Equities Sector Coverage: Stocks Take Off As Europe Prepares to Act

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RBS, LYG, ING, DB, BCS, CS, C, MS, BX, AIG, banks, euro, european union, eurozone, Mario Draghi, ECB, IMF, bond-buying, interest rates, debt crisisFirst Quarter Productivity fell more than expected, down 0.9% with labor costs up 1.3%. The Federal Reserve’s “beige book” of regional economic activity showed consumer spending was unchanged to up slightly in most regions, auto sales were strong, construction spending was picking up and capital spending plans were mostly positive. The Dow Jones Industrial Average traded up to 12,364.54 back above its 200-day simple moving average at 12,271. The NASDAQ traded up to 2840.80.

Asian stocks rebounded on Wednesday. The Nikkei 225 ended the day at 8,534 – up 1.81%. The Hang Seng ended the day at 18,521 – up 1.43%. European exchanges were higher on Wednesday. The FTSE 100 ended the day at 5,384 – up 2.36% on Friday. The DAX ended the day at 6,094 – up 2.09%. The CAC 40 ended the day at 3,058 – up 2.42%. The yield on the 10-Year US Treasury declined to 1.552% than rose to 1.671%.

Gold traded up from $1616.5 the Troy ounce to $1642.4 between the 50-day and 200-day simple moving averages at $1621.7 and $1685.2. Crude oil traded up from $84.03 per barrel to $86.27. The euro versus the dollar traded up from 1.2443 to 1.2571.


Chesapeake Energy (CHK) is in discussions to sell its 45.2% limited partner interest in Chesapeake Midstream (CHKM) and other pipeline assets to Global Infrastructure for over $4 billion. Mitcham Industries (MIND) missed Q1 EPS estimates by a penny with a miss on the revenue line. Continental Resources (CLR) has been upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies. Forest Oil (FST) has been upgraded to Buy from Hold at Canaccord Genuity. Hess (HES) has been upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at Tudor Pickering. Dow components – Chevron (CVX) up 2.57%, Exxon Mobil (XOM) up 2.47%.

Energy Select Sector SPDR (XLE) was trading at $64.02 at 3:30 PM on Wednesday, up 2.40% on the day – down 7.39% year-to-date.


Midway Gold (MDW) has been initiated with a Buy rating at Stifel Nicolaus on the development assets in Nevada and Washington with total attributable resources of 4.8 million ounces of gold. Dow components – Alcoa (AA) up 1.57%, DuPont (DD) up 2.45%.

The Materials Select Sector SPDR (XLB) was trading at $34.09 at 3:30 PM on Wednesday, up 1.94% on the day – up 1.76% year-to-date.


Defense cuts may be on the horizon, Lockheed Martin (LMT) won a preliminary contract valued at up to $2.02 billion to build at least 42 interceptor missiles for the Pentagon's missile defense agency. PulteGroup (PHM) and Ryland Group (RYL) have been upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse. Tata Motors (TTM) - The Indian auto maker has been upgraded to Hold from Sell at Deutsche Bank. Dow components – Boeing Co (BA) up 1.61%, Caterpillar (CAT) up 2.51%, General Electric (GE) up 1.97%, 3M Company (MMM) up 2.12%, United Technologies (UTX) up 3.13%.

The Industrial Select Sector SPDR (XLI) was trading at $34.16 at 3:30 PM on Wednesday, up 2.12% on the day – up 1.21% year-to-date.

Consumer Discretionary

Home Depot (HD) reaffirmed its sales and EPS guidance for 2012 and set new targets for an operating margin of 12% and return on invested capital of 24%. Coinstar (CSTR) has a deal with Starbucks (SBUX) to roll out thousands of Rubi coffee kiosks featuring Seattle's Best Coffee in groceries, drugstores and mass merchants. Vail Resorts (MTN) reported in-line FQ3 EPS with a beat on the revenue line. Oxford Industries (OXM) beat Q1 EPS estimates by a nickel with in-line revenue. Vera Bradley Inc (VRA) has been upgraded to Buy from Hold at KeyBanc with a price target at $26. Dow Components – Disney (DIS) up 1.29%, Home Depot up 3.03%, McDonalds (MCD) up 1.26%.

The Consumer Discretionary Select Sector SPDR (XLY) was trading at $42.84 at 3:30 PM on Wednesday, up 1.73% on the day – up 9.79% year-to-date.

Consumer Staples

Coinstar (CSTR) has a deal with Starbucks (SBUX) to roll out thousands of Rubi coffee kiosks featuring Seattle's Best Coffee in groceries, drugstores and mass merchants. Brown-Forman Group (BF.B) missed FQ4 EPS estimates by three cents with better than expected revenue. Bob Evans (BOBE) missed FQ4 earnings on all counts with flat revenue year over year. Net earnings rose 20% on fewer charges and improved operating margins. Same-store sales were down 0.6%, and Evans lowered guidance for the fiscal year. Mattress Firm (MFRM) beat earnings estimate on a per share basis but was short on the revenue line. Ulta Salon (ULTA) beat Q1 estimates on a 22% year over year. Dick's Sporting Goods (DKS) have been upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform with Wells Fargo. Dow components – Kraft (KFT) up 0.61%, Coca Cola (KO) up 1.37%, Procter & Gamble (PG) up 0.55%, Wal-Mart (WMT) up 0.34%.

The Consumer Staples Select Sector SPDR (XLP) was trading at $33.56 at 3:30 PM on Wednesday, up 0.99% on the day – up 3.29% year-to-date.

Health Care

Cyberonics (CYBX) beat FQ4 EPS estimates by three cents with better than expected revenue. NuVasive (NUVA) has been upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital. Dow Components – Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) up 0.42%, Merck (MRK) up 0.55%, Pfizer (PFE) up 0.93%.

The Health Care Select Sector SPDR (XLV) was trading at $36.14 at 3:30 PM on Wednesday, up 0.98% on the day – up 4.18% year-to-date.


Fannie Mae (FNMA.OB) named general counsel Timothy Mayopoulos as its new CEO. Mayopoulos was fired from Bank of America (BAC) on the just before their takeover of Merrill Lynch to make way for Brian Moynihan. Barclays (BCS) will likely recover around $1.5 billion of disputed assets related to the Lehman's bankruptcy, as a US federal judge ruled yesterday partially reversing a February 2011 decision. CIT Group (CIT) has been initiated with a Buy rating at Janney. First Republic Bank (FRC) has been initiated with an Outperform at Wells Fargo. FirstMerit Corp. (FMER) has been downgraded to Underperform from Neutral by Robert W. Baird with a price target reduced $2 to $13. Dow Components – American Express (AXP) up 2.06%, Bank of America (BAC) up 6.34%, JP Morgan Chase (JPM) up 2.53%, Travelers (TRV) up 0.72%.

The Financial Select Sector SPDR (XLF) was trading at $13.92 at 3:30 PM on Wednesday, up 2.50% on the day – up 7.08% year-to-date.

Information Technology

Ancestry.com (ACOM) surged 24% premarket after a Bloomberg report that the company is considering a sale and enlisted the help of tech banker Frank Quattrone to find buyers. American Superconductor (AMSC) beat FQ4 EPS estimates by six cents with in-line revenue. Facebook (FB) has been initiated with an Outperform at JPM Securities with a $37 price target. VeriSign (VRSN) has been initiated with an Outperform at Wells Fargo. Rackspace (RAX) has been downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies. Symantec (SYMC) has been downgraded to Perform from Outperform at FBR Capital with the price target down to $16 from $20. Dow Components – Cisco Systems (CSCO) up 2.70%, Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) up 2.54%, IBM (IBM) up 2.15%, Intel Corp (INTC) up 2.12%, Microsoft (MSFT) up 1.91%.

The Technology Select Sector SPDR (XLK) was trading at $28.49 at 3:30 PM on Wednesday, up 1.89% on the day – up 10.18% year-to-date.

Telecommunication Services

Dow components – AT&T (T) up 0.82%, Verizon (VZ) up 0.95%.

The NASDAQ Telecommunications Index (IXTC) was trading at $179.97 at 3:30 PM on Wednesday, up 1.86% on the day – down 8.61% year-to-date.

Dominion Resources (D) up 1.15%, Edison International (EIX) up 0.84%, First Energy (FE) up 0.98%, PG&E Corp (PCG) up 1.69%, Southern Company (SO) up 1.43%.

The Utilities Select Sector SPDR (XLU) was trading at $36.35 at 3:30 PM on Wednesday, up 1.08% on the day – up 1.03% year-to-date.


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Symbol Name Price Change % Volume
MMM 3M Company 215.36 -7.81 -3.50 4,221,155 Trade
CIT CIT Group Inc (DEL) 50.55 -1.36 -2.62 574,798 Trade
MTN Vail Resorts Inc. 223.63 -4.32 -1.90 562,990 Trade
LMT Lockheed Martin Corporation 336.31 9.16 2.80 2,898,564 Trade
PG Procter & Gamble Company (The) 75.91 -0.50 -0.65 11,728,334 Trade
GE General Electric Co 13.07 -0.28 -2.10 84,042,290 Trade
CVX Chevron Corporation 112.98 -0.72 -0.63 6,227,233 Trade
SO Southern Company (The) 43.11 -0.70 -1.60 5,458,057 Trade
PCG Pacific Gas & Electric Co. 43.08 -1.05 -2.38 3,340,346 Trade
CYBX Cyberonics Inc. n/a n/a n/a 0 Trade
AMSC American Superconductor Corporation 5.57 -0.19 -3.30 207,574 Trade
OXM Oxford Industries Inc. 76.39 -2.02 -2.58 138,831 Trade
FB Facebook Inc. 159.39 -5.50 -3.34 53,609,706 Trade
JNJ Johnson & Johnson 125.10 -2.28 -1.79 8,452,497 Trade
WMT Wal-Mart Stores Inc. 85.42 -1.72 -1.97 10,125,050 Trade
AA Alcoa Inc. 44.71 -0.21 -0.47 3,256,161 Trade
INTC Intel Corporation 49.36 -1.47 -2.89 37,683,871 Trade
IBM International Business Machines Corp 148.89 -3.20 -2.10 4,440,883 Trade
D Dominion Resources Inc. 67.30 -0.57 -0.84 4,956,618 Trade
TRV The Travelers Companies Inc. 134.90 -3.25 -2.35 1,690,859 Trade
WPX:CA Western Potash Corp. n/a n/a n/a n/a
BCS Barclays PLC 11.59 -0.14 -1.19 6,314,606 Trade
EIX Edison International 62.16 -0.76 -1.21 2,949,323 Trade
BOBE Bob Evans Farms Inc. n/a n/a n/a 0 Trade
JPM JP Morgan Chase 107.01 -2.94 -2.67 23,081,509 Trade
AXP American Express Company 90.45 -0.96 -1.05 5,100,420 Trade
UTX United Technologies Corporation 122.31 -1.76 -1.42 3,862,878 Trade
FMER FirstMerit Corporation n/a n/a n/a 0 Trade
SYMC Symantec Corporation 25.70 -0.90 -3.38 5,321,337 Trade
VRA Vera Bradley Inc. 10.19 -0.04 -0.39 175,577 Trade
CSCO Cisco Systems Inc. 42.42 -0.65 -1.51 31,759,225 Trade
DIS Walt Disney Company (The) 98.54 -2.06 -2.05 7,505,075 Trade
VZ Verizon Communications Inc. 46.29 -0.59 -1.26 15,955,106 Trade
VRSN VeriSign Inc. 119.48 -3.17 -2.58 1,452,223 Trade
BAC Bank of America Corporation 29.17 -1.38 -4.52 115,740,203 Trade
MCD McDonald\'s Corporation 154.98 -2.06 -1.31 3,447,383 Trade
DD E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Co. n/a n/a n/a 0 Trade
SBUX Starbucks Corporation 56.31 -1.46 -2.53 9,476,776 Trade
TTM Tata Motors Ltd Limited 24.90 -0.60 -2.35 1,983,249 Trade
CLR Continental Resources Inc. 58.00 0.87 1.52 3,548,016 Trade
HD Home Depot Inc. (The) 171.80 -3.49 -1.99 6,021,266 Trade
XOM Exxon Mobil Corporation 72.89 -0.61 -0.83 20,157,333 Trade
PFE Pfizer Inc. 34.49 -1.11 -3.12 27,880,166 Trade
PHM PulteGroup Inc. 28.65 -0.35 -1.21 3,064,249 Trade
DKS Dick\'s Sporting Goods Inc 33.01 0.26 0.79 2,819,720 Trade
FRC FIRST REPUBLIC BANK 90.14 -1.97 -2.14 2,117,880 Trade
HPQ HP Inc. 21.85 -0.62 -2.76 16,835,684 Trade
BA Boeing Company (The) 321.00 1.39 0.43 7,237,471 Trade
MRK Merck & Company Inc. (new) 53.41 -0.71 -1.31 11,840,259 Trade
FE FirstEnergy Corporation 33.74 -0.71 -2.06 5,021,883 Trade
KO Coca-Cola Company (The) 42.33 -0.43 -1.01 13,475,205 Trade
T AT&T Inc. 34.70 -0.67 -1.89 35,027,990 Trade
CAT Caterpillar Inc. 144.29 -2.61 -1.78 6,533,080 Trade
NUVA NuVasive Inc. 50.21 -0.70 -1.38 582,040 Trade
ULTA Ulta Salon Cosmetics & Fragrance Inc. 202.29 -5.07 -2.45 1,332,760 Trade
MSFT Microsoft Corporation 87.18 -2.61 -2.91 44,068,949 Trade
CHK Chesapeake Energy Corporation 3.07 -0.04 -1.29 26,718,857 Trade
MIND Mitcham Industries Inc. 3.50 -0.03 -0.87 7,070 Trade
RAX Rackspace Hosting Inc n/a n/a n/a 0 Trade
MFRM Mattress Firm Holding Corp. n/a n/a n/a 0 Trade


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