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.

Energy

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.

Materials

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.

Industrials

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.

Financial

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.

Utilities
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.

STOCKS: CVX, XOM, CHK, CHKM, MIND, CLR, FST, AA, DD, MDW, BA, CAT, GE, MMM, UTX, LMT, PHM, RYL, TTM, DIS, HD, MCD, CSTR, SBUX, MTN, OXM, VRA, KFT, KO, PG, WMT, BF.B, BOBE, MFRM, ULTA, DKS, JNJ, MRK, PFE, CYBX, NUVA, AXP, BAC, JPM, TRV, FNMA.OB, BCS, CIT, FRC, FMER, CSCO, HPQ, IBM, INTC, MSFT, ACOM, AMSC, FB, VRSN, RAX, SYMC, T, VZ, D, EIX, FE, PCG, SO, NU

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Companies

Symbol Name Price Change % Volume
MMM 3M Company 171.80 0.00 0.00 100
CIT CIT Group Inc (DEL) 42.57 0.00 0.00 0
MTN Vail Resorts Inc. 161.85 0.00 0.00 0
LMT Lockheed Martin Corporation 266.00 0.00 0.00 138
PG Procter & Gamble Company (The) 82.91 0.00 0.00 1,720
GE General Electric Co 31.17 0.00 0.00 15,513
CVX Chevron Corporation 112.76 0.00 0.00 1,600
SO Southern Company (The) 46.93 0.00 0.00 100
PCG Pacific Gas & Electric Co. 58.38 0.00 0.00 0
CYBX Cyberonics Inc. n/a n/a n/a 0
AMSC American Superconductor Corporation 7.84 0.00 0.00 50
OXM Oxford Industries Inc. 71.72 0.00 0.00 200
FB Facebook Inc. 117.31 0.00 0.00 27,481
JNJ Johnson & Johnson 112.06 0.00 0.00 3,860
WMT Wal-Mart Stores Inc. 69.86 0.00 0.00 4,505
AA Alcoa Inc. 31.15 0.00 0.00 1,846
INTC Intel Corporation 34.72 0.00 0.00 3,721
IBM International Business Machines Corp 160.35 0.00 0.00 804
D Dominion Resources Inc. 72.71 0.00 0.00 0
TRV The Travelers Companies Inc. 116.16 0.00 0.00 0
WPX:CA Western Potash Corp. 0.13 0.00 0.00 0
BCS Barclays PLC 11.59 0.00 0.00 1,186,788
EIX Edison International 68.85 0.00 0.00 0
BOBE Bob Evans Farms Inc. 49.93 0.00 0.00 0
JPM JP Morgan Chase 83.69 0.00 0.00 5,810
AXP American Express Company 72.31 0.00 0.00 50
UTX United Technologies Corporation 107.43 0.00 0.00 200
FMER FirstMerit Corporation n/a n/a n/a 0
SYMC Symantec Corporation 24.20 0.00 0.00 3
VRA Vera Bradley Inc. 14.67 0.00 0.00 78,542
CSCO Cisco Systems Inc. 29.33 0.00 0.00 4,735
DIS Walt Disney Company (The) 100.66 0.00 0.00 3,929
VZ Verizon Communications Inc. 50.36 0.00 0.00 406
VRSN VeriSign Inc. 79.81 0.00 0.00 0
BAC Bank of America Corporation 22.16 0.00 0.00 1,078,495
MCD McDonald\'s Corporation 119.25 0.00 0.00 72
DD E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Co. 72.73 0.00 0.00 7
SBUX Starbucks Corporation 57.44 0.00 0.00 15,290
TTM Tata Motors Ltd Limited 32.41 0.00 0.00 702
CLR Continental Resources Inc. 57.72 0.00 0.00 0
HD Home Depot Inc. (The) 128.74 0.00 0.00 269
XOM Exxon Mobil Corporation 87.56 0.00 0.00 219
PFE Pfizer Inc. 31.56 0.00 0.00 45,144
PHM PulteGroup Inc. 18.68 0.00 0.00 54
DKS Dick\'s Sporting Goods Inc 61.01 0.00 0.00 0
FRC FIRST REPUBLIC BANK 85.64 0.00 0.00 10
HPQ HP Inc. 15.60 0.00 0.00 0
BA Boeing Company (The) 152.24 0.00 0.00 1,136
MRK Merck & Company Inc. (new) 60.28 0.00 0.00 3,202
FE FirstEnergy Corporation 30.37 0.00 0.00 0
KO Coca-Cola Company (The) 40.57 0.00 0.00 457
T AT&T Inc. 39.35 0.00 0.00 4,883
CAT Caterpillar Inc. 95.22 0.00 0.00 3,060
NUVA NuVasive Inc. 66.63 0.00 0.00 1
ULTA Ulta Salon Cosmetics & Fragrance Inc. 254.22 0.00 0.00 200
MSFT Microsoft Corporation 59.95 0.00 0.00 3,285
CHK Chesapeake Energy Corporation 7.58 0.00 0.00 383,512
MIND Mitcham Industries Inc. 3.69 0.00 0.00 0
RAX Rackspace Hosting Inc n/a n/a n/a 0
MFRM Mattress Firm Holding Corp. n/a n/a n/a 0

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