Equities Sector Coverage: Stocks Hold Flat As Investors Wait for Direction

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Factory Orders fell 0.6% in April well below the up 0.2% Wall Street estimates. The Dow Jones Industrial Average traded up to 12,143.69 then down to 12,035.09 staying well below its 200-day simple moving average at 12,258. The NASDAQ traded up to 2769.93 then down to 2726.68 before consolidating and was below its 200-day simple moving average at 2759 going into the final half hour of trading.

Asian stocks were lower again on Monday. The Nikkei 225 ended the day at 8,296 – down 1.71%. The Hang Seng ended the day at 18,186 – down 2.01%. European exchanges were mixed on Monday. The FTSE 100 was closed at 5,260 – down 1.14% on Friday. The DAX ended Monday at 5,978 – down 1.19%. The CAC 40 ended Monday at 2.954 – up 0.14%. The yield on the 10-Year US Treasury set a record low of 1.439% on Friday and rose to 1.532% on Monday. The yield on the Japanese 10-Year JGB traded below 0.8% for the first time since July 2003.

Gold traded down from $1629.7 the Troy ounce to $1610.0 on Monday after jumping to $1632.0 on Friday for a test of the base of the “Death Cross” 50-day and 200-day simple moving averages at $1624.2 and $1687.7. Crude oil traded down from $83.38 per barrel to another new year to date low at $81.21 then rebounded to $84.25. The euro versus the dollar traded to a new year to date low at 1.2291 on Friday and rebounded from 1.2389 to 1.2507 on Monday.


According to a Reuter’s source, BP (BP) is free to sell its TNK-BP stake. This is in response to the speculation that the Russian co-owners of the joint venture would veto any deal. Chesapeake Energy (CHK) by its of its hedges against low gas prices last October exacerbated the company's cash crunch and left it largely unprotected against low gas prices this year. The Wall Street Journal has calculated the losses to be $750 - $900 million. Pioneer Natural Resources (PXD) have been upgraded to Hold from Sell at Société Général. Dow components – Chevron (CVX) down 0.20%, Exxon Mobil (XOM) down 0.49%.
Energy Select Sector SPDR (XLE) was trading at $61.90 at 3:30 PM on Monday, down 0.23% on the day – down 10.46% year-to-date.


Buckeye Technologies (BKI) has been upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS. Dow components – Alcoa (AA) down 0.42%, DuPont (DD) down 1.00%.
The Materials Select Sector SPDR (XLB) was trading at $33.00 at 3:30 PM on Monday, down 0.30% on the day – down 1.49% year-to-date.


AMR (AAMRQ.PK) will renew talks with pilot representatives today on cost cuts after failing to reach a agreement on Friday with the APFA flight attendants' union. If the sides cannot agreement, a court will rule, possibly on June 22, whether the airline can void the contracts with the unions, which have been backing a merger with US Airways (LCC). Boeing (BA) has been upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel Nicolaus due to valuation and expected strength in the aerospace cycle with an $80 price target. Cummins (CMI) has been downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo. Dow components – Boeing Co (BA) up 0.21%, Caterpillar (CAT) down 2.07%, General Electric (GE) down 1.94%, 3M Company (MMM) down 0.66%, United Technologies (UTX) down 1.29%.

The Industrial Select Sector SPDR (XLI) was trading at $33.34 at 3:30 PM on Monday, down 1.10% on the day – down 1.21% year-to-date.

Consumer Discretionary

Conn's (CONN) beat FQ1 estimates by two cents on higher average selling prices in major product categories. The company raised its full year EPS guidance. KAR Auction Services (KAR) has been upgraded to Outperform from Perform with a $21 target price at Robert W. Baird citing the company’s deep network of buyers and sellers, property zoned for salvage, and valuable internet assets. YUM Brands (YUM) the parent of Pizza Hut and KFC has been downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James. Dow Components – Disney (DIS) up 0.18%, Home Depot up 1.31%, McDonalds (MCD) down 0.21%.
The Consumer Discretionary Select Sector SPDR (XLY) was trading at $41.85 at 3:30 PM on Monday, up 0.26% on the day – up 7.25% year-to-date.

Consumer Staples

Smart Balance (SMBL) has been upgraded to Buy from Hold at Canaccord Genuity. Cheesecake Factory (CAKE) has been downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform by William Blair citing potential earnings estimate risk from choppy casual dining trends. Macy's (M) has been removed from the Top Picks Live List at Citigroup. Dow components – Kraft (KFT) down 0.05%, Coca Cola (KO) up 0.45%, Procter & Gamble (PG) down 0.53%, Wal-Mart (WMT) flat.
The Consumer Staples Select Sector SPDR (XLP) was trading at $33.21 at 3:30 PM on Monday, up 0.15% on the day – up 2.22% year-to-date.

Health Care

Pharmaceutical companies are presenting trial data at the American Society of Clinical Oncology meeting in Chicago. Late stage studies of Glaxo Smith Kline (GSK) trametinib and dabrafenib treatments for skin cancer showed good results, as did Johnson & Johnson's (JNJ) Zytiga for prostate tumors, Roche's (RHHBY.PK) T-DM1 for breast cancer and Avastin for cancer, and Bristol Myers' (BMY) BMS-936558 for lung, kidney and skin tumors. WellPoint (WLP) will acquire contact-lens and eyewear retailer 1-800 Contacts for an undisclosed sum. This is a sign that health insurers will be diversifying and deepening their ties with consumers. Galena Biopharma (GALE) has been initiated with a Buy rating at Cantor Fitzgerald with a $4 price target, on high hopes for a Phase III trial with NeuVax for the prevention of breast cancer. Healthsouth (HLS) has been upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo. Synta Pharmaceuticals (SNTA) has been upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital. Dow Components – Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) up 0.49%, Merck (MRK) up 0.46%, Pfizer (PFE) down 0.44%.
The Health Care Select Sector SPDR (XLV) was trading at $35.57 at 3:30 PM on Monday, up 0.17% on the day – up 2.54% year-to-date.


Over a year ago a small group of investors warned JP Morgan's (JPM) management that the bank needed to upgrade its risk management controls. Two of the group's proposals: giving the chief risk officer more power to oversee CIO trades and strengthening the board's risk management committee were ignored, but are now being fast-tracked at the bank. Days before Bank of America (BAC) shareholders approved the bank's $50 billion purchase of Merrill Lynch purchase, BofA executives were told that the losses at Merrill would hit the combined companies' earnings for years, but this information was not shared with shareholders. Bank of America (BAC) has been upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Evercore Partners. SunTrust Banks (STI) has been upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Evercore. Charles Schwab (SCHW) and TD Ameritrade (AMTD) have been downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup. Concerns include a weaker global economy and the flattening US Treasury yield curve. Regions Financial (RF) has been downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank. Dow Components – American Express (AXP) up 0.69%, Bank of America (BAC) down 1.24%, JP Morgan Chase (JPM) down 2.16%, Travelers (TRV) down 0.21%.
The Financial Select Sector SPDR (XLF) was trading at $13.38 at 3:30 PM on Monday, down 0.82% on the day – up 2.92% year-to-date.

Information Technology

Facebook (FB) has developed technology that would let under-13 year olds use the site with parental supervision, according to the Wall Street Journal. The social network currently bans children below that age from opening accounts, but 7.5 million are estimated to be using the site - having lied about their ages. Facebook (FB) has been initiated with an Underperform rating at Sanford Bernstein. Inphi (IPHI) has been upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray. Solera (SLH) has been initiated with an Equal Weight rating by Barclays. Dow Components – Cisco Systems (CSCO) up 0.22%, Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) down 1.04%, IBM (IBM) down 0.51%, Intel Corp (INTC) down 0.42%, Microsoft (MSFT) down 0.16%.
The Technology Select Sector SPDR (XLK) was trading at $27.29 at 3:30 PM on Monday, up 0.33% on the day – up 7.23% year-to-date.

Telecommunication Services

Dow components – AT&T (T) up 1.00%, Verizon (VZ) up 0.60%.
The NASDAQ Telecommunications Index (IXTC) was trading at $175.98 at 3:30 PM on Monday, down 0.16% on the day – down 11.15% year-to-date.


PG&E Corp (PCG) has been initiated with an Equal Weight rating at Morgan Stanley. Dominion Resources (D) up 0.15%, Edison International (EIX) up 1.13%, First Energy (FE) up 0.65%, PG&E Corp (PCG) up 0.37%, Southern Company (SO) up 0.35%.
The Utilities Select Sector SPDR (XLU) was trading at $35.80 at 3:30 PM on Monday, up 0.25% on the day – down 0.50% year-to-date.


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Symbol Name Price Change % Volume
MMM 3M Company 155.85 -5.03 -3.13 4,224,008 Trade
GSK GlaxoSmithKline PLC 41.19 0.21 0.51 3,375,531 Trade
PG Procter & Gamble Company (The) 117.32 -2.10 -1.76 7,336,907 Trade
GE General Electric Company 7.97 -0.22 -2.69 128,643,149 Trade
CVX Chevron Corporation 115.18 -2.55 -2.17 7,654,485 Trade
SO Southern Company (The) 57.68 -0.77 -1.32 4,926,275 Trade
PCG Pacific Gas & Electric Co. 11.04 -0.64 -5.48 7,666,429 Trade
KAR KAR Auction Services Inc 24.59 -0.88 -3.46 1,703,190 Trade
FB Facebook Inc. 177.75 -4.29 -2.36 17,331,221 Trade
JNJ Johnson & Johnson 127.73 -3.54 -2.70 15,714,753 Trade
AA Alcoa Corporation 17.48 -0.57 -3.16 3,236,669 Trade
INTC Intel Corporation 44.96 -1.82 -3.89 32,817,083 Trade
D Dominion Energy Inc. 75.94 -0.58 -0.76 3,525,330 Trade
TRV The Travelers Companies Inc. 144.73 -3.08 -2.08 1,430,533 Trade
QDEL Quidel Corporation 58.34 -2.46 -4.05 137,188 Trade
EIX Edison International 72.11 -0.72 -0.99 1,905,730 Trade
AXP American Express Company 117.76 -4.51 -3.69 4,800,393 Trade
AMTD TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation 42.91 -0.93 -2.12 1,627,465 Trade
UTX United Technologies Corporation 123.42 -4.54 -3.55 3,482,050 Trade
GALE SLS Galena Biopharma Inc. n/a n/a n/a n/a
CSCO Cisco Systems Inc. 46.61 -1.57 -3.26 25,881,999 Trade
VZ Verizon Communications Inc. 55.92 -0.86 -1.51 13,203,639 Trade
M Macy's Inc 14.94 -0.62 -3.98 18,818,789 Trade
CMI Cummins Inc. 142.02 -4.66 -3.18 1,533,186 Trade
BAC Bank of America Corporation 26.47 -0.72 -2.65 81,898,762 Trade
YUM Yum! Brands Inc. 115.31 -2.00 -1.70 1,800,448 Trade
CONN Conn's Inc. 19.48 -0.81 -3.99 535,743 Trade
MCD McDonald's Corporation 214.66 -4.83 -2.20 3,662,483 Trade
RF Regions Financial Corporation 13.79 -0.46 -3.23 12,282,810 Trade
BMY Bristol-Myers Squibb Company 46.58 -1.28 -2.67 16,321,221 Trade
IPHI Inphi Corporation $0.001 par value 62.09 -1.97 -3.08 978,937 Trade
PFE Pfizer Inc. 34.34 -0.74 -2.11 26,344,200 Trade
CAKE The Cheesecake Factory Incorporated 37.26 -0.44 -1.17 939,055 Trade
HPQ HP Inc. 17.81 -1.12 -5.92 26,399,960 Trade
MRK Merck & Company Inc. (new) 84.94 -1.78 -2.05 10,122,859 Trade
STL Sterling Bancorp 18.63 -0.69 -3.57 1,098,393 Trade
SLH Solera Holdings Inc n/a n/a n/a 0 Trade
BP BP p.l.c. 36.21 -0.31 -0.85 7,484,871 Trade
FE FirstEnergy Corp. 44.99 -0.71 -1.55 5,017,381 Trade
KO Coca-Cola Company (The) 53.74 -0.75 -1.38 14,160,658 Trade
PXD Pioneer Natural Resources Company 120.65 -5.42 -4.30 1,440,330 Trade
T AT&T Inc. 34.82 -0.57 -1.61 33,864,032 Trade
CAT Caterpillar Inc. 114.06 -3.83 -3.25 6,105,282 Trade
HLS EHC HealthSouth Corporation n/a n/a n/a n/a
SCHW Charles Schwab Corporation (The) 36.58 -1.29 -3.41 8,736,678 Trade
MSFT Microsoft Corporation 133.39 -4.39 -3.19 38,515,386 Trade
CHK Chesapeake Energy Corporation 1.47 -0.14 -8.70 47,482,084 Trade
WMT Walmart Inc. 110.83 -1.08 -0.97 6,237,251 Trade
IBM International Business Machines Corporation 129.57 -4.75 -3.54 4,818,759 Trade
JPM JP Morgan Chase & Co. 106.02 -2.70 -2.48 14,764,096 Trade
DIS The Walt Disney Company 131.67 -4.41 -3.24 10,197,685 Trade
HD Home Depot Inc. (The) 217.47 -3.55 -1.61 5,770,379 Trade
XOM Exxon Mobil Corporation 67.49 -2.08 -2.99 15,373,737 Trade
BA The Boeing Company 356.01 1.60 0.45 11,527,786 Trade



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