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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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Symbol Name Price Change % Volume
CI Cigna Corporation 219.05 -0.61 -0.28 317,063 Trade
MMM 3M Company 246.66 0.75 0.30 532,127 Trade
FLOW SPX FLOW Inc. 47.94 0.34 0.71 29,043 Trade
CNC Centene Corporation 109.76 -1.24 -1.12 261,638 Trade
PG Procter & Gamble Company (The) 90.57 0.39 0.43 2,318,185 Trade
GE General Electric Co 16.09 -0.68 -4.05 64,461,351 Trade
CVX Chevron Corporation 130.80 -0.79 -0.60 1,642,207 Trade
ICE Intercontinental Exchange Inc. 75.64 0.37 0.49 542,285 Trade
SO Southern Company (The) 44.92 0.02 0.04 1,527,272 Trade
TD Toronto-Dominion Bank 59.63 0.26 0.43 157,559 Trade
PCG Pacific Gas & Electric Co. 44.57 0.07 0.16 854,843 Trade
CPHD CEPHEID n/a n/a n/a 0 Trade
OXM Oxford Industries Inc. 81.82 1.22 1.51 13,045 Trade
JNJ Johnson & Johnson 147.36 0.44 0.30 1,774,553 Trade
CG The Carlyle Group L.P. 24.33 -0.08 -0.31 56,098 Trade
WMT Wal-Mart Stores Inc. 104.40 0.10 0.10 2,363,044 Trade
AA Alcoa Inc. 52.66 -0.34 -0.64 1,936,982 Trade
INTC Intel Corporation 44.45 -0.03 -0.07 6,713,360 Trade
IBM International Business Machines Corp 163.15 -5.97 -3.53 7,237,222 Trade
D Dominion Resources Inc. 74.95 0.06 0.08 1,048,893 Trade
TRV The Travelers Companies Inc. 137.52 0.18 0.13 372,359 Trade
P Pandora Media Inc. 4.50 0.01 0.21 1,647,483 Trade
BCS Barclays PLC 11.09 0.02 0.14 491,183 Trade
FVI:CA Fortuna Silver Mines Inc. 6.12 0.12 2.00 283,007
BNS Bank of Nova Scotia 65.95 0.19 0.29 114,106 Trade
EIX Edison International 62.16 0.24 0.39 487,407 Trade
JPM JP Morgan Chase 114.08 0.82 0.72 3,921,793 Trade
AXP American Express Company 98.61 -1.25 -1.25 4,355,975 Trade
UTX United Technologies Corporation 135.38 0.77 0.57 763,006 Trade
RY Royal Bank of Canada 86.65 0.54 0.63 133,674 Trade
HUM Humana Inc. 278.42 -1.02 -0.37 178,134 Trade
SRPT Sarepta Therapeutics Inc. 62.23 0.39 0.63 361,777 Trade
VRA Vera Bradley Inc. 10.33 0.05 0.49 27,182 Trade
CSCO Cisco Systems Inc. 41.39 0.09 0.22 5,593,813 Trade
ERIC Ericsson 7.32 0.04 0.48 4,376,693 Trade
DIS Walt Disney Company (The) 110.51 0.09 0.08 2,003,496 Trade
LYB LyondellBasell Industries NV Class A (Netherlands) 117.85 0.96 0.82 414,327 Trade
COST Costco Wholesale Corporation 191.93 0.42 0.22 506,421 Trade
VZ Verizon Communications Inc. 51.49 -0.06 -0.12 6,028,080 Trade
SHLD Sears Holdings Corporation 3.65 -0.02 -0.54 270,111 Trade
GERN Geron Corporation 1.89 -0.02 -1.05 847,690 Trade
BAC Bank of America Corporation 31.61 0.13 0.40 16,804,483 Trade
GTS Triple-S Management Corporation Class B 24.20 -0.09 -0.37 9,229 Trade
AET Aetna Inc. 185.62 0.13 0.07 714,016 Trade
MCD McDonald\'s Corporation 174.78 0.21 0.12 907,104 Trade
YGE Yingli Green Energy Holding Company Limited ADR 1.97 0.10 5.24 88,053 Trade
CIEN Ciena Corporation 21.92 -0.12 -0.54 413,422 Trade
DD E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Co. 83.93 0.00 0.00 0 Trade
CWST Casella Waste Systems Inc. 24.22 0.09 0.37 18,217 Trade
FRO Frontline Ltd 4.95 -0.02 -0.33 82,792 Trade
VC Visteon Corporation 131.87 -0.52 -0.39 76,648 Trade
HD Home Depot Inc. (The) 200.86 2.53 1.28 1,559,392 Trade
XOM Exxon Mobil Corporation 86.93 -0.50 -0.57 3,972,247 Trade
PFE Pfizer Inc. 36.99 -0.01 -0.01 6,248,532 Trade
FSLR First Solar Inc. 70.06 -1.03 -1.45 423,686 Trade
STEM StemCells Inc. n/a n/a n/a n/a
HPQ HP Inc. 23.57 0.28 1.20 1,787,240 Trade
KLAC KLA-Tencor Corporation 113.93 -0.72 -0.63 173,486 Trade
BA Boeing Company (The) 339.32 -0.84 -0.25 2,169,817 Trade
MRK Merck & Company Inc. (new) 61.08 -0.06 -0.09 2,646,843 Trade
PIR Pier 1 Imports Inc. 3.88 0.01 0.26 315,456 Trade
ING ING Group N.V. 20.20 -0.02 -0.10 654,520 Trade
WWE World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. Class A 33.79 0.59 1.76 239,931 Trade
FE FirstEnergy Corporation 29.81 0.25 0.83 851,580 Trade
LPX Louisiana-Pacific Corporation 27.96 0.07 0.25 188,380 Trade
KO Coca-Cola Company (The) 47.12 0.24 0.51 3,205,362 Trade
MEI Methode Electronics Inc. 42.25 -0.05 -0.12 27,282 Trade
T AT&T Inc. 37.07 -0.08 -0.22 6,910,007 Trade
EFX Equifax Inc. 124.45 1.61 1.31 203,074 Trade
CAT Caterpillar Inc. 169.48 1.43 0.85 1,200,172 Trade
MHR Magnum Hunter Resources Corp n/a n/a n/a 0
VRTX Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated 159.14 1.95 1.24 724,320 Trade
ADS Alliance Data Systems Corporation 256.00 0.06 0.02 209,911 Trade
NRP Natural Resource Partners LP Limited Partnership 32.85 -0.20 -0.61 4,395 Trade
BCOV Brightcove Inc. 6.95 -0.05 -0.71 20,520 Trade
MSFT Microsoft Corporation 90.16 0.06 0.07 8,781,355 Trade
ANGI Angie\'s List Inc. 13.12 0.01 0.08 45,176 Trade


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