The Dow Jones Industrial Average traded down to 12,748.48 in morning trading then rebounded above 12,900 in the afternoon then faded into the final half hour of trading. The NASDAQ traded down to 2900.18 then rebounded to 2948.77 then faded into the final half hour of trading.
Asian stocks were lower on Wednesday. The Nikkei 225 ended their session at 9,045 – down 1.49% on the day. The Hang Seng ended their session at 20,331 – down 0.75% on the day. European exchanges opened mixed, fell into the red then closed mixed. The FTSE 100 ended their session at 5,525 – down 0.53% on the day. The DAX ended their session at 6,465 – up 0.31% on the day. The CAC 40 ended their session at 3,119 – down 0.20% on the day.
The yield on the 10-Year US Treasury traded down from 1.845 to 1.793 well below its 50-day and 200-day simple moving averages at 2.068 and 2.045. Gold declined from $1607.0 the Troy ounce to $1578.5 well below the “Death Cross” 50-day and 200-day simple moving averages at $1659.2 and $1698.8. Crude oil traded down from $97.39 per barrel to $95.17 below its 200-day simple moving average at $96.30. The euro versus the dollar traded down from 1.3007 to 1.2915 below its 50-day simple moving average at 1.3174.
National Oilwell Varco (NOV) bought Schlumberger’s (SLB) Wilson oilfield equipment distribution business for $800 million. W&T Offshore (WTI) missed Q1 EPS estimates by seven cents with a miss on the revenue line. VAALCO Energy (EGY) missed Q1 EPS estimates by six cents with in-line revenue. Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) missed on the revenue line on their quarterly earnings release. EOG Resources (EOG) beat Q1 EPS estimates by three cents with a beat on the revenue line. The company raised its production growth target to 7% from 5.5%. Dow components – Chevron (CVX) – down 0.7%, Exxon Mobil (XOM) down 0.4%.
Energy Select Sector SPDR (XLE) was trading at $67.51 at 3:30 PM on Wednesday, down 0.55% on the day – down 2.34% year-to-date.
Kinross Gold (KGC) missed Q1 EPS estimates by two cents with a miss on the revenue line. Jaguar Mining (JAG) plunged 35.1% on Tuesday after reporting they were unable to find a buyer. Agrium (AGU) beat Q1 EPS estimates by 31 cents with a beat on the revenue line. Kronos Worldwide (KRO) reported Q1 EPS of $1.18. Dow Chemical (DOW) has been upgraded by Morgan Stanley to Overweight from Equal Weight. Thompson Creek Metals (TC) has been upgraded to Buy from Hold at TD Securities. Dow components – Alcoa (AA) down 0.2%, DuPont (DD) down 0.6%.
The Materials Select Sector SPDR (XLB) was trading at $35.24 at 3:30 PM on Tuesday, down 0.84% on the day – up 5.19% year-to-date.
Westport Innovations (WPRT) missed Q1 EPS estimates by a dime with a miss on the revenue line. Toyota’s (TM) reported that FQ4 operating profit jumped by more than five-fold to $3 billion and Toyota projects this metric to triple this fiscal year as vehicle production recovers from post-disaster lows. Nelson Peltz’s Trian Fund is expected to report more than a 7% stake in industrial conglomerate Ingersoll-Rand (IR). Stratasys (SSYS) missed Q1 EPS estimates by a penny with a beat on the revenue line. Dow components – Boeing Co (BA) down 1.1%, Caterpillar (CAT) down 0.6%, General Electric (GE) down 1.9%, 3M Company (MMM) down 0.2%, United Technologies (UTX) down 1.6%.
The Industrial Select Sector SPDR (XLI) was trading at $35.73 at 3:30 PM on Wednesday, down 1.05% on the day – up 5.87% year-to-date.
Green Mountain (GMCR) announced that its founder and chairman Robert Stiller and fellow director William Davis were forced to resign from the board today because of margin calls which forced them to divest of millions of shares of their stock. Blue Nile (NILE) missed Q1 EPS estimates by a Nickel but shares traded up 3.6% on better than expected revenues. Disney (DIS) reported Park and Resorts revenue up 10% year over year offsetting 12% decline in Studio Entertainment sales with John Carter contributing to results. Cable Networks revenue was boosted by a strong performance from ESPN. Maidenform Brands (MFB) beat Q1 EPS estimates by a penny with a beat on the revenue line. Dow Components – Disney (DIS) up 2.0%, Home Depot down 1.0%, McDonalds (MCD) down 1.3%.
The Consumer Discretionary Select Sector SPDR (XLY) was trading at $44.18 at 3:30 PM on Wednesday, down 0.38% on the day – up 13.22% year-to-date.
Chiquita (CQB) beat earnings on the revenue line. Tim Hortons (THI) missed Q1 EPS estimates by three cents with a beat on the revenue line. BioScrip (BIOS) reported that Q1 EPS of a loss of a nickel, but the company beat on the revenue line. AOL (AOL) beat Q1 EPS estimates by 23 cents with a beat on the revenue line. Hershey (HSY) the chocolate company shows improving growth prospects according to Argus and upgrades HSY to Buy from Hold with a $78 price target. Scotts Miracle-Gro (SMG) have been upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform by BMO Capital. Dow components – Kraft (KFT) down 0.5%, Coca Cola (KO) down 0.3%, Procter & Gamble (PG) up 0.5%, Wal-Mart (WMT) up 0.15%.
The Consumer Staples Select Sector SPDR (XLP) was trading at $33.92 at 3:30 PM on Wednesday, down 0.38% on the day – up 4.40% year-to-date.
Dynavax Technologies (DVAX) reported that CEO Dino Dina will step aside to bring in an executive with more commercial drug company experience, and announced a secondary offering of an undisclosed number of shares. Keryx Biopharmaceutical (KERX) missed Q1 estimates due to higher R&D expenses, because of its KRX-0401 and Zerenex Phase 3 clinical programs. Medicis Pharmaceutical (MRX) beat Q1 EPS estimates by eighteen cents with a beat on the revenue line. GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) is taking its $13-a-share offer for Human Genome Sciences (HGSI) directly to the stockholders after the US company rejected the GSK offer. Savient Pharmaceuticals (SVNT) reported in-line Q1 EPS with a miss on the revenue line. ARIAD Pharmaceuticals (ARIA) missed Q1 EPS estimates by twelve cents with a miss on the revenue line. Teva (TEVA) beat Q1 EPS estimates by three cents, but missed on the revenue line. It appears that weakness in Europe resulted in weaker generics drug sales in that region. Dow Components – Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) down 0.9%, Merck (MRK) down 1.1%, Pfizer (PFE) down 1.4%.
The Health Care Select Sector SPDR (XLV) was trading at $36.88 at 3:30 PM on Wednesday, down 0.43% on the day – up 6.31% year-to-date.
Annaly Capital (NLY) announces a public offering of $750M Convertible Senior Notes in addition to an offering of Series C Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Stock. XL Group (XL) beat Q1 EPS estimates by twelve cents with a beat on the revenue line. ING (ING) reported a decline in net profits of 51% year over year. Dow Components – American Express (AXP) down 0.2%, Bank of America (BAC) down 0.4%, JP Morgan Chase (JPM) down 1.7%, Travelers (TRV) down 0.6%.
The Financial Select Sector SPDR (XLF) was trading at $14.94 at 3:30 PM on Wednesday, down 0.93% on the day – up 14.92% year-to-date.
Digital River (DRIV) traded higher in after hours Tuesday after Soros Fund said its raised its passive stake in the company to 7.98%. Himax Technologies (HIMX) beat Q1 EPS estimates by a penny but missed on the revenue line. Rubicon Technology (RBCN) reported in-line Q1 EPS and in-line revenue. Cisco (CSCO) will report its FQ3 earnings after the close today, with analysts expecting that EPS rose to 47 cents from 42 cents with revenue up 6.5% to $11.57 billion. Dow Components – Cisco Systems (CSCO) down 0.3%, Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) flat, IBM (IBM) up 0.3%, Intel Corp (INTC) down 1.0%, Microsoft (MSFT) up 0.3%.
The Technology Select Sector SPDR (XLK) was trading at $28.86 at 3:30 PM on Wednesday, down 0.07% on the day – up 13.40% year-to-date.
TranSwitch (TXCC) missed Q1 EPS estimates by eight cents with a miss on the revenue line. Ubiquiti Networks (UBNT) has been initiated with an Outperform rating by Wedbush. While positive on the company’s long term growth potential but the firm is worried about growing legal expenses and signs customers are experiencing delays in procuring products. Frontier Communications (FTR) plunged 9.7% on Tuesday to a mult-decade low on the decay of the company’s wireline voice base take their toll. Sierra Wireless (SWIR) has been upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James. Deutsche Telekom is said to be in talks with Metro PCS (PCS) on T-Mobile deal and shares of PCS were up 24.7%. Dow components – AT&T (T) up 0.3%, Verizon (VZ) down 0.5%.
The NASDAQ Telecommunications Index (IXTC) was trading at $198.32 at 3:30 PM on Wednesday, down 0.23% on the day – up 0.71% year-to-date.
AboveNet (ABVT) beat Q1 EPS estimates by a penny with a beat on the revenue line. Dominion Resources (D) down 0.3%, Edison International (EIX) up 1.2%, First Energy (FE) up 0.2%, PG&E Corp (PCG) down 0.5%, Southern Company (SO) down 0.6%.
The Utilities Select Sector SPDR (XLU) was trading at $35.61 at 3:30 PM on Wednesday, up 0.14% on the day – down 1.03% year-to-date.
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