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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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Symbol Name Price Change % Volume
GST Gastar Exploration Inc 0.63 -0.03 -3.99 600,126
MMM 3M Company 204.42 0.89 0.44 498,384 Trade
EXPR Express Inc. 5.46 -0.24 -4.21 1,187,365 Trade
LMT Lockheed Martin Corporation 300.51 1.31 0.44 535,870 Trade
PG Procter & Gamble Company (The) 92.83 0.36 0.39 2,387,933 Trade
GE General Electric Co 24.47 -0.08 -0.33 15,775,179 Trade
CVX Chevron Corporation 105.61 -0.87 -0.82 1,437,354 Trade
SO Southern Company (The) 48.17 -0.13 -0.27 1,719,373 Trade
MOS Mosaic Company (The) 19.90 0.04 0.20 1,294,190 Trade
PCG Pacific Gas & Electric Co. 69.24 0.10 0.14 352,270 Trade
VALE VALE S.A. American Depositary Shares Each Represen 10.10 0.07 0.70 22,165,332 Trade
PBR PETROLEO BRASILEIIRO SA PETROBRAS 8.75 -0.15 -1.63 7,923,889 Trade
JNJ Johnson & Johnson 133.44 0.81 0.61 1,724,562 Trade
WMT Wal-Mart Stores Inc. 79.92 0.61 0.77 3,793,223 Trade
AA Alcoa Inc. 38.40 0.64 1.69 1,292,747 Trade
CSX CSX Corporation 48.66 -0.13 -0.26 3,071,125 Trade
INTC Intel Corporation 34.82 -0.20 -0.56 10,818,795 Trade
IBM International Business Machines Corp 140.13 0.43 0.31 1,633,532 Trade
AIZ Assurant Inc. 99.10 -0.91 -0.91 94,819 Trade
AUO AU Optronics Corp American Depositary Shares 3.97 0.15 3.93 933,003 Trade
D Dominion Resources Inc. 78.49 -0.20 -0.25 654,502 Trade
TRV The Travelers Companies Inc. 127.37 -0.52 -0.41 543,606 Trade
AAPL Apple Inc. 156.85 -0.65 -0.41 17,083,272 Trade
MDLZ Mondelez International Inc. 43.14 0.20 0.47 2,173,708 Trade
OBM:CA Oban Mining Corporation n/a n/a n/a n/a
POT Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan Inc. 17.38 0.15 0.87 1,783,515 Trade
EIX Edison International 79.68 0.74 0.93 1,112,481 Trade
HPY Heartland Payment Systems Inc n/a n/a n/a 0 Trade
RECN Resources Connection Inc. 12.40 0.20 1.64 61,356 Trade
AMRN Amarin Corporation plc 3.02 -0.03 -0.82 767,596 Trade
ORLY O Reilly Automotive Inc. 198.42 0.50 0.25 597,825 Trade
NSM Nationstar Mortgage Holdings Inc. 16.59 -0.22 -1.31 62,516 Trade
TWX Time Warner Inc. New 102.14 0.95 0.94 1,396,487 Trade
JPM JP Morgan Chase 90.48 -0.27 -0.29 5,349,589 Trade
AXP American Express Company 85.07 -0.31 -0.36 1,134,746 Trade
UTX United Technologies Corporation 115.02 -0.46 -0.40 872,184 Trade
TXN Texas Instruments Incorporated 79.86 -0.12 -0.14 1,608,485 Trade
HOV Hovnanian Enterprises Inc. Class A 2.03 0.01 0.50 445,936 Trade
SMTC Semtech Corporation 35.55 -0.25 -0.70 221,424 Trade
CSCO Cisco Systems Inc. 30.66 0.29 0.96 13,977,093 Trade
DIS Walt Disney Company (The) 101.24 0.54 0.53 3,118,424 Trade
BKD Brookdale Senior Living Inc. 11.80 -0.21 -1.71 1,839,335 Trade
HRC Hill-Rom Holdings In. 74.14 1.05 1.44 212,173 Trade
VZ Verizon Communications Inc. 48.14 0.45 0.95 5,660,526 Trade
SVU SuperValu Inc. 22.28 -0.19 -0.85 250,284 Trade
BAC Bank of America Corporation 23.24 -0.38 -1.61 42,650,151 Trade
APO Apollo Global Management LLC Class A Representing 28.94 -0.34 -1.16 597,334 Trade
MCD McDonald\'s Corporation 158.56 0.80 0.51 967,546 Trade
PSO Pearson Plc 7.91 0.18 2.33 272,043 Trade
SNN Smith & Nephew SNATS Inc. 35.38 -0.02 -0.06 139,834 Trade
DD E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Co. 81.60 0.42 0.52 731,235 Trade
CASY Caseys General Stores Inc. 102.83 -1.44 -1.38 181,017 Trade
OCN Ocwen Financial Corporation NEW 2.72 -0.08 -2.69 363,906 Trade
BBY Best Buy Co. Inc. 60.58 1.11 1.87 1,663,636 Trade
HD Home Depot Inc. (The) 149.65 2.16 1.47 2,357,154 Trade
AEZS AEterna Zentaris Inc. 1.82 -0.06 -3.19 153,542 Trade
XOM Exxon Mobil Corporation 76.19 -0.45 -0.59 3,936,306 Trade
PFE Pfizer Inc. 32.78 0.11 0.32 6,568,653 Trade
HCN Welltower Inc. 72.01 1.36 1.93 466,449 Trade
DIN DineEquity Inc 40.56 -0.43 -1.05 94,791 Trade
HPQ HP Inc. 18.57 0.06 0.32 3,693,979 Trade
ARQL ArQule Inc. 1.02 -0.01 -1.36 33,091 Trade
BA Boeing Company (The) 234.99 -0.79 -0.33 1,394,024 Trade
AEGR Aegerion Pharmaceuticals Inc. n/a n/a n/a 0 Trade
MRK Merck & Company Inc. (new) 61.97 0.48 0.78 3,237,336 Trade
DFS Discover Financial Services 59.25 -0.18 -0.30 704,111 Trade
AXL American Axle & Manufacturing Holdings Inc. 13.92 -0.08 -0.54 398,697 Trade
ADC Agree Realty Corporation 49.88 1.05 2.15 103,338 Trade
BP BP p.l.c. 34.13 -0.03 -0.10 1,777,578 Trade
FE FirstEnergy Corporation 32.91 0.08 0.24 946,368 Trade
ERJ Embraer S.A. 21.00 -0.03 -0.14 878,747 Trade
KORS Michael Kors Holdings Limited 42.36 0.40 0.95 917,289 Trade
SBAC SBA Communications Corporation 144.48 1.58 1.11 254,919 Trade
KO Coca-Cola Company (The) 45.74 0.07 0.15 4,670,042 Trade
T AT&T Inc. 37.60 0.23 0.62 8,916,269 Trade
CAT Caterpillar Inc. 113.59 -0.33 -0.29 1,425,657 Trade
PKI PerkinElmer Inc. 64.07 0.60 0.95 153,694 Trade
PCP Precision Castparts n/a n/a n/a 0 Trade
MSFT Microsoft Corporation 71.97 -0.52 -0.72 8,862,490 Trade
KKR KKR & Co. L.P. Representing Limited Partnership In 18.09 -0.05 -0.28 1,733,740 Trade
NWS News Corporation 13.65 -0.10 -0.73 170,769 Trade


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