Existing home sales rose by 3.4% in April to an annual rate 4.62 million units, the highest level since May 2010. The Dow Jones Industrial Average traded down to 12,483.21 then up to 12,575.96. The Dow went into the red with a trade at 12,575.96 into the last half hour of trading. The NASDAQ traded down to 2843.61 then up to 2867.34. The NASDAQ also went into the red with a trade at 2831.66 into the last half hour of trading. Facebook (FB) shares dropped to $30.98 per share, 18.47% below the $38 IPO.
Asian stocks were higher on Tuesday. The Nikkei 225 ended Tuesday at 8,729 – up 1.10%. The Hang Seng ended Tuesday at 19,039 – up 0.62%. European exchanges traded higher again on Tuesday. The FTSE 100 ended Tuesday at 5,403 – up 1.86%. The DAX ended Tuesday at 6,436 – up 1.65%. The CAC 40 ended Tuesday at 3,084 – up 1.88%. The yield on the 10-Year US Treasury traded up from 1.747 percent to 1.803, well below its 50-day and 200-day simple moving averages at 2.024 and 2.015, as the decline in yields remains overdone.
Gold traded down from $1594.4 the Troy ounce to $1767.1 with the “Death Cross” 50-day and 200-day simple moving averages are at $1636.8 and $1695.6. Crude oil traded down from $93.01 per barrel to $91.40 below its 200-day simple moving average at $96.29. The euro versus the dollar traded down from 1.2818 to 1.2681 below its 50-day simple moving average at 1.3104.
Moody’s raised its outlook on SM Energy (SM) to positive from stable, citing increased production scale and low borrowing levels. Baker Hughes (BHI) have been downgraded to Underperform from Outperform at Crédit Agricole. Devon Energy (DVN) has been downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform with Wells Fargo. Newfield Exploration (NFX) has been downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at BMO Capital. Dow components – Chevron (CVX) down 0.27%, Exxon Mobil (XOM) up 0.20%.
Energy Select Sector SPDR (XLE) was trading at $65.32 at 3:30 PM on Tuesday, down 0.14% on the day – down 5.51% year-to-date.
Martin Marietta (MLM) and Vulcan (VMC) have been upgraded to Buy from Hold at KeyBanc. Newmont Mining (NEM) tacked on another 1.27% on Tuesday. Dow components – Alcoa (AA) down 0.58%, DuPont (DD) flat.
The Materials Select Sector SPDR (XLB) was trading at $33.56 at 3:30 PM on Tuesday, down 0.50% on the day – up 0.18% year-to-date.
Shaw Group (SHAW) will sell its energy and chemicals business to Technip for $300 million to allow them to pursue opportunities in its primary industries: engineering and facilities management services to oil companies and electric utilities. Nordson (NDSN) missed FQ2 EPS estimates by three cents and on the revenue line, but shares rise 4.1% in after hours trading on Monday. Manitowoc (MTW) has been upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman. Dow components – Boeing Co (BA) down 0.10%, Caterpillar (CAT) down 0.11%, General Electric (GE) up 0.13%, 3M Company (MMM) down 0.07%, United Technologies (UTX) up 0.81%.
The Industrial Select Sector SPDR (XLI) was trading at $35.01 at 3:30 PM on Tuesday, up 0.37%% on the day – up 3.73% year-to-date.
Urban Outfitters (URBN) beat Q1 earnings on a per share basis but missed slightly on revenue. Weaker margins and higher overhead costs were still better than Street expectations as same-store sales improved, and shares climbed 7.0% in after hours trading on Monday. Best Buy (BBY) plans to expand in China using a store-within-a-store model that avoids the overhead inherent in its US operations. Best Buy (BBY) beat Q1 EPS estimated by thirteen cents with better than expected revenue and shares rose 7.9% pre-market. Polo Ralph Lauren (RL) beat FQ4 EPS by fourteen cents with in-line revenue, which was good enough for a 5.2% pre-market gain. Dow Components – Disney (DIS) up 0.38%, Home Depot up 1.26%, McDonalds (MCD) flat%.
The Consumer Discretionary Select Sector SPDR (XLY) was trading at $42.91 at 3:30 PM on Tuesday, up 0.37% on the day – up 9.97% year-to-date.
Urban Outfitters (URBN) beat Q1 earnings on a per share basis but missed slightly on revenue. Weaker margins and higher overhead costs were still better than Street expectations as same-store sales improved, and shares climbed 7.0% in after hours trading on Monday. Best Buy (BBY) plans to expand in China using a store-within-a-store model that avoids the overhead inherent in its US operations. Best Buy (BBY) beat Q1 EPS estimated by thirteen cents with better than expected revenue and shares rose 7.9% pre-market. Williams-Sonoma (WSM) beat Q1 EPS estimates by two cents on better than expected revenue. Dow components – Kraft (KFT) up 0.35%, Coca Cola (KO) down 0.44%, Procter & Gamble (PG) down 0.39%, Wal-Mart (WMT) up 0.65%.
The Consumer Staples Select Sector SPDR (XLP) was trading at $33.69 at 3:30 PM on Tuesday, up 0.12% on the day – up 3.69% year-to-date.
Syntha Pharmaceuticals (SNTA) got a 7.9% pop on Monday today after Jefferies initiated the stocks with a Buy rating and a price target of $7. Merck (MRK) announced that its follow-up study on an AIDS vaccine was stopped early confirmed the worst fears of researchers that the vaccine made it more likely, not less, that some men would become infected with H.I.V. Medtronic on (MDT)reported that their positive earnings report as the company is benefiting from growth across MDT’s businesses and geographies – particularly in emerging markets – and strong product launches. Dow Components – Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) up 0.22%, Merck (MRK) flat, Pfizer (PFE) flat.
The Health Care Select Sector SPDR (XLV) was trading at $36.36 at 3:30 PM on Tuesday, down 0.16% on the day – up 4.81% year-to-date.
Hampton Roads Bankshares (HMPR) will raise up to $95 million in a common stock private placement and a public rights offering at 70 cents per share, and the stock plunged 15.9% in after hours trading Monday evening. Dow Components – American Express (AXP) up 1.02%, Bank of America (BAC) up 3.22%, JP Morgan Chase (JPM) up 5.01%, Travelers (TRV) up 0.11%.
The Financial Select Sector SPDR (XLF) was trading at $14.04 at 3:30 PM on Tuesday, up 1.01% on the day – up 8.00% year-to-date.
AOL (AOL) announced that they plan to continue to partner with Yahoo (YHOO), but a merger is unlikely. Smartphone sales to emerging markets are soaring, particularly for Google’s (GOOG) Android devices, which creates an opening for broader Internet adoption. Sony (SNE) recently began mass production of “in-cell” touch panels for use in Apple’s (AAPL) next iPhone. Zebra Technologies (ZBRA) declined 2.9% on Monday after a downgrade to Neutral on Monday at JPMorgan. Dow Components – Cisco Systems (CSCO) up 0.45%, Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) down 0.69%, IBM (IBM) down 0.12%, Intel Corp (INTC) down 0.12%, Microsoft (MSFT) flat.
The Technology Select Sector SPDR (XLK) was trading at $28.05 at 3:30 PM on Tuesday, down 0.36% on the day – up 10.22% year-to-date.
Smartphone sales to emerging markets are soaring, particularly for Google’s (GOOG) Android devices, which creates an opening for broader Internet adoption. Sony (SNE) recently began mass production of “in-cell” touch panels for use in Apple’s (AAPL) next iPhone, Vodafone’s (VOD) missed FY EBITDA by even though revenues rose 1.2%, with both figures more in line with consensus. Vodafone took a hefty impairment charge related to its Southern Europe operations, but raised its dividend 7%, excluding the Verizon Wireless payout. Dow components – AT&T (T) flat, Verizon (VZ) up 0.68%.
The NASDAQ Telecommunications Index (IXTC) was trading at $183.0 at 3:30 PM on Tuesday, up 0.27% on the day – down 7.07% year-to-date.
NV Energy (NVE) trades up on Monday after Moody’s Upgrade from a junk level rating to just below investment-grade, saying the Nevada utility operator’s steady improvement in its finances should continue for several years. Dominion Resources (D) up 0.63%, Edison International (EIX) up 0.97%, First Energy (FE) up 0.65%, PG&E Corp (PCG) up 0.65%, Southern Company (SO) up 0.13%.
The Utilities Select Sector SPDR (XLU) was trading at $35.72 at 3:30 PM on Tuesday, up 0.73% on the day – down 0.72% year-to-date.
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