Equities Sector Coverage: Stocks Recover From Earlier Losses

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Wall Street EarningsJuly Construction Spending declined 0.9% in July the biggest drop in a year. The national Manufacturing ISM came in a weaker than expected 49.6 in August. The Dow Jones Industrial Average traded down from 13,092.39 to 12,977.09 in morning trading then consolidated in the afternoon. The NASDAQ traded down from 3068.41 to 3040.24 in morning trading then rebounded to 3082.26 in the afternoon.

Asian stocks were mixed on Monday. The Nikkei 225 ended the day at 8,784 – down 0.63%. The Hang Seng ended the day at 19,559 – up 0.39%. On Tuesday Asian stocks were lower. The Nikkei 225 ended the day at 8,776 – down 0.10%. The Hang Seng ended the day at 19,430 – down 0.66%. European exchanges were higher on Monday. The FTSE 100 ended the day at 5,758 – up 0.82%. The DAX ended the day at 7,015 – up 0.63%. The CAC 40 ended the day at 3,454 – up 1.19%. European exchanges were lower on Tuesday. The FTSE 100 ended the day at 5,672 – down 1.50%. The DAX ended the day at 6,933 – down 1.17%. The CAC 40 ended the day at 3,399 – down 1.58%.

US Treasuries were closed on Monday, and today the yield on the 10-Year US Treasury rose from 1.542% to 1.596% versus its 50-day simple moving average at 1.590%. Comex gold traded up from $1687.6 the Troy ounce to $1698.4 on Monday well above the 200-day simple moving average at $1645.8. The rally continued on Tuesday to $1701.6. Crude oil rebounded from $96.01 per barrel to $97.37 on Monday above the 200-day simple moving average at $96.66. On Tuesday crude oil declined to $94.97. The euro versus the dollar rebounded from 1.2563 to 1.2608 on Monday staying between its 50-day and 200-day simple moving averages at 1.2368 and 1.2850. On Tuesday the euro dipped to 1.2559. US equity markets were closed on Monday.


Northern Tier Energy (NTI) is initiated with a Buy at Goldman Sachs and Bank of America-Merrill, while Credit Suisse is equally bullish at Outperform. Dahlman Rose downgrades Alpha Natural Resources (ANR), Peabody Energy (BTU), and Walter Energy (WLT), all to Hold from Buy.

Big Movers – Heckmann (HEK) up 28.62%.
Dow components – Chevron (CVX) down 0.96%, Exxon Mobil (XOM) down 0.56%.

Energy Select Sector SPDR (XLE) was trading at $70.96 at 3:30 PM on Tuesday, down 0.80% on the day – up 2.65% year-to-date.


ArcelorMittal (MT) is a new Buy at Jefferies. Dow Components – Alcoa (AA) down 1.69%, DuPont (DD) down 1.87%. The Materials Select Sector SPDR (XLB) was trading at $35.22 at 3:30 PM on Tuesday, down 1.21% on the day – up 5.13% year-to-date.


Ingersoll-Rand (IR) is lowered to Neutral from Buy at Bank of America-Merrill Lynch. CSX Corp (CSX) and Norfolk Southern (NSC) are each cut to Hold from Buy at Dahlman Rose. Dow components – Boeing Co (BA) down 0.95%, Caterpillar (CAT) down 3.35%, General Electric (GE) down 0.99%, 3M Company (MMM) down 1.10%, United Technologies (UTX) down 2.02%.

The Industrial Select Sector SPDR (XLI) was trading at $36.067 at 3:30 PM on Tuesday, down 0.81% on the day – up 6.87% year-to-date.

Consumer Discretionary

It may sound like a contradiction in terms, but McDonald's (MCD) will open its first ever vegetarian restaurants at two locations near Indian pilgrimage centers later this year. Data for August auto sales are due out today, with those of new light vehicles in the U.S. expected to rise 17.2% on year to 1.255M units. Margins should improve as incentive spending per unit falls 6%. Japanese automakers should lead the charge again, boosted by earthquake-affected comparisons from last year, while Volkswagen (VLKAY) and Ford (F) are also tipped for a strong month. Manchester United (MANU) is initiated with a Buy at Jefferies, a Buy at Deutsche Bank, an Overweight at JPMorgan, and an Outperform at Credit Suisse. Nomura, with a Neutral and $13 target, advises greater caution. Big 5 Sporting Goods (BGFV) is boosted to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray. GameStop (GME) gets upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman Sachs. News Corp. (NWSA) is boosted to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays. AutoZone (AZO) is removed from the Conviction Buy list at Goldman.

Dow Components – Disney (DIS) up 0.02%, Home Depot (HD) down 0.07%, McDonalds (MCD) down 0.50%.

The Consumer Discretionary Select Sector SPDR (XLY) was trading at $45.49 at 3:30 PM on Tuesday, down 0.13% on the day – up 16.58% year-to-date.

Consumer Staples

Campbell Soup (CPB) beat estimates by 3 cents with revenue in-line with estimates. For FY13, the company sees growing sales between 10%-12% and EPS by 3%-5% to $2.51-$2.57. Smithfield Foods (SFD) missed estimates by 4 cents and revenue by $60M. Annie’s Inc. (BNNY) is initiated with a Buy at SunTrust. ConAgra Foods (CAG) is moved to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan.

Dow components – Kraft (KFT) up 0.58%, Coca Cola (KO) down 0.11%, Procter & Gamble (PG) up 0.22%, Wal-Mart (WMT) up 1.29%.

The Consumer Staples Select Sector SPDR (XLP) was trading at $35.691 at 3:30 PM on Tuesday, up 0.65% on the day – up 9.85% year-to-date.

Health Care

Valeant Pharmaceuticals (VRX) has agreed to acquire Medicis Pharmaceuticals (MRX), a provider of dermatological and aesthetic pharmaceutical products, for $2.6B ($44 a share - a 39% premium). Humana (HUM) is lifted to Outperform from Market Perform at Leerink. Medicis Pharmaceutical (MRX) is now Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse.

Big Movers – Medicis Pharmaceutical (MRX) up 38.12%, Valeant Pharmaceuticals (VRX) up 15.04%.
Dow Components – Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) down 0.24%, Merck (MRK) up 0.33%, Pfizer (PFE) down 0.31%.

The Health Care Select Sector SPDR (XLV) was trading at $38.96 at 3:30 PM on Tuesday, up 0.31% on the day – up 12.31% year-to-date.


The New York AG has reportedly subpoenaed at least a dozen P-E companies as part of an investigation into the legality of a widespread tax strategy that has saved the firms hundreds of millions of dollars. The companies include KKR, Apollo Global Management (APO) and Bain. Ellington Financial (EFC) is assigned an Outperform at JMP Securities. Performant Financial (PFMT) is a new Outperform with Wells Fargo. Goldman Sachs (GS) downgraded elsewhere this morning, is upgraded by Crédit Agricole to Buy from Outperform. Morgan Stanley (MS) is upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan. Nomura (NMR) is now Neutral from Underperform at Macquarie. NYSE Euronext (NYX) is upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette. Banco Santander (SAN) is downgraded to Hold from Buy at ING Groep. Fifth Third Bancorp (FITB) is downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Evercore. Amid expectations investment banking capital requirements could be larger than expected, Barclays (BCS) is downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan, which gives an identical ratings reduction to Goldman Sachs (GS). Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) is lowered to Hold from Buy at Investec.

Dow Components – American Express (AXP) up 0.07%, Bank of America (BAC) down 0.50%, JP Morgan Chase (JPM) down 0.75%, Travelers (TRV) down 0.45%.

The Financial Select Sector SPDR (XLF) was trading at $15.16 at 3:30 PM on Tuesday, unchanged on the day – up 16.62% year-to-date.

Information Technology

An international research team that includes university scientists, Nokia (NOK) and Toshiba (TOSBF) is introducing a breakthrough quantum chip at the British Science Festival. The chip will provide greatly enhanced security that's "guaranteed by the laws of physics" for smartphones and computers, as well as making them much faster: working on light, 100 photons could theoretically solve trillions of equations simultaneously. EZchip Semiconductor (EZCH) is a new Buy at Deutsche Bank. Peregrine Semiconductor (PSMI) is picked up with an Overweight at JPMorgan. Informatica (INFA) is upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Robert W. Baird. International Business Machines (IBM) is boosted to Overweight from Equal Weight by Barclays. Marvell Technology (MRVL) gets moved to Neutral from Reduce at Nomura. TiVo Inc. (TIVO) is upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan. Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) is downgraded to Underweight at Evercore. ARM Holdings (ARMH) is cut to Sell from Hold at Deutsche Bank. Fiserv (FISV) is downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman Sachs. Monolithic Power (MPWR) is downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray. Nvidia (NVDA) is now Neutral from Positive at Susquehanna. Skyworks (SWKS) is cut to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays.

Dow Components – Cisco Systems (CSCO) down 0.73%, Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) down 0.06%, IBM (IBM) down 0.55%, Intel Corp (INTC) down 1.97%, Microsoft (MSFT) down 1.88%.

The Technology Select Sector SPDR (XLK) was trading at $30.50 at 3:30 PM on Tuesday, up 0.03% on the day – up 19.84% year-to-date.

Telecommunication Services

Vodafone (VOD) is downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform by Sanford Bernstein. Dow Components – AT&T (T) up 0.44%, Verizon (VZ) up 1.61%. The NASDAQ Telecommunications Index (IXTC) was trading at $194.78 at 3:30 PM on Tuesday, down 0.27% on the day – down 1.09% year-to-date.


American States Water (AWR) is reduced to Neutral from Outperform at Robert W. Baird. Dominion Resources (D) down 0.11%, Edison International (EIX) up 0.26%, First Energy (FE) down 0.26%, PG&E Corp (PCG) down 0.16%, Southern Company (SO) up 0.22%. The Utilities Select Sector SPDR (XLU) was trading at $36.50 at 3:30 PM on Tuesday, up 0.41% on the day – up 1.45% year-to-date.


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Symbol Name Price Change % Volume
MMM 3M Company 198.59 -0.80 -0.40 1,212,099 Trade
AWR American States Water Company 58.00 0.65 1.13 48,505 Trade
PG Procter & Gamble Company (The) 75.89 -0.44 -0.58 3,073,187 Trade
GE General Electric Company 12.91 -0.04 -0.32 66,055,604 Trade
CVX Chevron Corporation 125.05 -0.49 -0.39 2,897,572 Trade
SO Southern Company (The) 45.16 0.10 0.21 1,995,522 Trade
PCG Pacific Gas & Electric Co. 40.24 0.35 0.88 2,823,416 Trade
SAN Banco Santander S.A. Sponsored ADR (Spain) 5.49 0.06 1.11 5,215,993 Trade
AZO AutoZone Inc. 693.96 7.47 1.09 107,906 Trade
FISV Fiserv Inc. 76.39 0.23 0.30 888,679 Trade
ARMH ARM Holdings plc n/a n/a n/a 0 Trade
JNJ Johnson & Johnson 122.25 -0.32 -0.26 2,616,591 Trade
WMT Walmart Inc. 83.66 0.05 0.06 4,222,927 Trade
AA Alcoa Corporation 45.25 0.78 1.75 1,314,342 Trade
CSX CSX Corporation 65.10 0.27 0.42 1,289,213 Trade
INTC Intel Corporation 53.51 0.58 1.09 10,884,981 Trade
IBM International Business Machines Corporation 143.47 -0.43 -0.30 1,299,674 Trade
VRX Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. 24.31 0.07 0.29 4,451,726 Trade
D Dominion Energy Inc. 66.67 -0.28 -0.41 1,761,102 Trade
TRV The Travelers Companies Inc. 126.35 -1.81 -1.41 536,330 Trade
BCS Barclays PLC 10.38 0.00 0.00 1,103,048 Trade
PATK Patrick Industries Inc. 61.15 0.60 0.99 244,869 Trade
MANU Manchester United Ltd. Class A 21.65 0.00 0.00 8,295 Trade
FITB Fifth Third Bancorp 30.84 0.27 0.88 3,625,111 Trade
EIX Edison International 60.57 0.00 0.00 506,283 Trade
IR Ingersoll-Rand plc (Ireland) 91.06 0.04 0.04 275,412 Trade
MS Morgan Stanley 50.00 0.08 0.15 3,406,853 Trade
JPM JP Morgan Chase & Co. 107.88 0.33 0.31 4,640,802 Trade
AXP American Express Company 97.14 0.00 0.00 1,434,247 Trade
UTX United Technologies Corporation 125.50 0.45 0.36 2,058,127 Trade
VOD Vodafone Group Plc 24.61 0.10 0.42 2,166,748 Trade
NVDA NVIDIA Corporation 262.83 2.66 1.02 6,158,580 Trade
AMD Advanced Micro Devices Inc. 16.49 -0.20 -1.20 54,695,435 Trade
HUM Humana Inc. 300.47 0.66 0.22 177,160 Trade
CPB Campbell Soup Company 37.04 0.01 0.03 2,642,962 Trade
CSCO Cisco Systems Inc. 43.87 0.05 0.11 11,385,361 Trade
DIS The Walt Disney Company 107.23 1.13 1.07 12,047,062 Trade
EFC Ellington Financial LLC representing Limitied Liability Company Interests no par valu 15.81 0.04 0.25 135,795 Trade
GS Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (The) 227.27 -1.06 -0.46 1,358,282 Trade
BTU Peabody Energy Corporation 45.88 -0.26 -0.56 523,828 Trade
VZ Verizon Communications Inc. 48.15 -0.35 -0.72 6,452,401 Trade
BGFV Big 5 Sporting Goods Corporation 8.30 -0.05 -0.60 117,712 Trade
NWSA News Corporation 16.03 0.08 0.50 699,707 Trade
BAC Bank of America Corporation 29.21 -0.05 -0.17 30,818,344 Trade
APO Apollo Global Management LLC Class A Representing Class A Limitied Liability Company Interests 31.91 0.26 0.82 287,754 Trade
RBS Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc New (The) ADS 6.93 0.03 0.43 608,285 Trade
NTI Northern Tier Energy LP representing Limited Partner Interests n/a n/a n/a 0 Trade
MRVL Marvell Technology Group Ltd. 21.87 0.55 2.58 2,488,756 Trade
NOK Nokia Corporation Sponsored American Depositary Shares 5.97 0.01 0.22 14,948,769 Trade
MCD McDonald's Corporation 162.59 -2.38 -1.44 1,825,942 Trade
MPWR Monolithic Power Systems Inc. 140.97 1.90 1.37 116,185 Trade
GME Gamestop Corporation 15.71 -0.05 -0.29 3,036,269 Trade
HD Home Depot Inc. (The) 199.72 0.51 0.26 1,721,998 Trade
F Ford Motor Company 11.93 0.04 0.34 16,592,479 Trade
XOM Exxon Mobil Corporation 80.68 -0.02 -0.02 3,578,635 Trade
PFE Pfizer Inc. 36.55 0.33 0.90 8,466,804 Trade
PFMT Performant Financial Corporation 2.27 0.01 0.42 2,560 Trade
MT Arcelor Mittal NY Registry Shares NEW 31.71 0.09 0.27 752,919 Trade
HPQ HP Inc. 23.47 -0.05 -0.21 2,446,021 Trade
BA The Boeing Company 343.62 2.50 0.73 2,703,187 Trade
SWKS Skyworks Solutions Inc. 100.41 0.97 0.98 603,199 Trade
MRK Merck & Company Inc. (new) 61.21 0.18 0.29 7,831,514 Trade
EZCH EZchip Semiconductor Ltd n/a n/a n/a 0 Trade
FE FirstEnergy Corp. 34.97 0.05 0.14 1,258,269 Trade
KO Coca-Cola Company (The) 43.39 -0.21 -0.48 4,289,175 Trade
T AT&T Inc. 32.03 -0.36 -1.11 29,984,491 Trade
CAT Caterpillar Inc. 142.78 -0.53 -0.37 2,308,329 Trade
CAG ConAgra Brands Inc. 38.54 0.24 0.63 800,643 Trade
NMR Nomura Holdings Inc ADR American Depositary Shares 4.93 -0.02 -0.30 58,711 Trade
MSFT Microsoft Corporation 102.06 1.20 1.19 13,426,092 Trade


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