Equities Sector Coverage: Stocks Stay Flat Ahead of Election

Sector Recap |

Selective Opportunities - Don't Get CarelessNon-manufacturing ISM came in at 54.2 in October below estimates. The Dow Jones Industrial Average traded down to 13,038.71 then rebounded into the green to 13,106.14, still between its 200-day simple moving average at 12,991.52 and its 50-day SMA at 13,339.35. The Nasdaq traded up to 2986.68 helped by a rebound in Apple Inc (AAPL) then fell to 2975.85 before rebounding to 2996.93 versus its 200-day SMA at 2982.46 and its 50-day SMA at 3083.48.

Asian stocks were lower on Monday. The Nikkei 225 closed at 9,007 – down 0.48%. The Hang Seng closed at 22,006 – down 0.47%. European exchanges were also lower on Monday. The FTSE 100 ended the day at 5,839 – down 0.50%. The DAX ended the day at 7,326 – down 0.51%. The CAC 40 ended the day at 3,449 – down 1.26%. The yield on the 10-Year US Treasury declined from 1.724% to 1.672% versus the 50-day and 200-day simple moving averages at 1.704% and 1.790%.

Comex gold rebounded from $1672.5 the Troy ounce to $1686.2 still between the 200-day and 50-day simple moving averages at $1666.0 and $1737.3. Nymex crude oil rallied to $85.38 per barrel then fell to $84.34 before rebounding to $85.88, still well below its 50-day and 200-day simple moving averages at $91.83 and $94.92 with the 200-week SMA at $82.85. The euro versus the dollar declined from 1.2841 to 1.2770 dipping below its 200-day simple moving average at 1.2828.

Energy

Seadrill (SDRL) has signed a memorandum of understanding to sell rigs to Malaysian oil and gas service provider SapuraKencana Petroleum for $2.9B as part of a deal to merge the companies' rig operations. Cheniere Energy Partners (CQP) beat estimates by 6 cents, while missing revenue by $1M. Transocean (RIG) beat estimates by 53 cents, while missing revenue by $90M. El Paso Pipeline Partners (EPB) is upgraded to Buy from Hold at Goldman Sachs. Hess (HES) is upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Global Hunter. Penn West Petroleum (PWE) is downgraded to Hold from Buy at Canaccord. Big Mover – Overseas Shipholding Group (OSG) is up about 11.5%. Dow components – Chevron (CVX) is up about 0.5%. Exxon Mobil (XOM) is up about 0.25%. Energy Select Sector SPDR (XLE) was trading at $71.665 at 3:30 PM on Monday, up 0.85% on the day – up 3.67% year-to-date.

Materials

Silver Wheaton (SLW) missed estimates by 6 cents and revenue by $34M. Metals USA (MUSA) is an Outperform at Wells Fargo. DuPont (DD) is now Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray. Dow Components – Alcoa (AA) is down about 0.25%. DuPont (DD) is up about 0.3%. The Materials Select Sector SPDR (XLB) was trading at $36.33 at 3:30 PM on Monday, up 0.72% on the day – up 8.45% year-to-date.

Industrials

Rockwell Automation (ROK) beat estimates by 6 cents and revenue by $40M. Manitowoc (MTW) missed estimates by 12 cents and revenue by $50M. ADT Corp. (ADT) is initiated with a Buy at Citigroup. Dow components – Boeing Co (BA) is up about 0.2%. Caterpillar (CAT) is up about 0.6%. General Electric (GE) is up about 0.2%. 3M Company (MMM) is up about 0.6%. United Technologies (UTX) is down slightly. The Industrial Select Sector SPDR (XLI) was trading at $36.96 at 3:30 PM on Monday, up 0.35% on the day – up 9.51% year-to-date.

Consumer Discretionary

Starbucks (SBUX) hasn't paid any U.K. taxes for three years, while Amazon (AMZN), Facebook (FB) and Google (GOOG) have paid under £30M combined despite sales of £3.1B. Apple (AAPL) avoided taxes of over $550M in 2011. Toyota's (TM) FQ2 net profit beat expectations and surged to ¥257.92B ($3.2B) from ¥80.42B last year. Revenue rose 18% to ¥5.41T. Advertising agency Interpublic (IPG) is considering replacing the CEOs of its McCann and DraftFCB units amid falling revenues and the loss of major accounts. An Australian judge has ruled that S&P (MHP) was "misleading and deceptive" in assigning AAA ratings to two ABN Amro (RBS) structured debt issues in 2006, which plummeted in value during the financial crisis and caused losses of over 90% to 12 municipal investors that brought a lawsuit against the firm. Hhgregg (HGG) beat estimates by 2 cents, while missing revenue by $50.4M. Time Warner Cable's (TWC) Q3 net profit more than doubled to $808M as revenue climbed 9.2% to $5.36B, as expected. However, adjusted EPS of $1.41 missed consensus by $0.02. Tesla Motors' (TSLA) net losses widened to $110.8M in Q3 from $65.08M last year, with adjusted losses per share $0.92 missing consensus by 2 cents. However, a 127% surge in revenue to $50.1M beat forecasts by $2M. The company maintains full-year revenue guidance of $400M-$440M. Some low-wage restaurants, hotels and retailers have begun or are planning to limit the schedules of staff to below 30 hours a week to avoid having to provide them with health insurance or face a penalty of at least $2,000 per worker, as prescribed under the Healthcare Act. Darden Restaurants (DRI) is among those modifying its policies, although Marriott (MAR) and Costco (COST) have no plans to change employee hours. True Religion Apparel (TRLG) beat estimates by 4 cents and revenue by $5M. Time Warner Cable (TWC) missed estimates by 2 cents with revenue in-line with estimates. Charter Communications (CHTR) is an Underweight at Barclays. Shutterstock (SSTK) is a Hold at Deutsche Bank. Aeropostale (ARO) is upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform by FBR Capital. Amazon (AMZN) is added to the Buy list at Evercore. CBS Corp. (CBS) is upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Evercore. Target (TGT) is taken to Overweight from Equal Weight at JPMorgan. Walt Disney (DIS) is now Buy from Hold at Argus. Zumiez (ZUMZ) is now Neutral from Buy at JPMorgan. Big Mover – hhgregg (HGG) is up about 11.5%. Dow Components – Disney (DIS) is up about 0.7%. Home Depot (HD) is up about 0.6%. McDonalds (MCD) is up about 0.7%. The Consumer Discretionary Select Sector SPDR (XLY) was trading at $46.66 at 3:30 PM on Monday, up 0.19% on the day – up 19.58% year-to-date.

Consumer Staples

Some low-wage restaurants, hotels and retailers have begun or are planning to limit the schedules of staff to below 30 hours a week to avoid having to provide them with health insurance or face a penalty of at least $2,000 per worker, as prescribed under the Healthcare Act. Darden Restaurants (DRI) is among those modifying its policies, although Marriott (MAR) and Costco (COST) have no plans to change employee hours. Amira Nature Foods (ANFI) is initiated with a Buy at Jefferies. Costco (COST) is covered with an Outperform at BMO Capital. Dow components – Coca Cola (KO) is down about 0.5%. Procter & Gamble (PG) is down about 1%. Wal-Mart (WMT) is up about 0.25%. The Consumer Staples Select Sector SPDR (XLP) was trading at $35.139 at 3:30 PM on Monday, down 0.17% on the day – up 8.15% year-to-date.

Health Care

BioMarin Pharmaceutical (BMRN) will seek regulatory approval early next year of a drug to treat a crippling, inherited disease, after a late-stage clinical trial showed that it hit its goal of helping patients walk farther. India's government has revoked the patent on Roche's (RHHBY) expensive Pegasys drug for hepatitis C, part of a series of such actions on the treatments of multinational drug companies in the country. Endo Pharmaceuticals (ENDP) beat estimates by 2 cents, while missing revenue by $38M. Bruker Corporation (BRKR) beat estimates by 7 cents and revenue by $9M. Humana (HUM) beat estimates by 57 cents, while missing revenue by $200M. National Health Investors (NHI) beat estimates by a penny and revenue by $3M. Valeant Pharmaceuticals (VRX) reported Q3 result that beat bottom line estimates on a 47% increase in quarterly revenue. Looking forward, the company narrows Q4 earnings projections to $1.30 to $1.35 (The Street is at $1.30). For FY12, the company guides its EPS to around $4.60 to $4.65 (in-line with expectations of $4.63). Dendreon (DNDN) reported a less-than-expected $0.33 a share net loss for the quarter. Revenues climbed 21.3% Y/Y to $78M on strength in its urology and oncology units, but the numbers still slightly missed estimates by $2.7M. Kythera Biopharmaceuticals (KYTH) is a new Neutral at Goldman Sachs. UnitedHealth (UNH) is reinstated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse. Mannkind (MNKD) is upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Bank of America-Merrill Lynch. Big Movers – BioMarin Pharmaceuticals (BMRN) are up about 31.5%. InterMune (ITMN) is up about 14.5%. Health Net (HNT) is up about 14%. Pharmacyclics (PCYC) is down about 10.5%. Dow Components – Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) is down about 0.2%. Merck (MRK) is down about 1.1%. Pfizer (PFE) is up about 0.2%. United Health Group (UNH) is down about 1%. The Health Care Select Sector SPDR (XLV) was trading at $40.145 at 3:30 PM on Monday, up 0.01% on the day – up 15.72% year-to-date.

Financials

HSBC's (HBC) Q3 pretax profit jumped 125% to $5B but missed estimates of $5.6B, while underlying revenue rose 20% to $16.13B. An Australian judge has ruled that S&P (MHP) was "misleading and deceptive" in assigning AAA ratings to two ABN Amro (RBS) structured debt issues in 2006, which plummeted in value during the financial crisis and caused losses of over 90% to 12 municipal investors that brought a lawsuit against the firm. Lloyds (LYG) is reportedly thinking about selling its 60% holding in U.K. wealth manager St James's Place, which has a market cap of £1.99B, and could try to place the shares in the market by the end of the year. Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A) reported Q3 operating earnings/share of $2,057 and net earnings/share of $2,373 (versus $2,309 and $1,380 in year-ago period). Ellington Financial (EFC) is initiated with a Buy at Maxim Group. Grupo Financiero Santander Mexico (BSMX) is initiated with a Buy at Citigroup. Brookfield Properties (BPO) is upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital. Equity One (EQY) is upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Raymond James. Flagstar Bancorp (FBC) is upgraded to Outperform from Perform at FBR Capital. Genworth Financial (GNW) gets upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie. Redwood Trust (RWT) is upgraded to Outperform from Perform with Wells Fargo. Northern Trust (NTRS) is upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Evercore, which increases State Street (STT) to Overweight from Equal Weight. Strategic Hotels & Resorts (BEE) is moved to Outperform from Market Perform at JMP Securities. Big Mover – Strategic Hotels & Resorts (BEE) is up about 13%. Dow Components – American Express (AXP) is down about 0.9%. Bank of America (BAC) is down about 1.3%. JP Morgan Chase (JPM) is down about 0.7%. The Travelers Companies (TRV) is down about 0.75%. The Financial Select Sector SPDR (XLF) was trading at $15.96 at 3:30 PM on Monday, down 0.25% on the day – up 22.77% year-to-date.

Information Technology

The U.K. parliament's Treasury Select Committee could launch an investigation into tax avoidance by major U.S. companies and look at how to recalibrate the law to end or at least reduce such avoidance. Starbucks (SBUX) hasn't paid any U.K. taxes for three years, while Amazon (AMZN), Facebook (FB) and Google (GOOG) have paid under £30M combined despite sales of £3.1B. Apple (AAPL) avoided taxes of over $550M in 2011. Sohu.com (SOHU) reported Q3 EPS of $0.26 (in-line), while beating revenue by $10M. AudioCodes (AUDC) beat estimates by 2 cents and revenue by $0.6M. Ambarella (AMBA) is begun with a Buy at Deutsche Bank. Workday (WDAY) is a Buy at Canaccord Genuity. Cardtronics (CATM) is now Buy from Neutral at Compass Point. Foxconn International (FXCNY) is upgraded to Buy from Hold at Citigroup. Qualcomm (QCOM) is upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura. Alcatel-Lucent (ALU) is downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform by Sanford Bernstein. Dolby Laboratories (DLB) is downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at JMP Securities. Juniper Networks (JNPR) is downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at Pacific Crest. Big Mover – Ebix (EBIX) is down about 11.5%. Dow Components – Cisco Systems (CSCO) is up slightly. Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) is up about 1.3%. IBM (IBM) is up about 0.25%. Intel Corp (INTC) is down slightly. Microsoft (MSFT) is up slightly. The Technology Select Sector SPDR (XLK) was trading at $29.08 at 3:30 PM on Monday, up 0.41% the day – up 14.26% year-to-date.

Telecommunication Services

NTT DoCoMo (DCM) is now Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan. Dow Components – AT&T (T) is down about 0.6%. Verizon (VZ) is down about 1%. The NASDAQ Telecommunications Index (IXTC) was trading at $185.59 at 3:30 PM on Monday, up 0.28% on the day – down 5.76% year-to-date.

Utilities

Southern Company (SO) missed estimates by 2 cents and revenue by $920M. Entergy (ETR) missed estimates by 5 cents and revenue by $460M. Exelon (EXC) is downgraded to Hold from Buy at Argus. The Big Names – Dominion Resources (D) is down about 1.7%. Edison International (EIX) is down about 1.25%. First Energy (FE) is down about 4.1%. PG&E Corp (PCG) is down about 1.2%. Southern Company (SO) is down about 2.3%. The Utilities Select Sector SPDR (XLU) was trading at $35.662 at 3:30 PM on Monday, down 1.65% on the day – down 0.88% year-to-date.

STOCKS: CVX, XOM, AA, DD, BA, CAT, GE, MMM, UTX, DIS, HD, MCD, KO, PG, WMT, JNJ, MRK, PFE, UNH, AXP, BAC, JPM, TRV, CSCO, HPQ, IBM, INTC, MSFT, T, VZ, D, EIX, FE, PCG, SO, BP, GD, ABT, HES, XEC, CHK, SPWR, KOG, FSLR, OIS, BRY, PXD, SFY, HUN, MTX, NGD, NEM, CENX, EGO, MT, ABX, ITT, SEE, MWA, SBUX, COST, GMCR, PCLN, MHK, DECK, EBAY, MHP, CHEF, BEBE, SAM, VRX, VRTX, DXCM, VRTX, ONXX, SCBFF, RBS, C, DB, HBC, BCS, GS, AIG, AAPL, WIT, STML, LNKD, ACTV, PBI, OPEN, SWKS, ALU, ALSK, UNTD, USM, MCE, NRG, UNS, SWN, EXC

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Companies

Symbol Name Price Change % Volume
NGD New Gold Inc. 3.80 -0.11 -2.81 4,982,692
MMM 3M Company 178.49 2.61 1.48 2,650,644
UNH UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (DE) 160.12 0.80 0.50 4,007,213
MTX Minerals Technologies Inc. 81.60 -1.30 -1.57 189,273
SAM Boston Beer Co. Cl A 173.55 -1.40 -0.80 182,018
HES Hess Corporation 62.76 1.09 1.77 4,400,237
DECK Deckers Outdoor Corporation 61.96 -0.38 -0.61 565,010
PG Procter & Gamble Company (The) 84.37 0.87 1.04 8,004,453
GE General Electric Co 31.78 0.25 0.79 31,227,376
CVX Chevron Corporation 115.81 0.64 0.56 5,771,551
ABT Abbott Laboratories 39.20 0.52 1.34 7,802,493
SO Southern Company (The) 47.94 0.53 1.12 5,025,251
PCG Pacific Gas & Electric Co. 59.33 0.14 0.24 3,849,639
WIT Wipro Limited 9.34 -0.01 -0.11 1,221,270
MHK Mohawk Industries Inc. 199.86 -1.41 -0.70 421,527
JNJ Johnson & Johnson 112.26 1.27 1.14 7,672,088
WMT Wal-Mart Stores Inc. 70.08 -0.26 -0.37 10,756,653
AA Alcoa Inc. 32.05 0.74 2.36 4,344,295
INTC Intel Corporation 35.76 0.06 0.17 16,326,925
IBM International Business Machines Corp 166.52 1.16 0.70 3,146,930
GD General Dynamics Corp. 175.39 1.72 0.99 1,495,613
VRX Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. 15.46 0.02 0.13 9,223,041
D Dominion Resources Inc. 74.53 1.03 1.40 2,224,948
TRV The Travelers Companies Inc. 119.19 0.81 0.68 2,138,835
USM United States Cellular Corporation 41.66 -0.10 -0.24 105,878
STML Stemline Therapeutics Inc. 13.50 -0.65 -4.59 195,613
EBAY eBay Inc. 29.97 0.55 1.87 13,548,980
AAPL Apple Inc. 113.95 1.83 1.63 34,402,627
ALSK Alaska Communications Systems Group Inc. 1.61 0.03 1.90 228,632
BCS Barclays PLC 11.74 -0.25 -2.09 4,751,300
C Citigroup Inc. 60.04 -0.11 -0.18 22,804,941
EIX Edison International 69.97 0.53 0.76 3,307,626
IVRPRB Invesco Mortgage Capital Inc n/a n/a n/a 0
NRG NRG Energy Inc. 12.86 0.40 3.21 8,596,151
PCLN The Priceline Group Inc. 1,557.98 9.31 0.60 333,919
JPM JP Morgan Chase 85.49 0.37 0.43 14,567,202
AXP American Express Company 74.77 -0.14 -0.19 2,566,883
OIS Oil States International Inc. 39.70 0.40 1.02 656,246
ITT ITT Inc. 42.73 0.59 1.40 713,263
UTX United Technologies Corporation 109.79 1.36 1.25 3,429,005
SWN Southwestern Energy Company 12.61 0.25 2.02 8,076,818
PBI Pitney Bowes Inc. 15.84 -0.13 -0.81 2,672,008
XEC Cimarex Energy Co 141.59 -1.07 -0.75 730,256
CENX Century Aluminum Company 9.77 0.25 2.63 1,566,321
DB Deutsche Bank AG 18.28 -0.76 -3.99 11,826,211
CSCO Cisco Systems Inc. 30.06 0.11 0.37 21,361,984
SFY Swift Energy Co. n/a n/a n/a n/a
DIS Walt Disney Company (The) 104.86 1.48 1.43 12,173,909
GS The Goldman Sachs Group Inc. 241.85 0.40 0.17 5,456,047
CHEF The Chefs\' Warehouse Inc. 14.90 0.40 2.76 156,006
COST Costco Wholesale Corporation 159.70 2.11 1.34 2,615,294
VZ Verizon Communications Inc. 51.49 0.36 0.70 10,101,462
GMCR Keurig Green Mountain Inc n/a n/a n/a 0
ABX Barrick Gold Corporation 15.45 -0.47 -2.95 15,558,354
BAC Bank of America Corporation 23.09 0.14 0.61 130,590,406
RBS Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc New (The) ADS 5.49 -0.11 -1.96 1,604,001
LNKD LinkedIn Corporation Class A 195.96 0.00 0.00 0
MCD McDonald\'s Corporation 121.26 0.81 0.67 2,623,713
EGO Eldorado Gold Corporation 2.92 -0.10 -3.31 6,497,034
SPWR SunPower Corporation 7.65 0.06 0.79 2,880,793
BEBE bebe stores inc. 5.87 -0.05 -0.83 101,416
DD E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Co. 74.85 0.17 0.23 2,358,921
SBUX Starbucks Corporation 58.75 0.10 0.17 7,091,577
HUN Huntsman Corporation 20.31 -0.02 -0.10 3,280,327
HD Home Depot Inc. (The) 133.39 0.86 0.65 5,174,577
XOM Exxon Mobil Corporation 89.00 0.68 0.77 8,021,683
PFE Pfizer Inc. 31.70 0.76 2.46 29,350,843
FSLR First Solar Inc. 33.54 0.37 1.12 2,052,860
DXCM DexCom Inc. 65.01 0.40 0.62 754,792
ALU Alcatel-Lucent ADR (Sponsored) n/a n/a n/a 0
AIG American International Group Inc. New 65.83 0.01 0.02 6,552,997
UNTD United Online Inc n/a n/a n/a 0
MT ArcelorMittal 8.07 -0.55 -6.38 26,475,240
HPQ HP Inc. 15.78 -0.38 -2.35 9,865,108
BA Boeing Company (The) 156.49 1.10 0.71 2,707,872
SWKS Skyworks Solutions Inc. 76.93 -2.59 -3.26 4,750,178
MRK Merck & Company Inc. (new) 61.23 1.11 1.85 10,516,352
SEE Sealed Air Corporation 48.18 -0.66 -1.35 1,428,502
BP BP p.l.c. 36.01 -0.18 -0.50 4,633,089
FE FirstEnergy Corporation 30.73 0.20 0.66 3,913,199
KO Coca-Cola Company (The) 42.00 1.02 2.49 28,125,775
EXC Exelon Corporation 34.90 0.70 2.05 10,118,837
PXD Pioneer Natural Resources Company 187.06 0.05 0.03 1,205,286
T AT&T Inc. 40.38 -0.03 -0.07 17,105,180
MWA MUELLER WATER PRODUCTS 14.05 0.06 0.43 853,048
CAT Caterpillar Inc. 95.53 -0.74 -0.77 6,550,220
NEM Newmont Mining Corporation 32.79 -1.08 -3.19 9,196,191
VRTX Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated 76.67 -0.55 -0.71 1,618,599
MSFT Microsoft Corporation 61.97 0.96 1.57 27,349,356
CHK Chesapeake Energy Corporation 7.72 0.12 1.58 44,636,985

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