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
AA Alcoa Inc. 26.88 0.19 0.71 6,223,217
AAPL Apple Inc. 116.60 -0.46 -0.39 23,192,665
AGU Agrium Inc. 91.03 0.85 0.94 601,977
ASNA Ascena Retail Group Inc. 4.89 0.14 2.95 3,045,306
AXP American Express Company 67.36 0.58 0.87 8,561,225
BA Boeing Company (The) 135.63 -0.21 -0.15 2,205,772
BAC Bank of America Corporation 16.67 0.11 0.66 77,954,926
C Citigroup Inc. 49.57 -0.01 -0.02 12,728,627
CAT Caterpillar Inc. 86.33 -0.30 -0.35 3,592,524
CSCO Cisco Systems Inc. 30.15 -0.01 -0.03 15,140,452
CVX Chevron Corporation 101.30 -0.57 -0.56 5,622,393
D Dominion Resources Inc. 72.84 -0.27 -0.37 1,510,791
DD E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Co. 69.70 0.24 0.35 1,824,762
DIS Walt Disney Company (The) 93.03 1.00 1.09 13,814,538
DKS Dick\'s Sporting Goods Inc 56.78 0.07 0.12 1,221,159
DPS Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc 87.86 0.74 0.85 1,015,594
EIX Edison International 70.90 -0.85 -1.18 1,625,069
FB Facebook Inc. 132.07 2.07 1.59 19,088,794
FE FirstEnergy Corporation 33.19 0.34 1.04 4,060,791
FNSR Finisar Corporation 29.16 -0.52 -1.75 949,045
GE General Electric Co 28.98 -0.09 -0.31 64,153,187
HD Home Depot Inc. (The) 126.60 0.35 0.28 3,234,121
HFC HollyFrontier Corporation 24.44 1.09 4.67 5,126,026
HPQ HP Inc. 13.80 -0.30 -2.13 14,610,055
IBM International Business Machines Corp 149.63 -1.89 -1.25 4,414,206
INTC Intel Corporation 35.15 -0.28 -0.79 20,813,248
JNJ Johnson & Johnson 113.44 -1.43 -1.24 8,422,032
JPM JP Morgan Chase 68.49 0.23 0.34 12,175,674
KO Coca-Cola Company (The) 42.13 0.20 0.48 14,401,515
KORS Michael Kors Holdings Limited 48.95 -0.65 -1.31 2,447,015
MCD McDonald\'s Corporation 113.93 3.36 3.04 10,108,048
MKTX MarketAxess Holdings Inc. 152.22 0.82 0.54 322,192
MMM 3M Company 169.50 -0.36 -0.21 2,013,555
MRK Merck & Company Inc. (new) 61.20 -0.72 -1.16 7,406,681
MSFT Microsoft Corporation 59.66 2.41 4.21 80,032,206
NOK Nokia Corporation Sponsored American Depositary Sh 4.92 -0.08 -1.60 10,177,126
PCG Pacific Gas & Electric Co. 60.31 -0.53 -0.87 1,312,897
PFE Pfizer Inc. 32.18 -0.36 -1.11 18,834,961
PG Procter & Gamble Company (The) 84.33 -0.60 -0.71 13,974,139
RYAAY Ryanair Holdings plc American Depositary Shares ea 73.37 -0.93 -1.25 239,508
SNY Sanofi American Depositary Shares (Each repstg one 37.75 -0.32 -0.84 2,046,302
SO Southern Company (The) 50.53 -0.19 -0.37 3,342,677
T AT&T Inc. 37.49 -1.16 -3.00 82,764,994
TPLM Triangle Petroleum Corporation (DE) 0.27 -0.00 -0.60 711,303
TRV The Travelers Companies Inc. 108.35 -1.17 -1.07 3,768,289
TXN Texas Instruments Incorporated 69.97 0.22 0.32 7,027,512
UTX United Technologies Corporation 98.67 -0.62 -0.62 4,094,992
VZ Verizon Communications Inc. 48.20 -0.94 -1.91 24,784,972
WMT Wal-Mart Stores Inc. 68.34 -0.39 -0.57 7,844,583
WTR Aqua America Inc. 29.54 -0.07 -0.24 609,652
XOM Exxon Mobil Corporation 86.62 -0.59 -0.68 10,736,170


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