Equities Sector Coverage: Stocks Fall Ahead of Jackson Hole

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Stocks Fall Ahead of Jackson HoleInitial Jobless Claims were unchanged at 374,000 still above the 350,000 recessionary threshold. Personal Income rose 0.3% in July with Spending up 0.4%. The Dow Jones Industrial Average traded down to 12,978.91. The NASDAQ traded down to 3045.92.

Asian stocks were lower on Thursday. The Nikkei 225 ended the day at 8,984 – down 0.95%. The Hang Seng ended the day at 19,553 – down 1.19%. European exchanges traded lower on Thursday. The FTSE 100 ended the day at 5,719 – down 0.42%. The DAX ended the day at 6,895 – down 1.64%. The CAC 40 ended the day at 3,379 – down 1.02%. The yield on the 10-Year US Treasury note declined from 1.657% to 1.608% versus the five-week modified moving average at 1.649%.

Gold traded rebounded to $1666.7 the Troy ounce then declined to $1652.3 staying above the 200-day simple moving average at $1646.4. Crude oil traded rebounded to $95.60 per barrel then declined to $93.95 versus the 200-day simple moving average at $96.70. The euro versus the dollar traded down from 1.2563 to 1.2491 above its 50-day simple moving average at 1.2365.

Energy

Magnum Hunter Resources (MHR) is a new Neutral at Goldman Sachs. Natural Resource Partners (NRP) is a new Hold at Dahlman Rose. QR Energy (QRE) is initiated with an Overweight at JP Morgan. Frontline (FRO) is upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform with Wells Fargo. Nexen (NXY) is now Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays. Oiltanking Partners (OILT) is moved to Neutral from Buy at Bank of America-Merrill.

Dow components – Chevron (CVX) down 0.36%, Exxon Mobil (XOM) down 0.16%.

Energy Select Sector SPDR (XLE) was trading at $71.02 at 3:30 PM on Thursday, down 0.78% on the day – up 2.73% year-to-date.

Materials

LyondellBasell (LYB) will replace Sears (SHLD) in the S&P 500 after the close of trading next Tuesday. Carlyle Group (CG) to Buy DuPont (DD) Performance Coatings Business for $4.9 Billion. Louisiana-Pacific (LPX) is moved to Buy from Neutral at Bank of America-Merrill Lynch. Louisiana-Pacific (LPX) is downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank.

Dow Components – Alcoa (AA) up 0.71%, DuPont (DD) up 0.72%.

The Materials Select Sector SPDR (XLB) was trading at $35.40 at 3:30 PM on Thursday, down 0.65% on the day – up 5.67% year-to-date.

Industrials

AMR (AAMRQ) is in negotiations to receive $1B-$2B in equity financing from a group of distressed debt funds that includes JPMorgan Securities (JPM) and which holds over $600M in the carrier's bonds. The money would help AMR exit bankruptcy protection and put it in a stronger position as it negotiates a potential merger with US Airways (LCC). Casella Waste Systems (CWST) missed estimates by 7 cents with revenue in-line with estimates. Flow International (FLOW) reported Q2 EPS of $0.05 (in-line), while beating revenue by $1.5M. Equifax (EFX) is assigned with a Hold at Deutsche Bank. Volvo (VOLVY) is hoisted to Buy from Hold at Société Générale.

Dow components – Boeing Co (BA) up 0.29%, Caterpillar (CAT) up 0.10%, General Electric (GE) up 0.53%, 3M Company (MMM) up 0.31%, United Technologies (UTX) down 0.31%.

The Industrial Select Sector SPDR (XLI) was trading at $36.27 at 3:30 PM on Thursday, down 0.49% on the day – up 7.47% year-to-date.

Consumer Discretionary

South Korea's Mando said it may offer to acquire the 70% of Halla Climate Control that's owned by U.S. autoparts company Visteon (VC). LyondellBasell (LYB) will replace Sears (SHLD) in the S&P 500 after the close of trading next Tuesday. Pier 1 Imports (PIR) beat estimates by a penny and revenue by $2M. Pandora Media (P) beat estimates by 3 cents with revenue in-line with estimates. FQ3 guidance is for revenue of $115M-$118M and EPS of $0.00-$0.01 (largely above consensus of $114.4M and $0.00). FY13 guidance is for revenue of $425M-$432M and EPS of -$0.04 to -$0.08 (above consensus of $424.2M and -$0.12). Oxford Industries (OXM) beat estimates by 2 cents and revenue by $2M. However, the company came up short in its FY12 guidance; affirming its previously issued guidance range of $2.85 to $2.95 and net sales of $850M to $865M (versus the Street of $2.99 per share in earnings on sales of $866M). Coldwater Creek (CWTR) beat estimates by 4 cents, while missing revenue by $16M. Vera Bradley (VRA) missed estimates by 2 cents, while beating revenue by $1M. Kingfisher (KGFHY) is moved to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup. Pandora (P) is upgraded to Buy from Hold at Canaccord. World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) is raised to Buy from Neutral at Roth Capital.

Big Movers – Pandora (P) up 10.56%, Vera Bradley (VRA) down 10.54%
Dow Components – Disney (DIS) up 0.97%, Home Depot (HD) up 0.72%, McDonalds (MCD) down 0.56%.

The Consumer Discretionary Select Sector SPDR (XLY) was trading at $45.47 at 3:30 PM on Thursday, down 0.31% on the day – up 16.53% year-to-date.



Consumer Staples

Costco (COST) reported August comparable-store sales +6% (consensus +4.5%). Dow components – Kraft (KFT) down 0.41%, Coca Cola (KO) down 1.08%, Procter & Gamble (PG) up 0.04%, Wal-Mart (WMT) up 0.54%.

The Consumer Staples Select Sector SPDR (XLP) was trading at $35.54 at 3:30 PM on Thursday, down 0.14% on the day – up 9.39% year-to-date.

Health Care

Bio-Reference Laboratories (BRLI) beat estimates by 3 cents with revenue in-line with estimates. Greenway (GWAY) beat estimates by a penny and revenue by $2M. Aetna (AET) is a new Neutral at Credit Suisse. Centene (CNC) is covered with a Neutral at Credit Suisse. Cepheid (CPHD) is a Hold at Cantor Fitzgerald. Geron Corp (GERN) is begun with a Buy at Stifel Nicolaus. Vertex Pharmaceuticals (VRTX) is begun with a Buy at ThinkEquity. Cigna (CI) is moved to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse. Cadence Pharmaceuticals (CADX) is moved to Market Perform from Outperform at Leerink. Coventry Health Care (CVH) is downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse as they are no longer trading on fundamentals following this week’s acquisition offer from Aetna (AET). Humana (HUM) is now Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse. Triple-S Management (GTS) gets downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse.

Big Movers – StemCells (STEM) up 17.39%, Sarepta Therapeutics (SRPT) up 16.90%
Dow Components – Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) up 0.20%, Merck (MRK) up 0.74%, Pfizer (PFE) up 0.84%.

The Health Care Select Sector SPDR (XLV) was trading at $38.79 at 3:30 PM on Thursday, down 0.15% on the day – up 11.82% year-to-date.

Financial

Barclays (BCS) has named Antony Jenkins as CEO to replace Bob Diamond, who resigned in the wake of the Libor scandal. Scotiabank (BNS) has agreed to acquire the Canadian online bank of ING (ING) for $3.16B in a deal that will provide the Dutch company with a $1.4B after-tax gain. Louis Freeh, the trustee for MF Global's (MFGLQ) parent company, yesterday called on the firm's other bankruptcy administrators in the U.S. and U.K. to come to a "global resolution" with him over getting money back for creditors and clients rather than going through costly and time-consuming litigation. Carlyle Group (CG) to Buy DuPont (DD) Performance Coatings Business for $4.9 Billion. Royal Bank of Canada (RY) posts adjusted FQ3 earnings of $1.31/share, beating estimates by $0.13. Toronto Dominion Bank (TD) beat estimates by C$0.09 and revenue by C$70M. IntercontinentalExchange (ICE) is downgraded to Outperform from Strong Buy at Raymond James.

Dow Components – American Express (AXP) down 0.03%, Bank of America (BAC) up 0.50%, JP Morgan Chase (JPM) up 0.59%, Travelers (TRV) down 0.02%.

The Financial Select Sector SPDR (XLF) was trading at $15.092 at 3:30 PM on Thursday, down 0.25% on the day – up 16.09% year-to-date.

Information Technology

Intel (INTC) has provided details about its wireless charging technology for notebooks and mobile devices, saying that unlike older technology that requires a "charging mat" (such as with electric toothbrushes), it can work simply by placing two devices near each other and running the required software. Ciena (CIEN) missed estimates by 2 cents with revenue in-line with estimates. Methode Electronics (MEI) beat estimates by 9 cents with revenue in-line with estimates. TiVo (TIVO) beat estimates by a penny with revenue in-line with estimates. Alliance Data Systems (ADS) is a new Neutral at Citigroup. Brightcove (BCOV) gets a Strong Buy-from-Outperform boost at Raymond James. Angie’s List (ANGI) is downgraded to Hold from Buy at Canaccord. Ericsson (ERIC) is moved to Underperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse. KLA-Tencor (KLAC) gets cut to Neutral from Positive at Susquehanna. Yingli Green Energy (YGE) is slashed to Sell from Hold at ThinkEquity.

Big Movers – Ciena (CIEN) down 18.36%, First Solar (FSLR) down 15.74%.
Dow Components – Cisco Systems (CSCO) up 0.21%, Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) up 0.53%, IBM (IBM) up 0.46%, Intel Corp (INTC) down 1.06%, Microsoft (MSFT) up 0.19%.

The Technology Select Sector SPDR (XLK) was trading at $30.36 at 3:30 PM on Thursday, down 0.75% on the day – up 19.29% year-to-date.

Telecommunication Services

Dow Components – AT&T (T) up 0.87%, Verizon (VZ) up 1.36%. The NASDAQ Telecommunications Index (IXTC) was trading at $195.27 at 3:30 PM on Thursday, down 1.18% on the day – down 0.84% year-to-date.

Utilities

Calpine (CPN) is upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight by Barclays. Dominion Resources (D) down 1.54%, Edison International (EIX) up 0.87%, First Energy (FE) down 0.83%, PG&E Corp (PCG) down 0.30%, Southern Company (SO) down 0.31%.

The Utilities Select Sector SPDR (XLU) was trading at $36.47 at 3:30 PM on Thursday, down 0.27% on the day – up 1.36% 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, MHR, NRP, QRE, FRO, NXY, OILT, LYB, SHLD, CG, DD, LPX, AAMRQ, JPM, LCC, CWST, FLOW, EFX, VOLVY, VC, PIR, P, OXM, CWTR, VRA, KGFHY, WWE, VRA, COST, BRLI, GWAY, AET, CNC, CPHD, GERN, VRTX, CI, CADX, CVH, AET, HUM, GTS, STEM, SRPT, BCS, BNS, ING, MFGLQ, RY, TD, ICE, INTC, CIEN, MEI, TIVO, ADS, BCOV, ANGI, ERIC, KLAC, YGE, CIEN, FSLR

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Companies

Symbol Name Price Change % Volume
CI Cigna Corporation 156.93 -0.25 -0.16 907,741 Trade
MMM 3M Company 195.00 -0.13 -0.07 2,641,292 Trade
FLOW SPX FLOW Inc. 36.64 0.04 0.11 175,323 Trade
CNC Centene Corporation 72.80 -0.65 -0.88 3,512,017 Trade
PG Procter & Gamble Company (The) 87.74 -2.26 -2.51 11,952,113 Trade
GE General Electric Co 29.26 -0.19 -0.65 37,369,471 Trade
CVX Chevron Corporation 106.08 -0.65 -0.61 6,687,389 Trade
ICE Intercontinental Exchange Inc. 61.10 0.13 0.21 1,719,192 Trade
SO Southern Company (The) 49.97 -0.19 -0.38 2,781,583 Trade
TD Toronto-Dominion Bank 48.32 -0.93 -1.89 2,477,304 Trade
PCG Pacific Gas & Electric Co. 67.00 -0.66 -0.98 2,349,699 Trade
CPHD CEPHEID n/a n/a n/a 0 Trade
OXM Oxford Industries Inc. 59.12 0.78 1.34 148,346 Trade
JNJ Johnson & Johnson 123.51 0.08 0.06 5,021,839 Trade
CG The Carlyle Group L.P. 17.00 0.30 1.80 530,496 Trade
WMT Wal-Mart Stores Inc. 75.43 0.38 0.51 6,948,460 Trade
AA Alcoa Inc. 36.45 -0.04 -0.11 7,528,268 Trade
INTC Intel Corporation 36.93 0.06 0.16 27,240,993 Trade
IBM International Business Machines Corp 160.06 -0.33 -0.21 4,328,123 Trade
D Dominion Resources Inc. 77.49 -0.21 -0.27 1,505,814 Trade
TRV The Travelers Companies Inc. 122.01 0.69 0.57 2,433,209 Trade
P Pandora Media Inc. 10.83 -0.04 -0.37 3,600,288 Trade
BCS Barclays PLC 11.46 0.11 0.97 3,496,992 Trade
FVI:CA Fortuna Silver Mines Inc. 6.28 0.09 1.45 974,286
BNS Bank of Nova Scotia 56.87 -0.92 -1.59 1,274,847 Trade
EIX Edison International 80.19 -0.63 -0.78 1,876,362 Trade
JPM JP Morgan Chase 88.43 0.17 0.19 12,832,154 Trade
AXP American Express Company 80.52 -0.11 -0.14 3,661,571 Trade
UTX United Technologies Corporation 118.20 1.33 1.14 5,102,681 Trade
RY Royal Bank of Canada 70.12 -1.39 -1.94 1,651,828 Trade
HUM Humana Inc. 219.35 1.38 0.63 1,273,210 Trade
SRPT Sarepta Therapeutics Inc. 34.86 -0.95 -2.65 2,836,597 Trade
VRA Vera Bradley Inc. 9.32 0.30 3.33 549,488 Trade
CSCO Cisco Systems Inc. 33.40 -0.02 -0.06 17,962,460 Trade
ERIC Ericsson 6.38 0.13 2.08 6,490,030 Trade
DIS Walt Disney Company (The) 115.58 0.40 0.35 4,809,838 Trade
LYB LyondellBasell Industries NV Class A (Netherlands) 87.06 0.05 0.06 1,863,849 Trade
COST Costco Wholesale Corporation 176.80 4.12 2.39 4,591,294 Trade
VZ Verizon Communications Inc. 47.36 0.66 1.41 29,343,781 Trade
SHLD Sears Holdings Corporation 10.83 -0.45 -3.99 1,759,672 Trade
GERN Geron Corporation 2.57 0.02 0.78 2,446,583 Trade
BAC Bank of America Corporation 23.89 -0.09 -0.38 95,173,523 Trade
GTS Triple-S Management Corporation Class B 18.29 0.08 0.44 139,079 Trade
AET Aetna Inc. 133.99 0.16 0.12 1,874,321 Trade
MCD McDonald\'s Corporation 140.84 -0.86 -0.61 7,132,586 Trade
YGE Yingli Green Energy Holding Company Limited ADR 2.69 0.07 2.67 80,388 Trade
CIEN Ciena Corporation 23.14 0.06 0.26 2,602,727 Trade
DD E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Co. 81.61 -0.60 -0.73 2,466,120 Trade
CWST Casella Waste Systems Inc. 14.51 -0.15 -1.02 231,997 Trade
FRO Frontline Ltd 6.67 -0.06 -0.89 701,255 Trade
VC Visteon Corporation 98.48 0.40 0.41 311,224 Trade
HD Home Depot Inc. (The) 154.22 1.19 0.78 5,120,197 Trade
XOM Exxon Mobil Corporation 81.40 -0.33 -0.40 9,445,925 Trade
PFE Pfizer Inc. 33.85 0.09 0.27 19,815,015 Trade
FSLR First Solar Inc. 28.99 1.45 5.27 5,853,515 Trade
STEM StemCells Inc. n/a n/a n/a n/a
HPQ HP Inc. 18.63 0.02 0.11 7,950,652 Trade
KLAC KLA-Tencor Corporation 100.80 -0.91 -0.89 791,110 Trade
BA Boeing Company (The) 181.71 -1.80 -0.98 4,471,593 Trade
MRK Merck & Company Inc. (new) 62.70 0.40 0.64 8,859,276 Trade
PIR Pier 1 Imports Inc. 7.11 0.10 1.43 1,751,138 Trade
ING ING Group N.V. 16.31 -0.14 -0.85 4,686,706 Trade
WWE World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. Class A 21.55 0.28 1.32 558,589 Trade
FE FirstEnergy Corporation 30.52 -0.09 -0.29 5,786,127 Trade
LPX Louisiana-Pacific Corporation 26.73 0.22 0.83 2,165,911 Trade
KO Coca-Cola Company (The) 43.24 0.13 0.30 13,626,625 Trade
MEI Methode Electronics Inc. 44.65 -0.25 -0.56 221,775 Trade
T AT&T Inc. 40.44 0.50 1.25 34,352,326 Trade
EFX Equifax Inc. 138.74 -0.73 -0.52 625,122 Trade
CAT Caterpillar Inc. 104.66 0.24 0.23 9,856,087 Trade
MHR Magnum Hunter Resources Corp n/a n/a n/a 0
VRTX Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated 116.34 -0.93 -0.79 1,759,118 Trade
ADS Alliance Data Systems Corporation 262.33 -0.68 -0.26 358,753 Trade
NRP Natural Resource Partners LP Limited Partnership 33.05 0.60 1.85 43,800 Trade
BCOV Brightcove Inc. 8.80 0.15 1.73 90,426 Trade
MSFT Microsoft Corporation 67.83 -0.09 -0.13 26,194,001 Trade
ANGI Angie\'s List Inc. 6.08 0.04 0.66 328,229 Trade

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