Equities Sector Coverage: Stocks Fall as Wall Street Braces for Potential Bad News

Sector Recap |

nyse, wall street, economy, stock marketInitial Jobless Claims fell to 365,000 still above the 350,000 recessionary threshold. Nonmanufacturing ISM fell to 53.5 in April. The Dow Jones Industrial Average traded up to 13284.09 then declined to 13,175.64 staying below its year-to-date high set at 13,338.66 on May 1st. The NASDAQ traded down from 3061.38 to 3016.20 staying below its March 27th high at 3134.17.

Asian stocks were lower on Thursday. The Nikkei 225 was closed at 9,380. The Hang Seng ended their session at 21,250 – down 0.28% on the day. European exchanges were mixed on Thursday. The FTSE 100 ended their session at 5,767 – up 0.15% on the day. The DAX ended their session at 6,694 – down 0.24% on the day. The CAC 40 ended their session at 3,223 – down 0.09% on the day.

The yield on the 10-Year US Treasury traded between 1.912 percent and 1.956 staying below its 50-day and 200-day simple moving averages at 2.076 and 2.067. Freddie Mac’s 30-Year fixed rate mortgage fell to a record low at 3.84. Gold declined from $1654.3 the Troy ounce to $1631.3 still below the 50-day and 200-day simple moving averages at $1671.0 and $1698.6. Crude oil traded down from $105.42 per barrel to $102.36 below its 50-day simple moving average at $105.19. The euro versus the dollar traded between 1.3103 and 1.3178 below its 50-day simple moving average at 1.3204.

Energy

BP (BP) won a preliminary court approval for a $7.8 billion settlement to resolve more than 100,000 claims connected to the Gulf oil spill. Alpha Natural Resources (ANR) missed Q1 EPS estimates by 21 cents with in-line revenue. Plains Exploration & Production (PXP) missed Q1 EPS estimates by three cents with a miss on the revenue line. Western Refining (WNR) beat Q1 EPS estimates by three cents with better than expected revenue. SM Energy (SM) missed Q1 EPS estimates by five cents with a miss on the revenue line. Tesoro (TSO) beat Q1 EPS estimates by ten cents. Murphy Oil (MUR) beat Q1 EPS estimates but they missed on the revenue line. Pioneer Natural Resources (PXD) reported Q1 EPS of $1.12 and beat on the revenue line. Dow components – Chevron (CVX) – down 1.3%, Exxon Mobil (XOM) down 0.6%.
Energy Select Sector SPDR (XLE) was trading at $69.94 at 3:30 PM on Thursday, down 1.60% on the day – up 1.17% year-to-date.

Materials

Olympic Steel (ZEUS) beat Q1 EPS estimates by three cents with better than expected revenue. RTI International Metals (RTI) beat Q1 EPS estimates by 13 cents with revenue up 34.7% year over year to $162.9 million. KapStone Paper and Packaging (KS) missed Q1 EPS estimates by three cents with in-line revenue. Intrepid Potash (IPI) missed Q1 EPS estimates by a penny. New Gold (NGD) reported in-line Q1 EPS of $0.10 in-line with in-line revenue. Dow components – Alcoa (AA) down 1.5%, DuPont (DD) down 0.7%.
The Materials Select Sector SPDR (XLB) was trading at $36.31 at 3:30 PM on Thursday, down 1.09% on the day – up 8.39% year-to-date.

Industrials

General Motors (GM) beat Q1 EPS estimates by eight cents with better than expected revenue. Georgia Gulf (GGG) beat Q1 EPS estimates by 45 cents with better than expected revenue. Expeditors International of Washington (EXPD) missed Q1 EPS estimates by two cents. Dow components – Boeing Co (BA) down 0.8%, Caterpillar (CAT) down 2.0%, General Electric (GE) down 0.9%, 3M Company (MMM) down 0.4%, United Technologies (UTX) down 1.0%.
The Industrial Select Sector SPDR (XLI) was trading at $36.84 at 3:30 PM on Thursday, down 0.78% on the day – up 9.16% year-to-date.

Consumer Discretionary

Green Mountain (GMCR) plunged 39% premarket after the company issued a profit warning. The company warned that it expects more moderate growth in sales for its Keurig brewers and K-Cup packs. Viacom (VIAB) beat FQ2 EPS estimates by eight cents with in-line revenue. Skullcandy (SKUL) beat Q1 EPS estimates by a penny with better than expected revenue. Glu Mobile (GLUU) beat Q1 EPS estimates by seven cents with better than expected revenue. Dow Components – Disney (DIS) up 0.4%, Home Depot down 0.7%, McDonalds (MCD) down 0.5%.
The Consumer Discretionary Select Sector SPDR (XLY) was trading at $45.84 at 3:30 PM on Thursday, down 0.69% on the day – up 17.48% year-to-date.

Consumer Staples

BEAM (BEAM) missed Q1 EPS estimates by 28 cents but beats on the revenue line. Boston Beer (SAM) beat Q1 EPS estimates by fifteen cents with better than expected revenue. Hertz Global Holdings (HTZ) beat Q1 EPS estimates by a nickel but missed on the revenue line. Whole Foods Market (WFM) beat FQ2 EPS estimates by a nickel with better than revenue. Dow components – Kraft (KFT) down 0.2%, Coca Cola (KO) up 0.4%, Procter & Gamble (PG) up 0.6%, Wal-Mart (WMT) down 0.2%.
The Consumer Staples Select Sector SPDR (XLP) was trading at $34.34 at 3:30 PM on Thursday, up 0.12% on the day – up 5.69% year-to-date.

Health Care

Novartis (NVS) will acquire privately-held Fougera Pharmaceuticals for $1.525 billion in cash. This move will make Novartis generic drug division the biggest globally and number one in the U.S for generic dermatology medicines. Cardinal Health (CAH) beat FQ3 EPS estimates by six cents with better than expected revenue. Mednax (MD) missed Q1 EPS estimates by two cents with in-line revenue. Nektar Therapeutics (NKTR) missed Q1 EPS estimates by three cents. MedAssets (MDAS) beat Q1 EPS estimates by six cents with better than expected revenue. ONYX Pharmaceuticals (ONXX) missed Q1 EPS estimates by eight cents with better than expected revenue. Dow Components – Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) up 0.1%, Merck (MRK) down 0.4%, Pfizer (PFE) down 0.4%.
The Health Care Select Sector SPDR (XLV) was trading at $37.45 at 3:30 PM on Thursday, down 0.35% on the day – up 7.96% year-to-date.

Financials

Cigna (CI) missed Q1 EPS estimates by two cents with a beat on the revenue line. Prudential (PRU) reported a loss of $988 million for the quarter on a $1.5 billion hit on what could be a yen currency hedge gone wrong. Hartford Financial (HIG) beat Q1 EPS estimates by twenty cents. Annaly Capital (NLY) reported Q1 EPS of 92 cents unchanged from a year ago. Lincoln National (LNC) beat Q1 EPS estimates by three cents with in-line revenue. Allstate (ALL) beat Q1 EPS estimates by 43 cents with better than expected revenue. Visa (V) beat FQ2 EPS estimates by nine cents with better than expected revenue. Dow Components – American Express (AXP) down 0.4%, Bank of America (BAC) down 2.9%, JP Morgan Chase (JPM) down 0.9%, Travelers (TRV) flat.
The Financial Select Sector SPDR (XLF) was trading at $15.33 at 3:30 PM on Thursday, down 0.84% on the day – up 17.92% year-to-date.

Information Technology

PC manufacturers are unhappy with the weak demand for high-end Android tablets. This makes PC manufacturers such as Dell (DELL) and Hewlett Packard (HPQ) to focus their R&D resources to develop Windows 8 products. A settlement between H-P (HPQ) and Oracle (ORCL) are in a dispute over H-P's itanium chip. H-P is seeks $4 billion in lost profits from Oracle. American Tower (AMT) beat Q1 EPS estimates by fifteen cents with a beat on the revenue line. Teradata (TDC) beat Q1 EPS estimates by four cents with better than expected revenue. Smith Micro Software (SMSI) beat Q1 EPS estimates by a penny with a miss on the revenue line. RealNetworks (RNWK) missed Q1 EPS estimates by twenty cents with a modest beat on the revenue line. Newport (NEWP) reported Q1 EPS of $0.17 and a miss on the revenue line. Extreme Networks (EXTR) reported in-line FQ3 EPS with in-line revenue. Symantec (SYMC) reported in-line FQ4 EPS and in-line revenue. Atmel (ATML) beat Q1 EPS estimates by a penny with better than expected revenue. ON Semiconductor (ONNN) beat Q1 EPS estimates by three cents with better than expected revenue. Dow Components – Cisco Systems (CSCO) down 0.6%, Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) down 2.8%, IBM (IBM) down 0.6%, Intel Corp (INTC) down 2.1%, Microsoft (MSFT) down 0.3%.
The Technology Select Sector SPDR (XLK) was trading at $29.71 at 3:30 PM on Thursday, down 0.77% on the day – up 16.74% year-to-date.

Telecommunication Services

Level 3 Communications (LVLT) reported a Q1 EPS loss of 37 cents with in-line revenue. France Telecom (FTE) projects that roaming agreements will bring in one billion euros in revenue over three years, down from an earlier prediction of six years. Novatel Wireless (NVTL) missed Q1 EPS estimates by six cents with a modest beat on the revenue line. United Online (UNTD) beat Q1 EPS estimates by four cents with better than expected revenue. Dow components – AT&T (T) down 0.2%, Verizon (VZ) flat.
The NASDAQ Telecommunications Index (IXTC) was trading at $207.50 at 3:30 PM on Thursday, down 0.88% on the day – up 5.37% year-to-date.

Utilities

BCE (BCE) missed Q1 EPS estimates by a penny with in-line revenue and the stock was 1.9% lower premarket. NRG Energy (NRG) reported a Q1 EPS loss of 91 cents with a miss on the revenue line. Portland General Electric (POR) missed Q1 EPS estimates by ten cents with a miss on the revenue line. Vectren (VVC) reported in-line Q1 EPS with a miss on the revenue line. Atmos Energy (ATO) reported FQ2 EPS of $1.28, which may not be comparable to consensus of $1.44. American Water Works (AWK) reported in-line Q1 EPS with a miss on the revenue line. Edison International (EIX) missed Q1 EPS estimates by fifteen cents with a miss on the revenue line. Dominion Resources (D) down 0.1%, Edison International (EIX) up 0.25%, First Energy (FE) down 1.4%, PG&E Corp (PCG) down 1.1%, Southern Company (SO) down 1.3%.
The Utilities Select Sector SPDR (XLU) was trading at $35.57 at 3:30 PM on Thursday, down 0.17% on the day – down 1.14% year-to-date.

STOCKS: CVX, XOM, BP, ANR, PXP, WNR, SM, TSO, MUR, PXD, AA, DD, ZEUS, RTI, KS, IPI, NGD, BA, CAT, GE, MMM, UTX, GM, GGG, EXPD, DIS, HD, MCD, GMCR, VIAB, SKUL, GLUU, KFT, KO, PG, WMT, BEAM, SAM, HTZ, WFM, JNJ, MRK, PFE, NVS, CAH, MD, NKTR, MDAS, ONXX, AXP, BAC, JPM, TRV, CI, PRU, HIG, NLY, LNC, ALL, V, CSCO, HPQ, IBM, INTC, MSFT, DELL, AMT, TDC, SMSI, RNWK, NEWP, EXTR, SYMC, ATML, ONNN, T, VZ, LVLT, FTE, NVTL, UNTD, D, EIX, FE, PCG, SO, BCE, NRG, POR, VVC, ATO, AWK

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Companies

Symbol Name Price Change % Volume
AA Alcoa Inc. 9.76 -0.02 -0.20 12,146,577
ALL Allstate Corporation (The) 68.49 -0.45 -0.65 1,297,205
AMT American Tower Corporation (REIT) 112.99 0.71 0.63 2,459,804
ATML Atmel Corp n/a n/a n/a 0
ATO Atmos Energy Corporation 76.64 -1.01 -1.30 475,676
AWK American Water Works Company Inc. 76.49 -0.87 -1.12 1,116,819
AXP American Express Company 63.85 -0.78 -1.21 5,083,894
BA Boeing Company (The) 131.78 -0.09 -0.07 2,330,720
BAC Bank of America Corporation 15.52 -0.08 -0.51 51,604,424
BCE BCE Inc. 46.05 -0.68 -1.46 775,073
BP BP p.l.c. 33.96 -0.30 -0.88 5,138,003
CAH Cardinal Health Inc. 77.66 0.10 0.13 2,098,539
CAT Caterpillar Inc. 82.44 -1.06 -1.27 3,031,533
CI Cigna Corporation 131.00 -1.00 -0.76 1,164,766
CSCO Cisco Systems Inc. 31.34 -0.32 -1.01 20,442,199
CVX Chevron Corporation 99.22 -0.76 -0.76 7,396,784
D Dominion Resources Inc. 77.01 -0.03 -0.04 2,050,553
DD E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Co. 66.77 -0.08 -0.12 2,661,570
DIS Walt Disney Company (The) 93.27 -0.14 -0.15 4,407,725
EIX Edison International 75.62 0.11 0.15 1,399,240
EXPD Expeditors International of Washington Inc. 50.87 -0.03 -0.06 575,743
EXTR Extreme Networks Inc. 4.49 0.00 0.00 677,370
FE FirstEnergy Corporation 34.49 -0.35 -1.00 4,010,237
GE General Electric Co 29.89 -0.15 -0.50 22,821,677
GGG Graco Inc. 73.54 -2.30 -3.03 224,354
GLUU Glu Mobile Inc. 2.22 0.01 0.45 664,799
GM General Motors Company 32.12 -0.27 -0.83 9,812,127
GMCR Keurig Green Mountain Inc n/a n/a n/a 0
HD Home Depot Inc. (The) 127.79 -0.96 -0.75 4,464,702
HIG Hartford Financial Services Group Inc. (The) 42.77 -0.36 -0.83 2,434,509
HPQ HP Inc. 15.09 -0.03 -0.20 8,102,240
HTZ Hertz Global Holdings Inc 46.50 -1.31 -2.74 951,495
IBM International Business Machines Corp 154.98 -1.13 -0.72 2,702,153
INTC Intel Corporation 37.19 -0.36 -0.96 18,062,474
IPI Intrepid Potash Inc 1.06 -0.03 -2.75 1,102,710
JNJ Johnson & Johnson 118.81 -0.65 -0.54 4,772,980
JPM JP Morgan Chase 67.25 -0.14 -0.21 13,967,357
KO Coca-Cola Company (The) 42.74 -0.22 -0.51 8,852,719
KS KapStone Paper and Packaging Corporation 19.87 0.66 3.44 1,830,789
LNC Lincoln National Corporation 46.30 -0.35 -0.75 1,483,446
LVLT Level 3 Communications Inc. 47.55 0.15 0.32 3,135,539
MCD McDonald\'s Corporation 117.17 -0.19 -0.16 2,775,956
MD Mednax Inc. 64.94 -0.99 -1.50 341,806
MDAS MedAssets Inc. n/a n/a n/a 0
MMM 3M Company 177.39 -2.46 -1.37 1,910,978
MRK Merck & Company Inc. (new) 62.96 -0.06 -0.10 7,679,801
MSFT Microsoft Corporation 57.43 -0.39 -0.67 19,955,336
MUR Murphy Oil Corporation 26.08 -1.47 -5.34 5,697,768
NEWP Newport Corporation n/a n/a n/a 0
NGD New Gold Inc. 4.57 -0.15 -3.18 4,767,946
NKTR Nektar Therapeutics 18.75 -0.77 -3.94 1,288,238
NLY Annaly Capital Management Inc 10.79 -0.04 -0.37 6,372,406
NRG NRG Energy Inc. 11.53 -0.23 -1.96 5,562,716
NVS Novartis AG 81.48 -0.55 -0.67 1,031,218
PCG Pacific Gas & Electric Co. 64.20 0.18 0.28 2,120,841
PFE Pfizer Inc. 34.26 0.11 0.32 12,937,101
PG Procter & Gamble Company (The) 87.76 -1.23 -1.38 48,281,375
POR Portland General Electric Co 43.94 -0.11 -0.25 726,478
PRU Prudential Financial Inc. 80.34 0.20 0.25 3,228,080
PXD Pioneer Natural Resources Company 175.53 -3.52 -1.97 1,366,217
RNWK RealNetworks Inc. 4.33 -0.04 -0.92 20,924
SAM Boston Beer Co. Cl A 152.30 0.98 0.65 183,688
SKUL Skullcandy Inc. 6.33 0.00 0.00 155,026
SM SM Energy Company 34.56 -1.54 -4.27 3,386,012
SMSI Smith Micro Software Inc. 2.28 -0.17 -6.90 84,405
SO Southern Company (The) 53.53 0.05 0.09 4,282,665
SYMC Symantec Corporation 25.04 -0.04 -0.16 6,764,317
T AT&T Inc. 41.28 0.17 0.41 18,867,573
TDC Teradata Corporation 30.72 0.16 0.52 1,302,510
TRV The Travelers Companies Inc. 115.31 -1.42 -1.22 1,141,120
TSO Tesoro Corporation 83.61 0.66 0.80 2,227,209
UNTD United Online Inc n/a n/a n/a 0
UTX United Technologies Corporation 102.56 -0.44 -0.43 2,646,428
V Visa Inc. 82.54 -0.82 -0.98 8,283,718
VIAB Viacom Inc. 35.50 -0.32 -0.89 3,662,279
VVC Vectren Corporation 51.64 -0.27 -0.52 235,115
VZ Verizon Communications Inc. 52.56 0.21 0.40 13,014,796
WFM Whole Foods Market Inc. 28.52 -0.15 -0.52 3,313,269
WMT Wal-Mart Stores Inc. 72.35 0.08 0.11 7,696,449
WNR Western Refining Inc. Inc. 27.52 -0.52 -1.85 3,123,860
XOM Exxon Mobil Corporation 83.45 -0.09 -0.11 12,667,106

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