Equities Sector Coverage: Stocks Fade as Investors Unable to Hold Onto Gains

Sector Recap |

The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose to 12,650.47 then declined to 12,447.49 going into the final half hour of trading. The NASDAQ rose to 2882.96 then declined to 2815.63 going into the final half hour of trading.

Asian stocks were higher on Monday in reaction to the 100 billion euro bailout of Spain’s banks. The Nikkei 225 ended the day at 8,625 – up 1.96%. The Hang Seng ended the day at 18,954 – up 2.44%. European exchanges opened higher on Monday but drifted to a mixed close. The FTSE 100 ended the day at 5,432 – down 0.05% on Friday. The DAX ended the day at 6,141 – up 0.17%. The CAC 40 ended the day at 3,043 – down 0.29%. The yield on the 10-Year US Treasury rose to 1.728% on the Spain debt deal, but in US trading the yield traded down to 1.583% as the bloom came off the Spain debt rose.

Gold rallied to $1609.3 the Troy ounce overnight then declined to $1582.7 in US trading still below the 50-day and 200-day simple moving averages at $1617.6 and $1682.1. Crude oil rallied to $86.64 per barrel overnight then declined to $82.16 in US trading as concerns return to a weaker US economy. The euro versus the dollar rallied to 1.2667 overnight then declined to 1.2486 during US hours.


BP (BP) and US authorities are debating over how much the oil giant will pay to resolve all criminal and civil penalties and damages resulting from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. BP says the amount should be less than $15 billion and the DOJ is asking for $25 billion. A settlement appears likely by September well before a possible a trial in January. Comstock (CRK) has been upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel Nicolaus with a $19 price target. Gulfport Energy (GPOR) has been upgraded to Buy from Hold with a $25 target at Stifel Nicolaus, citing a clean balance sheet among other attractions. Dow components – Chevron (CVX) up 0.18%, Exxon Mobil (XOM) up 0.61%.
Energy Select Sector SPDR (XLE) was trading at $63.97 at 3:30 PM on Monday, down 0.82% on the day – down 7.46% year-to-date.


Commercial Metals (CMC) has been upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman Sachs. Weyerhaeuser (WY) has been added to the Conviction Buy list at Goldman Sachs. AK Steel (AKS) has been downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman and to Hold from Buy at Dahlman Rose. Both saw additional balance sheet risks and cash flow concerns as a result of recent quarterly performance. Dow components – Alcoa (AA) down 0.41%, DuPont (DD) down 0.40%.
The Materials Select Sector SPDR (XLB) was trading at $34.12 at 3:30 PM on Monday, down 1.33% on the day – up 1.85% year-to-date.


GE (GE) is considering selling its GE Capital's consumer-finance portfolio according to the Wall Street Journal, which would cut the unit's loan portfolio by 16%. This move acknowledges investor concerns that GE owns one of the country's largest banks. Dow components – Boeing Co (BA) up 0.71%, Caterpillar (CAT) down 0.53%, General Electric (GE) up 0.49%, 3M Company (MMM) down 0.02%, United Technologies (UTX) down 0.08%.
The Industrial Select Sector SPDR (XLI) was trading at $34.52 at 3:30 PM on Monday, down 0.80% on the day – up 2.28% year-to-date.

Consumer Discretionary

McDonald’s (MCD) has been upgraded to Buy from Outperform at CLSA citing attractive valuation despite near-term competitive weakness. The new price target is $105. Skechers USA (SKX) has been upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Sterne Agee. Time Warner (TWX) has been upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform by Sanford Bernstein. Walt Disney (DIS) has been downgraded to Above Average from Buy with a $52 target at Caris & Company. Dow Components – Disney (DIS) up 0.04%, Home Depot down 0.92%, McDonalds (MCD) down 0.73%.
The Consumer Discretionary Select Sector SPDR (XLY) was trading at $42.91 at 3:30 PM on Monday, down 1.15% on the day – up 9.97% year-to-date.

Consumer Staples

Cott Corp (COT) has been upgraded to Sector Outperform from Sector Perform at CIBC World Markets. Nestlé (NSRGY) has been downgraded to Hold from Buy at Société Générale. Dow components – Kraft (KFT) up 0.39%, Coca Cola (KO) down 0.24%, Procter & Gamble (PG) up 0.22%, Wal-Mart (WMT) up 0.04%.
The Consumer Staples Select Sector SPDR (XLP) was trading at $34.03 at 3:30 PM on Monday, down 0.18% on the day – up 4.74% year-to-date.

Health Care

Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) – according to Bloomberg JNJ may soon announce that it agreed to pay up to $2.2 billion to settle investigations with regard to the marketing its Risperdal antipsychotic treatment and other drugs, and claims that the company paid kickbacks to Omnicare (OCR). UnitedHealth (UNH) has been offering many of the benefits mandated by Obamacare even if the Supreme Court voids some or all of the Act. One reason for this policy is that it's not that expensive, and customers can keep their children on their health plan until age 26. There is still no coverage for children with pre-existing conditions. Forest Labs (FRX) cut its FY 2013 EPS well below consensus citing sharply lower-than-expected sales of its Lexapro treatment following patent expiration in March. Citigroup upgraded to Buy from Hold on HCA Holdings (HCA), Health Management Associates (HMA), Community Health Systems (CYH), Lifepoint Hospitals (LPNT), Universal Health Services (UHS), and Vanguard Health Systems (VHS). Citigroup upgrades Tenet Healthcare (THC) to Buy all the way from Sell. Watson Pharmaceuticals (WPI) has been downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray. Dow Components – Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) down 0.60%, Merck (MRK) up 0.70%, Pfizer (PFE) up 0.45%.
The Health Care Select Sector SPDR (XLV) was trading at $36.40 at 3:30 PM on Monday, down 0.52% on the day – up 4.93% year-to-date.


Moody's is expected to downgrade the large banks this week including the short-term debt of Bank of America (BAC) and Citigroup (C) from Prime-1 to Prime-2. Money-market funds have already been limiting some lending to big banks. Some municipal bond issuers have been switching bankers. Progressive (PGR) has been downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Evercore. Dow Components – American Express (AXP) down 0.32%, Bank of America (BAC) down 2.76%, JP Morgan Chase (JPM) down 1.60%, Travelers (TRV) down 0.60%.
The Financial Select Sector SPDR (XLF) was trading at $13.95 at 3:30 PM on Monday, down 1.09% on the day – up 7.31% year-to-date.

Information Technology

Apple's (AAPL) Worldwide Developer Conference begins today and the company will likely unveil the next generation of the iOS operating system for the iPhone, the iPad and MacBook. Apple’s own mobile mapping software that compete with Google (GOOG) Maps is also anticipated. NVIDIA (NVDA) has been upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS. Brocade (BRCD), EMC Corp (EMC), and NetApp (NTAP) have been upgraded to Buy-from-Hold at Cantor Fitzgerald. Marvell Technology (MRVL) has been downgraded to Neutral from Positive at Susquehanna. Dow Components – Cisco Systems (CSCO) down 0.75%, Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) down 2.23%, IBM (IBM) down 0.45%, Intel Corp (INTC) down 0.76%, Microsoft (MSFT) down 1.33%.
The Technology Select Sector SPDR (XLK) was trading at $28.02 at 3:30 PM on Monday, down 1.09% on the day – up 10.10% year-to-date.

Telecommunication Services

Spain's heavily indebted Telefonica (TEF) has agreed to raise about 1.1 billion euros in cash by selling half of its shares in China Unicom (CHU) back to the company. Telefonica in retain a 5% stake in CHU remains committed to the two firms' strategic alliance. Dow components – AT&T (T) up 1.01%, Verizon (VZ) up 0.99%.
The NASDAQ Telecommunications Index (IXTC) was trading at $178.43 at 3:30 PM on Monday, down 1.76% on the day – down 9.39% year-to-date.


Duke Energy (DUK) has been upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse. Southern Company (SO) has been downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse. Dominion Resources (D) down 0.17%, Edison International (EIX) up 0.65%, First Energy (FE) up 0.50%, PG&E Corp (PCG) up 0.55%, Southern Company (SO) up 0.30%.
The Utilities Select Sector SPDR (XLU) was trading at $36.92 at 3:30 PM on Monday, up 0.27% on the day – up 2.61% year-to-date.


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Symbol Name Price Change % Volume
MMM 3M Company 215.88 -1.87 -0.86 2,520,707 Trade
UNH UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (DE) 234.34 -0.72 -0.31 3,051,703 Trade
PG Procter & Gamble Company (The) 73.00 -0.80 -1.08 13,653,408 Trade
GE General Electric Co 14.52 -0.02 -0.14 73,316,830 Trade
BRCD Brocade Communications Systems Inc. n/a n/a n/a 0 Trade
THC Tenet Healthcare Corporation 24.05 -0.04 -0.17 1,379,414 Trade
CVX Chevron Corporation 123.58 1.27 1.04 6,113,088 Trade
SO Southern Company (The) 45.24 0.02 0.04 3,525,199 Trade
PCG Pacific Gas & Electric Co. 45.57 -0.16 -0.35 3,580,204 Trade
AKS AK Steel Holding Corporation 4.68 -0.07 -1.47 7,848,858 Trade
GPOR Gulfport Energy Corporation 8.92 0.13 1.48 3,513,121 Trade
WPI Watson Pharmaceuticals Inc. n/a n/a n/a 0 Trade
TEF Telefonica SA 10.14 0.02 0.20 824,229 Trade
JNJ Johnson & Johnson 126.83 0.17 0.13 7,501,870 Trade
WMT Wal-Mart Stores Inc. 86.10 -0.88 -1.01 7,360,466 Trade
AA Alcoa Inc. 51.90 -8.11 -13.51 13,132,495 Trade
COT Cott Corporation 14.39 -0.27 -1.84 503,786 Trade
INTC Intel Corporation 51.10 -0.43 -0.83 21,706,733 Trade
IBM International Business Machines Corp 145.86 0.96 0.66 5,315,625 Trade
LPNT LifePoint Health Inc. 48.75 -0.90 -1.81 319,303 Trade
D Dominion Resources Inc. 64.89 -0.44 -0.67 3,636,299 Trade
TRV The Travelers Companies Inc. 137.23 0.39 0.29 1,720,436 Trade
AAPL Apple Inc. 165.24 -0.48 -0.29 36,515,477 Trade
UFPT UFP Technologies Inc. 31.90 0.15 0.47 12,263 Trade
C Citigroup Inc. 69.48 -0.52 -0.74 11,596,358 Trade
CMC Commercial Metals Company 21.44 -0.14 -0.65 976,147 Trade
EIX Edison International 64.00 -0.12 -0.19 1,448,617 Trade
TWX Time Warner Inc. New 96.36 0.12 0.12 3,981,763 Trade
JPM JP Morgan Chase 110.93 -0.54 -0.48 11,285,831 Trade
AXP American Express Company 100.61 -0.18 -0.18 3,183,325 Trade
UTX United Technologies Corporation 123.46 0.38 0.31 3,280,606 Trade
HCA HCA Holdings Inc. 96.90 -0.55 -0.56 2,796,353 Trade
NVDA NVIDIA Corporation 223.88 -4.83 -2.11 10,687,723 Trade
WTR Aqua America Inc. 34.42 0.24 0.70 317,793 Trade
CSCO Cisco Systems Inc. 44.25 0.16 0.36 20,716,812 Trade
WY Weyerhaeuser Company 36.21 -0.05 -0.14 2,788,070 Trade
DIS Walt Disney Company (The) 100.15 -0.09 -0.09 5,889,804 Trade
SKX Skechers U.S.A. Inc. 29.12 -1.58 -5.15 12,968,144 Trade
VZ Verizon Communications Inc. 48.66 0.76 1.59 14,211,613 Trade
BAC Bank of America Corporation 30.32 0.06 0.20 50,686,347 Trade
MRVL Marvell Technology Group Ltd. 20.36 -0.18 -0.88 5,940,720 Trade
GOOG Alphabet Inc. 1,067.45 -5.51 -0.51 2,341,258 Trade
MCD McDonald\'s Corporation 158.99 0.22 0.14 3,051,878 Trade
CYH Community Health Systems Inc. 3.81 -0.21 -5.22 2,123,344 Trade
DD E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Co. n/a n/a n/a 0 Trade
CRK Comstock Resources Inc. 5.04 -0.01 -0.20 803,508 Trade
HD Home Depot Inc. (The) 177.66 0.65 0.37 2,987,719 Trade
XOM Exxon Mobil Corporation 79.57 0.57 0.72 11,729,830 Trade
PFE Pfizer Inc. 36.80 0.17 0.46 24,080,746 Trade
UHS Universal Health Services Inc. 120.14 -0.38 -0.32 979,859 Trade
HPQ HP Inc. 21.38 -0.15 -0.70 6,374,502 Trade
BA Boeing Company (The) 338.84 0.17 0.05 2,765,647 Trade
MRK Merck & Company Inc. (new) 60.25 1.42 2.41 19,816,374 Trade
BP BP p.l.c. 43.91 0.41 0.94 4,498,589 Trade
FE FirstEnergy Corporation 34.50 0.06 0.17 6,854,191 Trade
PGR Progressive Corporation (The) 61.22 0.17 0.28 2,146,645 Trade
KO Coca-Cola Company (The) 43.98 0.24 0.55 11,878,473 Trade
T AT&T Inc. 34.89 0.22 0.63 21,211,939 Trade
CAT Caterpillar Inc. 153.99 0.74 0.48 5,350,328 Trade
NTAP NetApp Inc. 68.35 -0.31 -0.45 1,246,816 Trade
CHU China Unicom (Hong Kong) Ltd 13.69 0.37 2.78 279,981 Trade
EMC EMC Corporation n/a n/a n/a 0 Trade
MSFT Microsoft Corporation 95.35 0.35 0.37 22,331,829 Trade


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