 -0.05 2,731,082 Trade



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