Equities Sector Coverage: Stocks Pare Gains But Still Closer Higher

Sector Recap |

Energy

Chevron (CVX) expects Q3 results to beat analyst forecasts and come in at the same level as Q2, when it reported EPS of $3.85. Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) is increased to Outperform from Perform with a $47.75 target at Morgan Keegan. Boardwalk Pipeline Partners (BWP) is also upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Morgan Keegan. Patriot Coal (PCX) gets cut to Sell from Neutral at Goldman. First Solar (FSLR) is taken to Sell from Neutral at Ticonderoga. In afternoon trading: Shares of General Maritime (GMR) are up about 51.5%. Shares of Frontline (FRO) are up about 17.25%. Shares of Cal Dive International (DVR) are up about 13.5%. Shares of W&T Offshore (WTI) are up about 12.25%.

Energy Select Sector SPDR (XLE) was trading at $64.13 at 4:00 PM on Wednesday, up 0.53% on the day – down 6.04% year-to-date.

Materials

Alcoa (AA) got the Q3 earnings season off to a poor start after reporting that EPS more than doubled to $0.15 but came in way below reduced expectations of $0.23. Revenue jumped 21% to $6.4B and beat forecasts. In afternoon trading: Shares of Cemex (CX) are up about 18%. Shares of Aluminum of China (ACH) are up about 12%. Shares of Rare Element (REE) are up about 8.25%. Shares of Mechel (MTL) are up about 7.5%. Shares of Louisiana-Pacific (LPX) are up about 7.25%.

The Materials Select Sector SPDR (XLB) was trading at $32.79 at 4:00 PM on Wednesday, up 0.99% on the day – down 14.63% year-to-date.

Industrials

Acuity Brands (AYI) is a new Hold and $38 target price at Jefferies. Norfolk Southern (NSC) and C.H. Robinson (CHRW) are now Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank. In afternoon trading: Shares of A123 Systems (AONE) are up about 21.75%. Shares of Excel Maritime (EXM) are up about 17%. Shares of Paragon Shipping (PRGN) are up about 16.25%. Shares of WABCO (WBC) are up about 7.5%. Shares of DryShips (DRYS) are up about 7.5%. Shares of US Airways (LCC) are up about 7.5%.

The Industrial Select Sector SPDR (XLI) was trading at $31.89 at 4:00 PM on Wednesday, up 1.27% on the day – down 8.55% year-to-date.

Consumer Discretionary

AMC Networks (AMCX) is a new Underweight at Morgan Stanley. Cheesecake Factory (CAKE) is started with a Sell at Goldman Sachs, which has new Neutrals on DineEquity (DIN), Brinker International (EAT), and PF Chang’s (PFCB). Priceline.com (PCLN) is begun with a Buy and $580 price objective at Jefferies. In afternoon trading: Shares of Liz Claiborne (LIZ) is up about 32.5% after the company agreed to sell its Liz Claiborne, Monet and Kensie fashion brands for $328 million in cash, allowing the cash-strapped apparel maker to reduce its debt. Shares of Hovnanian (HOV) are up about 10%. Shares of Beazer Homes (BZH) are up about 9.5%. Shares of Eastman Kodak (EK) are down about 9%.

The Consumer Discretionary Select Sector SPDR (XLY) was trading at $38.08 at 4:00 PM on Wednesday, up 0.90% on the day – up 1.79% year-to-date.

Consumer Staples

Bank of America-Merrill Lynch launches Buys on Altria (MO) and Philip Morris (PM) and assigns new Neutrals on Reynolds American (RAI) and Lorillard (LO). Carrefour SA (CRRFY) is cut Neutral from Buy at JP Morgan. In afternoon trading: Shares of AgFeed (FEED) are up about 17.75%. Shares of Zhongpin (HOGS) are up about 14.5%. Shares of Farmer Brothers (FARM) are up about 7.75%. Shares of Imperial Sugar (IPSU) are up about 7.25%. Shares of Coffee Holding (JVA) are down about 8%. Shares of Diamond Foods (DMND) are down about 6.5%.

The Consumer Staples Select Sector SPDR (XLP) was trading at $30.72 at 4:00 PM on Wednesday, down 0.79% on the day – up 4.81% year-to-date.

Healthcare

TE Connectivity (TEL) will replace Cephalon (CEPH) in the S&P 500 index after the close of trading on Friday. Cephalon is being acquired by Teva (TEVA) in a deal expected to be completed within the next few days. Align Technology (ALGN) is a new Neutral at Credit Suisse. Humana (HUM) and HealthSpring (HS) are each upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer, with respective increased price objectives of $87 and $45. WebMD Health (WBMD) is downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman. In afternoon trading: Shares of Pacific Biosciences (PACB) are up about 28.25%. Shares of Gentiva Health Services (GTIV) are up about 16.25%. Shares of Metabolix (MBLX) are up about 13%.

The Health Care Select Sector SPDR (XLV) was trading at $32.60 at 4:00 PM on Wednesday, up slightly on the day – up 3.49% year-to-date.



Financials

Private-equity firm Bain Capital is in final negotiations to buy Japanese restaurant chain Skylark from Nomura (NMR) for up to ¥260B ($3.4B), including debt. Bank of America-Merrill Lynch has new Neutrals on SunTrust Banks (STI) and BB&T Corp (BBT). It begins Buys on U.S. Bancorp (USB), PNC Financial Services (PNC), and Wells Fargo (WFC). First Republic Bank (FRC) is initiated with a Buy at Cantor Fitzgerald. BNP Paribas (BNPQY) is upgraded to Buy from Hold at Societe Generale. Lloyds Banking (LYG) is lowered to Hold from Buy at Canaccord Genuity. Commerzbank AG (CRZBY) and Credit Agricole SA (CRARY) are both now Hold from Buy at Societe Generale, which cuts Natixis (NTXFF) by 180 degrees, to Sell from Buy. Waddell & Reed (WDR) is downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies. Cullen/Frost Bankers (CFR) is cut to Underperform from Neutral at Sterne Agee.

The Financial Select Sector SPDR (XLF) was trading at $12.75 at 4:00 PM on Wednesday, up 2.53% on the day – down 20.09% year-to-date.

Information Technology

Hewlett Packard (HPQ) is reconsidering its plan to spin off or sell its PC arm, as new analyses show that the costs could outweigh the benefits. Matters continue to deteriorate for RIM (RIMM) as disruptions to its Blackberry service extend into a third day and spread further into Asia, having mainly affected Europe and Latin America until now. UPDATE: "BlackBerry subscribers in the Americas may be experiencing intermittent service delays this morning," RIM said in a statement. Samsung (SSNLF) says it will soon release amended versions of three Galaxy smartphones to bypass temporary sales bans in some European nations on handsets that violated an Apple (AAPL) patent. TE Connectivity (TEL) will replace Cephalon (CEPH) in the S&P 500 index after the close of trading on Friday. Cephalon is being acquired by Teva (TEVA) in a deal expected to be completed within the next few days. RBC Capital resumes Outperforms on Dow member Intel (INTC), along with Analog Devices (ADI), Cypress Semiconductor (CY), Marvell Technology (MRVL), and Texas Instruments (TXN). It starts Sector Perfoms on Altera (ALTR), Broadcom (BRCM), and Freescale (FSL), and names Sandisk (SNDK) a Top Pick. GT Advanced Technologies (GTAT) gets picked up at an Underperform at Jefferies. IAC/InterActiveCorp (IACI) is upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman Sachs. Nokia (NOK) is moved to Neutral from Reduce at Nomura, but is now Sell from Neutral at WestLB. Xerox (XRX), Lexmark (LXK), and Brocade (BRCD) are each downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at JP Morgan, which takes Seagate Technology (STX) to Neutral from Overweight. Rackspace (RAX) is reduced to Hold from Buy at The Benchmark Company with a new target of $42. WebMD Health (WBMD) is downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman. In afternoon trading: Shares of Broadsoft (BSFT) are up about 12%. Shares of Giant Interactive Group (GA) are up about 12%.

The Technology Select Sector SPDR (XLK) was trading at $25.27 at 4:00 PM on Wednesday, up 0.44% on the day – up 0.32% year-to-date.

Telecommunications Services

In afternoon trading: Actives: Shares of Sprint Nextel (S) are up about 8%. Shares of TerreStar (TSTRQ) are up about 7.5%. Shares of Clearwire (CLWR) are up about 7%. Shares of Telecom Italia (TI) are up about 5.8%. Shares of Premiere Global Services (PGI) are up about 5.4%. Shares of Turkcell (TKC) are up about 5.2%. Shares of NII Holdings (NIHD) are up about 5.1%. Shares of magicJack VocalTec (CALL) are down about 5.75%.

The NASDAQ Telecommunications Index (IXTC) was trading at $193.47 at 4:00 PM on Wednesday, up 0.83% on the day – down 14.15% year-to-date.

Utilities

Calpine (CPN) is initiated with a Buy at ISI Group, which has a Hold on rival Dynegy (DYN). In afternoon trading: Actives: Shares of Duke Energy (DUK) are down about a quarter of a percent. Shares of CenterPoint Energy (CNP) are down about 0.4%. Shares of Exelon (EXC) are up about 1.5%. Shares of PPL Corp (PPL) are up about 0.4%. Shares of Genon Energy (GEN) are up about 0.7%. Shares of AES Corp (AES) are up about 2.6%. Shares of NV Energy (NVE) are up about 1.1%.

The Utilities Select Sector SPDR (XLU) was trading at $33.66 at 4:00 PM on Wednesday, down 0.24% on the day – up 7.40% year-to-date.

STOCKS: CVX, ETP, BWP, PCX, FSLR, GMR, FRO, DVR, WTI, AA, CX, ACH, REE, MTL, LPX, AYI, NSC, CHRW, AONE, EXM, PRGN, WBC, DRYS, LCC, AMCX, CAKE, DIN, EAT, PFCB, PCLN, LIZ, HOV, BZH, EK, MO, PM, RAI, LO, CRRFY, FEED, HOGS, FARM, IPSU, JVA, DMND, TEL, CEPH, TEVA, ALGN, HUM, HS, WBMD, PACB, GTIV, MBLX, NMR, STI, BBT, USB, PNC, WFC, FRC, BNPQY, LYG, CRZBY, CRARY, NTXFF, WDR, CFR, HPQ, RIMM, SSNLF, AAPL, INTC, ADI, CY, MRVL, TXN, ALTR, BRCM, FSL, SNDK, GTAT, IACI, NOK, XRX, LXK, BRCD, STX, RAX, BSFT, GA, S, TSTRQ, CLWR, TI, PGI, TKC, NIHD, CALL, CPN, DYN, DUK, CNP, EXC, PPL, GEN, AES, NVE

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Companies

Symbol Name Price Change % Volume
REE Rare Element Resources n/a n/a n/a n/a
AYI Acuity Brands Inc (Holding Company) 177.91 0.26 0.15 822,103 Trade
WDR Waddell & Reed Financial Inc. 18.06 0.54 3.08 1,482,746 Trade
RAI Reynolds American Inc 64.80 1.13 1.77 3,803,237 Trade
GEN Genesis Healthcare Inc. 2.37 0.07 3.04 102,262 Trade
FARM Farmer Brothers Company 35.30 0.10 0.28 56,825 Trade
BRCD Brocade Communications Systems Inc. 12.57 0.01 0.08 2,858,190 Trade
ACH Aluminum Corporation of China Limited American Dep 12.65 -0.21 -1.63 31,793 Trade
CVX Chevron Corporation 105.93 1.04 0.99 4,537,506 Trade
BWP Boardwalk Pipeline Partners LP 18.31 -0.02 -0.11 223,139 Trade
TI Telecom Italia S.P.A. New 8.92 0.46 5.44 79,092 Trade
VNDKD VendTek Systems Inc n/a n/a n/a 0 Trade
DRYS DryShips Inc. 1.31 -0.24 -15.48 15,167,834 Trade
BSFT BroadSoft Inc. 38.75 0.65 1.71 251,131 Trade
AA Alcoa Inc. 33.31 1.61 5.08 7,820,848 Trade
MBLX Metabolix Inc. n/a n/a n/a n/a
INTC Intel Corporation 36.75 0.43 1.18 26,011,731 Trade
CNP CenterPoint Energy Inc (Holding Co) 28.32 0.20 0.71 2,544,326 Trade
PNC PNC Financial Services Group Inc. (The) 120.86 2.69 2.28 2,721,093 Trade
CFR Cullen/Frost Bankers Inc. 91.71 1.73 1.92 371,825 Trade
MO Altria Group Inc. 72.55 1.08 1.51 5,589,450 Trade
AAPL Apple Inc. 143.64 1.37 0.96 17,101,499 Trade
ADI Analog Devices Inc. 79.22 1.59 2.05 2,993,599 Trade
WBMD WebMD Health Corp 54.00 0.90 1.69 393,586 Trade
S Sprint Corporation 8.71 0.21 2.47 15,242,366 Trade
PPL PPL Corp 38.00 0.07 0.18 2,670,953 Trade
BZH Beazer Homes USA Inc. 12.39 -0.01 -0.08 320,157 Trade
TKC Turkcell Iletisim Hizmetleri AS 8.62 0.29 3.48 420,170 Trade
PCLN The Priceline Group Inc. 1,798.62 46.61 2.66 852,076 Trade
STX Seagate Technology 49.42 1.16 2.40 4,571,413 Trade
TXN Texas Instruments Incorporated 81.08 1.27 1.59 5,072,797 Trade
SNDK SanDisk Corp. n/a n/a n/a 0 Trade
HUM Humana Inc. 213.76 0.09 0.04 1,251,536 Trade
HOV Hovnanian Enterprises Inc. Class A 2.38 0.04 1.71 805,924 Trade
MTL Mechel PAO American Depositary Shares (Each rep. 1 5.35 0.17 3.28 172,342 Trade
PRGN Paragon Shipping Inc n/a n/a n/a 0
AES The AES Corporation 11.59 0.21 1.85 6,947,310 Trade
CHRW C.H. Robinson Worldwide Inc. 77.59 1.05 1.37 1,802,990 Trade
BBT BB&T Corporation 43.73 0.80 1.86 4,965,955 Trade
MRVL Marvell Technology Group Ltd. 15.06 0.16 1.07 3,394,266 Trade
USB U.S. Bancorp 51.56 1.05 2.08 8,038,980 Trade
NOK Nokia Corporation Sponsored American Depositary Sh 5.38 0.16 3.07 27,272,965 Trade
CPN Calpine Corporation 10.27 0.10 0.98 4,040,342 Trade
LYG Lloyds Banking Group Plc American Depositary Share 3.44 0.12 3.61 6,173,937 Trade
JVA Coffee Holding Co. Inc. 4.77 0.01 0.21 15,610 Trade
LIZ Liz Claiborne Inc. n/a n/a n/a 0 Trade
XRX Xerox Corporation 7.06 0.14 2.02 8,571,575 Trade
FSL Freescale Semiconductor n/a n/a n/a 0 Trade
FRO Frontline Ltd 6.67 0.04 0.60 946,148 Trade
PM Philip Morris International Inc 112.39 2.77 2.53 4,366,305 Trade
ALTR Altera Corp. n/a n/a n/a 0 Trade
FSLR First Solar Inc. 27.08 0.28 1.04 2,513,604 Trade
TEVA Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Limited American De 31.60 0.47 1.51 6,457,015 Trade
PGI Premiere Global Services n/a n/a n/a 0 Trade
ALGN Align Technology Inc. 120.34 1.90 1.60 824,088 Trade
DIN DineEquity Inc 56.59 0.20 0.35 186,778 Trade
WFC Wells Fargo & Company 53.65 0.65 1.23 23,738,659 Trade
CAKE The Cheesecake Factory Incorporated 64.39 1.36 2.16 988,368 Trade
FRC FIRST REPUBLIC BANK 92.57 1.98 2.19 1,050,388 Trade
HPQ HP Inc. 18.54 0.25 1.37 7,925,100 Trade
WTI W&T Offshore Inc. 2.06 -0.03 -1.44 1,146,316 Trade
PACB Pacific Biosciences of California Inc. 5.04 -0.01 -0.20 1,716,207 Trade
AMCX AMC Networks Inc. 58.79 -0.47 -0.79 581,057 Trade
BRCM Broadcom Corp. n/a n/a n/a 0 Trade
LPX Louisiana-Pacific Corporation 26.13 0.15 0.58 2,253,298 Trade
CY Cypress Semiconductor Corporation 14.08 0.09 0.64 6,695,036 Trade
IACI IAC/InterActiveCorp n/a n/a n/a 0 Trade
CALL magicJack VocalTec Ltd 8.50 0.00 0.00 45,572 Trade
EXC Exelon Corporation 35.50 0.47 1.34 4,021,229 Trade
WBC Wabco Holdings Inc. 117.91 3.26 2.84 639,501 Trade
DUK Duke Energy Corporation (Holding Company) 82.58 0.37 0.45 2,641,318 Trade
DMND Diamond Foods Inc. n/a n/a n/a 0 Trade
TEL TE Connectivity Ltd. New Switzerland Registered Sh 75.21 1.60 2.17 1,898,748 Trade
CX Cemex S.A.B. de C.V. Sponsored ADR 8.98 0.20 2.28 5,004,098 Trade
NMR Nomura Holdings Inc ADR American Depositary Shares 6.13 -0.01 -0.16 165,466 Trade
RAX Rackspace Hosting Inc n/a n/a n/a 0 Trade
LXK Lexmark International Inc. n/a n/a n/a 0 Trade
NIHD NII Holdings Inc. 0.95 -0.10 -9.52 480,566 Trade
STI SunTrust Banks Inc. 56.80 1.95 3.56 5,655,963 Trade

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