Equities Sector Coverage: Stocks Rally After Extended Losing Streak

Sector Recap |

Wall Street Bulls EyeThe Dow Jones Industrial Average traded down to 12,367.72 then approached 12,500 going into the final half hour of trading. The NASDAQ traded down to 2774.76 then approached 2850 going into the final half hour of trading. Facebook (FB) shares dropped to $33 per share, 13.15% below the $38 IPO price then rebounded above $34.

Asian stocks were mixed on Monday. The Nikkei 225 ended their session at 8,634 – up 0.26% on the day. The Hang Seng ended their session at 18,922 – down 0.16% on the day. European exchanges traded higher on Monday. The FTSE 100 ended their session at 5,304 – up 0.70% on the day. The DAX ended their session at 6,311 – up 0.95% on the day. The CAC 40 ended their session at 3,027 – up 0.64% on the day. The yield on the 10-Year US Treasury traded up from 1.721 percent to 1.771, well below its 50-day and 200-day simple moving averages at 2.031 and 2.018. The daily chart shows that the decline in yields is overdone.

Gold traded up to $1599.0 the Troy ounce as a short term oversold condition on its daily chart is alleviated. The “Death Cross” 50-day and 200-day simple moving averages are at $1639.3 and $1696.3. The May 16th year to date low is $1526.7. Crude oil traded down to $90.84 per barrel then up to $92.78 as oil is oversold on its daily chart. Oil remains below its 200-day simple moving average at $96.26. The euro versus the dollar traded between 1.2752 and 1.2811 with an oversold daily chart well below its 50-day simple moving average at 1.3110.

Energy

The Seaway pipeline started to transport crude oil from Cushing Oklahoma to refineries in Huston following the completion of a reversal project. The new direction of the pipeline is owned by Enterprise (DPD) and Enbridge (ENB) should ease the glut of crude at Cushing and hence reduce the spread between WTI and Brent prices. Fitch downgraded Chesapeake Energy (CHK) debt rating to BB- from B, outlook is negative. Chesapeake has been plagued by liquidity issues in recent weeks. El Paso (EP) has filed for an export license to export liquefied natural gas overseas, for its existing Elba Island import terminal in Georgia. Alpha Natural Resources (ANR) has been upgraded to Buy from Hold at Brean Murray. Dow components – Chevron (CVX) up 0.55%, Exxon Mobil (XOM) up 0.37%.

Energy Select Sector SPDR (XLE) was trading at $65.39 at 3:30 PM on Monday, up 2.27% on the day – down 5.41% year-to-date.

Materials

New Energy Corp (DQ) missed Q1 EPS estimates by twelve cents with a beat on the revenue line. Gold shares rebounded with Barrick Gold (ABX) up 1.91% and Newmont Mining (NEM) up 3.49%. Dow components – Alcoa (AA) up 1.30%, DuPont (DD) up 1.10%.

The Materials Select Sector SPDR (XLB) was trading at $33.73 at 3:30 PM on Monday, up 2.93% on the day – up 0.69% year-to-date.

Industrials

Lockheed Martin (LMT) has reached an agreement with the IBEW and OPEIU unions, which represent 500 workers at its Fort Worth plant. The strike by the larger IAM union, which represents 3,300 continues in its 5th week. Lockheed says that it continues to deliver aircraft. Boeing (BA) has been upgraded to Buy from Hold with an $85 price target at Argus.Dow components – Boeing Co (BA) up 3.09%, Caterpillar (CAT) up 3.03%, General Electric (GE) up 0.23%, 3M Company (MMM) down 0.87%, United Technologies (UTX) up 0.54%.

The Industrial Select Sector SPDR (XLI) was trading at $34.90 at 3:30 PM on Monday, up 2.29%% on the day – up 3.41% year-to-date.

Consumer Discretionary

American Eagle Outfitters (AEO) will exit its 77kids children’s apparel segment after posting a $24 million fiscal year loss. AEO will also be considering the sale of other assets. American Eagle Outfitters (AEO) has been upgraded to Buy from Hold at Brean Murray. Costco (COST) is in a partnership with Aetna providing health insurance services to its customers. The retailer expects increased revenue as the sale of health plans expands across the country with major medical benefits and dental coverage. Lowe's (LOW) beat FQ1 estimates as net profit rose 14%, and despite plans to open 10 stores in FY 2012, the firm cut its EPS guidance for the year and indicated a cautious view of the housing market and the economy. Dow Components – Disney (DIS) up 0.27%, Home Depot up 0.87%, McDonalds (MCD) up 0.85%.

The Consumer Discretionary Select Sector SPDR (XLY) was trading at $42.74 at 3:30 PM on Monday, up 1.74% on the day – up 9.53% year-to-date.

Consumer Staples

American Eagle Outfitters (AEO) will exit its 77kids children’s apparel segment after posting a $24 million fiscal year loss. AEO will also be considering the sale of other assets. American Eagle Outfitters (AEO) has been upgraded to Buy from Hold at Brean Murray. Costco (COST) is in a partnership with Aetna providing health insurance services to its customers. The retailer expects increased revenue as the sale of health plans expands across the country with major medical benefits and dental coverage. Krispy Kreme Doughnuts (KKD) reported that Q1 same-store sales rose +2.1% year over year. Increased customer traffic and price increases contributed to higher revenue, which was partially offset by promotional pricing which reduced the average guest check. Campbell Soup (CPB) beat FQ3 EPS estimates with in-line revenue. Safeway (SWY) has been upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup. Avon Products (AVP) has been downgraded to Sell from Neutral at UBS. Best Buy (BBY) has been downgraded to Hold from Buy at BB&T Capital. Dow components – Kraft (KFT) down 0.18%, Coca Cola (KO) up 0.42%, Procter & Gamble (PG) down 0.58%, Wal-Mart (WMT) up 0.66%.

The Consumer Staples Select Sector SPDR (XLP) was trading at $33.63 at 3:30 PM on Monday, up 0.33% on the day – up 3.51% year-to-date.

Health Care

Costco (COST) is in a partnership with Aetna (AET) providing health insurance services to its customers. The retailer expects increased revenue as the sale of health plans expands across the country with major medical benefits and dental coverage. Pfizer (PFE) has recalled more than 650,000 bottles of Advil pain relief medicine because the pills could emit a strong odor. Perrigo (PRGO) received FDA final approval for its new drug application for Lansoprazole capsules - the treatment of frequent heartburn. DaVita (DVA) will expand its focus beyond offering just kidney care after agreeing to acquire HealthCare Partners, the country's largest provider of medical groups and physician networks, for $4.42 billion in cash and stock. Myriad Genetics (MYGN) has been upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Leerink Swann. Dow Components – Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) up 0.20%, Merck (MRK) down 0.40%, Pfizer (PFE) down 0.11%.

The Health Care Select Sector SPDR (XLV) was trading at $36.41 at 3:30 PM on Monday, up 0.94% on the day – up 4.96% year-to-date.

Financial

The Wall Street Journal reports that JPMorgan's (JPM) loss from its derivative trades in London could reach $5 billion if not higher. It is difficult to unwind positions given the increased worries about Greece and the EU economy. JP Morgan is the biggest buyer of European mortgage-backed bonds, and investors are worried that the bank is planning a pull-back following its CIO disaster. JP Morgan Chase (JPM) was added to Top Picks Live list at Citigroup. Costco (COST) is in a partnership with Aetna (AET) providing health insurance services to its customers. The retailer expects increased revenue as the sale of health plans expands across the country with major medical benefits and dental coverage. Barclays (BCS) will sell its $6.1 billion stake in BlackRock (BLK) through an offering and a related buyback by the US asset manager of up to $1 billion in shares. United Bankshares (UBSI): The stock is now Buy from Neutral at Janney Montgomery Scott. JMP Securities cuts Goldman Sachs (GS) and Morgan Stanley (MS) to Underperform from Outperform, and takes Bank of America (BAC), JP Morgan (JPM), and Citigroup (C) to Underperform from Market Perform. Dow Components – American Express (AXP) up 1.52%, Bank of America (BAC) down 1.00%, JP Morgan Chase (JPM) down 2.18%, Travelers (TRV) up 0.60%.

The Financial Select Sector SPDR (XLF) was trading at $13.91 at 3:30 PM on Monday, up 1.02% on the day – up 7.00% year-to-date.

Information Technology

Optical networking equipment revenue fell 23% sequentially Q1 according to Infonetics, which is a sharp decline after accounting for seasonality. The patent dispute between Samsung (SSNLF.PK) and Apple (AAPL) continues with one option being cross-licensing. Google (GOOG) has received clearance in China to purchase Motorola Mobility (MMI) for $12 billion, and the deal will close early next week. Facebook (FB) will face a $15 billion class action lawsuit on the complaint that the company improperly tracked Internet usage by its members even when they were logged out. This suit combines 21 separate cases file across the county over the past year. After months of on-off negotiations, Alibaba (ALBCF>PK) will repurchase half of Yahoo's (YHOO) 40% stake in the Chinese Internet search company for around $7.1 billion. Dow Components – Cisco Systems (CSCO) up 0.67%, Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) up 1.96%, IBM (IBM) up 0.69%, Intel Corp (INTC) down 0.61%, Microsoft (MSFT) up 0.85%.

The Technology Select Sector SPDR (XLK) was trading at $28.11 at 3:30 PM on Monday, up 2.33% on the day – up 10.45% year-to-date.

Telecommunication Services

The patent dispute between Samsung (SSNLF.PK) and Apple (AAPL) continues with one option being cross-licensing. Google (GOOG) has received clearance in China to purchase Motorola Mobility (MMI) for $12 billion, and the deal will close early next week. Dow components – AT&T (T) flat, Verizon (VZ) down 0.55%.

The NASDAQ Telecommunications Index (IXTC) was trading at $182.51 at 3:30 PM on Monday, up 1.97% on the day – down 7.32% year-to-date.

Utilities

Dominion Resources (D) down 0.55%, Edison International (EIX) up 0.55%, First Energy (FE) down 0.33%, PG&E Corp (PCG) flat, Southern Company (SO) down 0.29%.

The Utilities Select Sector SPDR (XLU) was trading at $35.50 at 3:30 PM on Monday, up 0.23% on the day – down 1.33% year-to-date.

STOCKS: CVX, XOM, DPD, ENB, CHK, EP, ANR, AA, DD, DQ, ABX, NEM, BA, CAT, GE, MMM, UTX, LMT, DIS, HD, MCD, AEO, COST, LOW, KFT, KO, PG, WMT, KKD, CPB, SWY, BBY, JNJ, MRK, PFE, AET, PRGO, DVA, MYGN, AXP, BAC, JPM, TRV, BCS, UBSI, GS, MS, C, CSCO, HPQ, IBM, INTC, MSFT, SSNLF.PK, AAPL, GOOG, FB, MMI, ALBCF.PK, YHOO, T, VZ, SSNLF.PK, D, EIX, FE, PCG, SO

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Companies

Symbol Name Price Change % Volume
MMM 3M Company 176.05 4.25 2.47 3,164,316
KKD Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Inc. n/a n/a n/a 0
LMT Lockheed Martin Corporation 266.38 0.38 0.14 1,269,400
PG Procter & Gamble Company (The) 84.18 1.27 1.53 8,567,706
GE General Electric Co 31.60 0.43 1.38 32,896,981
CVX Chevron Corporation 114.44 1.68 1.49 6,434,127
SO Southern Company (The) 47.15 0.22 0.47 5,727,187
PCG Pacific Gas & Electric Co. 58.80 0.42 0.72 2,023,869
UBSI United Bankshares Inc. 47.85 0.88 1.87 392,551
FB Facebook Inc. 117.95 0.64 0.55 21,913,658
JNJ Johnson & Johnson 111.10 -0.96 -0.86 11,761,134
WMT Wal-Mart Stores Inc. 70.60 0.74 1.06 6,966,249
AA Alcoa Inc. 30.90 -0.25 -0.80 5,778,259
INTC Intel Corporation 35.50 0.78 2.25 21,710,273
IBM International Business Machines Corp 164.79 4.44 2.77 4,435,050
D Dominion Resources Inc. 73.50 0.79 1.09 3,935,360
TRV The Travelers Companies Inc. 117.99 1.83 1.58 2,316,808
PODD Insulet Corporation 36.30 0.24 0.67 810,928
AAPL Apple Inc. 111.03 1.08 0.98 29,998,719
BCS Barclays PLC 11.90 0.31 2.67 8,967,798
C Citigroup Inc. 59.06 1.14 1.97 30,517,614
EIX Edison International 69.61 0.76 1.10 2,236,522
MS Morgan Stanley 42.64 0.13 0.31 16,213,352
JPM JP Morgan Chase 84.07 0.38 0.45 18,996,905
AXP American Express Company 74.29 1.98 2.74 5,801,483
UTX United Technologies Corporation 109.68 2.25 2.09 4,261,795
LOW Lowe\'s Companies Inc. 76.40 3.94 5.44 9,268,194
CPB Campbell Soup Company 58.67 1.04 1.80 2,312,934
CSCO Cisco Systems Inc. 29.95 0.62 2.11 30,180,093
DIS Walt Disney Company (The) 101.99 1.33 1.32 12,255,742
GS The Goldman Sachs Group Inc. 235.56 4.18 1.81 6,595,232
COST Costco Wholesale Corporation 153.85 2.84 1.88 2,811,286
DQ DAQO New Energy Corp. American Depositary Shares e 21.25 1.52 7.70 91,197
VZ Verizon Communications Inc. 51.38 1.02 2.03 16,280,568
ENB Enbridge Inc 42.15 0.42 1.01 2,532,042
ABX Barrick Gold Corporation 15.79 0.30 1.94 16,784,944
BAC Bank of America Corporation 22.57 0.41 1.85 168,005,152
AET Aetna Inc. 128.65 0.11 0.09 4,004,340
GOOG Alphabet Inc. 771.19 12.08 1.59 1,760,966
MCD McDonald\'s Corporation 119.92 0.67 0.56 4,059,907
DD E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Co. 73.82 1.09 1.50 3,136,881
BBY Best Buy Co. Inc. 48.52 1.59 3.39 5,970,938
HD Home Depot Inc. (The) 132.46 3.72 2.89 6,987,286
XOM Exxon Mobil Corporation 88.07 0.51 0.58 11,182,628
PFE Pfizer Inc. 31.19 -0.37 -1.17 44,053,675
PRGO Perrigo Company plc 83.94 -0.53 -0.63 2,009,949
HPQ HP Inc. 16.15 0.55 3.53 11,679,164
BA Boeing Company (The) 154.14 1.90 1.25 2,955,753
YHOO Yahoo! Inc. 40.52 0.55 1.38 7,208,492
MRK Merck & Company Inc. (new) 60.06 -0.22 -0.36 14,049,574
MYGN Myriad Genetics Inc. 16.77 -0.54 -3.12 1,196,398
FE FirstEnergy Corporation 30.06 -0.31 -1.02 7,314,272
KO Coca-Cola Company (The) 41.29 0.72 1.77 13,726,520
T AT&T Inc. 40.45 1.10 2.80 32,963,365
CAT Caterpillar Inc. 97.33 2.11 2.22 4,901,054
AEO American Eagle Outfitters Inc. 17.72 0.67 3.93 6,001,670
NEM Newmont Mining Corporation 33.62 0.60 1.82 8,641,193
DVA DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc. 64.01 -0.09 -0.14 1,626,138
MMI Marcus & Millichap Inc. 28.73 0.32 1.13 218,041
MSFT Microsoft Corporation 61.37 1.42 2.37 30,808,969
CHK Chesapeake Energy Corporation 7.58 0.00 0.00 76,003,036

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