Equities Sector Coverage: Wall Street Dips as Washington Continues Discussions

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NYSE Wall StreetThe national ISM manufacturing index came in a weaker than expected 49.5 in November. Construction Spending rose by a better than expected 1.4% in October. The Dow Jones Industrial Average traded up to 13,087.32 then dipped to 12,959.42 trading back and forth around the 200-day simple moving average at 12,996.50. The Nasdaq traded up to 3030.28 then dipped to 2999.57 staying above its 200-day SMA at to 2987.50.

Asian stocks were mixed on Monday. The Nikkei 225 closed at 9458 – up 0.13%. The Hang Seng closed at 21,768 – down 1.19%. European exchanges closed higher on Monday. The FTSE 100 ended the day at 5,871 – up 0.08%. The DAX ended the day at 7,435 – up 0.40%. The CAC 40 ended the day at 3,567 – up 0.26%. The yield on the 10-Year US Treasury rose from 1.610% to 1.656% staying below the 50-day and 200-day simple moving averages at 1.680% and 1.760%.

Comex gold rallied from $1714.2 the Troy ounce to $1724.9 below the 50-day simple moving average at $1737.5 with the 200-day SMA at $1665.4. Nymex crude oil rebounded from $88.66 per barrel to $90.33 and is now between the 50-day and 200-day simple moving averages at $88.56 and $93.75. The euro versus the dollar rallied from 1.2992 to 1.3074 above its 50-day and 200-day simple moving averages at 1.2905 and 1.2791.


Australia's Woodside Petroleum (WOPEF) has agreed to acquire a 30% stake in Israel's huge Leviathan offshore gas field from the operators of the reserve, which include Noble Energy (NBL) and Delek Drilling (DKDRF). Total S.A. (TOT) is moved to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank. Occidental Petroleum (OXY) and Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A) each get Hold-from-Buy downgrades at Deutsche Bank. Big Movers – Longwei Petroleum Investment (LPH) is up about 14%. James River Coal (JRCC) is down about 10%. Dow components – Chevron (CVX) is down about 1%. Exxon Mobil (XOM) is down about 0.5%. Energy Select Sector SPDR (XLE) was trading at $70.69 at 3:30 PM on Monday, down 0.52% on the day – up 2.26% year-to-date.


After trying the friendly tack and then the hostile one, Martin Marietta Materials (MLM) will reportedly again try the friendly approach in its long-running attempt to acquire larger building-materials rival Vulcan Materials (VMC). Amid a fall in iron ore prices this year, Vale (VALE) is expected to unveil a 2013 investment budget of $15.1B at its annual Vale Day meeting with shareholders today. Agrium (AGU) is raised to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray. CF Industries (CF) is now Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray. Dow Components – Alcoa (AA) is up about 0.5%. DuPont (DD) is down about 1.4%. The Materials Select Sector SPDR (XLB) was trading at $36.02 at 3:30 PM on Monday, down 1.85% on the day – up 7.52% year-to-date.


Singapore Airlines (SINGY) has confirmed widespread reports that it's in talks to sell its 49% holding in Richard Branson's Virgin Atlantic, with those reports saying that a potential suitor is Delta Air Lines (DAL). The Speea union has circulated a letter "asking members to ignore the call for a (one-day) wildcat strike" at Boeing (BA), which has been planned for Wednesday. Dow components – Boeing Co (BA) is down about 0.4%. Caterpillar (CAT) is down about 0.5%. General Electric (GE) is down about 1%. 3M Company (MMM) is down about 0.7%. United Technologies (UTX) is down about 0.2%. The Industrial Select Sector SPDR (XLI) was trading at $36.77 at 3:30 PM on Monday, down 0.97% on the day – up 8.95% year-to-date.

Consumer Discretionary

News Corp (NWS) has reportedly advanced its break-up into two companies to the end of this month in order to limit the damage from the U.K. phone-hacking scandal to the firm's publishing arm and protect the film and TV business. Automakers from Japan continue to struggle in China amid the territorial dispute between the countries. In November, Toyota's (TM) sales fell 22% in China, while Mazda's (MZDAF) dropped 29%. Honda is due to release its Chinese sales later. Lululemon Athletica (LULU) is launched with a Buy at Canaccord Genuity. Deckers Outdoor (DECK) is boosted to Buy from Neutral at Sterne Agee. International Game Technology (IGT) gets upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank. Volkswagen (VLKAY) gets upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at HSBC Securities. Williams-Sonoma (WSM) is moved to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley. JPMorgan cuts both Cinemark Holdings (CNK) and Regal Entertainment (RGC) to Neutral from Overweight. DreamWorks Animation (DWA) is slashed Sell from Hold at Stifel Nicolaus. Dow Components – Disney (DIS) is down about 0.7%. Home Depot (HD) is relatively unchanged. McDonalds (MCD) is up about 0.25%. The Consumer Discretionary Select Sector SPDR (XLY) was trading at $47.31 at 3:30 PM on Monday, down 0.46% on the day – up 21.25% year-to-date.

Consumer Staples

Cerberus is reportedly considering purchasing all of Supervalu (SVU) or just a portion of the retailer's assets, such as the Albertsons chain. WhiteWave Foods (WWAV) is boosted to Buy from Hold at Stifel Nicolaus. J.M. Smucker (SJM) gets downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Stephens. Big Mover – Supervalu (SVU) id up about 10.5%. Dow components – Coca Cola (KO) is down about 1.1%. Procter & Gamble (PG) is down about 0.25%. Wal-Mart (WMT) is down about 0.4%. The Consumer Staples Select Sector SPDR (XLP) was trading at $35.905 at 3:30 PM on Monday, down 0.37% on the day – up 10.51% year-to-date.

Health Care

Boston Scientific (BSX) is moved to Outperform from Market Perform at JMP Securities. Teva Pharmaceuticals (TEVA) is taken to Neutral from Buy at UBS. Dow Components – Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) is down about 0.3%. Merck (MRK) is up about 0.5%. Pfizer (PFE) is up slightly. United Health Group (UNH) is down about 0.9%. The Health Care Select Sector SPDR (XLV) was trading at $40.15 at 3:30 PM on Monday, down 0.22% on the day – up 15.74% year-to-date.


UBS (UBS) is reportedly nearing an agreement with U.K. and U.S. authorities to pay over $450M to settle allegations that it manipulated global inter-bank interest rates, including Libor. RBS (RBS) reportedly plans to restart paying dividends in late 2014, but predicts it will take ten years for it to become fully re-privatized. Banco Santander Mexico (BSMX) is begun with an Equal Weight at Barclays. Stellus Capital (SCM) is a new Outperform at Robert W. Baird. CubeSmart (CUBE) is now Outperform from Neutral at Robert W. Baird. Eaton Vance (EV) is moved to Neutral from Sell at Goldman Sachs. Banco Santander Brasil (BSBR) is cut to Underperform from Perform at Credit Suisse. Janus Capital (JNS) is slashed to Sell from Neutral at Goldman Sachs. Dow Components – American Express (AXP) is up about 0.3%. Bank of America (BAC) is down about 0.3%. JP Morgan Chase (JPM) is down about 0.2%. The Travelers Companies (TRV) is up about 0.5%. The Financial Select Sector SPDR (XLF) was trading at $15.72 at 3:30 PM on Monday, down 0.25% on the day – up 20.92% year-to-date.

Information Technology

ARM Holdings (ARMH) is boosted to Outperform from Neutral at BNP Paribas. Canon (CAJ) gets upgraded to Buy from Hold by BNP Paribas. Computer Sciences (CSC) is upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Cowen. Dell Inc. (DELL) gets an unusual 180 degree (Buy-from-Sell) upgrade at Goldman Sachs. Ericsson (ERIC) is raised to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital. Finisar (FNSR) is now Buy from Hold at Needham. Bankrate (RATE) is reduced to Hold from Buy at Canaccord Genuity. Emulex (ELX) is now Sell from Neutral at Goldman Sachs. Research In Motion (RIMM) is slashed to Sell from Hold at Canaccord Genuity. Big Movers – AOL Inc. (AOL) is down about 14%. Qihoo 360 Technology (QIHU) is up about 10%. Dow Components – Cisco Systems (CSCO) is up about 0.8%. Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) is down about 0.5%. IBM (IBM) is down about 0.25%. Intel Corp (INTC) is relatively unchanged. Microsoft (MSFT) is down about 0.5%. The Technology Select Sector SPDR (XLK) was trading at $29.10 at 3:30 PM on Monday, down 0.10% the day – up 14.34% year-to-date.

Telecommunication Services

AT&T, Inc. (T) is a new Equal Weight at Evercore. Verizon (VZ) is now Buy from Hold at Nomura. Dow Components – AT&T (T) is relatively unchanged. Verizon (VZ) is down slightly. The NASDAQ Telecommunications Index (IXTC) was trading at $195.50 at 3:30 PM on Monday, up 0.17% on the day – down 0.73% year-to-date.


Hawaiian Electric (HE) is hoisted to Neutral from Underperform at Macquarie. Duke Energy (DUK) and NiSource (NI) are both upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight by Barclays. Edison International (EIX) is moved to Market Perform from Outperform by Sanford Bernstein. The Big Names – Dominion Resources (D) is down about 0.8%. Edison International (EIX) is down about 1.2%. First Energy (FE) is down about 0.4%. PG&E Corp (PCG) is down about 0.9%. Southern Company (SO) is down about 0.8%. The Utilities Select Sector SPDR (XLU) was trading at $35.13 at 3:30 PM on Monday, down 0.54% on the day – down 2.36% year-to-date.


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Symbol Name Price Change % Volume
AA Alcoa Inc. 26.88 0.19 0.71 6,223,217
AGU Agrium Inc. 91.03 0.85 0.94 601,977
ARMH ARM Holdings plc n/a n/a n/a 0
AXP American Express Company 67.36 0.58 0.87 8,561,225
BA Boeing Company (The) 135.63 -0.21 -0.15 2,205,772
BAC Bank of America Corporation 16.67 0.11 0.66 77,954,926
BSBR Banco Santander Brasil SA American Depositary Shar 7.75 -0.12 -1.52 1,174,264
BSMX Grupo Financiero Santander Mexico S.A. B. de C.V. 9.24 0.09 0.98 883,316
BSX Boston Scientific Corporation 22.82 -0.19 -0.83 7,203,589
CAJ Canon Inc. American Depositary Shares 29.34 0.16 0.55 169,501
CAT Caterpillar Inc. 86.33 -0.30 -0.35 3,592,524
CF CF Industries Holdings Inc. 25.92 0.94 3.76 8,578,252
CNK Cinemark Holdings Inc Inc. 39.96 -0.01 -0.03 352,350
CSCO Cisco Systems Inc. 30.15 -0.01 -0.03 15,140,452
CUBE CubeSmart 25.45 -0.32 -1.24 1,654,734
CVX Chevron Corporation 101.30 -0.57 -0.56 5,622,393
D Dominion Resources Inc. 72.84 -0.27 -0.37 1,510,791
DAL Delta Air Lines Inc. 41.17 -0.29 -0.70 9,050,920
DD E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Co. 69.70 0.24 0.35 1,824,762
DECK Deckers Outdoor Corporation 54.15 -2.72 -4.78 1,167,182
DIS Walt Disney Company (The) 93.03 1.00 1.09 13,814,538
DUK Duke Energy Corporation (Holding Company) 78.02 -0.40 -0.51 2,133,129
DWA Dreamworks Animation SKG Inc. n/a n/a n/a 0
EIX Edison International 70.90 -0.85 -1.18 1,625,069
ERIC Ericsson 5.10 -0.27 -5.03 20,443,516
EV Eaton Vance Corporation 37.66 0.37 0.99 1,021,156
FE FirstEnergy Corporation 33.19 0.34 1.04 4,060,791
FNSR Finisar Corporation 29.16 -0.52 -1.75 949,045
GE General Electric Co 28.98 -0.09 -0.31 64,153,187
HD Home Depot Inc. (The) 126.60 0.35 0.28 3,234,121
HE Hawaiian Electric Industries Inc. 28.69 -0.31 -1.07 595,373
HPQ HP Inc. 13.80 -0.30 -2.13 14,610,055
IBM International Business Machines Corp 149.63 -1.89 -1.25 4,414,206
IGT International Game Technology 28.43 0.05 0.18 2,159,613
INTC Intel Corporation 35.15 -0.28 -0.79 20,813,248
JNJ Johnson & Johnson 113.44 -1.43 -1.24 8,422,032
JNS Janus Capital Group Inc 13.82 -0.29 -2.06 2,716,950
JPM JP Morgan Chase 68.49 0.23 0.34 12,175,674
KO Coca-Cola Company (The) 42.13 0.20 0.48 14,401,515
LULU lululemon athletica inc. 57.00 -0.77 -1.33 2,891,687
MCD McDonald\'s Corporation 113.93 3.36 3.04 10,108,048
MLM Martin Marietta Materials Inc. 179.73 1.43 0.80 532,805
MMM 3M Company 169.50 -0.36 -0.21 2,013,555
MRK Merck & Company Inc. (new) 61.20 -0.72 -1.16 7,406,681
MSFT Microsoft Corporation 59.66 2.41 4.21 80,032,206
NBL Noble Energy Inc. 35.74 -0.18 -0.50 2,453,269
NI NiSource Inc 22.61 -0.18 -0.79 2,944,689
NMPRH Navios Maritime Holdings Inc n/a n/a n/a 0
NWS News Corporation 13.70 -0.10 -0.72 690,551
OXY Occidental Petroleum Corporation 74.61 0.51 0.69 4,983,840
PCG Pacific Gas & Electric Co. 60.31 -0.53 -0.87 1,312,897
PFE Pfizer Inc. 32.18 -0.36 -1.11 18,834,961
PG Procter & Gamble Company (The) 84.33 -0.60 -0.71 13,974,139
QIHU Qihoo 360 Technology Co. Ltd. American Depositary n/a n/a n/a 0
RBS Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc New (The) ADS 4.68 0.08 1.74 1,288,835
RGC Regal Entertainment Group Class A 22.73 -0.02 -0.09 1,544,928
SCM Stellus Capital Investment Corporation 11.20 0.00 0.00 17,655
SJM J.M. Smucker Company (The) New 130.01 0.23 0.18 723,310
SO Southern Company (The) 50.53 -0.19 -0.37 3,342,677
SVU SuperValu Inc. 4.50 0.04 0.90 4,000,889
T AT&T Inc. 37.49 -1.16 -3.00 82,764,994
TEVA Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Limited American De 44.00 -0.21 -0.48 5,860,721
TM Toyota Motor Corporation 115.27 -0.87 -0.75 174,701
TOT Total S.A. 48.28 -0.26 -0.54 1,430,647
TRV The Travelers Companies Inc. 108.35 -1.17 -1.07 3,768,289
UBS UBS Group AG Registered 13.67 0.03 0.22 1,125,606
UNH UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (DE) 145.37 0.30 0.21 3,331,766
UTX United Technologies Corporation 98.67 -0.62 -0.62 4,094,992
VALE VALE S.A. American Depositary Shares Each Represen 6.26 0.23 3.81 45,185,646
VMC Vulcan Materials Company (Holding Company) 111.53 1.39 1.26 777,947
VZ Verizon Communications Inc. 48.20 -0.94 -1.91 24,784,972
WMT Wal-Mart Stores Inc. 68.34 -0.39 -0.57 7,844,583
WSM Williams-Sonoma Inc. (DE) 46.99 0.02 0.04 1,242,412
WWAV Whitewave Foods Company (The) 54.52 -0.21 -0.38 2,832,841
XOM Exxon Mobil Corporation 86.62 -0.59 -0.68 10,736,170


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