Equities Sector Coverage: Stocks End Higher on Jobs Numbers

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Stocks End Higher on Jobs NumbersADP reported that private sector jobs rose by 162,000 in September. Non-manufacturing ISM came in stronger than expected at 55.1 in September. The employment component fell to 51.1 from 53.8. The Dow Jones Industrial Average traded up to 13,501.17 at Wednesday’s open and then declined to a morning low at 13,439.12. The Dow traded as high as 13,536.27 in afternoon trading. The NASDAQ traded up to 3134.19 at the open then fell to a morning low at 3115.04 before rallying to a day’s high at 3142.36 in the afternoon.

In Asian, the Nikkei 225 ended the day at 8,747 – down 0.45%. The Hang Seng ended the day at 20,888 – up 23%. European exchanges traded back and forth around the flat line. The FTSE 100 ended the day at 5,826 – up 0.28%. The DAX ended the day at 7,322 – up 0.22%. The CAC 40 ended the day at 3,406 – down 0.24%. The yield on the 10-Year US Treasury rose from 1.597% to 1.640% still below its 50-day and 200-day simple moving averages at 1.664% and 1.814%.

Comex gold rallied from $1773.0 the Troy ounce to $1784.0 staying below Monday’s new 2012 high at $1794.4. Nymex crude oil declined from $91.82 per barrel to $87.70 staying below its 50-day and 200-day simple moving averages at $93.68 and $96.21. The euro versus the dollar traded between 1.2879 and 1.2935 staying above its 200-day simple moving average at 1.2821.

Energy

Petrobras (PBR) is in talks with three prospective buyers to sell them $4B-$6B worth of stakes in oil blocks in the Gulf of Mexico [Shell (RDS.A), Exxon (XOM), Chevron (CVX) and BP (BP) are likely to be the most interested]. The divestments are part of Petrobras' strategy of selling $14.5B worth of non-core assets. Big Movers – Gastar Exploration (GST) is down about 25%.

Dow components – Chevron (CVX) down 1.31%, Exxon Mobil (XOM) down 0.38%. Energy Select Sector SPDR (XLE) was trading at $73.00 at 3:30 PM on Wednesday, down 1.26% on the day – up 5.60% year-to-date.

Materials

Vale S.A. (VALE) is a Hold at BB&T Capital. Xstrata (XSRAY) is boosted to Buy from Neutral at UBS. Lazard lowers Mosaic (MOS) and Potash (POT) to Neutral from Buy. Dow Components – Alcoa (AA) down 0.90%, DuPont (DD) down 0.40%. The Materials Select Sector SPDR (XLB) was trading at $36.504 at 3:30 PM on Wednesday, down 0.59% on the day – up 8.97% year-to-date.

Industrials

AMR (AAMRQ) and its pilot union intend to restart negotiations over a new labor contract this week after the company abrogated the old agreement as part of its bankruptcy restructuring - and then started to experience a spike in flight disruptions. Meanwhile, American Airlines is inspecting 47 out of its 102 Boeing 757s after seats came loose during two flights. Top brass at Lockheed Martin (LMT) and the Pentagon have become involved in long-running talks over a fifth order of F-35s. Resources Connection (RECN) reported FQ1 EPS of $0.12 (in-line), while missing revenue by $1M. Precision Castparts (PCP) is initiated with a Hold at KeyBanc Capital. CSX Corp (CSX) and Norfolk Southern (NSC) are each moved to Market Perform from Underperform by Sanford Bernstein. Embraer (ERJ) is now Neutral from Outperform at Cowen. Dow components – Boeing Co (BA) up 0.25%, Caterpillar (CAT) down 0.62%, General Electric (GE) up 0.18%, 3M Company (MMM) relatively unchanged, United Technologies (UTX) relatively unchanged. The Industrial Select Sector SPDR (XLI) was trading at $36.785 at 3:30 PM on Wednesday, up 0.40% on the day – up 8.99% year-to-date.

Consumer Discretionary

News Corp's (NWS) Fox and Time Warner's (TWX) Turner networks have extended their contracts to televise Major League Baseball until 2021, with Bloomberg reporting that the broadcasters have agreed to pay a combined $6.8B. Family Dollar Stores (FDO) met analyst expectations as FQ4 adjusted EPS climbed 14% to $0.75 and revenues 10% to $2.36B. Family Dollar Stores expects FY13 EPS of $4.10-$4.40 (in-line). Best Buy (BBY) founder Richard Schulze and at least four P-E firms, including Apollo Global (APO), are studying the struggling retailer's books ahead of a possible buyout offer worth up to $10.9B. Pearson (PSO) CEO Marjorie Scardino will step down at the end of the year after 16 years in the job and be replaced by John Fallon, the head of the U.K. publisher's International Education division. McGraw-Hill (MHP) is initiated with a Buy at UBS. Michael Kors (KORS) is an Outperform at William Blair. O’Reilly Automotive (ORLY) is started with an Overweight at Stephens. American Axle (AXL) is upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital. DineEquity (DIN) is upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Janney Capital. Ann Inc (ANN) is now Neutral from Buy at SunTrust. Express Inc. (EXPR) is downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust. Big Movers – Hovnanian Enterprises (HOV) is up about 11%. Dow Components – Disney (DIS) up 1.68%, Home Depot (HD) up 2.04%, McDonalds (MCD) down 0.64%. The Consumer Discretionary Select Sector SPDR (XLY) was trading at $47.07 at 3:30 PM on Wednesday, up 0.86% on the day – up 20.63% year-to-date.



Consumer Staples

Billionaire Ronald Burkle and P-E firms KKR (KKR) and TPG are interested in Supervalu (SVU), but are only thinking of buying parts of the hard-luck grocery chain rather than the whole company, which is what Supervalu would prefer. Casey’s General Stores (CASY) is a new Equal Weight at Stephens. Kraft Foods Group (KRFT) is a new Buy at Crédit Agricole. Mondelez International (MDLZ) is initiated with an Outperform at Crédit Agricole. Lorillard (LO) is launched with a Buy at Crédit Agricole. Dow components – Coca Cola (KO) down 0.26%, Procter & Gamble (PG) up 0.61%, Wal-Mart (WMT) up 0.92%. The Consumer Staples Select Sector SPDR (XLP) was trading at $36.24 at 3:30 PM on Wednesday, up 0.42% on the day – up 11.54% year-to-date.

Health Care

Aegerion Pharmaceuticals (AEGR) is initiated with an Overweight at JPMorgan. Brookdale Senior Living (BKD) is begun with a Buy at Deutsche Bank. PerkinElmer (PKI) is picked up at an Overweight with JPMorgan. horatec (THOR) is boosted to Buy from Neutral at UBS. Amarin (AMRN) is now Neutral from Outperform with Wedbush. ArQule (ARQL) is downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital. Hill-Rom Holdings (HRC) is cut to Equal-Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley. Smith & Nephew (SNN) is moved to Equal-Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley. Big Movers – AEterna Zentaris (AEZS) is down about 18%.

Dow Components – Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) relatively unchanged, Merck (MRK) up 0.47%, Pfizer (PFE) up 0.53%, United Health Group (UNH) relatively unchanged 1.62%. The Health Care Select Sector SPDR (XLV) was trading at $40.86 at 3:30 PM on Wednesday, up 0.79% on the day – up 17.79% year-to-date.

Financials

Best Buy (BBY) founder Richard Schulze and at least four P-E firms, including Apollo Global (APO), are studying the struggling retailer's books ahead of a possible buyout offer worth up to $10.9B. Billionaire Ronald Burkle and P-E firms KKR (KKR) and TPG are interested in Supervalu (SVU), but are only thinking of buying parts of the hard-luck grocery chain rather than the whole company, which is what Supervalu would prefer. In an attempt to kick-start the housing market, Freddie Mac wants to provide loans to investors who are looking to acquire foreclosed homes so that they can rent them out. However, the mortgage giant faces opposition from banks and the FHFA, which is concerned about increasing the government's role in the real-estate market and crowding out private capital with cheap loans, the WSJ reports. Agree Realty (ADC) is begun with a Buy at Wunderlich. Health Care REIT (HCN) is a new Outperform at RBC Capital. Assurant (AIZ) is now Buy from Neutral at Goldman. Discover Financial Services (DFS) is cut to Hold from Buy at Argus. Nationstar Mortgage (NSM) is now Neutral from Buy at Sterne Agee. Big Movers – Ocwen Financial (OCN) is up about 14.5%. Dow Components – American Express (AXP) up 0.31%, Bank of America (BAC) up 1.34%, JP Morgan Chase (JPM) down 0.22%, Travelers (TRV) up 0.25%. The Financial Select Sector SPDR (XLF) was trading at $15.82 at 3:30 PM on Wednesday, up 0.83% on the day – up 21.69% year-to-date.

Information Technology

The WSJ has firmed up speculation about the mass production of the iPad Mini, reporting that Apple's (AAPL) Asian suppliers have begun manufacturing the tablet, which will have a 7.85" screen vs. 9.7" for the regular iPad and 7" for Google's Nexus. LG Display and AU Optronics (AUO) started production for the new screen last month. Xyratex (XRTX) missed estimates by 7 cents and revenue by $43M. FQ4 revenue is expected to be within a range of $235M-$285M and EPS of -$0.15 to -$0.43, well below an outdated consensus of $327.9M and $0.49. Semtech (SMTC) is lifted to Buy from Neutral at Lazard. Heartland Payment Systems (HPY) is slashed to Sell from Hold at Stifel Nicolaus. Texas Instruments (TXN) is taken to Sector Perform from Outperform at Pacific Crest. Big Movers – Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) is down about 11%. Dow Components – Cisco Systems (CSCO) up 0.42%, Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) down 10.97%, IBM (IBM) up 0.41%, Intel Corp (INTC) down 1.27%, Microsoft (MSFT) up 0.30%. The Technology Select Sector SPDR (XLK) was trading at $30.97 at 3:30 PM on Wednesday, up 0.55% on the day – up 21.69% year-to-date.

Telecommunication Services

SBA Communications (SBAC) is resumed with an Overweight at JPMorgan. Big Movers – TerreStar (TSTRQ) is down about 32.5%. Leap Wireless (LEAP) is down about 16%. Dow Components – AT&T (T) up 1.11%, Verizon (VZ) up 1.00%. The NASDAQ Telecommunications Index (IXTC) was trading at $198.56 at 3:30 PM on Wednesday, up 0.45% on the day – up 0.83% year-to-date.

Utilities

The Big Names – Dominion Resources (D) up 0.41%, Edison International (EIX) up 1.08%, First Energy (FE) up 0.52%, PG&E Corp (PCG) up 0.54%, Southern Company (SO) up 0.38%. The Utilities Select Sector SPDR (XLU) was trading at $36.58 at 3:30 PM on Wednesday, up 0.47% on the day – up 1.67% year-to-date.

STOCKS: CVX, XOM, AA, DD, BA, CAT, GE, MMM, UTX, DIS, HD, MCD, KFT, KO, PG, WMT, JNJ, MRK, PFE, AXP, BAC, JPM, TRV, CSCO, HPQ, IBM, INTC, MSFT, T, VZ, D, EIX, FE, PCG, SO, PBR, RDS.A, XOM, CVX, BP, GST, VALE, XSRAY, MOS, POT, AAMRQ, LMT, RECN, PCP, CSX, NSC, ERJ, NWS, TWX, FDO, BBY, APO, PSO, MHP, KORS, ORLY, AXL, DIN, ANN, EXPR, HOV, KKR, SVU, CASY, KRFT, MDLZ, LO, AEGR, BKD, PKI, THOR, AMRN, ARQL, HRC, SNN, AEZS, ADC, HCN, AIZ, DFS, NSM, OCN, AAPL, AUO, XRTX, SMTC, HPY, TXN, HPQ, SBAC, TSTRQ, LEAP

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Companies

Symbol Name Price Change % Volume
GST Gastar Exploration Inc 1.48 -0.02 -1.33 1,188,649
MMM 3M Company 178.49 -0.19 -0.11 1,761,850
EXPR Express Inc. 10.65 -0.04 -0.37 1,046,563
LMT Lockheed Martin Corporation 257.73 0.70 0.27 1,184,433
PG Procter & Gamble Company (The) 87.45 2.75 3.25 22,944,405
GE General Electric Co 30.53 -0.68 -2.18 83,552,728
CVX Chevron Corporation 115.60 0.02 0.02 6,730,924
SO Southern Company (The) 49.06 0.01 0.02 3,598,528
MOS Mosaic Company (The) 31.28 1.03 3.41 5,524,931
PCG Pacific Gas & Electric Co. 61.36 0.26 0.43 1,763,952
VALE VALE S.A. American Depositary Shares Each Represen 10.03 0.23 2.35 27,984,559
PBR PETROLEO BRASILEIIRO SA PETROBRAS 11.20 0.06 0.54 13,653,782
JNJ Johnson & Johnson 114.15 -0.05 -0.04 7,502,425
WMT Wal-Mart Stores Inc. 67.18 -0.44 -0.65 12,054,682
AA Alcoa Inc. 35.66 0.24 0.68 5,330,864
CSX CSX Corporation 44.33 -1.18 -2.59 45,342,351
INTC Intel Corporation 36.94 0.37 1.01 23,950,936
IBM International Business Machines Corp 170.55 3.74 2.24 12,690,029
AIZ Assurant Inc. 96.15 0.50 0.52 349,594
AUO AU Optronics Corp American Depositary Shares 4.02 0.02 0.50 322,635
D Dominion Resources Inc. 75.79 0.17 0.22 1,739,289
TRV The Travelers Companies Inc. 118.02 0.03 0.03 1,222,280
AAPL Apple Inc. 120.00 0.22 0.18 32,597,892
MDLZ Mondelez International Inc. 45.20 0.61 1.37 9,815,208
OBM:CA Oban Mining Corporation n/a n/a n/a n/a
POT Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan Inc. 18.94 0.87 4.81 8,220,370
EIX Edison International 71.97 0.25 0.35 921,218
HPY Heartland Payment Systems Inc n/a n/a n/a 0
RECN Resources Connection Inc. 17.35 0.15 0.87 116,024
AMRN Amarin Corporation plc 2.95 0.07 2.43 1,465,862
ORLY O Reilly Automotive Inc. 274.01 -1.04 -0.38 980,105
NSM Nationstar Mortgage Holdings Inc. 17.07 0.19 1.13 375,247
TWX Time Warner Inc. New 96.11 0.42 0.44 4,965,250
JPM JP Morgan Chase 83.67 0.37 0.44 18,436,790
AXP American Express Company 76.20 -0.49 -0.64 8,465,939
UTX United Technologies Corporation 110.79 0.06 0.05 3,134,293
TXN Texas Instruments Incorporated 74.75 0.87 1.18 6,661,449
HOV Hovnanian Enterprises Inc. Class A 2.09 -0.02 -0.95 2,334,909
SMTC Semtech Corporation 32.20 0.00 0.00 539,275
CSCO Cisco Systems Inc. 30.10 0.12 0.40 22,754,366
DIS Walt Disney Company (The) 107.66 0.38 0.35 5,648,970
BKD Brookdale Senior Living Inc. 15.67 -0.29 -1.82 4,127,365
HRC Hill-Rom Holdings In. 58.57 -0.74 -1.25 696,761
VZ Verizon Communications Inc. 52.72 0.36 0.69 15,473,748
SVU SuperValu Inc. 4.21 -0.06 -1.41 4,069,885
BAC Bank of America Corporation 22.64 0.11 0.49 102,564,870
APO Apollo Global Management LLC Class A Representing 20.80 0.00 0.00 862,125
MCD McDonald\'s Corporation 122.26 0.08 0.07 4,887,114
PSO Pearson Plc 7.23 0.00 0.00 1,058,237
SNN Smith & Nephew SNATS Inc. 30.24 0.01 0.03 407,537
DD E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Co. 73.03 0.08 0.11 3,231,085
CASY Caseys General Stores Inc. 115.93 0.91 0.79 383,269
OCN Ocwen Financial Corporation NEW 4.90 0.03 0.62 1,253,835
BBY Best Buy Co. Inc. 43.36 -0.27 -0.62 6,142,185
HD Home Depot Inc. (The) 135.60 0.21 0.16 4,853,902
AEZS AEterna Zentaris Inc. 2.70 -0.05 -1.82 127,349
XOM Exxon Mobil Corporation 85.89 1.16 1.37 18,739,659
PFE Pfizer Inc. 31.77 0.07 0.22 30,159,695
HCN Welltower Inc. 66.76 0.36 0.54 1,540,751
DIN DineEquity Inc 73.21 -0.20 -0.27 160,341
HPQ HP Inc. 14.73 -0.13 -0.87 14,687,037
ARQL ArQule Inc. 1.49 -0.02 -1.32 35,117
BA Boeing Company (The) 159.53 0.53 0.33 3,384,525
AEGR Aegerion Pharmaceuticals Inc. n/a n/a n/a 0
MRK Merck & Company Inc. (new) 62.53 2.20 3.65 25,240,347
DFS Discover Financial Services 70.20 0.20 0.29 3,200,275
AXL American Axle & Manufacturing Holdings Inc. 20.02 -0.55 -2.67 1,607,239
ADC Agree Realty Corporation 45.99 0.76 1.68 169,219
BP BP p.l.c. 36.84 -0.06 -0.16 5,696,303
FE FirstEnergy Corporation 30.04 -0.27 -0.89 4,713,891
ERJ Embraer S.A. 22.64 0.61 2.77 1,019,648
KORS Michael Kors Holdings Limited 42.46 0.43 1.02 2,378,286
SBAC SBA Communications Corporation 105.53 -0.23 -0.22 846,603
KO Coca-Cola Company (The) 41.32 0.18 0.44 14,695,409
T AT&T Inc. 41.45 0.45 1.10 25,164,892
CAT Caterpillar Inc. 94.58 1.20 1.29 5,045,228
PKI PerkinElmer Inc. 51.71 -0.41 -0.79 470,102
PCP Precision Castparts n/a n/a n/a 0
MSFT Microsoft Corporation 62.74 0.44 0.71 30,213,462
KKR KKR & Co. L.P. Representing Limited Partnership In 17.22 0.18 1.06 1,576,461
NWS News Corporation 12.35 -0.10 -0.80 644,177

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