Equities Sector Coverage: Wall Street Finally Closes Above 13,000 on DJIA

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Wall Street Finally Closes Above 13,000 on DJIADurable Goods Orders dropped 4% last month, the biggest decline since January 2009. Economists were expecting a drop of just 1%. Excluding Transportations orders were down 3.2% instead of the projected flat reading. The S&P/Case-Shiller 20-City Composite of home prices dropped 1.1% in December from November and fell 4.0% year over year to a new housing depression low. The Conference Board’s reading on Consumer Confidence rose to a stronger than expected reading of 70.8 in February still well below the 90 to 120 neutral zones.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average declined to 12,952.82 at Tuesday’s open then rebounded to 13,018.52 on improved consumer confidence after reaching a new 52-week high at 13,027.52 on Monday. The Dow was above 13,010 going into the final half hour of trading. The NASDAQ traded down to 2966.61 then up to 2988.59 Tuesday setting a new year to date high. Dow Transports and Russell 2000 were lower on the day continuing to lag their 2011 all time highs at 5627.85 and 868.57 respectively. Transports closed below its 50-day simple moving average at 5171.

Asian stocks rebounded on Tuesday with the Nikkei 225 ending their session 9,723 – up 0.92% on the day. The Hang Seng ended their session at 21,569 – up 1.65% on the day. European stocks were higher pre-market on Tuesday, dipped into the red following weak US Durable Goods Orders, then rallied back into the green after an improving US consumer confidence reading. The FTSE 100 ended their session at 5,928 – up 0.21% on the day, the DAX ended their session at 6,888 up 0.56% on the day, and the CAC 40 ended their session at 3,454 – up 0.36% on the day. The yield on the 10-Year US Treasury declined from 1.941 percent to 1.895 then rose to 1.945 into the final hour of trading. Gold traded up from $1767.0 the Troy ounce to $1792.7, a new year to date high. Crude oil rebounded from $107.62 per barrel to $108.79 then declined to $106.30. The euro versus the dollar rebounded from 1.3394 to 1.3468.

Energy

Western Refining (WNR) missed estimates by 15 cents, while beating revenue by $230M. Pacific Ethanol’s (PEIX) Q4 comes up shy of estimates. Net sales came in at $241.8M, up 80% from $134.2M in the year-ago period. Net losses for the period were $2.4M compared to net loss of $12.1M last year. Atwood Oceanics (ATW) is moved to Equal Weight from Underweight by Morgan Stanley, which raises its recommendation on rival Rowan Cos (RDC) to Equal Weight from Underweight. Berry Petroleum (BRY) is moved to Buy from Neutral at Suntrust. Diamond Offshore (DO) is upgraded 180 degrees, to Overweight from Underweight at Morgan Stanley. OAO Gazprom (OGZPY) gets upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse. Ensco (ESV) and Pacific Drilling (PACD) are each lowered to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley.
Energy Select Sector SPDR (XLE) was trading at $75.74 at 4:00 PM on Tuesday, down 0.33% on the day – up 9.56% year-to-date. The January change was +2.26%. The 2011 change was -1.29%
Big Movers: (PEIX) -25.5%, (AMRS) -11.5%.

Materials

Forest Laboratories (FRX) has disclosed positive top-line results in two Phase III trials of its Cariprazine schizophrenia drug. Newmont Mining (NEM) is cut to Hold from Buy at TD Securities, which trims its target to $73 from $78. Thompson Creek Metals (TC) is taken to Sell from Hold at Deutsche Bank.

The Materials Select Sector SPDR (XLB) was trading at $37.68 at 4:00 PM on Tuesday, up 0.32% on the day – up 12.48% year-to-date. The January change was +10.99%. The 2011 change was -12.78%.
Big Movers: (TC) -15%, (CHMT) 9.5%, (ZAGG) -9%.
Heavily Traded: (CX) -1.8%, (AA) +0.3%, (FCX) +0.7%, (VALE) +1.3%.

Industrials

Diana Shipping (DSX) beat estimates by a penny and revenue by $1M. USG Corp (USG) is now Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan.
The Industrial Select Sector SPDR (XLI) was trading at $37.46 at 4:00 PM on Tuesday, down 0.13% on the day – up 10.99% year-to-date. The January change was +7.32%. The 2011 change was -3.21%.
Heavily Traded: (GE) +0.6%. (GLW) -1.25%, (DAL) +2.25%, (LCC) +4.7%.

Consumer Discretionary

Panasonic (PC) has named company veteran Kazuhiro Tsuga to replace Fumio Ohtsubo as President, with the latter to become Chairman. Tsuga, who is the head of Panasonic's loss-making TV arm, takes over as the conglomerate heads for a record ¥780B ($9.7B) annual loss and amid a huge restructuring. Peugeot may this week announce plans to sell a 7% stake to GM (GM), sources say, as part of an alliance that could include developing engines and building vehicles together in the region. Callaway Golf (ELY) names Chip Brewer as its new CEO. Cablevision (CVC) missed estimates by a penny with revenue in-line with estimates. Apollo Group (APOL) lowered its estimate for Q2 enrollment for flat to low-single-digit growth from a previous estimate of 13% growth. JPMorgan raised its price target on Charter Communications (CHTR) to $75 from $64 (an 18% upside potential). Office Depot (ODP) reported Q4 EPS of $0.03 (versus consensus of by -$0.01), while missing revenue by $30M. Domino's Pizza (DPZ) beat estimates by 3 cents, while missing revenue by $10M. AutoZone (AZO) beat estimates by 14 cents with revenue in-line with estimates. Vitamin Shoppe (VSI) beat estimates by 6 cents and revenue by $2M. McDonald's (MCD) plans to expand its franchising in China, after relying almost exclusively on self-operated stores in China since it entered the market two decades ago. Walt Disney (DIS) and Discovery Communications (DISCA) are initiated with an Outperform by Sanford Bernstein, which has an Underperform on Time Warner (TWX). Viacom (VIA), News Corp (NWSA), CBS Corp (CBS), and Nielsen (NLSN) are all new Market Performs. Boyd Gaming (BYD) is assigned an In-Line and $9.00 target price at Imperial Capital. Apollo Group (APOL) is upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight by Barclays. Isle of Capri (ISLE) is upgraded at FBR Capital to Outperform from Market Perform, which also increases its objective by $3 to $8 from $5. Clear Channel Outdoor (CCO) is cut to Neutral from Outperform with Wedbush. Cooper Tire (CTB) is now Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank. Penn National Gaming (PENN) is moved to Market Perform from Outperform at FBR Capital with a price target of $44.

The Consumer Discretionary Select Sector SPDR (XLY) was trading at $43.35 at 4:00 PM on Tuesday, up 0.56% on the day – up 11.10% year-to-date. The January change was +5.89%. The 2011 change was +4.30%.
Big Movers: (CECO) -17.5%, (APOL) -14.75%, (ODP) +16%, (DPZ) +14%.

Consumer Staples

Fresh Del Monte Produce (FDP) missed estimates by 30 cents and revenue by $56M. Costco (COST) is begun with a Perform at Oppenheimer with a price objective of $90. Procter & Gamble (PG) gets a Buy-from-Neutral boost at Bank of America-Merrill Lynch. SABMiller plc (SBMRY) gets downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Nomura.
The Consumer Staples Select Sector SPDR (XLP) was trading at $33.17 at 4:00 PM on Tuesday, up 0.33% on the day – up 2.09% year-to-date. The January change was -1.42%. The 2011 change was +10.85%.
Heavily Traded: (KR) -0.2%, (PG) +1.1%, (WMT) +0.6%, (GIS) flat.

Health Care

Tenet Healthcare (THC) missed estimates by 4 cents and revenue by $170M. ViroPharma (VPHM) beat estimates by 21 cents with revenue in-line with estimates. UnitedHealth (UNH) snaps up two more senior-focused health plans with operations primarily in South and Central Florida (Preferred Care Partners and Medica HealthCare Plans). Human Genome Sciences’ (HGSI) Q4 beats estimates across the board as revenue jumped 113% Y/Y on strong sales of Benlysta and lower R&D expenses. Medicis Pharmaceutical (MRX) beat estimates by 3 cents with revenue in-line with estimates. Cerner (CERN) is begun with a Buy and $85 objective at Sterne Agee. Salix Pharmaceuticals (SLXP) is increased to Buy from Hold with a $54 target at Auriga.

The Health Care Select Sector SPDR (XLV) was trading at $36.40 at 4:00 PM on Tuesday, up 0.39% on the day – up 4.93% year-to-date. The January change was +3.20%. The 2011 change was +10.32%.
Big Movers: (ERT) +20%, (VVUS) -9%.

Financials

Morgan Stanley (MS) will have to post another $6.52B in collateral to counterparties and clearinghouses if Moody's follows through on a warning it may cut the bank's long-term debt rating by up to three notches. AIG (AIG) may not pay taxes for as long as a decade because of the way the Treasury unilaterally bent the tax code during AIG's bailout, rails Andrew Ross Sorkin. Visa (V) and Vodafone (VOD) have forged a "worldwide partnership" on a mobile wallet service that will be available across all 30 countries that Vodafone operates in, starting with the U.K., Germany, the Netherlands, Spain and Turkey. Banco Santander (STD) has agreed to buy Poland's Kredyt Bank from Belgium's KBC Groep (KBCSF) in a move that will allow Santander to deepen its presence in one of Europe's fastest-growing economies as profits slump in Spain. Barclays (BCS) is reportedly the unnamed bank that U.K. regulators are blocking from implementing two "highly abusive" tax schemes that would have cost the tax authority £500M. KKR (KKR) chiefs Henry Kravis and George Roberts each took home around $94M from the P-E firm last year. The Fed yesterday released the documents submitted by banks outlining their plans to fix foreclosure problems. Banks included are: Bank of America (BAC), Citigroup (C), JPMorgan (JPM) and Wells Fargo (WFC). Duff & Phelps (DUF) announced a 4.5M offering of its common stock that it says will be used to redeem units in Duff & Phelps Acquisitions held by some existing unit holders. Morgan Stanley (MS) will have to post another $6.52B in collateral to counterparties and clearinghouses if Moody's follows through on a warning it may cut the bank's long-term debt rating by up to three notches. U.S. authorities are investigating HSBC (HBC) for "historical transactions involving Iranian" and other parties subject to U.S. sanctions, the bank said yesterday.

The Financial Select Sector SPDR (XLF) was trading at $14.82 at 4:00 PM on Tuesday, up 0.27% on the day – up 14.00% year-to-date. The January change was +8.12%. The 2011 change was -18.50%; the weakest performing sector for the year.

Information Technology

Dell (DELL) has unveiled a major revamp of its enterprise hardware line, including new server flash memory products, a data warehousing appliance for SMBs, and a new architecture for virtualizing networking resources - the latter is aimed squarely at Cisco (CSCO) and its UCS servers. Yahoo (YHOO) looks to join the IP wars by threatening to sue Facebook unless it pays licensing fees on the Web portal's patents, with Reuters reporting that these include those for the technical mechanisms in Facebook's ads, privacy controls, news feed and messaging service. Finisar (FNSR) is lowered to Hold from Buy at Jefferies with a $22 price target, down from $24, citing potential risks posed by Cisco's (CSCO) recently announced acquisition of Lightwire. Oppenheimer cuts Nokia (NOK) to Underperform from Perform on concerns about the pace at which the company is transitioning to Windows phones. Mentor Graphics (MENT) beat estimates by 8 cents and revenue by $4M. Tech Data (TECD) beat estimates by 11 cents, while missing revenue by $50M. LinkedIn (LNKD) is a new Market Perform at BMO Capital. Jive Software (JIVE) is a new Neutral at Robert W. Baird with a target of $21. Nokia (NOK) is now Underperform from Perform at Oppenheimer. Finisar (FNSR) is reduced to Hold from Buy at Jefferies. Infosys (INFY) gets downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Janney Montgomery Scott.

The Technology Select Sector SPDR (XLK) was trading at $29.08 at 4:00 PM on Tuesday, up 0.73% on the day – up 13.44% year-to-date. The January change was +6.21%. The 2011 change was +1.03%.
Big Movers: (CYDE) +62.75%, (SINA) +11.25%.

Telecommunication Services

Visa (V) and Vodafone (VOD) have forged a "worldwide partnership" on a mobile wallet service that will be available across all 30 countries that Vodafone operates in, starting with the U.K., Germany, the Netherlands, Spain and Turkey.
The NASDAQ Telecommunications Index (IXTC) was trading at $217.05 at 4:00 PM on Tuesday, relatively unchanged on the day – up 10.22% year-to-date. The January change was +6.67%. The 2011 change was -12.62%.
Heavily Traded: (S) -0.2%, (T) +0.6%, (CLWR) +3.5%, (PCS) -7%, (FTR) -0.2%, (VZ) up slightly.

Utilities

NRG Energy (NRG) missed estimates by 32 cents and revenue by $1.16B. Public Service (PEG) is now Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse.

The Utilities Select Sector SPDR (XLU) was trading at $34.90 at 4:00 PM on Tuesday, down 0.48% on the day – down 3.00% year-to-date. The January change was -3.61%. The 2011 change was +14.81%; the strongest performing sector for the year.
Heavily Traded: (GEN) -4.7%, (CNP) 0.4%, (OKS) -4.4%, (DUK) -0.2%.

STOCKS: WNR, PEIX, ATW, RDC, BRY, DO, OGZPY, ESV, PACD, AMRS, FRX, NEM, TC, CHMT, ZAGG, CZ, AA, FCX, VALE, DSX, USG, GE, GLW, DAL, LCC, PC, GM, ELY, CVC, APOL, CHTR, ODP, DPZ, AZO, VSI, MCD, DIS, DISCA, TWX, VIA, NWSA, CBS, NLSN, BYD, ISLE, CCO, CTB, PENN, CECO, FDP, COST, PG, SBMRY, KR, PG, WMT, GIS, THC, VPHM, UNH, HGSI, MRX, CERN, SLXP, ERT, VVUS, MS, AIG, V, VOD, STD, KBCSF, BCS, KKR, BAC, C, JPM, WFC, DUF, MS, HBC, DELL, CSCO, YHOO, FNSR, NOK, MENT, TECD, LNKD, JIVE, INFY, CYDE, SINA, S, T, CLWR, PCS, FTR, VZ, NRG, PEG, GEN, CNP, OKS, DUK

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Companies

Symbol Name Price Change % Volume
CBS CBS Corporation Class B 62.56 -1.02 -1.60 5,665,904
RDC Rowan Companies plc Class A 20.37 1.16 6.04 3,207,709
UNH UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (DE) 160.12 0.80 0.50 4,007,213
GLW Corning Incorporated 24.56 -0.32 -1.29 11,681,853
GEN Genesis Healthcare Inc. 4.14 0.13 3.24 304,082
FTR Frontier Communications Corporation 3.67 -0.03 -0.81 20,546,897
KR Kroger Company (The) 34.78 0.59 1.73 6,904,090
PG Procter & Gamble Company (The) 84.37 0.87 1.04 8,004,453
GE General Electric Co 31.78 0.25 0.79 31,227,376
THC Tenet Healthcare Corporation 15.18 -0.06 -0.39 1,539,920
APOL Apollo Education Group Inc. 9.59 0.24 2.57 3,362,683
VALE VALE S.A. American Depositary Shares Each Represen 8.78 -0.16 -1.79 26,109,176
ATW Atwood Oceanics Inc. 13.49 1.52 12.70 10,433,369
PACD Pacific Drilling Ltd 5.33 0.79 17.40 1,441,340
AZO AutoZone Inc. 803.10 -4.61 -0.57 360,422
WMT Wal-Mart Stores Inc. 70.08 -0.26 -0.37 10,756,653
AA Alcoa Inc. 32.05 0.74 2.36 4,344,295
CNP CenterPoint Energy Inc (Holding Co) 24.43 0.38 1.58 4,378,881
BELFB Bel Fuse Inc. Class B Common Stock 32.20 0.85 2.71 41,667
JIVE Jive Software Inc. 4.15 0.05 1.22 510,903
CHMT Chemtura Corp. 33.20 0.00 0.00 363,592
BYD Boyd Gaming Corporation 21.46 0.46 2.19 2,803,555
CVC Cablevision Systems Corp. n/a n/a n/a 0
SINA Sina Corporation 72.16 -0.18 -0.25 934,684
BCS Barclays PLC 11.74 -0.25 -2.09 4,751,300
C Citigroup Inc. 60.04 -0.11 -0.18 22,804,941
S Sprint Corporation 8.48 -0.26 -2.97 19,560,796
DAL Delta Air Lines Inc. 51.78 0.43 0.84 8,526,732
NLSN Nielsen N.V. 42.72 0.73 1.74 3,558,841
DPZ Domino\'s Pizza Inc 163.57 -0.96 -0.58 501,640
NRG NRG Energy Inc. 12.86 0.40 3.21 8,596,151
MS Morgan Stanley 43.73 0.15 0.34 12,115,063
CCO Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings Inc. Class A 5.55 -0.05 -0.89 89,537
TWX Time Warner Inc. New 95.23 0.68 0.72 5,134,033
JPM JP Morgan Chase 85.49 0.37 0.43 14,567,202
FNSR Finisar Corporation 33.41 -0.72 -2.11 11,860,096
OKS ONEOK Partners L.P. 41.96 0.07 0.17 530,362
FDP Fresh Del Monte Produce Inc. 61.09 2.33 3.97 504,982
VOD Vodafone Group Plc 25.20 0.17 0.68 5,329,470
CERN Cerner Corporation 48.40 0.32 0.67 1,518,957
V Visa Inc. 79.14 -0.14 -0.18 10,728,310
CSCO Cisco Systems Inc. 30.06 0.11 0.37 21,361,984
DIS Walt Disney Company (The) 104.86 1.48 1.43 12,173,909
CHTR Charter Communications Inc. 278.81 -0.19 -0.07 1,317,208
CECO Career Education Corporation 10.26 0.08 0.79 635,346
COST Costco Wholesale Corporation 159.70 2.11 1.34 2,615,294
VZ Verizon Communications Inc. 51.49 0.36 0.70 10,101,462
ODP Office Depot Inc. 5.11 -0.07 -1.35 12,212,917
NWSA News Corporation 12.05 0.13 1.09 3,812,124
MENT Mentor Graphics Corporation 36.67 -0.03 -0.08 1,601,692
GM General Motors Company 37.66 1.24 3.40 26,434,231
BAC Bank of America Corporation 23.09 0.14 0.61 130,590,406
LNKD LinkedIn Corporation Class A 195.96 0.00 0.00 0
NOK Nokia Corporation Sponsored American Depositary Sh 4.62 0.04 0.87 12,020,369
AMRS Amyris Inc. 0.80 0.03 3.29 1,272,527
ELY Callaway Golf Company 12.00 -0.22 -1.80 868,046
MCD McDonald\'s Corporation 121.26 0.81 0.67 2,623,713
CTB Cooper Tire & Rubber Company 39.00 0.25 0.65 734,725
FCX Freeport-McMoRan Inc. 15.75 0.15 0.96 25,150,243
VSI Vitamin Shoppe Inc 25.95 -0.05 -0.19 219,627
USG USG Corporation 32.19 0.53 1.67 2,904,870
VVUS VIVUS Inc. 1.38 -0.02 -1.43 337,750
TC TC n/a n/a n/a 0
PEIX Pacific Ethanol Inc. 9.60 -0.25 -2.54 621,785
DO Diamond Offshore Drilling Inc. 21.08 1.71 8.83 5,187,189
TECD Tech Data Corporation 88.47 -2.04 -2.25 395,581
ESV Ensco plc Class A 11.00 0.61 5.87 23,260,689
GIS General Mills Inc. 63.20 0.72 1.15 1,938,701
WFC Wells Fargo & Company 57.14 -0.15 -0.26 20,331,186
AIG American International Group Inc. New 65.83 0.01 0.02 6,552,997
WNR Western Refining Inc. Inc. 38.95 -0.31 -0.79 854,415
YHOO Yahoo! Inc. 41.76 0.35 0.85 6,836,112
DSX Diana Shipping inc. 2.92 0.09 3.18 577,448
INFY Infosys Limited American Depositary Shares 14.74 -0.04 -0.27 5,584,798
T AT&T Inc. 40.38 -0.03 -0.07 17,105,180
NEM Newmont Mining Corporation 32.79 -1.08 -3.19 9,196,191
DUK Duke Energy Corporation (Holding Company) 75.82 1.09 1.46 3,196,119
PENN Penn National Gaming Inc. 14.53 0.05 0.35 1,487,887
VIA Viacom Inc. 42.45 -0.15 -0.35 58,694
KKR KKR & Co. L.P. Representing Limited Partnership In 17.13 0.14 0.82 5,248,421
PEG Public Service Enterprise Group 42.70 0.45 1.07 2,219,769
ISLE Isle of Capri Casinos Inc. 24.57 0.07 0.29 95,720
ZAGG ZAGG Inc 7.20 0.00 0.00 182,603

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