Equities Sector Coverage: Wall Street Ends Mostly Flat Ahead of Jobs Report

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Wall Street Ends Mostly Flat Ahead of Jobs ReportInitial Jobless Claims fell to 367,000 but remain above the 350,000 recessionary threshold. Nonfarm Productivity rose 0.7% in the 4th quarter 2011 with Unit Labor Costs up 1.2%. The Dow Jones Industrial Average opened slightly higher at 12,741.89 then dipped to 12,676.05 staying below its May 2nd 2011 high at 12,876.00. The NASDAQ traded up to 2868.23 staying below its May 2nd 2011 high at 2887.75. The day’s low was 2849.40. Both the Dow and NASDAQ entered the final hour of trading around the middle of the day’s trading ranges.

Asian stocks were higher on Thursday with the Nikkei 225 ending their session 8,877 – up 0.76% on the day. The Hang Seng closed at 20,739 – up 2.00% on the day. European stocks were also higher on Thursday. The FTSE 100 ended their session at 5,797 – up 0.12% on the day; the DAX ended their session at 6,655 – up 0.58% on the day; and the CAC 40 ended their session at 3,377 – up 0.27% on the day. The yield on the 10-Year US Treasury note declined from 1.853 percent to 1.811.

Gold traded up to another year to date high at $1763.8 the Troy ounce after testing $1743.3. Crude oil traded down from $97.99 per barrel to $95.44 versus 50-day and 200-day simple moving averages at $99.14 and $95.00. The euro versus the dollar traded down from 1.3196 to 1.3089.

Energy

Shell (RDS.A) unveiled ambitious new growth plans amid tepid Q4 results. Adjusted Q4 net income of $4.85B missed consensus of $5.17B. Shell projects production, currently 3.215M boe/d (down 3% Y/Y), will rise to 4M by 2017-2018; production has fallen in every year since 2002 except 2010. National-Oilwell (NOV) beat estimates by 7 cents and revenue by $230M. Spectra Energy (SE) missed estimates by 5 cents and revenue by $30M. Patriot Coal (PCX) missed estimates by 12 cents and revenue by $40M. Patterson-UTI Energy (PTEN) missed estimates by 7 cents and revenue by $2M. Diamond Offshore Drilling (DO) beat estimates by 36 cents and revenue by $9.5M. In afternoon trading: Shares of GMX Resources (GMXR) are up about 45% in response to a Stifel Nicolaus upgrade to Hold from Sell. Shares of Treaty Energy (TECO) are up about 14%. Shares of Patriot Coal (PCX) are up about 13%. Shares of Ur Energy (URG) are down about 11.5%. Shares of Sandridge Energy (SD) are down about 9.5%.

Energy Select Sector SPDR (XLE) was trading at $71.51 at 4:00 PM on Wednesday, up 0.76% on the day – up 3.44% year-to-date. The January change was +2.26%. The 2011 change was -1.29%.

Materials

Glencore (GLCNF) is in talks to acquire the 66% of Swiss miner Xstrata (XSRAY) it doesn't already own. International Paper (IP) beat estimates by 5 cents, while missing revenue by $130M. Dow Chemical (DOW) missed estimates by 5 cents and revenue by $100M. AK Steel (AKS) is now Underperform from Neutral at Bank of America-Merrill Lynch, which lowers Steel Dynamics (STLD) to Neutral from Buy. Norsk Hydro (NHYDY) is cut to Sell at Citigroup. In afternoon trading: Shares of Xstrata PLC (XSRAY) are up about 10.25%. Shares of Rare Element (REE) are up about 10.25%. Shares of Cemex (CX) are up about 8%. Shares of NovaGold (NG) are down about 9%.

The Materials Select Sector SPDR (XLB) was trading at $37.37 at 4:00 PM on Wednesday, down 0.48% on the day – up 11.55% year-to-date. The January change was +10.99%. The 2011 change was -12.78%.

Industrials

Cummins (CMI) beat estimates by 30 cents and revenue by $210M. Old Dominion Freight Line (ODFL) beat estimates by 12 cents and revenue by $7M. Northrop Grumman (NOC) gets downgraded to Underperform from Neutral by Bank of America-Merrill Lynch. Sykes Enterprises (SYKE) is reduced to Neutral from Outperform at broker Robert W. Baird with a $20 target. In afternoon trading: Shares of Kelly Services (KELYA) are down about 16.5% despite beating estimates by 22 cents. Shares of Sterling Construction (STRL) are down about 9.5%. Shares of Ryder System (R) are down about 8%. Shares of RailAmerica (RA) are up about 14.25%. Shares of Capstone Turbine (CPST) are up about 9.5%.

The Industrial Select Sector SPDR (XLI) was trading at $36.63 at 4:00 PM on Wednesday, up slightly on the day – up 8.53% year-to-date. The January change was +7.32%. The 2011 change was -3.21%.

Consumer Discretionary

U.S. auto sales surged another 11% in January to a four-year high of 14.18M vehicles/year. Key gainers included Ford (F) (+7.3%), Toyota (TM) (+7.5%), Honda (HMC) (+8.8%) and Chrysler (+44%). GM's (GM) sales fell 6.1%, including a halving of Volt sales. Sony (SNE) shed more than $2B in FQ3 and now predicts a full-year loss of ¥220B, up from ¥90B in November. Sony (SNE) reported FQ3 EPS of -$2.03 (-¥158.40) and revenue of $23.37B (¥1,823B), which beat estimates by $3B. Viacom (VIA) reported FQ1 EPS of $1.06 (in-line) and revenue of $3.9B (in-line). Lear (LEA) missed estimates by 15 cents, while beating revenue by $30M. Pulte Homes (PHM) beat estimates by 4 cents and revenue by $120M. Beazer (BZH) beat estimates by 49 cents, while missing revenue by $22M. Starwood Hotels (HOT) beat estimates by 14 cents and revenue by $110M. Shutterfly (SFLY) reported Q4 EPS of $0.97 (versus consensus of $0.85), while beating revenue by $3M. Men’s Wearhouse (MW) is started with a Buy and $42 target price at Sterne Agee. Sirius XM Radio (SIRI) is an Outperform at Macquarie. Autoliv (ALV) is slashed to Sell from Buy at Citigroup. ANN Inc (ANN) is now Underweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray. Luxottica (LUX) is lowered to Neutral from Buy at UBS. Nutrisystem (NTRI) is lowered to Neutral from Outperform with Wedbush. In afternoon trading: Shares of Education Management (EDMC) are down about 17%. Shares of Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF) are down about 11.5%. Shares of Gap Inc. (GPS) are up about 10.5%.

The Consumer Discretionary Select Sector SPDR (XLY) was trading at $41.41 at 4:00 PM on Wednesday, down 0.12% on the day – up 6.13% year-to-date. The January change was +5.89%. The 2011 change was +4.30%.



Consumer Staples

Sara Lee (SLE) beat estimates by 2 cents, while missing revenue by $60M. Imperial Tobacco (ITYBY) is raised to Neutral from Reduce at Nomura. In afternoon trading: Shares of Green Mountain Coffee (GMCR) are up about 22% after blowing away FQ1 estimates. Green Mountain's results were fueled by increases of 115% and 76% in K-Cup and brewer/accessory sales, and a 410 bps Y/Y increase in its gross margin to 29.1%. Shares of Central European Distribution (CEDC) are up about 20.5%. Shares of Feihe International (ADY) are up about 9.25%.

The Consumer Staples Select Sector SPDR (XLP) was trading at $32.38 at 4:00 PM on Wednesday, up 0.37% on the day – down 0.34% year-to-date. The January change was -1.42%. The 2011 change was +10.85%.

Health Care

Cardinal Health (CAH) beat estimates by 4 cents and revenue by $200M. Merck (MRK) beat estimates by 2 cents, while missing revenue by $230M, and sees 2012 full-year EPS of $3.75-$3.85. Boston Scientific (BSX) beat estimates by 5 cents, while missing revenue by $60M. AstraZeneca (AZN) beat estimates by 4 cents and revenue by $60M. Edwards Lifesciences (EW) is cut to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse. Vanguard Health Systems (VHS) is moved to Market Perform from Outperform with Wells Fargo. In afternoon trading: Shares of Amylin Pharmaceuticals (AMLN) are up about 12.5%. Shares of Affymax (AFFY) are up about 9.5%.

The Health Care Select Sector SPDR (XLV) was trading at $36.01 at 4:00 PM on Wednesday, down 0.39% on the day – up 3.81% year-to-date. The January change was +3.20%. The 2011 change was +10.32%.

Financials

Deutsche Bank (DB) swung to a Q4 pretax loss of €351M, missing consensus of €572M, on Greek debt write-downs and trading losses. CME Group (CME) missed estimates by 17 cents and revenue by $17.5M. Deutsche Bank (DB) swung to a Q4 pretax loss of €351M (missing consensus of €572M). MasterCard (MA) beat estimates by 10 cents and revenue by $30M. Allstate (ALL) beat estimates by 53 cents and revenue by $1.7B. Simon Properties (SPG) is resumed at an Outperform and $150 objective at Imperial Capital. Franklin Resources (BEN) is lifted to Neutral from Underweight at JP Morgan. Nomura Holdings (NMR) is taken substantially higher, to Buy from Underperform at Jefferies. NASDAQ OMX Group (NDAQ) is reduced to Outperform from Strong Buy at Raymond James. In afternoon trading: Shares of MF Global (MFGLQ) are up about 16% on news the company raised its dividend.

The Financial Select Sector SPDR (XLF) was trading at $14.35 at 4:00 PM on Wednesday, up 0.49% on the day – up 10.38% year-to-date. The January change was +8.12%. The 2011 change was -18.50%; the weakest performing sector for the year.

Information Technology

Facebook (FB) filed its much-anticipated S-1 filing. As expected, Facebook plans to raise $5B through its IPO. Facebook reported 2011 revenue of $3.7B (+88% Y/Y), operating income of $1.8B, and net income of $1B. 85% of its revenues were from ad sales, but "payments and other fees," including virtual-goods sales, rocketed 425% to $557M. Google's (GOOG) mobile search ad requests more than doubled in Dec. 2011 from the year-ago period, according to a company exec. Google has a dominant share of the mobile ad market, which Cowen estimates could reach $5.8B in sales this year, and $17.4B by 2015. MasterCard (MA) beat estimates by 10 cents and revenue by $30M. Openwave Systems (OPWV) missed estimates by a penny, while beating revenue by $3.7M. Open Text (OTEX) beat estimates by 17 cents and revenue of $9M. Electronic Arts (EA) beat estimates on both EPS and revenue due to strong sales of new videogame releases. However, the company cuts its forecast for FQ4, now saying that earnings will come in around $0.10 - $0.20, below Wall Street expectations of $0.30. JDS Uniphase (JDSU) beat estimates by 5 cents and revenue by $22M. Qualcomm (QCOM) beat estimates by 7 cents and revenue by $100M, and expects FQ2 revenue of $4.6B-$5B and EPS of $0.91-$0.97 (above consensus of $4.5B and $0.89) and FY12 revenue of $18.7B-$19.7B and EPS of $3.55-$3.75 (mostly above consensus of $18.48B and $3.59). TiVo Inc (TIVO) is initiated with an Outperform and $14 price target at Barrington Research. Broadcom (BRCM) is a new Buy and $45 price objective at Canaccord Genuity. Akamai Technologies (AKAM) is a new Buy at Capstone. Dell Inc (DELL) is upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at JPMorgan. Infineon (IFNNY) gets a Buy-from-Hold hoist at Jefferies. Radware (RDWR) is increased to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital. JDS Uniphase (JDSU) is lowered to Neutral from Buy at UBS. In afternoon trading: Shares of ShoreTel (SHOR) are down about 19%. Shares of Dice Holdings (DHX) are down about 17%. Shares of Brightpoint (CELL) are down about 16%. Shares of Zynga (ZNGA) are up about 18.5%. Shares of Open Text (OTEX) are up about 16.5%.

The Technology Select Sector SPDR (XLK) was trading at $27.37 at 4:00 PM on Wednesday, up 0.26% on the day – up 7.54% year-to-date. The January change was +6.21%. The 2011 change was +1.03%.

Telecommunication Services

AT&T Inc (T) is covered with an Overweight at Morgan Stanley. In afternoon trading: Shares of TerreStar (TSTRQ) are up about 19%. Shares of NII Holdings (NIHD) are up about 9.5%. Heavily Traded Stocks: Shares of Sprint Nextel (S) are down about 0.9%, while shares of AT&T (T) are up about 0.9% and shares of Verizon (VZ) are down about 0.6%. Shares of Frontier Communications (FTR) are up about 0.7%.

The NASDAQ Telecommunications Index (IXTC) was trading at $213.09 at 4:00 PM on Wednesday, up 0.33% on the day – up 8.21% year-to-date. The January change was +6.67%. The 2011 change was -12.62%.

Utilities

TECO Energy (TE) missed estimates by 4 cents and revenue by $95M. Xcel Energy (XEL) missed estimates by a penny and revenue by $190M. Calpine (CPN) is a fresh Overweight at JP Morgan. UniSource Energy (UNS) is juiced to Buy from Hold at Jefferies. In afternoon trading: Heavily Traded Stocks: Shares of Genon Energy (GEN) are up about 3.4%. Shares of FirstEnergy (FE) are up about 3.6%. Shares of Xcel Energy (XEL) are down about 0.6%. Shares of TECO Energy (TE) are down about 1.2%. Shares of Southern Company (SO) are down about 2.4%.

The Utilities Select Sector SPDR (XLU) was trading at $34.74 at 4:00 PM on Wednesday, down 0.17% on the day – down 3.45% year-to-date. The January change was -3.61%. The 2011 change was +14.81%; the strongest performing sector for the year.

STOCKS: RDS.A, NOV, SE, PCX, PTEN, DO, GMXR, TECO, URG, SD, GLCNF, XSRAY, IP, DOW, AKS, STLD, NHYDY, REE, CX, NG, CMI, ODFL, NOC, SYKE, KELYA, STRL, R, RA, CPST, F, TM, HMC, GM, SNE, VIA, LEA, PHM, BZH, HOT, SFLY, MW, SIRI, ALV, ANN, LUX, NTRI, EDMC, ANF, GPS, SLE, ITYBY, GMCR, CEDC, ADY, CAH, MRK, BSX, AZN, EW, VHS, AMLN, AFFY, DB, CME, ALL, SPG, BEN, NMR, NDAQ, MFGLQ, FB, GOOG, MA, OPWV, OTEX, EA, JDSU, QCOM, TIVO, BRCM, AKAM, DELL, IFNNY, RDWR, SHOR, DHX, CELL, ZNGA, T, TSTRQ, S, VZ, FTR, TE, XEL, CPN, UNS, GEN, FE, XEL, SO

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Companies

Symbol Name Price Change % Volume
NG Novagold Resources Inc. 4.84 0.27 5.91 657,064
REE Rare Element Resources n/a n/a n/a n/a
URG Ur Energy Inc (Canada) 0.59 -0.02 -3.15 10,437
MW Men's Wearhouse, Inc. (The) n/a n/a n/a 0 Trade
GEN Genesis Healthcare Inc. 1.84 0.00 0.00 29,937 Trade
FTR Frontier Communications Corporation 1.16 0.02 1.75 1,709,463 Trade
XEL Xcel Energy Inc. 47.21 -0.17 -0.36 222,099 Trade
TM Toyota Motor Corporation 104.93 -0.05 -0.05 12,731 Trade
SO Southern Company (The) 49.84 -0.26 -0.52 273,111 Trade
AKS AK Steel Holding Corporation 6.64 0.10 1.53 2,199,581 Trade
ODFL Old Dominion Freight Line Inc. 92.43 -0.04 -0.04 15,325 Trade
FB Facebook Inc. 152.61 -0.98 -0.64 2,064,178 Trade
STRL Sterling Construction Company Inc 11.76 0.07 0.60 11,975 Trade
IP International Paper Company 56.78 0.05 0.09 136,818 Trade
EW Edwards Lifesciences Corporation 117.69 -0.63 -0.53 50,328 Trade
SFLY Shutterfly Inc. 46.89 -0.31 -0.66 17,478 Trade
NTRI NutriSystem Inc 52.75 0.25 0.48 31,359 Trade
ORN Orion Group Holdings Inc. Common 7.26 -0.02 -0.27 1,279 Trade
NOV National Oilwell Varco Inc. 31.93 0.14 0.44 148,287 Trade
EA Electronic Arts Inc. 110.64 -1.22 -1.09 150,980 Trade
HMC Honda Motor Company Ltd. 27.38 -0.24 -0.85 140,203 Trade
TE TECO Energy Inc. n/a n/a n/a 0 Trade
S Sprint Corporation 8.46 0.45 5.62 11,159,735 Trade
AKAM Akamai Technologies Inc. 50.73 -0.14 -0.28 94,688 Trade
SPG Simon Property Group Inc. 161.55 1.10 0.69 136,388 Trade
SE Spectra Energy Corp n/a n/a n/a 0 Trade
BZH Beazer Homes USA Inc. 13.23 0.13 0.99 44,966 Trade
BEN Franklin Resources Inc. 44.40 0.16 0.36 57,210 Trade
DB Deutsche Bank AG 17.41 0.53 3.14 978,247 Trade
JDSU Viavi Solutions Inc n/a n/a n/a 0 Trade
SYKE Sykes Enterprises Incorporated 33.65 -0.31 -0.91 5,361 Trade
BSX Boston Scientific Corporation 27.77 0.05 0.18 854,285 Trade
OTEX Open Text Corporation 31.61 -0.10 -0.30 22,426 Trade
VZ Verizon Communications Inc. 44.95 -0.80 -1.75 3,547,086 Trade
GMCR Keurig Green Mountain Inc n/a n/a n/a 0 Trade
CMI Cummins Inc. 159.45 0.55 0.34 105,459 Trade
NOC Northrop Grumman Corporation 255.77 -0.18 -0.07 60,425 Trade
GM General Motors Company 34.19 -0.33 -0.96 1,427,438 Trade
CPN Calpine Corporation 13.91 -0.01 -0.07 95,167 Trade
GOOG Alphabet Inc. 941.60 -10.67 -1.12 371,219 Trade
LEA Lear Corporation 136.16 -3.64 -2.60 106,988 Trade
GPS Gap Inc. (The) 22.39 0.22 0.99 427,696 Trade
LUX Luxottica Group S.p.A. n/a n/a n/a n/a
DHX DHI Group Inc. 2.85 0.00 0.00 1,870 Trade
CPST Capstone Turbine Corporation 0.63 -0.01 -1.15 9,465 Trade
DO Diamond Offshore Drilling Inc. 10.65 0.12 1.14 174,925 Trade
ALL Allstate Corporation (The) 88.24 -0.18 -0.20 69,353 Trade
SIRI Sirius XM Holdings Inc. 5.28 -0.02 -0.38 681,531 Trade
F Ford Motor Company 11.09 -0.09 -0.81 3,462,085 Trade
NDAQ Nasdaq Inc. 70.40 0.10 0.14 16,462 Trade
ZNGA Zynga Inc. 3.80 0.02 0.53 380,136 Trade
ALV Autoliv Inc. 107.94 -1.22 -1.12 234,750 Trade
PHM PulteGroup Inc. 24.23 0.04 0.14 238,294 Trade
AZN Astrazeneca PLC 34.76 -0.40 -1.12 454,651 Trade
MRK Merck & Company Inc. (new) 65.84 -0.08 -0.12 889,847 Trade
ANF Abercrombie & Fitch Company 12.28 0.06 0.49 157,941 Trade
SHOR ShoreTel Inc. 6.00 -0.05 -0.83 24,706 Trade
SD SandRidge Energy 16.26 0.15 0.93 8,971 Trade
FE FirstEnergy Corporation 29.95 -0.14 -0.47 421,492 Trade
BRCM Broadcom Corp. n/a n/a n/a 0 Trade
CME CME Group Inc. 123.76 0.11 0.09 49,672 Trade
SNE Sony Corporation 38.85 0.17 0.45 133,041 Trade
T AT&T Inc. 37.72 -0.43 -1.14 3,856,229 Trade
HOT Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. n/a n/a n/a 0 Trade
CAH Cardinal Health Inc. 79.26 -0.21 -0.26 70,546 Trade
VIA Viacom Inc. 40.40 0.20 0.50 7,163 Trade
CX Cemex S.A.B. de C.V. Sponsored ADR 9.08 -0.12 -1.25 702,502 Trade
QCOM QUALCOMM Incorporated 56.00 -0.56 -0.99 654,363 Trade
NMR Nomura Holdings Inc ADR American Depositary Shares 6.08 0.05 0.83 1,994 Trade
RDWR Radware Ltd. 17.88 -0.06 -0.33 5,695 Trade
KELYA Kelly Services Inc. Class A Common Stock 22.03 -0.09 -0.41 2,600 Trade
STLD Steel Dynamics Inc. 33.80 0.31 0.93 159,141 Trade
PTEN Patterson-UTI Energy Inc. 19.84 0.05 0.25 207,021 Trade
R Ryder System Inc. 69.01 -0.39 -0.56 27,927 Trade

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