Equities Sector Coverage: Wall Street Rallies on Stimulus Hopes

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Ben Bernanke, Federal Reserve ChairmanUS import prices fell 1% in May as expected, while export prices fell by 0.4%, more than the 0.1% decline expected. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose to 12,548.64 going into the final half hour of trading. The NASDAQ rose to 2836.69 going into the final half hour of trading.

Asian stocks were lower on Tuesday. The Nikkei 225 ended the day at 8,537 – down 1.02%. The Hang Seng ended the day at 18,873 – down 0.43%. European exchanges traded higher on Tuesday. The FTSE 100 ended the day at 5,474 – up 0.76%. The DAX ended the day at 6,161 – up 0.33%. The CAC 40 ended the day at 3,047 – up 0.14%. The yield on the 10-Year US Treasury rose from 1.581% to 1.668%.

Gold declined from $1597.6 the Troy ounce to $1586.4 then rallied to $1618.9, testing the low end of the 50-day and 200-day simple moving averages at $1615.8 and $1681.1. Crude oil traded rose from $81.07 per barrel to $83.72. The euro versus the dollar rose from 1.2454 to 1.2526 then declined to 1.2446.


Triangle Petroleum (TPLM) reported Q1 production results: four gross operated wells in McKenzie County, all completed in May, with two wells currently producing and two undergoing flow-back testing. HollyFrontier (HFC) has been upgraded to Buy from Hold at Argus with a $40 price target. Dow components – Chevron (CVX) up 0.73%, Exxon Mobil (XOM) up 1.23%.

Energy Select Sector SPDR (XLE) was trading at $64.26 at 3:30 PM on Tuesday, up 1.01% on the day – down 7.04% year-to-date.


Agrium (AGU) expects Q2 EPS to be to be at the upper end of its guidance range, citing the strong performance of its crop input business, high global grain prices, and a favorable supply/demand situation for nutrients. Dow components – Alcoa (AA) up 1.62%, DuPont (DD) up 1.17%.
The Materials Select Sector SPDR (XLB) was trading at $34.42 at 3:30 PM on Tuesday, up 1.41% on the day – up 2.75% year-to-date.


Berkshire Hathaway's (BRK.A) NetJets placed orders worth $9.6 billion to purchase Bombardier (BDRAF.PK) and Cessna for 425 new aircraft. Boeing (BA) has been upgraded to Outperform-from-Market Perform by Sanford Bernstein saying that the recent share price decline is an overreaction to economic conditions. easyJet (ESYJY) and Ryanair Holdings (RYAAY) have been downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at HSBC Securities. Dow components – Boeing Co (BA) up 2.35%, Caterpillar (CAT) up 1.02%, General Electric (GE) up 0.78%, 3M Company (MMM) up 0.88%, United Technologies (UTX) down 0.55%.

The Industrial Select Sector SPDR (XLI) was trading at $34.84 at 3:30 PM on Tuesday, up 1.46% on the day – up 3.23% year-to-date.

Consumer Discretionary

Michael Kors (KORS) reported that FQ4 net profit jumps to $43.6 million from $13.6 million on strong performances across the company's retail, wholesale and licensing operations. Under Armour (UA) has been added to the US 1 List of favored equities at Bank of America-Merrill Lynch. Dick’s Sporting Goods (DKS) - Bank of America-Merrill removed the stock from its US 1 List. Dow Components – Disney (DIS) up 0.38%, Home Depot up 1.27%, McDonalds (MCD) up 0.82%.
The Consumer Discretionary Select Sector SPDR (XLY) was trading at $43.10 at 3:30 PM on Tuesday, up 0.82% on the day – up 10.46% year-to-date.

Consumer Staples

Sara Lee (SLE) has listed its coffee and tea unit, D.E Master Blenders, on the Amsterdam exchange at a market value of $5.9 billion. Shareholders received one share in D.E for every Sara Lee share. Ascena Retail Group (ASNA) aka Dress Barn has been upgraded to Outperform from Perform with a $23 price target at FBR Capital making the case for some multiple expansion. Dr Pepper Snapple (DPS) has been upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo. Dow components – Kraft (KFT) up 0.74%, Coca Cola (KO) up 0.32%, Procter & Gamble (PG) up 0.05%, Wal-Mart (WMT) up 0.28%.
The Consumer Staples Select Sector SPDR (XLP) was trading at $34.05 at 3:30 PM on Tuesday, up 0.35% on the day – up 4.80% year-to-date.

Health Care

Sanofi (SNY) – Four new studies suggests that Lantus artificial insulin doesn't raise the risk of cancer. , Lantus is the top-selling insulin in the US and Sanofi's leading product. Sanofi (SNY) has been downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman Sachs. Bio-Reference Labs (BRLI) - Bank of America-Merrill Lynch upgrades the stock to Buy from Neutral. IntegraMed (INMD) has been downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray. Dow Components – Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) up 0.86%, Merck (MRK) up 0.08%, Pfizer (PFE) down 0.09%.
The Health Care Select Sector SPDR (XLV) was trading at $36.53 at 3:30 PM on Tuesday, up 0.72% on the day – up 5.30% year-to-date.


JP Morgan's (JPM) management was alerted about the risk in derivative trades in London as long as two years ago according to the Wall Street Journal. Assoc Banc-Corp (ASBC) has been upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Raymond James. Citigroup (C) has been removed from the US 1 List at Bank of America-Merrill Lynch. Dow Components – American Express (AXP) up 1.22%, Bank of America (BAC) up 2.13%, JP Morgan Chase (JPM) up 1.22%, Travelers (TRV) up 0.08%.
The Financial Select Sector SPDR (XLF) was trading at $14.03 at 3:30 PM on Tuesday, up 1.30% on the day – up 7.92% year-to-date.

Information Technology

Apple (AAPL) signed a global mapping-data agreement with TomTom (TMOAF.PK) one day after the company said that would replace Google Maps with their own functionality including 3D models of cities and turn-by-turn navigation. At the Apple developer conference, CEO Tim Cook also unveiled Apple's expected MacBook refresh and Facebook (FB) integration in iOS 6. Microsoft (MSFT) considered making an offer for Nokia (NOK) in late 2011 but both parties decided against a sale according to The Registers. Nokia fell 8.3% yesterday after Samsung dismissed takeover interest. Texas Instruments (TXN) used its mid-quarter update to narrow its Q2 revenue and EPS guidance ranges. Finisar (FNSR) beat FQ4 EPS estimates with better than expected revenue. Dow Components – Cisco Systems (CSCO) up 1.70%, Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) up 1.40%, IBM (IBM) up 0.75%, Intel Corp (INTC) up 1.71%, Microsoft (MSFT) up 0.92%.
The Technology Select Sector SPDR (XLK) was trading at $28.14 at 3:30 PM on Tuesday, up 0.75% on the day – up 10.57% year-to-date.

Telecommunication Services

Microsoft (MSFT) considered making an offer for Nokia (NOK) in late 2011 but both parties decided against a sale according to The Registers. Nokia fell 8.3% yesterday after Samsung dismissed takeover interest. Dow components – AT&T (T) down 0.12%, Verizon (VZ) up 0.40%.
The NASDAQ Telecommunications Index (IXTC) was trading at $181.39 at 3:30 PM on Tuesday, up 1.92% on the day – down 7.89% year-to-date.


E.ON AG (EONGY) has been upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS. Dominion Resources (D) down 0.36%, Edison International (EIX) down 0.68%, First Energy (FE) down 0.44%, PG&E Corp (PCG) down 0.68%, Southern Company (SO) down 0.65%.
The Utilities Select Sector SPDR (XLU) was trading at $36.81 at 3:30 PM on Tuesday, up 0.05% on the day – up 2.31% year-to-date.


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Symbol Name Price Change % Volume
TPLM Triangle Petroleum 0.03 0.00 1.86 145,782
MMM 3M Company 211.52 1.99 0.95 1,075,059 Trade
PG Procter & Gamble Company (The) 84.08 -0.17 -0.20 3,593,291 Trade
GE General Electric Company 12.68 -0.02 -0.16 33,260,889 Trade
ASNA Ascena Retail Group Inc. 4.10 0.04 0.99 911,017 Trade
CVX Chevron Corporation 118.17 0.66 0.56 2,809,202 Trade
SO Southern Company (The) 44.82 0.43 0.96 3,285,158 Trade
PCG Pacific Gas & Electric Co. 47.14 0.32 0.68 1,746,905 Trade
FB Facebook Inc. 159.97 -0.61 -0.38 17,644,432 Trade
JNJ Johnson & Johnson 140.66 0.70 0.50 3,011,804 Trade
WMT Walmart Inc. 95.57 0.75 0.79 4,751,455 Trade
AA Alcoa Corporation 43.11 0.28 0.65 2,139,712 Trade
INTC Intel Corporation 46.40 0.98 2.16 13,010,418 Trade
IBM International Business Machines Corporation 148.78 0.84 0.57 2,213,079 Trade
RYAAY Ryanair Holdings plc American Depositary Shares each representing five Ordinary Shares 97.28 0.68 0.70 228,118 Trade
D Dominion Energy Inc. 72.03 0.04 0.06 1,498,842 Trade
TRV The Travelers Companies Inc. 131.51 1.62 1.25 871,104 Trade
AAPL Apple Inc. 219.04 1.16 0.53 25,574,584 Trade
MKTX MarketAxess Holdings Inc. 181.57 1.78 0.99 83,180 Trade
C Citigroup Inc. 71.57 0.69 0.97 8,311,925 Trade
EIX Edison International 68.34 -0.09 -0.13 1,316,617 Trade
UA Under Armour Inc. Class C 17.49 -0.18 -1.02 2,266,863 Trade
JPM JP Morgan Chase & Co. 114.48 0.64 0.56 5,537,289 Trade
AXP American Express Company 109.81 0.61 0.56 1,217,483 Trade
FNSR Finisar Corporation 18.57 -0.35 -1.82 1,199,438 Trade
UTX United Technologies Corporation 139.96 2.20 1.60 2,936,349 Trade
TXN Texas Instruments Incorporated 105.62 1.92 1.85 4,235,915 Trade
WTR Aqua America Inc. 37.70 -0.12 -0.32 261,565 Trade
CSCO Cisco Systems Inc. 47.55 0.44 0.93 11,169,585 Trade
DIS The Walt Disney Company 109.71 0.35 0.32 3,583,504 Trade
VZ Verizon Communications Inc. 54.56 -0.15 -0.27 7,942,250 Trade
BAC Bank of America Corporation 30.24 -0.04 -0.13 36,680,675 Trade
NOK Nokia Corporation Sponsored American Depositary Shares 5.64 0.14 2.55 9,664,261 Trade
HFC HollyFrontier Corporation 69.49 0.57 0.83 1,813,501 Trade
MCD McDonald's Corporation 158.29 0.15 0.09 2,487,182 Trade
HD Home Depot Inc. (The) 211.70 3.30 1.58 2,989,233 Trade
XOM Exxon Mobil Corporation 83.81 0.40 0.47 5,359,615 Trade
PFE Pfizer Inc. 43.61 0.60 1.38 13,426,327 Trade
DPS KDP Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc n/a n/a n/a n/a
DKS Dick's Sporting Goods Inc 37.18 0.16 0.42 1,167,958 Trade
HPQ HP Inc. 25.22 0.21 0.84 4,612,803 Trade
BA The Boeing Company 364.46 8.50 2.39 2,219,668 Trade
MRK Merck & Company Inc. (new) 70.49 0.07 0.10 4,454,761 Trade
SNY Sanofi American Depositary Shares (Each repstg one-half of one) 43.87 0.12 0.26 722,256 Trade
FE FirstEnergy Corp. 37.90 -0.03 -0.08 2,137,597 Trade
KORS Michael Kors Holdings Limited 73.35 -0.01 -0.01 1,066,637 Trade
KO Coca-Cola Company (The) 46.05 -0.27 -0.58 7,092,548 Trade
T AT&T Inc. 33.84 0.22 0.65 22,230,312 Trade
CAT Caterpillar Inc. 148.94 2.72 1.86 3,259,118 Trade
MSFT Microsoft Corporation 113.56 1.42 1.26 14,394,728 Trade


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