Equities Sector Coverage: Wall Street Falls Lower in Late Trading

Sector Recap  |

The Dow Jones Industrial Average traded up to 12,830.29 in morning trading then dipped to 12,611.79 into the final half hour of trading, below its 50-day simple moving average at 12,697. The NASDAQ traded up to 2953.47 in the morning then down to 2891.87 in the afternoon staying just above its 50-day at 2888.

Asian stocks were lower on Tuesday. The Nikkei 225 ended the day at 8,858 – down 0.44%. The Hang Seng ended the day at 19,397 – down 0.16%. European exchanges rebounded on Tuesday. The FTSE 100 ended the day at 5,664 – up 0.65%. The DAX ended the day at 6,438 – up 0.79%. The CAC 40 ended the day at 3,175 – up 0.59%. The yield on the 10-Year US Treasury note declined from 1.534% to 1.496% on Tuesday as the “flight to quality” continues.

Gold rebounded from $1582.7 the Troy ounce to $1602.0 then plunged to $1564.4 as the 50-day and 200-day simple moving averages decline to $1596.9 and $1660.9. Crude oil rebounded from $84.62 per barrel to $85.95 then declined to $83.65 trading between its 200-week simple moving average at $80.35 and the 50-day at $88.68. The euro versus the dollar traded up to 1.2333 then declined to 1.2239.


Patriot Coal (PCX) became one of the first victims of the fracking revolution filing for bankruptcy protection on Monday. The company expects to continue mining operations and customer shipments in an ordinary fashion as it goes through reorganization. Forest Oil (FST) has been downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital. Dow components – Chevron (CVX) down 0.20%, Exxon Mobil (XOM) down 0.13%.

Energy Select Sector SPDR (XLE) was trading at $64.82 at 3:30 PM on Tuesday, down 1.77% on the day – down 6.23% year-to-date.


Alcoa (AA) kicked off Q2 earnings season by reporting that EPS fell to $0.06 from $0.32 a year ago, which was in line with reduced estimates. Revenue fell 9.4% to $5.96 billion which beat expectations. Earnings were hurt by a fall in aluminum prices to near two-year lows, but nonetheless Alcoa maintained its forecast for a global aluminum supply deficit of 7% in 2012. WD-40 (WDFC) expects "at best" flat European sales for the full year, cut advertising and sales promotion expenses by 6% to adjust to uncertainty. Celanese (CE) has been upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS. Dow components – Alcoa (AA) down 3.53%, DuPont (DD) up 1.60%.

The Materials Select Sector SPDR (XLB) was trading at $34.29 at 3:30 PM on Tuesday, down 1.83% on the day – up 2.36% year-to-date.


Shaw Group (SHAW) reported a narrower than expected loss with a modest beat on the revenue line and sets a $500 million share buyback program. AptarGroup (ATR) has been downgraded to Hold from Buy at Keybanc following its negative earnings pre-announcement yesterday. Ingersoll-Rand (IR) has been downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at Atlantic Equities. Louisiana-Pacific (LPX) has been downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital. Tyco (TYC) has been downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Atlantic Equities. Dow components – Boeing Co (BA) up 0.51%, Caterpillar (CAT) up 0.10%, General Electric (GE) down 0.71%, 3M Company (MMM) up 0.52%, United Technologies (UTX) up 1.16%.

The Industrial Select Sector SPDR (XLI) was trading at $34.46 at 3:30 PM on Tuesday, down 2.07% on the day – up 2.10% year-to-date.

Consumer Discretionary

Wolverine World Wide (WWW) missed Q2 EPS of $0.41 by two cents with a miss on the revenue line. Cantor Fitzgerald begins Buy rated coverage on Las Vegas Sands (LVS), MGM Resorts (MGM), and Wynn Resorts (WYNN) with price targets at $57, $14, and $134 respectively citing growing prosperity in China and ongoing opportunities in Macau. TiVo Inc (TIVO) has been initiated with an Overweight rating at Barclays. Bridgepoint Education (BPI) has been downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at William Blair. Pearson Plc (PSO) has been downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank. Sony (SNE) has been downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup. Viacom (VIAB) has been downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS. Dow Components – Disney (DIS) down 0.41%, Home Depot up 0.60%, McDonalds (MCD) up 0.68%.
The Consumer Discretionary Select Sector SPDR (XLY) was trading at $43.19 at 3:30 PM on Tuesday, down 0.78% on the day – up 10.69% year-to-date.

Consumer Staples

Helen of Troy (HELE) missed Q1 EPS estimates of $0.74 by fourteen cents with in-line revenue. PriceSmart's (PSMT) reported that comparable warehouse sales rose 10.9% year over year and that membership income grew 19.2%. Limited Brands (LTD) has been downgraded to Hold from Buy at Argus based on slowing growth prospects. Tyson Foods (TSN) has been downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JP Morgan. Dow components – Kraft (KFT) up 1.41%, Coca Cola (KO) up 0.49%, Procter & Gamble (PG) up 0.42%, Wal-Mart (WMT) up 0.92%.
The Consumer Staples Select Sector SPDR (XLP) was trading at $34.94 at 3:30 PM on Tuesday, up 0.06% on the day – up 7.54% year-to-date.

Health Care

ISI Group initiates Overweight ratings on Agilent (A), PerkinElmer (PKI), ICON plc (ICLR), Thermo Fisher (TMO), and Hologic (HOLX). ISI initiates Underweight ratings on Cepheid (CPHD), Charles River Labs (CRL), Mettler-Toledo (MTD), QIAGEN (QGEN) and Life Technologies (LIFE). ISI initiates Market Weight ratings on Illumina (ILMN), Waters (WAT), Danaher (DHR), Covance (CVD), and Bruker (BRKR). Threshold Pharmaceuticals (THLD) has been initiated with an Outperform rating at William Blair. MAKO Surgical (MAKO) has been downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman Sachs. Dow Components – Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) up 0.28%, Merck (MRK) down 1.01%, Pfizer (PFE) down 0.22%.

The Health Care Select Sector SPDR (XLV) was trading at $37.59 at 3:30 PM on Tuesday, down 0.63% on the day – up 8.36% year-to-date.


Former Barclays (BCS) CEO Bob Diamond will voluntarily forgo any deferred bonuses, said to be worth a maximum of $31 million. American Express (AXP) and Discover (DFS) have been initiated with Buy ratings at Nomura with a Neutral rating on Capital One (COF). TD Ameritrade (AMTD) has been upgraded to Hold from Sell at BGB Securities. T. Rowe Price (TROW) has been upgraded to Buy from Neutral by Bank of America-Merrill Lynch. American National Bankshares (AMNB) has been downgraded to Hold from Buy at BB&T Capital. Eaton Vance (EV) has been downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Bank of America-Merrill Lynch. Interactive Brokers (IBKR) has been downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel Nicolaus. Dow Components – American Express (AXP) up 0.83%, Bank of America (BAC) up 0.13%, JP Morgan Chase (JPM) up 0.41%, Travelers (TRV) up 0.51%.

The Financial Select Sector SPDR (XLF) was trading at $14.31 at 3:30 PM on Tuesday, down 0.97% on the day – up 10.08% year-to-date.

Information Technology

Intel (INTC) is investing $4.1 billion in chip-equipment maker ASML (ASML) and agreed to buy a 10% stake for $2.1 billion and pledged to eventually acquire another 5% stake. Intel will provide another $1 billion to support ASML's R&D programs for cutting-edge technologies. AMD (AMD) shares were hit by 9.25% premarket after the company warned that it expects Q2 revenue to fall 11%, well below a guidance range of plus or minus 3%. AMD blamed weaker-than-expected sales in China and Europe, and the impact of poor consumer spending. Dow Components – Cisco Systems (CSCO) down 0.36%, Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) down 0.57%, IBM (IBM) down 0.96%, Intel Corp (INTC) down 1.70%, Microsoft (MSFT) down 0.84%.

The Technology Select Sector SPDR (XLK) was trading at $28.26 at 3:30 PM on Tuesday, down 1.29% on the day – up 11.04% year-to-date.

Telecommunication Services

Google (GOOG) is nearing a settlement with the FTC, and will reportedly pay $22.5 million over charges it bypassed the privacy settings of millions of Apple users. This is not much of a financial hit, but would be the largest penalty ever levied on a single company by the FTC and could further undermine users' trust in Google. Samsung (SSNLF.PK) won a court battle against Apple (AAPL) as a UK Judge ruled the design of the Galaxy tablets doesn't infringe on the iPad's design, and that consumers were unlikely to confuse the two as the Galaxy tablets. Dow Components – AT&T Inc up 0.28%, Verizon (VZ) up 0.27%.
The NASDAQ Telecommunications Index (IXTC) was trading at $178.72 at 3:30 PM on Tuesday, down 1.34% on the day – down 9.25% year-to-date.


Duke Energy (DUK) CEO Jim Rogers is due to appear before a hearing of the North Carolina Utilities Commission about the ouster of Bill Johnson just hours after the Duke's acquisition of Progress Energy was completed. The commission has said it might not have authorized the deal had it known about the changed management structure. Rescinding the deal is seen as unlikely. Southwestern Energy (SWN): has been upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel Nicolaus with a price target at $38 citing an attractive valuation relative to other dry gas names. GDF Suez (GDFZY) - The French utility company has been downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse, sending shares lower in European trading. Dominion Resources (D) up 0.04%, Edison International (EIX) up 0.44%, First Energy (FE) flat, PG&E Corp (PCG) up 0.07%, Southern Company (SO) up 0.09%.
The Utilities Select Sector SPDR (XLU) was trading at $36.75 at 3:30 PM on Tuesday, up 0.11% on the day – up 2.14% year-to-date.


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Symbol Name Price Change % Volume
MMM 3M Company 199.20 2.16 1.10 786,694 Trade
EV Eaton Vance Corporation 43.84 0.59 1.36 312,422 Trade
A Agilent Technologies Inc. 64.55 0.05 0.08 767,375 Trade
TSN Tyson Foods Inc. 57.71 -3.90 -6.33 4,556,917 Trade
ASML ASML Holding N.V. 171.79 2.79 1.65 1,048,934 Trade
CRL Charles River Laboratories International Inc. 132.02 -1.67 -1.25 121,307 Trade
PG Procter & Gamble Company (The) 92.74 0.04 0.04 6,165,602 Trade
GE General Electric Company 8.98 0.99 12.39 125,278,436 Trade
CVX Chevron Corporation 116.79 -0.60 -0.51 2,663,828 Trade
SO Southern Company (The) 47.03 0.14 0.30 2,492,688 Trade
PCG Pacific Gas & Electric Co. 32.41 -0.58 -1.74 9,111,148 Trade
CPHD CEPHEID n/a n/a n/a 0 Trade
JNJ Johnson & Johnson 144.58 -1.04 -0.71 3,138,695 Trade
WMT Walmart Inc. 102.77 -1.10 -1.06 3,569,989 Trade
AA Alcoa Corporation 35.12 1.39 4.12 2,128,782 Trade
WWW Wolverine World Wide Inc. 33.69 -0.04 -0.12 281,622 Trade
INTC Intel Corporation 47.67 1.02 2.19 13,628,017 Trade
IBM International Business Machines Corporation 121.56 0.66 0.55 2,027,462 Trade
D Dominion Energy Inc. 73.24 -0.19 -0.26 932,128 Trade
TRV The Travelers Companies Inc. 127.38 0.34 0.27 618,577 Trade
ICLR ICON plc 138.58 0.56 0.41 111,132 Trade
WAT Waters Corporation 197.16 1.45 0.74 150,732 Trade
GHC Graham Holdings Company 650.01 1.70 0.26 11,193 Trade
PSMT PriceSmart Inc. 67.24 -0.43 -0.64 18,298 Trade
BCS Barclays PLC 9.07 0.34 3.89 2,864,660 Trade
LVS Las Vegas Sands Corp. 52.26 1.26 2.47 3,872,756 Trade
EIX Edison International 55.65 2.09 3.89 2,326,851 Trade
IR Ingersoll-Rand plc (Ireland) 103.36 2.21 2.18 758,429 Trade
JPM JP Morgan Chase & Co. 110.15 1.20 1.10 6,379,665 Trade
AXP American Express Company 107.95 1.46 1.37 1,148,913 Trade
AMTD TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation 52.06 0.45 0.87 451,600 Trade
UTX United Technologies Corporation 129.42 1.12 0.87 1,218,973 Trade
AMNB American National Bankshares Inc. 36.57 -0.01 -0.01 14,515 Trade
HOLX Hologic Inc. 40.81 -0.16 -0.39 675,859 Trade
TROW T. Rowe Price Group Inc. 96.09 0.51 0.53 607,512 Trade
AMD Advanced Micro Devices Inc. 19.76 0.73 3.84 52,953,478 Trade
SWN Southwestern Energy Company 5.91 0.12 1.99 27,180,858 Trade
MTD Mettler-Toledo International Inc. 595.23 -0.19 -0.03 128,764 Trade
BRKR Bruker Corporation 32.74 -0.13 -0.38 94,233 Trade
CSCO Cisco Systems Inc. 45.42 -0.20 -0.44 12,406,353 Trade
DIS The Walt Disney Company 116.58 -0.12 -0.10 2,109,368 Trade
VZ Verizon Communications Inc. 58.98 0.26 0.44 6,141,941 Trade
BAC Bank of America Corporation 27.99 0.24 0.86 30,611,801 Trade
COF Capital One Financial Corporation 90.52 1.40 1.57 692,965 Trade
GOOG Alphabet Inc. 1,044.39 5.76 0.55 745,826 Trade
ILMN Illumina Inc. 311.01 0.62 0.20 490,049 Trade
MCD McDonald's Corporation 183.98 -0.39 -0.21 1,023,160 Trade
PSO Pearson Plc 11.76 -0.02 -0.13 176,870 Trade
TMO Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc 236.20 -0.14 -0.06 463,851 Trade
MGM MGM Resorts International 25.94 0.76 3.00 2,986,804 Trade
THLD MTEM Threshold Pharmaceuticals Inc. n/a n/a n/a 0
DHR Danaher Corporation 101.22 -0.33 -0.32 789,103 Trade
ATR AptarGroup Inc. 102.90 1.13 1.11 89,317 Trade
WDFC WD-40 Company 173.03 -1.50 -0.86 15,793 Trade
TYC Tyco International plc (Ireland) n/a n/a n/a 0
HD Home Depot Inc. (The) 178.42 -1.01 -0.56 9,384,130 Trade
XOM Exxon Mobil Corporation 79.02 -0.81 -1.01 5,727,660 Trade
PFE Pfizer Inc. 43.55 -0.56 -1.27 8,672,512 Trade
BPI Bridgepoint Education Inc. 8.08 -0.07 -0.86 63,526 Trade
HPQ HP Inc. 24.09 0.10 0.42 3,453,129 Trade
BA The Boeing Company 351.37 -5.66 -1.59 3,195,948 Trade
MRK Merck & Company Inc. (new) 74.24 -0.45 -0.60 5,452,765 Trade
DFS Discover Financial Services 70.33 0.99 1.43 410,975 Trade
IBKR Interactive Brokers Group Inc. 55.18 0.97 1.79 178,535
LIFE aTyr Pharma Inc. 0.59 -0.02 -3.30 1,008,174 Trade
FE FirstEnergy Corp. 38.33 -0.46 -1.19 1,426,059 Trade
LPX Louisiana-Pacific Corporation 23.68 0.07 0.30 926,253 Trade
KO Coca-Cola Company (The) 49.68 -0.19 -0.39 6,620,894 Trade
SNE Sony Corporation 51.60 0.07 0.14 426,521 Trade
T AT&T Inc. 30.58 -0.21 -0.67 10,994,003 Trade
CAT Caterpillar Inc. 128.84 3.84 3.07 2,904,830 Trade
DUK Duke Energy Corporation (Holding Company) 85.71 -0.21 -0.24 945,216 Trade
PKI PerkinElmer Inc. 81.91 -0.16 -0.19 197,631 Trade
HELE Helen of Troy Limited 134.60 -0.35 -0.26 127,228 Trade
MSFT Microsoft Corporation 107.86 0.99 0.93 16,461,906 Trade


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