Equities Sector Coverage: Wall Street Stays Flat After Enduring Tough Week

Sector Recap |

stocks boardThe Dow Jones Industrial Average traded above its 200-day simple moving average at 11,939 on Friday, as the 50-day remains a support at 11,809. The close was below its 200-day. The NASDAQ rebounded to a day’s high at 2585.42, but remains well below its 50-day and 200-day simple moving averages at 2616 and 2665.

Asian stocks rebounded on Friday with the Nikkei 225 ending the day at 8,402 – up 0.29%, and the Hang Seng ending the day at 18,285 – up 1.43%. European stocks were mixed on Friday. The FTSE 100 ended the day at 5,404 – up 0.06%; the DAX ended the day at 5,714 - down 0.29%; and the CAC 40 ended the day at 2,972 – down 0.88%. The yield on the 10-Year US Treasury note traded down from 1.941 percent to 1.844 as the CPI was reported as flat in November.

Gold rebounded from $1572.1 the Troy ounce to $1603.5 staying below its 200-day simple moving average at $1615.3. Crude oil traded down from $94.79 per barrel to $93.08 below its 50-day and 200-day simple moving averages at $94.46 and $95.89. The euro versus the dollar traded between 1.3007 and 1.3083 staying above its January 2011 low at 1.2878.


Enbridge Inc (ENB) is picked with a Neutral at Citigroup. Enduro Royalty Trust (NDRO) is resumed at Outperform and $23 target at Robert W. Baird. HollyFrontier (HFC) is a Buy at Citigroup. Transocean (RIG) is raised to Neutral from Reduce at Global Hunter Securities with a $43 objective. Kosmos Energy (KOS) is upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight by Barclays. Basic Energy Services (BAS) gets a Buy-from-Hold boost at Dahlman Rose with a new target of $25. In afternoon trading: Shares of Cobalt International Energy (CIE) are up about 20.5%.

Energy Select Sector SPDR (XLE) was trading at $66.14 at 4:00 PM on Friday, up 0.64% on the day – down 3.09% year-to-date.


ArcelorMittal (MT) is resumed with a Buy at Royal Bank of Scotland. Southern Copper (SCCO) is started with an Equal Weight with Morgan Stanley. SunCoke Energy (SXC) is begun with a Buy recommendation and $15 objective at KeyBanc Capital. AK Steel (AKS) is upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform with Wells Fargo. In afternoon trading: Heavily Active Stocks: Shares of Alcoa (AA) are relatively unchanged. Shares of Freeport McMoran (FCX) are up about 0.3%.

The Materials Select Sector SPDR (XLB) was trading at $32.53 at 4:00 PM on Friday, down slightly on the day – down 15.31% year-to-date.


United Rentals (URI) is to acquire RSC Holdings (RRR) in a cash-and-stock transaction for a total enterprise value of $4.2B, including $2.3B in net debt – ($18 / share - 58% premium). Avis Budget (CAR) is begun with an Equal Weight at Barclays. Jefferies has a Hold on Packaging Corp of America (PKG) and rolls out Buy rated research on Rock-Tenn Co (RKT). TransDigm Group (TDG) is a new Neutral at Goldman Sachs. In afternoon trading: Shares of RSC Holdings are up about 56%.

The Industrial Select Sector SPDR (XLI) was trading at $32.67 at 4:00 PM on Friday, down 0.24% on the day – down 6.31% year-to-date.

Consumer Discretionary

The handheld PlayStation Vita is due to hit stores in Japan tomorrow in Sony's (SNE) biggest product launch since the PlayStation 3 about five years ago. Darden Restaurants (DRI) missed estimates by a penny with revenues in-line with estimates. Carnival Corporation (CCL) is upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at HSBC Securities with a new target of $38. Liberty Global (LBTYA) is lifted to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan. Cablevision (CVC) is cut 180 degrees, to Underperform from Buy at Bank of America-Merrill Lynch. DirecTV (DTV) is now Neutral from Overweight at Atlantic Equities. In afternoon trading: Shares of Morton’s Restaurant Group (MRT) are up about 32.5%. Shares of American Apparel (APP) are up about 12%. Shares of Quicksilver (ZQK) are up about 11%.

The Consumer Discretionary Select Sector SPDR (XLY) was trading at $37.90 at 4:00 PM on Friday, down 0.58% on the day – up 1.31% year-to-date.

Consumer Staples

Cantor Fitzgerald starts Sell rated coverage on Safeway (SWY), assigning it a price objective of $16. The broker has Holds on Kroger (KR) - $24 target price and Sysco Corp (SYY) - $29 target price and begins Supervalu (SVU) with a Buy and $10 target. Central European Distribution Corp (CEDC) gets moved to Equal Weight from Underweight at Morgan Stanley. In afternoon trading: Shares of Altria Group (MO) are down about 0.2%. Shares of Wal-Mart (WMT) are up about 0.3%. Shares of Procter & Gamble (PG) are up slightly. Shares of CVS Caremark (CVS) are up about 1%. Shares of Kraft Foods (KFT) are down about 0.25%.

The Consumer Staples Select Sector SPDR (XLP) was trading at $31.49 at 4:00 PM on Friday, down 1.01% on the day – up 7.44% year-to-date.


Amgen (AMGN) CEO Kevin Sharer will retire in May and be replaced by company President and COO Robert Bradway. Annual revenue at the biotech has risen to $16B from $3.6B in 2000, when Sharer took over, but the share price is 4.9% lower. Thoratec (THOR) is a Neutral at Goldman. Amgen (AMGN) gets a Neutral-from-Sell increase at Goldman. AthenaHealth (ATHN) is raised to Perform from Underperform at Oppenheimer. ZOLL Medical (ZOLL) is moved to Equal Weight from Overweight at First Analysis. In afternoon trading: Shares of StemCells (STEM) are down about 39%. Shares of Inhibitex (INHX) are down about 17.5%. Shares of InterMune (ITMN) are down about 13%. Shares of Affymax (AFFY) are down about 11.25%.

The Health Care Select Sector SPDR (XLV) was trading at $33.41 at 4:00 PM on Friday, down 0.89% on the day – up 6.06% year-to-date.


Fitch has downgraded the credit ratings of eight major Western banks to A from either A+ or AA-, including Bank of America (BAC), Barclays BCS, Goldman Sachs (GS) and Morgan Stanley (MS). Lehman is suing Bank of America (BAC) and Barclays (BCS) for breach of contract and is seeking an injunction preventing them from selling a 26.5% stake in apartment company Archstone to rival Equity Residential (EQR) for $1.33B. Discover Financial Services (DFS) gets begun with a Buy at Guggenheim. UBS begins Buys on U.S Bancorp (USB) and State Street (STT). Its new Neutrals include Wells Fargo (WFC), Bank of New York Mellon (BK), Northern Trust (NTRS), and Regions Financial (RF). Wells Fargo has fresh Market Performs on First Cash Financial (FCFS) and EZCORP Inc (EZPW). It establishes Outperforms on Cash America International (CSH) and DFC Global (DLLR). Morgan Keegan initiates Outperforms on Green Dot (GDOT) - $36 target and NetSpend (NTSP) - $9 target. Ocwen Financial (OCN) is launched at a Buy at Bank of America-Merrill Lynch. Duff & Phelps (DUF) gets downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Keefe Bruyette.

The Financial Select Sector SPDR (XLF) was trading at $12.54 at 4:00 PM on Friday, down 0.24% on the day – down 21.38% year-to-date.

Information Technology

Zynga (ZNGA) is set to debut on the Nasdaq today after pricing its IPO at the top end of its range at $10 a share, giving the company a market cap of $8.9B. Research In Motion (RIMM) beat estimates by 8 cents, with revenue in-line with estimates. The company expects Q4 revenue of $4.6B-$4.9B and EPS of $0.80-$0.95. FQ4 revenue and EPS forecasts well below a consensus of $5.27B and $1.19. Adjusted FQ3 EPS fell 27% to $1.27 as revenue slipped 5.5% to $5.17B, and RIM took a big charge on its woeful PlayBook tablet launch. Electronic Arts (ERTS) will change its Nasdaq ticker to "EA," effective from Tuesday morning. Accenture (ACN) beats estimates by 2 cents and revenue by $760M. The company cuts its FQ2 forecast – now expecting revenues to be in the range of $6.5B - $6.8B. Adobe (ADBE) beat estimates by 7 cents and revenue of $60M. The company expects FQ1 revenue of $1.025B-$1.075B and EPS of $0.54-$0.59 (in-line with a consensus of $1.05B and $0.58). Qualcomm (QCOM) is a new Buy at Lazard. Linear Technology (LLTC) is taken to Outperform from Perform with a $36 price target at Oppenheimer. FleetCor (FLT) is moved to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo. Yahoo (YHOO) is downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Evercore. Research In Motion (RIMM) is reduced to Market Perform from Outperform by BMO Capital this morning. Ericsson (ERIC) gets taken to Neutral from Buy at UBS. SAP AG (SAP) is now Neutral from Buy at Bank of America-Merrill. In afternoon trading: Shares of Research in Motion are down about 11.5%. Shares of CryptoLogic (CRYP) are up about 42.5%.

The Technology Select Sector SPDR (XLK) was trading at $24.98 at 4:00 PM on Friday, down slightly on the day – down 0.83% year-to-date.

Telecommunications Services

In afternoon trading: Heavily Active Stocks: Shares of AT&T (T) are down about 0.3%. Shares of Sprint Nextel (S) are down about 1.5%. Shares of Clearwire (CLWR) are up about 2%. Shares of Verizon (VZ) are up about 0.2%. Shares of Frontier Communications (FTR) are up about 3.2%.

The NASDAQ Telecommunications Index (IXTC) was trading at $192.58 at 4:00 PM on Friday, down 0.36% on the day – down 14.55% year-to-date.


In afternoon trading: Heavily Active Stocks: Shares of Duke (Energy (DUK) are up about 0.4%. Shares of Exelon (EXC) are down about 1.1%. Shares of PG&E (PCG) are up about 0.3%. Shares of AES Corp (AES) are down about 0.7%. Shares of Genon Energy (GEN) are up about 0.2%. Shares of Constellation Energy Group (CEG) are down about 2%. Shares of Southern Company (SO) are down about 0.6%.

The Utilities Select Sector SPDR (XLU) was trading at $34.54 at 4:00 PM on Friday, down 1.40% on the day – up 10.21% year-to-date.


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Symbol Name Price Change % Volume
CCL Carnival Corporation 64.84 0.02 0.03 2,627,331 Trade
GEN Genesis Healthcare Inc. 1.82 0.09 5.20 2,274,511 Trade
FTR Frontier Communications Corporation 9.27 -0.02 -0.22 1,446,168 Trade
EZPW EZCORP Inc. 13.35 0.25 1.91 1,442,026 Trade
KR Kroger Company (The) 24.89 -0.41 -1.62 18,087,596 Trade
PG Procter & Gamble Company (The) 73.45 -0.51 -0.69 7,042,725 Trade
SO Southern Company (The) 42.73 -0.29 -0.67 6,696,787 Trade
PCG Pacific Gas & Electric Co. 42.78 0.56 1.33 4,759,020 Trade
AKS AK Steel Holding Corporation 4.70 -0.12 -2.49 8,352,755 Trade
RIG Transocean Ltd (Switzerland) 13.63 -0.08 -0.58 9,777,962 Trade
VNET 21Vianet Group Inc. 6.70 -0.31 -4.42 1,269,140 Trade
PKG Packaging Corporation of America 121.18 0.85 0.71 751,195 Trade
WMT Walmart Inc. 83.64 -0.85 -1.01 12,043,137 Trade
AA Alcoa Corporation 50.83 0.12 0.24 3,011,306 Trade
ATHN athenahealth Inc. 150.01 0.58 0.39 229,379 Trade
MO Altria Group Inc. 55.54 0.25 0.45 8,572,397 Trade
CVC Cablevision Systems Corporation Class A n/a n/a n/a 0 Trade
BCS Barclays PLC 11.39 -0.07 -0.61 1,810,940 Trade
S Sprint Corporation 5.11 0.02 0.39 13,960,347 Trade
ACN Accenture plc Class A (Ireland) 155.31 0.38 0.25 1,517,375 Trade
ADBE Adobe Systems Incorporated 238.09 1.24 0.52 1,888,196 Trade
CSH Cash America International Inc. n/a n/a n/a 0 Trade
MS Morgan Stanley 53.92 -0.95 -1.73 6,702,437 Trade
URI United Rentals Inc. 169.82 -0.54 -0.32 804,923 Trade
SYY Sysco Corporation 63.54 -0.32 -0.50 2,178,195 Trade
SCCO Southern Copper Corporation 51.35 -0.64 -1.23 1,045,159 Trade
ERIC Ericsson 7.69 0.01 0.13 2,805,372 Trade
AES The AES Corporation 11.93 -0.12 -1.00 6,871,629 Trade
EQR Equity Residential of Beneficial Interest 59.63 -0.11 -0.18 1,892,173 Trade
NDRO Enduro Royalty Trust Trust Units representing beneficial interest in the trust 3.40 0.00 0.00 1,614,002 Trade
GS Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (The) 237.00 -2.10 -0.88 2,698,990 Trade
VZ Verizon Communications Inc. 47.74 -0.11 -0.23 11,384,434 Trade
ENB Enbridge Inc 32.16 -0.84 -2.55 5,835,598 Trade
GDOT Green Dot Corporation Class A $0.001 par value 71.43 -0.82 -1.13 347,542 Trade
SVU SuperValu Inc. 16.19 -0.38 -2.29 890,456 Trade
BAC Bank of America Corporation 30.26 -0.55 -1.79 58,641,738 Trade
USB U.S. Bancorp 50.55 -0.60 -1.17 4,532,028 Trade
HFC HollyFrontier Corporation 72.96 0.53 0.73 2,915,839 Trade
LLTC Linear Technology Corporation n/a n/a n/a 0 Trade
FCX Freeport-McMoRan Inc. 16.87 0.09 0.54 16,113,200 Trade
BK Bank of New York Mellon Corporation (The) 56.96 -0.32 -0.56 3,819,286 Trade
SXC SunCoke Energy Inc. 13.18 -0.03 -0.23 342,568 Trade
RF Regions Financial Corporation 19.13 -0.19 -0.98 8,757,832 Trade
OCN Ocwen Financial Corporation 4.60 -0.05 -1.08 562,671 Trade
AMGN Amgen Inc. 176.30 1.65 0.94 3,377,156 Trade
FCFS First Cash Inc. 92.90 0.40 0.43 284,642 Trade
FLT FleetCor Technologies Inc. 204.47 -1.03 -0.50 664,706 Trade
ZNGA Zynga Inc. 4.18 0.10 2.45 22,072,016 Trade
TDG Transdigm Group Incorporated Inc. 330.10 5.77 1.78 249,807 Trade
WFC Wells Fargo & Company 53.70 -0.52 -0.96 21,492,739 Trade
MT Arcelor Mittal NY Registry Shares NEW 35.25 -0.80 -2.22 2,351,359 Trade
LBTYA Liberty Global plc Class A Ordinary Shares 29.22 0.05 0.17 2,423,612 Trade
STEM StemCells Inc. n/a n/a n/a n/a
YHOO Yahoo! Inc. n/a n/a n/a 0 Trade
KOS Kosmos Energy Ltd. 7.83 0.31 4.12 3,492,481 Trade
DFS Discover Financial Services 77.23 -0.60 -0.77 1,389,309 Trade
NTRS Northern Trust Corporation 107.82 -0.84 -0.77 693,304 Trade
DRI Darden Restaurants Inc. 85.06 -0.88 -1.02 1,745,630 Trade
CVS CVS Health Corporation 64.92 -0.84 -1.28 4,734,498 Trade
SAP SAP SE ADS 113.24 0.42 0.37 1,224,772 Trade
EXC Exelon Corporation 39.44 0.09 0.23 6,491,563 Trade
SNE Sony Corporation 48.60 -0.20 -0.41 655,127 Trade
T AT&T Inc. 32.05 0.12 0.38 21,880,412 Trade
DUK Duke Energy Corporation (Holding Company) 73.80 -0.35 -0.47 3,721,035 Trade
BAS Basic Energy Services Inc. 15.71 -0.31 -1.94 502,916 Trade
QCOM QUALCOMM Incorporated 57.51 0.56 0.98 11,999,712 Trade
CAR Avis Budget Group Inc. 42.00 -2.75 -6.15 2,851,083 Trade
CIE Cobalt International Energy Inc. COBALT INTERNATIO n/a n/a n/a n/a


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