Equities Sector Coverage: Wall Street Inches Up As Investors Watch Europe

Sector Recap |

nyse, wall street, economy, stock marketThe Nonmanufacturing ISM index came in at 53.7 in May, above expectations, but the employment component fell to 50.8 questioning job creation. The Dow Jones Industrial Average traded down to 12,072.17 then up to 12,140.59 going into the final half hour of trading, staying well below its 200-day simple moving average at 12,263. The NASDAQ traded down to 2749.34 then up to 2780.99 trading on both sides of its 200-day simple moving average at 2761.

Asian stocks had a modest recovery on Tuesday. The Nikkei 225 ended the day at 8,382 – up 1.04%. The Hang Seng ended the day at 18,259 – up 0.40%. European exchanges were mixed again on Tuesday. The FTSE 100 remained closed at 5,260 – down 1.14% on Friday. The DAX ended the day at 5,922 – down 0.90%. The CAC 40 ended the day at 2.967 – up 0.40%. The yield on the 10-Year US Treasury set a record low of 1.439% on Friday and rose from 1.509% to 1.574% on Tuesday.

Gold traded up to $1624.8 the Troy ounce to the base of the 50-day and 200-day simple moving average “Death Cross” at $1622.8 and $1686.5 then declined to $1612.5. Crude oil traded between $83.31 and $84.92 per barrel after Monday’s near test of its 200-week simple moving average at $81.17. The euro versus the dollar traded up from 1.2413 to 1.2541.

Energy

According to Reuters, India's state-run ONGC oil company is considering bidding for part of ConocoPhillips' (COP) Canadian oil sands holdings worth around $5 billion. Conoco is looking to sell several assets as part of their global restructuring plan. JA Solar Holdings (JASO) missed Q1 EPS estimates by a loss of four cents less than expected and with revenue up better than expected shares were 14.6% higher premarket. Dow components – Chevron (CVX) down 0.68%, Exxon Mobil (XOM) down 0.59%.

Energy Select Sector SPDR (XLE) was trading at $62.42 at 3:30 PM on Tuesday, up 0.69% on the day – down 9.71% year-to-date.

Materials

Quanex Building Products (NX) slipped in trading late Monday after reporting a wider FQ2 loss due to lower sales volumes and higher costs in its aluminum segment. A flat housing market and rising prices for raw materials and production continue to be an ongoing challenge for the company. Uranium Energy (UEC) has been initiated with a Buy rating at Dahlman Rose, whose price target is $3.25. While the disaster in Japan has delayed the nuclear renaissance, the company continues to believe that over the medium term uranium prices will trend higher. Buckeye Technologies (BKI) has been upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital. Dow components – Alcoa (AA) up 0.11%, DuPont (DD) down 0.32%.

The Materials Select Sector SPDR (XLB) was trading at $33.39 at 3:30 PM on Tuesday, up 0.78% on the day – down 0.33% year-to-date.

Industrials

Navistar (NAV) has been downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Robert W. Baird with a price target to $31. The brokerage is expecting disappointing Q2 earnings on June 7.Dow components – Boeing Co (BA) down 0.34%, Caterpillar (CAT) up 0.43%, General Electric (GE) up 0.27%, 3M Company (MMM) down 0.38%, United Technologies (UTX) down 0.71%.

The Industrial Select Sector SPDR (XLI) was trading at $33.44 at 3:30 PM on Tuesday, up 0.24% on the day – down 0.92% year-to-date.

Consumer Discretionary

Marriott (MAR) plans to hire up to 10,000 workers in the US this year and open 150 new hotels, despite global concerns about the US recovery and the eurozone debt crisis. Wynn Resorts (WYNN) reported that it’s latest Macau casino resort will cost $4 billion. CBS (CBS) is seeking bids for its outdoor billboard business after being approached by bankers. The issue on a deal is that CBS thinks this business is worth $6 billion, but potential suitors place the value at closer to $4 billion. Shuffle Master (SHFL) reported in-line Q2 EPS with a slight beat on the revenue line. Vail Resorts (MTM) has been initiated with a Buy rating at KeyBanc Capital with a $60 price target. Dow Components – Disney (DIS) down 0.36%, Home Depot down 0.43%, McDonalds (MCD) up 0.06%.

The Consumer Discretionary Select Sector SPDR (XLY) was trading at $42.07 at 3:30 PM on Tuesday, up 0.43% on the day – up 7.82% year-to-date.

Consumer Staples

United Natural Foods' (UNFI) in their FQ3 earnings release reported that gross margin fell to 17.6%, from 18.2% year over year, but the company raised FY12 sales outlook and projects FY12 EPS of $1.92 to $1.96. G-III Apparel Group (GIII) reported in-line Q1 EPS with a beat on the revenue line. Dollar General (DG) beat Fq1 across the board on strong sales and better overall margins. The discount retailer also full year guidance. Shares were up 1.3% in after hours trading on Monday, but traded down by 3.0% Tuesday morning. Dow components – Kraft (KFT) down 0.84%, Coca Cola (KO) down 0.69%, Procter & Gamble (PG) down 0.57%, Wal-Mart (WMT) down 0.42%.

The Consumer Staples Select Sector SPDR (XLP) was trading at $33.28 at 3:30 PM on Tuesday, up 0.03% on the day – up 2.43% year-to-date.

Health Care

Amylin (AMLN) has received takeover offers of $25 to $29 a share in a first round of bidding, which values the diabetes drug company at $4.1 to 4.7 billioon. AstraZeneca (AZN), Sanofi (SNY), Merck (MRK) and Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMY) have already made proposals, with Pfizer (PFE) dropping out. Amylin is seeking revised offers by the end of June and hopes to close a sale in July. Dow Components – Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) down 0.24%, Merck (MRK) down 0.29%, Pfizer (PFE) down 0.23%.

The Health Care Select Sector SPDR (XLV) was trading at $35.81 at 3:30 PM on Tuesday, up 0.62% on the day – up 3.23% year-to-date.

Financial

JP Morgan (JPM) could report a $4.2 billion trading loss up from $2 billion and such a loss would help cut Q2 EPS to 65 cents a share, down 30% from an earlier estimate of 93 cents. Comerica (CMA) has been upgraded to Hold from Sell at Stifel Nicolaus. Dow Components – American Express (AXP) up 0.41%, Bank of America (BAC) up 2.17%, JP Morgan Chase (JPM) up 3.18%, Travelers (TRV) up 0.25%.
The Financial Select Sector SPDR (XLF) was trading at $13.58 at 3:30 PM on Tuesday, up 1.65% on the day – up 4.46% year-to-date.

Information Technology

SanDisk (SNDK) has been initiated with an Outperform rating at Pacific Crest. Fusion-io (FIO) has been upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Sterne Agee. Marvell Technology (MRVL) has been upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at JMP Securities. Photronics (PLAB) has been upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Mizuho. Advanced Semiconductor (ASX) has been downgraded to Hold from Buy at BNP Paribas. Brocade Communications (BRCD) has been downgraded to Hold from Buy at ThinkEquity. DigitalGlobe (DGI) has been downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JP Morgan. Dow Components – Cisco Systems (CSCO) down 0.31%, Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) up 2.08%, IBM (IBM) flat, Intel Corp (INTC) up 0.24%, Microsoft (MSFT) down 0.49%.
The Technology Select Sector SPDR (XLK) was trading at $27.49 at 3:30 PM on Tuesday, up 0.48% on the day – up 8.02% year-to-date.

Telecommunication Services

Dow components – AT&T (T) down 0.06%, Verizon (VZ) up 0.15%.
The NASDAQ Telecommunications Index (IXTC) was trading at $176.50 at 3:30 PM on Tuesday, up 0.66% on the day – down 10.37% year-to-date.

Utilities

Portland General Electric (POR) has been initiated with a Buy rating at Deutsche Bank. Chesapeake Utilities (CPK) has been upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Robert W. Baird with a $49 price target. The research says that the company would benefit from an economic recovery that boosts customer growth in the company’s natural gas distribution operations. Piedmont Natural Gas (PNY) has been upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Robert W. Baird. Dominion Resources (D) down 0.31%, Edison International (EIX) up 0.18%, First Energy (FE) up 0.28%, PG&E Corp (PCG) down 0.59%, Southern Company (SO) up 0.41%.

The Utilities Select Sector SPDR (XLU) was trading at $36.04 at 3:30 PM on Tuesday, up 0.59% on the day – up 0.17% year-to-date.

STOCKS: CVX, XOM, COP, JASO, AA, DD, NX, UEC, BKI, BA, CAT, GE, MMM, UTX, NAV, DIS, HD, MCD, MAR, CBS, SHFL, MTM, KFT, KO, PG, WMT, UNFI, GIII, DG, JNJ, MRK, PFE, AMLN, AZN, SNY, BMY, AXP, BAC, JPM, TRV, CMA, CSCO, HPQ, IBM, INTC, MSFT, SNDK, MRVL, PLAB, ASX, BRCD, DGI, T, VZ, D, EIX, FE, PCG, SO, POR, CPK, PNY

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Companies

Symbol Name Price Change % Volume
AA Alcoa Inc. 9.76 -0.02 -0.20 12,146,577
ASX Advanced Semiconductor Engineering Inc. 5.95 -0.08 -1.33 388,552
AXP American Express Company 63.85 -0.78 -1.21 5,083,894
AZN Astrazeneca PLC 33.97 -0.31 -0.90 3,795,020
BA Boeing Company (The) 131.78 -0.09 -0.07 2,330,720
BAC Bank of America Corporation 15.52 -0.08 -0.51 51,604,424
BMY Bristol-Myers Squibb Company 56.48 0.06 0.11 8,569,054
BRCD Brocade Communications Systems Inc. 9.14 0.03 0.33 3,760,095
CAT Caterpillar Inc. 82.44 -1.06 -1.27 3,031,533
CBS CBS Corporation Class B 50.91 0.84 1.68 4,052,153
CMA Comerica Incorporated 46.96 0.22 0.47 1,561,633
COP ConocoPhillips 39.94 -1.08 -2.63 8,530,040
CPK Chesapeake Utilities Corporation 62.64 -0.34 -0.54 125,793
CSCO Cisco Systems Inc. 31.34 -0.32 -1.01 20,442,199
CVX Chevron Corporation 99.22 -0.76 -0.76 7,396,784
D Dominion Resources Inc. 77.01 -0.03 -0.04 2,050,553
DD E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Co. 66.77 -0.08 -0.12 2,661,570
DG Dollar General Corporation 72.09 0.20 0.28 2,711,844
DGI DigitalGlobe Inc 26.99 -0.46 -1.68 270,575
DIS Walt Disney Company (The) 93.27 -0.14 -0.15 4,407,725
EIX Edison International 75.62 0.11 0.15 1,399,240
FE FirstEnergy Corporation 34.49 -0.35 -1.00 4,010,237
GE General Electric Co 29.89 -0.15 -0.50 22,821,677
GIII G-III Apparel Group LTD. 30.39 0.13 0.43 431,653
HD Home Depot Inc. (The) 127.79 -0.96 -0.75 4,464,702
HPQ HP Inc. 15.09 -0.03 -0.20 8,102,240
IBM International Business Machines Corp 154.98 -1.13 -0.72 2,702,153
INTC Intel Corporation 37.19 -0.36 -0.96 18,062,474
JASO JA Solar Holdings Co. Ltd. 6.02 0.05 0.84 515,677
JNJ Johnson & Johnson 118.81 -0.65 -0.54 4,772,980
JPM JP Morgan Chase 67.25 -0.14 -0.21 13,967,357
KO Coca-Cola Company (The) 42.74 -0.22 -0.51 8,852,719
MAR Marriott International 68.44 -1.31 -1.88 11,920,833
MCD McDonald\'s Corporation 117.17 -0.19 -0.16 2,775,956
MMM 3M Company 177.39 -2.46 -1.37 1,910,978
MRK Merck & Company Inc. (new) 62.96 -0.06 -0.10 7,679,801
MRVL Marvell Technology Group Ltd. 13.01 0.05 0.39 5,331,995
MSFT Microsoft Corporation 57.43 -0.39 -0.67 19,955,336
NAV Navistar International Corporation 21.79 -0.39 -1.76 1,250,067
NX Quanex Building Products Corporation 17.55 0.05 0.29 188,400
PCG Pacific Gas & Electric Co. 64.20 0.18 0.28 2,120,841
PFE Pfizer Inc. 34.26 0.11 0.32 12,937,101
PG Procter & Gamble Company (The) 87.76 -1.23 -1.38 48,281,375
PLAB Photronics Inc. 10.58 0.23 2.22 481,907
PNY Piedmont Natural Gas Company Inc. 59.99 -0.03 -0.05 199,192
POR Portland General Electric Co 43.94 -0.11 -0.25 726,478
SNDK SanDisk Corp. n/a n/a n/a 0
SNY Sanofi American Depositary Shares (Each repstg one 38.35 -0.22 -0.57 1,086,862
SO Southern Company (The) 53.53 0.05 0.09 4,282,665
T AT&T Inc. 41.28 0.17 0.41 18,867,573
TRV The Travelers Companies Inc. 115.31 -1.42 -1.22 1,141,120
UEC Uranium Energy Corp. 1.04 -0.04 -3.70 483,385
UNFI United Natural Foods Inc. 39.12 -0.56 -1.41 511,225
UTX United Technologies Corporation 102.56 -0.44 -0.43 2,646,428
VZ Verizon Communications Inc. 52.56 0.21 0.40 13,014,796
WMT Wal-Mart Stores Inc. 72.35 0.08 0.11 7,696,449
XOM Exxon Mobil Corporation 83.45 -0.09 -0.11 12,667,106

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