Equities Sector Coverage: Wall Street Recovers to Post Gains for Week

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Wall Street Stock Market BullThe Consumer Price Index rose 0.2% in January. Leading Indicators rose 0.4% in January to the highest reading since July 2008.  The Dow Jones Industrial Average rallied to a new year to date high above 12,955 going into the final hour of trading. The NASDAQ traded up to 2962.78 then dipped into the red at 2941.55. The S&P 500, Dow Transports and Russell 2000 continue to lag their 2011 highs at 1370.58, 5627.85 and 868.57 respectively.

Asian stocks rebounded on Friday with the Nikkei 225 ending their session 9,384 – up 1.58% on the day. The Hang Seng closed at 21,492 – up 1.01% on the day. European stocks were higher as the Greek bailout appears imminent. The FTSE 100 ended their session at 5,905 – up 0.33% on the day; the DAX ended their session at 6,848 up 1.42% on the day; and the CAC 40 ended their session at 3,440 – up 1.37% on the day. The yield on the 10-Year US Treasury rose to 2.038 trending above its 50-day simple moving average at 1.941.

Gold rose to $1737.5 the Troy ounce then traded down to $1718.6 before consolidating. Crude oil traded up to $103.57 per barrel. The euro versus the dollar rallied to 1.3196 versus its 50-day simple moving average at 1.3014.


Just days after pushing for a sale, Carl Icahn announced yesterday a tender offer for all outstanding shares of CVR Energy (CVI) at $30 each, a 35% premium to the Jan. 12 close, when he first took a stake.
Energy Select Sector SPDR (XLE) was trading at $74.87 at 3:30 PM on Friday, up 0.38% on the day – up 8.30% year-to-date. The January change was +2.26%. The 2011 change was -1.29%

FRO: reported Q4 EPS -$4.41 (vs. -$0.58).
EOG: beat by 28 cents.
OIS: beat by 4 cents.

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Big Movers: CSIQ (+16%), STP (+9%), VOG (+8%).


The Materials Select Sector SPDR (XLB) was trading at $37.37 at 3:30 PM on Friday, relatively unchanged on the day – up 11.55% year-to-date. The January change was +10.99%. The 2011 change was -12.78%.

VMC: beat by 23 cents.

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Heavily Traded: VALE (-1.6%), AA (-1.2%), FCX (-1.8%), CX (+1.5%).


Waste Management (WM) posted a mixed Q4 earlier today. Earnings fell 5.3% Y/Y amid higher charges though the waste-disposal company saw higher revenue. The company also issued a cautious full-year earnings estimate, now seeing its EPS towards the low-end of estimates at $2.22 - $2.30 per share. The Street is at $2.29.
The Industrial Select Sector SPDR (XLI) was trading at $37.28 at 3:30 PM on Friday, up 0.38% on the day – up 10.46% year-to-date. The January change was +7.32%. The 2011 change was -3.21%.

RAIL: beat by 58 cents.

Initiation: XYL (Neutral)
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Big Movers: RAIL (+19.75%), NFEC (+12.25%), TEU (+11.25%). CRTP (-14.25%).

Consumer Discretionary

Nordstrom’s (JWN) Q4 comes in relatively in line on strong sales in its high-end designer lines. The company is forecasting a weak profit range for the current year, calling for earnings between $3.30 - $3.45 per share. Analysts' projections are for $3.59.
The Consumer Discretionary Select Sector SPDR (XLY) was trading at $42.96 at 3:30 PM on Friday, up 0.87% on the day – up 10.10% year-to-date. The January change was +5.89%. The 2011 change was +4.30%.

JWN: beat by a penny.

Initiation: FL (Hold), FINL (Buy).
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Big Movers: KSWS (-10.5%).

Consumer Staples

The Consumer Staples Select Sector SPDR (XLP) was trading at $33.06 at 3:30 PM on Friday, up slightly on the day – up 1.75% year-to-date. The January change was -1.42%. The 2011 change was +10.85%.

CPBL: beat by 2 cents.
PPC: missed by 9 cents.
HNZ: beat by 10 cents.
BGS: in-line with estimates.

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Big Movers: FEED (-18.5%), IPSU (+13.25%).

Health Care

The Health Care Select Sector SPDR (XLV) was trading at $36.24 at 3:30 PM on Friday, down 0.33% on the day – up 4.47% year-to-date. The January change was +3.20%. The 2011 change was +10.32%.

MDRX: in-line with estimates.

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Big Movers: ALXA (-27.5%), ARTC (-18.5%), GILD (-14%), ACHN (+23.25%).


NYSE Euronext (NYX), CME Group (CME) and IntercontinentalExchange (ICE) have each submitted bids for the London Metal Exchange, valuing the commodities business at up to £1B. More details are filtering out on the emergency-planning list Bank of America (BAC) submitted to the Fed last year. In the event of a market shock or severe downturn that necessitates capital raising, BofA would reportedly consider selling its retail-branch network in Texas and its U.S. Trust wealth-management unit. A bank said to be UBS (UBS) has told Canada's regulators that traders and brokers successfully manipulated the yen Libor rate between 2007 and 2010, affecting loan rates around the world, all to increase trading profits. Ally Financial is reportedly considering a sale of all or part of its auto lending and banking businesses; an IPO is still a possibility, but is looking increasingly remote. Logical buyers for the various pieces include JPMorgan (JPM), Toronto-Dominion (TD), Wells Fargo (WFC) and GM (GM). Goldman Sachs (GS) and Morgan Stanley (MS) have reduced their use of "mark to market," shielding themselves from swings in the values of some loans. Washington Mutual (WAMUQ) reached a deal yesterday with preferred shareholders, and will now get the approval from creditors that it needs to exit bankruptcy.
The Financial Select Sector SPDR (XLF) was trading at $14.79 at 3:30 PM on Friday, up 0.65% on the day – up 13.77% year-to-date. The January change was +8.12%. The 2011 change was -18.50%; the weakest performing sector for the year.

Initiation: JEF (Market Perform), CISG (Perform)
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Big Movers: ALBKY (+12.75%), NTSP (+12%), WETF (+10.75%).

Information Technology

Applied Materials (AMAT) beat both earnings and revenue expectations in its FQ1 report yesterday. The company expects FQ2 sales of $2.3B-2.52B and EPS of $0.20-0.28, better than Street estimates of $2.08B and $0.16. Microsoft (MSFT) rose to the highest level since at least 2010 after Morgan Stanley analyst Adam Holt suggested Microsoft's weighting in the S&P 500 will likely be increased. Scrutiny of Google's (GOOG) privacy policy continues, as the WSJ reports Google and other ad companies have been bypassing the privacy settings of millions of people using Apple's Safari browser. Yelp (YELP) will be pricing its IPO in the range of $12-14, and plans to sell 7.15M shares in the offering, according to its latest S-1. Based on its price range, Yelp will sport an IPO market cap of $718M-838M. SunPower's (SPWR) Q4 earnings beat, driven by a 100 bps Q/Q increase in gross margin to 12.4%. SunPower is guiding for Q1 revenue of $500M-$575M and EPS of -$0.20 to -$0.05 (consensus of $610.3M and -$0.11), and 2012 revenue of $2.6B and EPS of breakeven or better (consensus of $2.72B and $0.28). Rogers (ROG) reported Q4 EPS of $0.22 (versus consensus of $0.29) with revenue in-line with estimates. Baidu.com (BIDU) beat estimates by 4 cents and revenue by $11M. The company expects Q1 revenue of $666.5M-$688M, in-line with a consensus of $678.5M. Applied Materials (AMAT) beat estimates by 6 cents and revenue by $200M. The company expects FQ2 sales of $2.3B-$2.52B and EPS of $0.20-$0.28, better than Street estimates of $2.08B and $0.16.

The Technology Select Sector SPDR (XLK) was trading at $28.52 at 3:30 PM on Friday, unchanged on the day – up 12.06% year-to-date. The January change was +6.21%. The 2011 change was +1.03%.

Initiation: MSPD
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Big Movers: DMD (+29.5%), OPWV (+17.25%). FIO (+14%), MITL (+11.25%), RP (-15.25%), ENER (-11.5%), LOCM (-11.25%), ARUN (-10.5%).

Telecommunication Services

Leap Wireless’ (LEAP) Q4 loss narrows on fewer charges but missed estimates as its traditionally lower-income customer base has been hit hard by high unemployment and economic weakness.
The NASDAQ Telecommunications Index (IXTC) was trading at $219.05 at 3:30 PM on Friday, up 0.19% on the day – up 11.23% year-to-date. The January change was +6.67%. The 2011 change was -12.62%.

FTR: beat by 2 cents.
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Big Movers: CBEY (-11.5%)
Heavily Traded: FTR (+5.7%), T (+0.25%), S (+1.75%), VZ (+1.1%).


The Utilities Select Sector SPDR (XLU) was trading at $35.05 at 3:30 PM on Friday, down slightly on the day – down 2.58% year-to-date. The January change was -3.61%. The 2011 change was +14.81%; the strongest performing sector for the year.

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Heavily Traded: DUK (-1%), NI (+2.9%), CNP (+1.2%), EXC (-0.25%), GEN (+1.75%).


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Symbol Name Price Change % Volume
GEN Genesis Healthcare Inc. 0.75 -0.00 -0.01 140,127 Trade
FTR Frontier Communications Corporation 8.68 -0.01 -0.12 1,462,184 Trade
NI NiSource Inc 26.53 0.05 0.17 985,427 Trade
ICE Intercontinental Exchange Inc. 70.73 0.41 0.58 1,140,097 Trade
WM Waste Management Inc. 85.75 1.09 1.29 1,010,401 Trade
TD Toronto-Dominion Bank 56.19 -0.01 -0.02 271,228 Trade
FINL The Finish Line Inc. 11.84 0.12 1.02 538,438 Trade
BIDU Baidu Inc. 231.20 -0.62 -0.27 633,588 Trade
VALE VALE S.A. American Depositary Shares Each Represen 11.13 0.24 2.20 9,061,063 Trade
PBR PETROLEO BRASILEIIRO SA PETROBRAS 9.55 0.07 0.74 3,494,958 Trade
MXWL Maxwell Technologies Inc. 5.56 0.10 1.83 76,214 Trade
YELP Yelp Inc. Class A 42.67 0.50 1.19 239,079 Trade
ARMH ARM Holdings plc n/a n/a n/a 0 Trade
AA Alcoa Inc. 42.67 0.32 0.76 1,183,417 Trade
VLO Valero Energy Corporation 87.95 0.47 0.53 1,135,397 Trade
CNP CenterPoint Energy Inc (Holding Co) 28.79 0.17 0.59 1,467,574 Trade
ONDK On Deck Capital Inc. 5.79 0.13 2.30 166,745 Trade
FL Foot Locker Inc. 46.57 2.24 5.05 1,978,938 Trade
WOOF VCA Inc. n/a n/a n/a 0 Trade
XYL Xylem Inc. New 67.47 0.77 1.15 251,302 Trade
JWN Nordstrom Inc. 45.44 0.48 1.07 508,742 Trade
S Sprint Corporation 5.59 -0.05 -0.80 3,474,247 Trade
MITL Mitel Networks Corporation 8.16 -0.03 -0.37 338,072 Trade
GILD Gilead Sciences Inc. 75.22 0.88 1.18 3,896,608 Trade
BGS B&G Foods Inc. 33.69 0.49 1.47 357,381 Trade
MS Morgan Stanley 53.19 0.55 1.04 3,258,389 Trade
JPM JP Morgan Chase 106.21 1.55 1.48 8,450,711 Trade
OIS Oil States International Inc. 25.90 0.90 3.60 250,687 Trade
ALXA Alexza Pharmaceuticals Inc n/a n/a n/a 0
GS The Goldman Sachs Group Inc. 257.63 2.15 0.84 1,688,652 Trade
VZ Verizon Communications Inc. 52.62 0.28 0.53 7,753,813 Trade
GM General Motors Company 41.10 0.29 0.70 3,693,538 Trade
BAC Bank of America Corporation 29.02 0.29 1.01 29,569,071 Trade
DMD Demand Media Inc. n/a n/a n/a n/a
HFC HollyFrontier Corporation 48.16 0.36 0.75 657,859 Trade
GOOG Alphabet Inc. 1,057.60 8.45 0.81 1,009,023 Trade
FCX Freeport-McMoRan Inc. 16.70 0.51 3.15 8,365,017 Trade
NFEC NF Energy Saving Corporation 1.03 -0.03 -2.83 33,951 Trade
SPWR SunPower Corporation 8.99 0.00 0.00 1,056,555 Trade
ABB ABB Ltd 26.00 -0.10 -0.38 654,665 Trade
UBS UBS Group AG Registered 18.09 0.05 0.25 466,688 Trade
ROG Rogers Corporation 158.29 1.72 1.10 38,958 Trade
PPC Pilgrim\'s Pride Corporation 32.25 -0.41 -1.26 356,775 Trade
EOG EOG Resources Inc. 98.73 -0.92 -0.92 1,412,385 Trade
AMAT Applied Materials Inc. 51.85 0.54 1.04 3,774,074 Trade
VMC Vulcan Materials Company (Holding Company) 121.32 1.08 0.90 307,632 Trade
ACHN Achillion Pharmaceuticals Inc. 2.84 -0.05 -1.73 2,702,791 Trade
FRO Frontline Ltd 4.71 0.06 1.29 364,676 Trade
TEU null n/a n/a n/a 0
WFC Wells Fargo & Company 59.58 0.36 0.61 9,572,757 Trade
WETF WisdomTree Investments Inc. 11.65 0.19 1.66 385,068 Trade
CSIQ Canadian Solar Inc. 17.64 -0.05 -0.28 181,468 Trade
UPL Ultra Petroleum Corp. 9.13 0.14 1.50 865,079 Trade
STO Statoil ASA 20.28 -0.15 -0.73 368,168 Trade
CVI CVR Energy Inc. 35.27 0.43 1.23 120,375 Trade
EXC Exelon Corporation 40.81 -0.01 -0.01 2,847,655 Trade
CME CME Group Inc. 151.30 0.88 0.59 644,202 Trade
T AT&T Inc. 38.23 0.49 1.30 11,671,045 Trade
DUK Duke Energy Corporation (Holding Company) 87.80 0.24 0.27 1,741,554 Trade
CX Cemex S.A.B. de C.V. Sponsored ADR 7.50 0.02 0.20 2,233,142 Trade
CISG CNinsure Inc. n/a n/a n/a 0
MSFT Microsoft Corporation 85.88 1.19 1.41 18,840,332 Trade
RAIL Freightcar America Inc. 16.76 0.23 1.36 33,671 Trade
SU Suncor Energy Inc. 34.24 0.03 0.09 726,809 Trade


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