Equities Sector Coverage: Stocks Trade Higher Ahead of Thanksgiving Holiday

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Stocks Trade Higher Ahead of Thanksgiving HolidayInitial Jobless Claims came in at 410,000 still well above the 350,000 recessionary threshold. The Dow Jones Industrial Average traded up to 12,845.99 staying well below the 200-day simple moving average at 12,991.82. The Nasdaq traded up to 2928.17 below the 200-day SMA at to 2984.97.

Asian stocks were higher on Wednesday. The Nikkei 225 closed at 9,223 – up 0.87%. The Hang Seng closed at 21,524 – up 1.39%. European exchanges closed higher on Wednesday. The FTSE 100 ended the day at 5,752 – up 0.07%. The DAX ended the day at 7,185 – up 0.16%. The CAC 40 ended the day at 3,477 – up 0.44%. The yield on the 10-Year US Treasury traded between 1.642% and 1.695% staying below the 50-day and 200-day simple moving averages at 1.702% and 1.773%.

Comex gold rebounded from $1718.4 the Troy ounce to $1732.0 still between the 200-day and 50-day simple moving averages at $1665.3 and $1743.3. Nymex crude oil rebounded from $86.65 per barrel to $87.89 still below its 50-day and 200-day simple moving averages at $89.57 and $94.20. The euro versus the dollar rebounded from 1.2740 to 1.2831 trading around its 200-day simple moving average at 1.2803.

Energy

Boardwalk Pipeline (BWP) gets lifted to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse. Petróleo Brasileiro (PBR) is reduced to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James. LinnCo (LNCO) is begun with a Neutral at Bank of America-Merrill Lynch and an Outperform at Robert W. Baird. Linn Energy (LINE) is a new Neutral at Bank of America-Merrill Lynch, Credit Suisse, and Goldman Sachs. Marathon Petroleum (MPC) is resumed with a Buy at Bank of America-Merrill. Matrix Service (MTRX) is initiated with a Buy at DA Davidson. MPLX LP (MPLX) is begun with a Buy at Citigroup. Pioneer Natural Resources (PXD) is a new Buy at Citigroup. Inergy (NRGY) is now Outperform from Neutral at Robert W. Baird. Inergy Midstream (NRGM) is now Outperform from Perform at Robert W. Baird. Lukoil (LUKOY) is upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Credit Suisse. Repsol (REPYY) gets a Buy-from-Hold hoist at brokerage boutique Kepler. Dow components – Chevron (CVX) is up about 0.4%. Exxon Mobil (XOM) is up about 0.4%. Energy Select Sector SPDR (XLE) was trading at $70.54 at 3:30 PM on Wednesday, up 0.44% on the day – up 2.04% year-to-date.

Materials

AK Steel (AKS) is now Neutral from Sell at Goldman Sachs. Cliffs Natural Resources (CLF) is lowered to Sell from Neutral at Goldman Sachs. K+S Aktiengesellschaft (KPLUF) is cut to Underweight from Equal Weight at JPMorgan. Dow Components – Alcoa (AA) is down slightly. DuPont (DD) is down about 0.6%. The Materials Select Sector SPDR (XLB) was trading at $35.88 at 3:30 PM on Wednesday, unchanged on the day – up 7.10% year-to-date.

Industrials

Deere's (DE) FQ4 net profit edged up 2.7% to $687.6M as EPS of $1.75 missed forecasts, although revenue climbed 14% to $9.79B and beat expectations. Joy Global (JOY) is boosted to Market Perform from Underperform at BMO Capital. Emerson Electric (EMR) is downgraded to Perform from Outperform at Oppenheimer. BE Aerospace (BEAV) is an Outperform at Imperial Capital. Wesco Aircraft (WAIR) is a new In-line at Imperial Capital. Dow components – Boeing Co (BA) is up about 0.9%. Caterpillar (CAT) is down slightly. General Electric (GE) is up about 0.3%. 3M Company (MMM) is down slightly. United Technologies (UTX) is up about 1.1%. The Industrial Select Sector SPDR (XLI) was trading at $36.24 at 3:30 PM on Wednesday, up 0.06% on the day – up 7.38% year-to-date.

Consumer Discretionary

Richard Schulze is now reportedly working separately with P-E firms Cerberus, TPG Capital and Leonard Green on a bid for Best Buy (BBY) despite previous speculation saying Cerberus had dropped out. Hedge fund Tiger Global disclosed it had acquired a 9.9% stake in Groupon (GRPN). Apollo (APO) and KKR (KKR) are unlikely to collaborate with Schulze on an offer. News Corp (NWS) is reportedly in preliminary negotiations to acquire CBS's (CBS) Simon & Schuster book business. Kid Brands (KID) missed estimates by 7 cents and revenue by $7M. Zale (ZLC) missed estimates by 20 cents and revenue by $7M. Books-A-Million (BAMM) reported Q3 EPS of -$0.18 on revenue of $104.7M. Coach Inc. (COH) is initiated with an Outperform at Wells Fargo. Deckers Outdoor (DECK) is a new Outperform with Wedbush. Six Flags Entertainment (SIX) is started with a Neutral at Longbow. Expedia (EXPE) is taken to Equal-Weight from Underweight by Barclays. Yum Brands (YUM) is initiated with an Outperform at Macquarie. Penn National Gaming (PENN) is now Buy from Neutral at Lazard Capital. Skechers USA (SKX) is moved to Positive from Neutral at Susquehanna. Big Movers – Zale (ZLC) is down about 26.5%. Groupon (GRPN) is up about 14.5%. Skechers USA (SKX) is up about 10%. Dow Components – Disney (DIS) is up about 0.7%. Home Depot (HD) is up about 0.5%. McDonalds (MCD) is up about 0.4%. The Consumer Discretionary Select Sector SPDR (XLY) was trading at $46.545 at 3:30 PM on Wednesday, up 0.36% on the day – up 19.28% year-to-date.

Consumer Staples

Hostess Brands will again ask bankruptcy Judge Robert Drain to authorize its liquidation after mediation talks with the company's striking bakers' union failed to resolve their differences. Potential suitors for all or part of Hostess' assets include Flowers Foods (FLO), which said on Monday that it has renegotiated lending terms to enable it to borrow additional cash. Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) is upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform by BMO Capital. Whole Foods (WFM) gets upgraded to Buy from Hold at Goldman. Brasil Foods (BRFS) is initiated with a Buy at Citigroup. Hormel Foods (HRL) is cut to Underperform from Outperform at Crédit Agricole. Dow components – Coca Cola (KO) is up about 0.5%. Procter & Gamble (PG) is up slightly. Wal-Mart (WMT) is down slightly. The Consumer Staples Select Sector SPDR (XLP) was trading at $35.132 at 3:30 PM on Wednesday, up 0.09% on the day – up 8.13% year-to-date.



Health Care

Lazard launches Buys on Aetna (AET) and UnitedHealth (UNH). It has a new Neutral on WellPoint (WLP). Medicines Company (MDCO) is a new Outperform at Oppenheimer. Merck (MRK) is moved to Buy from Neutral at MKM Partners. Biogen Idec (BIIB), Celgene (CELG), and Threshold Pharmaceuticals (THLD) are all begun with Buys at Brean Capital. Infinity Pharmaceutical (INFI) is resumed with an Outperform at RBC Capital. Repros Therapeutics (RPRX) is resumed as a Buy at Roth Capital. HeartWare (HTWR) is moved to Market Perform from Outperform with Wells Fargo. St. Jude Medical (STJ) gets moved to Market Perform from Outperform with Wells Fargo. Big Movers – Sequenom (SQNM) is up about 13.5%. Vivus (VVUS) is up about 12.5%. Keryx Biopharmaceuticals (KERX) is up about 10%. St. Jude Medical (STJ) is down about 12%. Dow Components – Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) is down about 0.2%. Merck (MRK) is up about 0.75%. Pfizer (PFE) is up about 0.2%. United Health Group (UNH) is up about 0.8%. The Health Care Select Sector SPDR (XLV) was trading at $39.54 at 3:30 PM on Wednesday, down 0.05% on the day – up 13.98% year-to-date.

Financials

New York Attorney-General Eric Schneiderman reportedly plans to sue Credit Suisse (CS) for allegedly misleading investors who lost over $11.2B on mortgage bonds. A federal judge has allowed a lawsuit from the Federal Housing Finance Agency to go forward against Barclays (BCS) over the sale of $4.9B in questionable mortgage bonds to Fannie Mae (FNMA) and Freddie Mac (FMCC). Richard Schulze is now reportedly working separately with P-E firms Cerberus, TPG Capital and Leonard Green on a bid for Best Buy (BBY) despite previous speculation saying Cerberus had dropped out. Apollo (APO) and KKR (KKR) are unlikely to collaborate with Schulze on an offer. Credit Suisse assigns Outperforms on East West Bancorp (EWBC), First Republic Bank (FRC), Signature Bank (SBNY), and Susquehanna Bank (SUSQ). SVB Financial (SIVB) is taken to Buy from Hold at Citigroup. Realogy (RLGY) is a new Neutral at Citigroup. British Land (BTLCY) is moved to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley. First Republic Bank (FRC) is raised to Buy from Hold at Jefferies. Greenlight Capital (GLRE) gets upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS. Lloyds Banking Group (LYG) is lifted to Equal Weight from Underweight at Morgan Stanley. Webster Financial (WBS) is moved to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley. Commerce Bancshares (CBSH) is cut to Underweight from Equal-Weight at Morgan Stanley. Eaton Vance (EV) gets slashed to Sell from Neutral at Citigroup.

Big Movers – Ambac Financial (ABKFQ) is up about 12.5%. MBIA (MBI) is up about 12%. Dow Components – American Express (AXP) is up about 0.2%. Bank of America (BAC) is up about 1.25%. JP Morgan Chase (JPM) is up slightly. The Travelers Companies (TRV) is up about 0.5%. The Financial Select Sector SPDR (XLF) was trading at $15.635 at 3:30 PM on Wednesday, down 0.10% on the day – up 20.276% year-to-date.

Information Technology

Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) has taken an $8.8 billion write-down in its fourth-quarter earnings, including $5.3 billion on its acquisition of software company Autonomy. The FBI is reportedly investigating H-P's accusations of accounting improprieties at Autonomy prior to H-P buying the software company and for which it took an $8.8B charge in FQ4. The company’s Q4 earnings beat estimates by 2 cents, but revenue missed estimates by $430M. Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) is moved to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James. H-P is also taken to Underperform from Neutral at Mizuho and to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital. The FTC is reportedly uncertain that it can successfully sue Google (GOOG) for placing links to its products and services above those of its competitors in search results. A judge has to decide how much Microsoft (MSFT) should pay for the use of Google (GOOG) wireless and video patents following the end of a week-long trial yesterday. Google wants $4B a year, although Microsoft reckons that $1M+ is all that Google deserves. The Department of Justice and the FTC plan to hold informal hearings next month on whether patent trolls, which license IP but don't sell any tangible products, do more harm than good. A crackdown could well hurt the likes of Acacia (ACTG), InterDigital (IDCC) and Rambus (RMBS). Salesforce.com (CRM) beat estimates by a penny and revenue by $10.9M. The company expects FQ4 revenue of $825M-$830M and EPS of $0.38-$0.40 (versus consensus of $829.9M and $0.40). The company is setting FY14 revenue guidance of $3.8B-$3.85B (in-line with a $3.83B consensus). Millennial Media (MM) is a new Buy at Janney Montgomery Scott. NCR Corp. (NCR) is added to JPMorgan’s Focus List of favored equities. Research In Motion (RIMM) is raised to Hold from Underperform at Jefferies. Riverbed Technology (RVBD) is upgraded to Outperform at Northland Securities. ARM Holdings (ARMH) is downgraded to Outperform from Strong Buy at Raymond James. Intel (INTC) gets cut to Neutral from Buy at UBS.

Big Movers – China Digital TV Holdings (STV) is down about 38%. Nokia (NOK) is up about 14.5%. Dow Components – Cisco Systems (CSCO) is up about 0.6%. Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) is up about 2.7%. IBM (IBM) is up about 0.75%. Intel Corp (INTC) is down about 0.8%. Microsoft (MSFT) is up about 1.1%. The Technology Select Sector SPDR (XLK) was trading at $28.398 at 3:30 PM on Wednesday, up 0.35% the day – up 11.58% year-to-date.

Telecommunication Services

America Móvil (AMX) is taken to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup. Dow Components – AT&T (T) is up about 0.3%. Verizon (VZ) is up about 0.6%. The NASDAQ Telecommunications Index (IXTC) was trading at $188.33 at 3:30 PM on Wednesday, up 0.59% on the day – down 4.37% year-to-date.

Utilities

Big Mover – Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras (EBR) is down about 10.5%. The Big Names – Dominion Resources (D) is down about 0.6%. Edison International (EIX) is down about 1.1%. First Energy (FE) is down about 0.9%. PG&E Corp (PCG) is down about 0.8%. Southern Company (SO) is down about 0.9%. The Utilities Select Sector SPDR (XLU) was trading at $34.06 at 3:30 PM on Wednesday, down 0.79% on the day – down 5.34% 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, BWP, PBR, LNCO, LINE, MPC, MTRX, MPLX, PXD, NRGY, NRGM, LUKOY, REPYY, AKS, CLF, KPLUF, DE, JOY, EMR, BEAV, WAIR, BBY, GRPN, APO, KKR, NWS, CBS, KID, ZLC, BAMM, COH, DECK, SIX, EXPE, YUM, PENN, SKX, FLO, ADM, WFM, BRFS, HRL, AET, UNH, WLP, MDCO, MRK, BIIB, CELG, THLD, INFI, RPRX, HTWR, STJ, SQNM, VVUS, KERX, CS, BCS, FNMA, FMCC, EWBC, FRC, SBNY, SUSQ, SIVB, RLGY, BTLCY, FRC, GLRE, LYG, WBS, CBSH, EV, ABKFQ, MBI, HPQ, GOOG, MFST, ACTG, IDCC, RMBS, CRM, MM, NCR, RIMM, RVBD, ARMH, INTC, STV, NOK, AMX, EBR

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Companies

Symbol Name Price Change % Volume
FLO Flowers Foods Inc. 17.80 -0.10 -0.56 586,487 Trade
CBS CBS Corporation Class B 65.83 -0.03 -0.05 1,808,054 Trade
MMM 3M Company 211.16 -1.29 -0.61 2,246,238 Trade
UNH UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (DE) 191.78 0.28 0.15 4,911,549 Trade
WBS Webster Financial Corporation 50.88 -2.45 -4.59 1,899,167 Trade
DE Deere & Company 125.75 0.15 0.12 1,455,787 Trade
EV Eaton Vance Corporation 48.66 -0.26 -0.53 618,610 Trade
ACTG Acacia Research Corp. 4.05 0.00 0.00 271,788 Trade
BEAV B/E Aerospace Inc. n/a n/a n/a 0 Trade
DECK Deckers Outdoor Corporation 66.27 0.43 0.65 340,989 Trade
PG Procter & Gamble Company (The) 88.61 0.01 0.01 5,714,842 Trade
GE General Electric Co 25.91 -0.78 -2.92 90,649,890 Trade
CRM Salesforce.com Inc 89.69 -0.85 -0.94 2,928,673 Trade
CVX Chevron Corporation 103.25 -1.38 -1.32 5,304,114 Trade
BWP Boardwalk Pipeline Partners LP 17.34 0.02 0.12 596,648 Trade
SO Southern Company (The) 47.88 0.56 1.18 4,117,193 Trade
PCG Pacific Gas & Electric Co. 68.26 0.62 0.92 1,525,415 Trade
AKS AK Steel Holding Corporation 6.20 -0.26 -4.02 16,463,993 Trade
PBR PETROLEO BRASILEIIRO SA PETROBRAS 8.48 -0.21 -2.42 15,100,465 Trade
RMBS Rambus Inc. 12.61 -0.07 -0.55 621,016 Trade
ARMH ARM Holdings plc n/a n/a n/a 0 Trade
KERX Keryx Biopharmaceuticals Inc. 7.24 0.17 2.40 1,018,279 Trade
JNJ Johnson & Johnson 135.31 -1.26 -0.92 6,773,546 Trade
WMT Wal-Mart Stores Inc. 76.15 0.13 0.17 7,153,326 Trade
AA Alcoa Inc. 36.62 -0.10 -0.27 2,527,539 Trade
INTC Intel Corporation 34.73 -0.02 -0.06 22,245,041 Trade
IBM International Business Machines Corp 147.08 -0.58 -0.39 6,509,459 Trade
MPLX MPLX LP Representing Limited Partner Interests 35.84 -0.29 -0.80 1,392,683 Trade
MBI MBIA Inc. 10.43 -0.04 -0.38 1,307,288 Trade
D Dominion Resources Inc. 77.57 0.62 0.81 2,312,165 Trade
TRV The Travelers Companies Inc. 125.15 0.58 0.47 1,373,057 Trade
MPC Marathon Petroleum Corporation 55.34 -0.06 -0.11 2,101,873 Trade
EXPE Expedia Inc. 153.94 -0.69 -0.45 1,218,922 Trade
BCS Barclays PLC 10.65 -0.16 -1.48 2,190,310 Trade
GLRE Greenlight Reinsurance Ltd. 21.20 0.00 0.00 81,306 Trade
EIX Edison International 78.98 0.53 0.68 1,467,792 Trade
TGZ:CA Teranga Gold Corporation
NCR NCR Corporation 39.43 -3.55 -8.26 6,710,190 Trade
JPM JP Morgan Chase 90.89 -0.31 -0.34 10,971,292 Trade
AXP American Express Company 85.59 0.24 0.28 3,570,375 Trade
IDCC InterDigital Inc. 78.55 -1.85 -2.30 216,340 Trade
UTX United Technologies Corporation 123.49 1.04 0.85 2,472,453 Trade
HTWR Heartware International Inc. n/a n/a n/a 0 Trade
MDCO The Medicines Company 39.47 0.39 1.00 735,396 Trade
EWBC East West Bancorp Inc. 57.00 -0.41 -0.71 848,153 Trade
SBNY Signature Bank 131.95 -2.12 -1.58 598,803 Trade
CSCO Cisco Systems Inc. 31.84 -0.02 -0.06 13,973,789 Trade
LINE Linn Energy LLC Unit Repstg Ltd Liability Co Ints n/a n/a n/a 0
DIS Walt Disney Company (The) 107.09 -0.27 -0.25 4,328,517 Trade
SKX Skechers U.S.A. Inc. 28.50 0.19 0.67 9,643,326 Trade
SQNM Sequenom Inc. n/a n/a n/a 0 Trade
COH Coach Inc. 48.74 0.66 1.37 2,220,323 Trade
STV China Digital TV Holding Co. Ltd. American Deposit n/a n/a n/a n/a
VZ Verizon Communications Inc. 44.23 0.01 0.02 11,426,562 Trade
BAMM Books-A-Million Inc. n/a n/a n/a 0 Trade
BAC Bank of America Corporation 23.80 -0.14 -0.58 65,922,474 Trade
YUM Yum! Brands Inc. 74.74 0.12 0.16 1,363,385 Trade
APO Apollo Global Management LLC Class A Representing 27.93 0.06 0.22 781,749 Trade
AET Aetna Inc. 156.31 0.58 0.37 1,225,161 Trade
HRL Hormel Foods Corporation 33.23 0.30 0.91 1,030,259 Trade
CBSH Commerce Bancshares Inc.
NOK Nokia Corporation Sponsored American Depositary Sh 6.20 -0.06 -0.96 9,102,495 Trade
GOOG Alphabet Inc. 972.92 4.77 0.49 1,711,000 Trade
SIVB SVB Financial Group 177.42 -2.54 -1.41 271,773 Trade
MCD McDonald\'s Corporation 153.92 -0.29 -0.19 3,522,350 Trade
SIX Six Flags Entertainment Corporation New 55.87 -0.41 -0.73 1,440,943 Trade
BRFS BRF S.A. 11.65 -0.23 -1.94 1,776,709 Trade
EMR Emerson Electric Company 60.04 -0.26 -0.43 2,280,835 Trade
ADM Archer-Daniels-Midland Company 41.26 -0.16 -0.39 2,716,987 Trade
DD E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Co. 84.54 -0.29 -0.34 1,754,081 Trade
LYG Lloyds Banking Group Plc American Depositary Share 3.60 -0.03 -0.83 1,795,608 Trade
RLGY Realogy Holdings Corp.
VVUS VIVUS Inc. 1.24 0.02 1.64 1,291,675 Trade
THLD Threshold Pharmaceuticals Inc. 0.49 -0.00 -0.90 1,086,523 Trade
STJ St. Jude Medical Inc. n/a n/a n/a 0 Trade
JOY Joy Global Inc. n/a n/a n/a 0 Trade
BBY Best Buy Co. Inc. 54.14 0.18 0.33 4,666,534 Trade
INFI Infinity Pharmaceuticals Inc. 1.40 -0.01 -0.71 409,336 Trade
WAIR Wesco Aircraft Holdings Inc. 11.00 0.00 0.00 426,204 Trade
HD Home Depot Inc. (The) 146.65 -0.38 -0.26 9,120,167 Trade
XOM Exxon Mobil Corporation 80.12 -0.74 -0.92 12,268,605 Trade
PFE Pfizer Inc. 33.48 -0.06 -0.18 12,024,404 Trade
BIIB Biogen Inc. 282.92 1.48 0.53 985,437 Trade
FRC FIRST REPUBLIC BANK 99.82 -0.55 -0.55 433,501 Trade
HPQ HP Inc. 19.15 0.21 1.11 9,235,767 Trade
BA Boeing Company (The) 212.14 1.86 0.88 2,098,402 Trade
CELG Celgene Corporation 137.74 1.43 1.05 3,651,611 Trade
MRK Merck & Company Inc. (new) 62.63 -0.31 -0.49 6,906,447 Trade
EBR Eletrobras S/A ADS
GRPN Groupon Inc. 3.65 -0.18 -4.70 9,488,187 Trade
CLF Cliffs Natural Resources Inc 7.29 -0.25 -3.32 9,692,992 Trade
FE FirstEnergy Corporation 31.74 0.51 1.63 7,311,238 Trade
WFM Whole Foods Market Inc. 41.71 -0.05 -0.12 9,304,342 Trade
MTRX Matrix Service Company 9.30 -0.30 -3.13 279,138 Trade
KO Coca-Cola Company (The) 45.03 0.21 0.47 8,545,560 Trade
PXD Pioneer Natural Resources Company 160.21 -3.07 -1.88 1,359,433 Trade
T AT&T Inc. 36.51 -0.01 -0.03 20,150,775 Trade
CAT Caterpillar Inc. 106.59 -0.73 -0.68 4,258,115 Trade
PENN Penn National Gaming Inc. 20.50 -0.15 -0.73 695,016 Trade
MSFT Microsoft Corporation 73.79 -0.43 -0.58 46,717,082 Trade
KKR KKR & Co. L.P. Representing Limited Partnership In 19.38 0.07 0.36 3,120,882 Trade
LNCO LinnCo LLC n/a n/a n/a 0
RPRX Repros Therapeutics Inc. 0.37 -0.02 -6.30 605,985 Trade
NWS News Corporation 14.45 0.10 0.70 507,893 Trade

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