The national ISM manufacturing index came in a weaker than expected 49.5 in November. Construction Spending rose by a better than expected 1.4% in October. The Dow Jones Industrial Average traded up to 13,087.32 then dipped to 12,959.42 trading back and forth around the 200-day simple moving average at 12,996.50. The Nasdaq traded up to 3030.28 then dipped to 2999.57 staying above its 200-day SMA at to 2987.50.
Asian stocks were mixed on Monday. The Nikkei 225 closed at 9458 – up 0.13%. The Hang Seng closed at 21,768 – down 1.19%. European exchanges closed higher on Monday. The FTSE 100 ended the day at 5,871 – up 0.08%. The DAX ended the day at 7,435 – up 0.40%. The CAC 40 ended the day at 3,567 – up 0.26%. The yield on the 10-Year US Treasury rose from 1.610% to 1.656% staying below the 50-day and 200-day simple moving averages at 1.680% and 1.760%.
Comex gold rallied from $1714.2 the Troy ounce to $1724.9 below the 50-day simple moving average at $1737.5 with the 200-day SMA at $1665.4. Nymex crude oil rebounded from $88.66 per barrel to $90.33 and is now between the 50-day and 200-day simple moving averages at $88.56 and $93.75. The euro versus the dollar rallied from 1.2992 to 1.3074 above its 50-day and 200-day simple moving averages at 1.2905 and 1.2791.
Australia’s Woodside Petroleum (WOPEF) has agreed to acquire a 30% stake in Israel’s huge Leviathan offshore gas field from the operators of the reserve, which include Noble Energy (NBL) and Delek Drilling (DKDRF). Total S.A. (TOT) is moved to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank. Occidental Petroleum (OXY) and Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A) each get Hold-from-Buy downgrades at Deutsche Bank. Big Movers – Longwei Petroleum Investment (LPH) is up about 14%. James River Coal (JRCC) is down about 10%. Dow components – Chevron (CVX) is down about 1%. Exxon Mobil (XOM) is down about 0.5%. Energy Select Sector SPDR (XLE) was trading at $70.69 at 3:30 PM on Monday, down 0.52% on the day – up 2.26% year-to-date.
After trying the friendly tack and then the hostile one, Martin Marietta Materials (MLM) will reportedly again try the friendly approach in its long-running attempt to acquire larger building- rival Vulcan Materials (VMC). Amid a fall in iron ore prices this year, Vale (VALE) is expected to unveil a 2013 investment budget of $15.1B at its annual Vale Day meeting with shareholders today. Agrium (AGU) is raised to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray. CF Industries (CF) is now Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray. Dow Components – Alcoa (AA) is up about 0.5%. DuPont (DD) is down about 1.4%. The Materials Select Sector SPDR (XLB) was trading at $36.02 at 3:30 PM on Monday, down 1.85% on the day – up 7.52% year-to-date.
Singapore Airlines (SINGY) has confirmed widespread reports that it’s in talks to sell its 49% holding in Richard Branson’s Virgin Atlantic, with those reports saying that a potential suitor is Delta Air Lines (DAL). The Speea union has circulated a letter “asking members to ignore the call for a (one-day) wildcat strike” at Boeing (BA), which has been planned for Wednesday. Dow components – Boeing Co (BA) is down about 0.4%. Caterpillar (CAT) is down about 0.5%. General Electric (GE) is down about 1%. 3M Company (MMM) is down about 0.7%. United Technologies (UTX) is down about 0.2%. The Industrial Select Sector SPDR (XLI) was trading at $36.77 at 3:30 PM on Monday, down 0.97% on the day – up 8.95% year-to-date.
News Corp (NWS) has reportedly advanced its break-up into two companies to the end of this month in order to limit the damage from the U.K. phone-hacking scandal to the firm’s publishing arm and protect the film and TV business. Automakers from Japan continue to struggle in China amid the territorial dispute between the countries. In November, Toyota’s (TM) sales fell 22% in China, while Mazda’s (MZDAF) dropped 29%. Honda is due to release its Chinese sales later. Lululemon Athletica (LULU) is launched with a Buy at Canaccord Genuity. Deckers Outdoor (DECK) is boosted to Buy from Neutral at Sterne Agee. International Game Technology (IGT) gets upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank. Volkswagen (VLKAY) gets upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at HSBC Securities. Williams-Sonoma (WSM) is moved to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley. JPMorgan cuts both Cinemark Holdings (CNK) and Regal Entertainment (RGC) to Neutral from Overweight. DreamWorks Animation (DWA) is slashed Sell from Hold at Stifel Nicolaus. Dow Components – Disney (DIS) is down about 0.7%. Home Depot (HD) is relatively unchanged. McDonalds (MCD) is up about 0.25%. The Consumer Discretionary Select Sector SPDR (XLY) was trading at $47.31 at 3:30 PM on Monday, down 0.46% on the day – up 21.25% year-to-date.
Cerberus is reportedly considering purchasing all of Supervalu (SVU) or just a portion of the retailer’s assets, such as the Albertsons chain. WhiteWave Foods (WWAV) is boosted to Buy from Hold at Stifel Nicolaus. J.M. Smucker (SJM) gets downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Stephens. Big Mover – Supervalu (SVU) id up about 10.5%. Dow components – Coca Cola (KO) is down about 1.1%. Procter & Gamble (PG) is down about 0.25%. Wal-Mart (WMT) is down about 0.4%. The Consumer Staples Select Sector SPDR (XLP) was trading at $35.905 at 3:30 PM on Monday, down 0.37% on the day – up 10.51% year-to-date.
Boston Scientific (BSX) is moved to Outperform from Market Perform at JMP Securities. Teva Pharmaceuticals (TEVA) is taken to Neutral from Buy at UBS. Dow Components – Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) is down about 0.3%. Merck (MRK) is up about 0.5%. Pfizer (PFE) is up slightly. United Health Group (UNH) is down about 0.9%. The Health Care Select Sector SPDR (XLV) was trading at $40.15 at 3:30 PM on Monday, down 0.22% on the day – up 15.74% year-to-date.
UBS (UBS) is reportedly nearing an agreement with U.K. and U.S. authorities to pay over $450M to settle allegations that it manipulated global inter-bank interest rates, including Libor. RBS (RBS) reportedly plans to restart paying dividends in late 2014, but predicts it will take ten years for it to become fully re-privatized. Banco Santander Mexico (BSMX) is begun with an Equal Weight at Barclays. Stellus Capital (SCM) is a new Outperform at Robert W. Baird. CubeSmart (CUBE) is now Outperform from Neutral at Robert W. Baird. Eaton Vance (EV) is moved to Neutral from Sell at Goldman Sachs. Banco Santander Brasil (BSBR) is cut to Underperform from Perform at Credit Suisse. Janus Capital (JNS) is slashed to Sell from Neutral at Goldman Sachs. Dow Components – American Express (AXP) is up about 0.3%. Bank of America (BAC) is down about 0.3%. JP Morgan Chase (JPM) is down about 0.2%. The Travelers Companies (TRV) is up about 0.5%. The Financial Select Sector SPDR (XLF) was trading at $15.72 at 3:30 PM on Monday, down 0.25% on the day – up 20.92% year-to-date.
ARM Holdings (ARMH) is boosted to Outperform from Neutral at BNP Paribas. Canon (CAJ) gets upgraded to Buy from Hold by BNP Paribas. Computer Sciences (CSC) is upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Cowen. Dell Inc. (DELL) gets an unusual 180 degree (Buy-from-Sell) upgrade at Goldman Sachs. Ericsson (ERIC) is raised to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital. Finisar (FNSR) is now Buy from Hold at Needham. Bankrate (RATE) is reduced to Hold from Buy at Canaccord Genuity. Emulex (ELX) is now Sell from Neutral at Goldman Sachs. Research In Motion (RIMM) is slashed to Sell from Hold at Canaccord Genuity. Big Movers – AOL Inc. (AOL) is down about 14%. Qihoo 360 Technology (QIHU) is up about 10%. Dow Components – Cisco Systems (CSCO) is up about 0.8%. Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) is down about 0.5%. IBM (IBM) is down about 0.25%. Intel Corp (INTC) is relatively unchanged. Microsoft (MSFT) is down about 0.5%. The Technology Select Sector SPDR (XLK) was trading at $29.10 at 3:30 PM on Monday, down 0.10% the day – up 14.34% year-to-date.
AT&T, Inc. (T) is a new Equal Weight at Evercore. Verizon (VZ) is now Buy from Hold at Nomura. Dow Components – AT&T (T) is relatively unchanged. Verizon (VZ) is down slightly. The NASDAQ Telecommunications Index (IXTC) was trading at $195.50 at 3:30 PM on Monday, up 0.17% on the day – down 0.73% year-to-date.
Hawaiian Electric (HE) is hoisted to Neutral from Underperform at Macquarie. Duke Energy (DUK) and NiSource (NI) are both upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight by Barclays. Edison International (EIX) is moved to Market Perform from Outperform by Sanford Bernstein. The Big Names – Dominion Resources (D) is down about 0.8%. Edison International (EIX) is down about 1.2%. First Energy (FE) is down about 0.4%. PG&E Corp (PCG) is down about 0.9%. Southern Company (SO) is down about 0.8%. The Utilities Select Sector SPDR (XLU) was trading at $35.13 at 3:30 PM on Monday, down 0.54% on the day – down 2.36% year-to-date.
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