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.

Energy

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.

Materials

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.

Industrials

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.



Healthcare

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.

Financials

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.

Utilities

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.

STOCKS: ENB, NDRO, HFC, RIG, KOS, BAS, CIE, MT, SCCO, SXC, AKS, AA, FCX, URI, RRR, CAR, PKG, PKT, TDG, SNE, DRI, CCL, LBTYA, CVC, DTV, MRT, APP, ZQK, SWY, KR, SYY, SVU, CEDC, MO, WMT, PG, CVS, KFT, AMGN, THOR, ATHN, ZOLL, STEM, INHX, ITMN, AFFY, BAC, GS, MS, BCS, EQR, DFS, USB, STT, WFC, BK, NTRS, RF, FCFS, EZPW, CSH, DLLR, GDOT, NTSP, OCN, DUF, ZNGA, RIMM, ERTS, ACN, ADBE, QCOM, LLTC, FLT, YHOO, ERIC, SAP, CRYP, T, S, CLWR, VZ, FTR, DUK, EXC, PCG, AES, GEN, CEG, SO

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Companies

Symbol Name Price Change % Volume
CCL Carnival Corporation 67.00 -0.58 -0.86 2,755,769 Trade
GEN Genesis Healthcare Inc. 1.44 -0.05 -3.36 508,010 Trade
FTR Frontier Communications Corporation 14.85 -0.06 -0.40 2,671,070 Trade
EZPW EZCORP Inc. 8.00 0.10 1.27 365,698 Trade
KR Kroger Company (The) 23.26 0.00 0.00 7,001,199 Trade
PG Procter & Gamble Company (The) 88.61 0.01 0.01 5,714,842 Trade
SO Southern Company (The) 47.88 0.56 1.18 4,117,193 Trade
PCG Pacific Gas & Electric Co. 68.26 0.62 0.92 1,525,415 Trade
AKS AK Steel Holding Corporation 6.20 -0.26 -4.02 16,463,993 Trade
RIG Transocean Ltd (Switzerland) 8.51 -0.24 -2.74 13,180,894 Trade
VNET 21Vianet Group Inc. 4.60 0.08 1.77 268,254 Trade
PKG Packaging Corporation of America 109.46 -1.00 -0.91 1,162,208 Trade
WMT Wal-Mart Stores Inc. 76.15 0.13 0.17 7,153,326 Trade
AA Alcoa Inc. 36.62 -0.10 -0.27 2,527,539 Trade
ATHN athenahealth Inc. 155.93 12.13 8.44 2,286,356 Trade
MO Altria Group Inc. 73.42 -0.17 -0.23 4,203,422 Trade
CVC Cablevision Systems Corp. n/a n/a n/a 0 Trade
BCS Barclays PLC 10.65 -0.16 -1.48 2,190,310 Trade
S Sprint Corporation 8.53 0.15 1.79 9,334,200 Trade
ACN Accenture plc Class A (Ireland) 128.85 0.31 0.24 1,765,383 Trade
ADBE Adobe Systems Incorporated 149.52 -0.42 -0.28 1,819,773 Trade
CSH Cash America International Inc. n/a n/a n/a 0 Trade
MS Morgan Stanley 46.59 0.08 0.17 9,021,263 Trade
URI United Rentals Inc. 119.31 -3.23 -2.64 1,782,197 Trade
SYY Sysco Corporation 51.08 0.26 0.51 1,570,882 Trade
SCCO Southern Copper Corp 37.83 0.10 0.27 425,459 Trade
ERIC Ericsson 6.29 0.00 0.00 10,620,120 Trade
AES The AES Corporation 11.42 0.05 0.44 3,197,342 Trade
EQR Equity Residential of Beneficial Interest 67.16 0.00 0.00 1,187,477 Trade
NDRO Enduro Royalty Trust Trust Units representing bene 3.40 0.00 0.00 35,541 Trade
GS The Goldman Sachs Group Inc. 220.18 -2.12 -0.95 3,446,620 Trade
VZ Verizon Communications Inc. 44.23 0.01 0.02 11,426,562 Trade
ENB Enbridge Inc 41.81 -0.09 -0.21 1,633,097 Trade
GDOT Green Dot 39.59 -0.50 -1.25 218,368 Trade
SVU SuperValu Inc. 3.26 -0.12 -3.55 3,954,770 Trade
BAC Bank of America Corporation 23.80 -0.14 -0.58 65,922,474 Trade
USB U.S. Bancorp 52.12 -0.36 -0.69 6,528,047 Trade
HFC HollyFrontier Corporation 27.32 -0.28 -1.01 1,630,142 Trade
LLTC Linear Technology Corporation n/a n/a n/a 0 Trade
FCX Freeport-McMoRan Inc. 13.01 -0.03 -0.23 11,718,713 Trade
BK Bank of New York Mellon Corporation (The) 53.36 -0.55 -1.02 5,665,977 Trade
SXC SunCoke Energy Inc. 10.55 -0.12 -1.12 601,027 Trade
RF Regions Financial Corporation 14.23 -0.08 -0.56 19,775,337 Trade
OCN Ocwen Financial Corporation NEW 2.72 -0.05 -1.81 992,009 Trade
AMGN Amgen Inc. 180.21 0.89 0.50 2,674,714 Trade
FCFS First Cash Financial Services Inc. 57.95 0.00 0.00 174,382 Trade
FLT FleetCor Technologies Inc. 148.25 -0.75 -0.50 568,189 Trade
ZNGA Zynga Inc. 3.78 0.02 0.53 12,764,501 Trade
TDG Transdigm Group Incorporated Inc. 286.50 2.64 0.93 286,442 Trade
WFC Wells Fargo & Company 54.17 -0.71 -1.29 17,384,457 Trade
MT ArcelorMittal 25.22 -0.45 -1.75 5,341,417 Trade
LBTYA Liberty Global plc Class A Ordinary Shares 32.92 -0.11 -0.33 1,571,082 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. 6.23 -0.18 -2.81 1,216,960 Trade
DFS Discover Financial Services 62.53 1.16 1.89 3,646,309 Trade
NTRS Northern Trust Corporation 87.84 0.34 0.39 2,705,755 Trade
DRI Darden Restaurants Inc. 88.68 -0.89 -0.99 1,142,238 Trade
CVS CVS Health Corporation 77.03 -0.13 -0.17 3,429,270 Trade
SAP SAP SE ADR (Sponsored) 104.28 -1.54 -1.46 1,320,387 Trade
EXC Exelon Corporation 37.48 -0.12 -0.32 4,373,348 Trade
SNE Sony Corporation 40.81 0.18 0.44 611,194 Trade
T AT&T Inc. 36.51 -0.01 -0.03 20,150,775 Trade
DUK Duke Energy Corporation (Holding Company) 85.20 0.27 0.32 2,494,385 Trade
BAS Basic Energy Services Inc. 27.45 -0.59 -2.10 488,947 Trade
QCOM QUALCOMM Incorporated 53.84 -0.13 -0.24 12,113,142 Trade
CAR Avis Budget Group Inc. 32.36 -0.24 -0.74 2,355,832 Trade
CIE Cobalt International Energy Inc. COBALT INTERNATIO 2.48 -0.04 -1.59 791,169 Trade

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