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

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The 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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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Symbol Name Price Change % Volume
UEC Uranium Energy Corp. 0.98 0.00 0.00 0
CBS CBS Corporation Class B 41.88 0.00 0.00 1,474 Trade
MMM 3M Company 166.76 0.00 0.00 3,867 Trade
PG Procter & Gamble Company (The) 122.24 0.00 0.00 5,245 Trade
GE General Electric Company 9.37 0.00 0.00 161,598 Trade
CPK Chesapeake Utilities Corporation 94.09 0.00 0.00 0 Trade
CVX Chevron Corporation 124.32 0.00 0.00 7,193 Trade
SO Southern Company (The) 61.11 0.00 0.00 3,471 Trade
PCG Pacific Gas & Electric Co. 11.61 0.00 0.00 3,482 Trade
JNJ Johnson & Johnson 131.65 0.00 0.00 5,218 Trade
AA Alcoa Corporation 21.70 0.00 0.00 14,128 Trade
INTC Intel Corporation 50.72 0.00 0.00 27,997 Trade
D Dominion Energy Inc. 80.84 0.00 0.00 669 Trade
TRV The Travelers Companies Inc. 146.28 0.00 0.00 10,513 Trade
POR Portland General Electric Co 56.49 0.00 0.00 0 Trade
DHX.A:CA DHX:CA DHX Media Ltd. Variable Voting Shares n/a n/a n/a n/a
EIX Edison International 72.74 0.00 0.00 224 Trade
PLAB Photronics Inc. 10.74 0.00 0.00 0 Trade
AXP American Express Company 116.80 0.00 0.00 770 Trade
UTX United Technologies Corporation 135.57 0.00 0.00 4,822 Trade
SNDK SanDisk Corp n/a n/a n/a 0 Trade
CSCO Cisco Systems Inc. 49.60 0.00 0.00 13,188 Trade
COP ConocoPhillips 60.82 0.00 0.00 18,239 Trade
MAR Marriott International 126.97 0.00 0.00 77 Trade
VZ Verizon Communications Inc. 60.29 0.00 0.00 3,373 Trade
ASX ASE Technology Holding Co. Ltd. American Depositary Shares (each representing Two) 4.52 0.00 0.00 5 Trade
BAC Bank of America Corporation 29.59 0.00 0.00 159,495 Trade
DG Dollar General Corporation 156.23 0.00 0.00 22 Trade
MRVL Marvell Technology Group Ltd. 24.84 0.00 0.00 587 Trade
GIII G-III Apparel Group LTD. 24.06 0.00 0.00 0 Trade
NAV Navistar International Corporation 28.41 0.00 0.00 0 Trade
MCD McDonald's Corporation 209.39 0.00 0.00 2,834 Trade
BMY Bristol-Myers Squibb Company 50.57 0.00 0.00 16,714 Trade
CMA Comerica Incorporated 65.97 0.00 0.00 27 Trade
PFE Pfizer Inc. 36.69 0.00 0.00 3,131 Trade
HPQ HP Inc. 18.47 0.00 0.00 3,780 Trade
AZN Astrazeneca PLC 45.18 0.00 0.00 83,492 Trade
MRK Merck & Company Inc. (new) 85.16 0.00 0.00 12,702 Trade
NX Quanex Building Products Corporation 18.49 0.00 0.00 0 Trade
FE FirstEnergy Corp. 47.39 0.00 0.00 88 Trade
KO Coca-Cola Company (The) 53.91 0.00 0.00 12,965 Trade
T AT&T Inc. 37.91 0.00 0.00 102,051 Trade
CAT Caterpillar Inc. 128.16 0.00 0.00 12,171 Trade
PNY Piedmont Natural Gas Company Inc. n/a n/a n/a 0 Trade
MSFT Microsoft Corporation 139.44 0.00 0.00 67,289 Trade
WMT Walmart Inc. 116.98 0.00 0.00 7,763 Trade
IBM International Business Machines Corporation 141.88 0.00 0.00 1,379 Trade
JPM JP Morgan Chase & Co. 118.90 0.00 0.00 15,984 Trade
DIS The Walt Disney Company 132.27 0.00 0.00 15,482 Trade
HD Home Depot Inc. (The) 224.67 0.00 0.00 5,152 Trade
XOM Exxon Mobil Corporation 72.08 0.00 0.00 9,259 Trade
BA The Boeing Company 379.39 0.00 0.00 11,970 Trade



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