Mid-Day ETF Update: ETFs, Stocks Continue to Slip Lower Despite Upbeat Jobs, Wholesale Inventories Data

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Active broad-market exchange-traded funds in Thursday's regular session:

SPDR S&P 500 ( SPY ): +0.03%, with a new 52-week high

iShares MSCI Japan Index ( EWJ ): -1.01%, near its 52-week high


iPath S&P VIX Short Term Futures ( VXX ): +0.76%, near its 52-week low

iShares Russell 2000 ( IWM ): -0.09%, near its 52-week high

iShares MSCI Emerging Markets Index ( UVXY ): +1.72% , near its 52-week low

Broad Market Indicators

Broad-market exchange-traded funds, including SPY, IWM, IVV and others, continued to see weakness. Actively traded PowerShares QQQ (QQQ) is up 0.23%, with a new 52-week high of $72.90.

U.S. stocks slipped lower at session's half, despite the upbeat economic data released earlier. The Labor Department reported that initial jobless claims for the week declined 4,000 to 323,000 - the lowest level since 2008. This beat the economists' expectations for jobless claims to rise to 335,000. Wholesale inventories grew 0.3% in March, up from a 0.3% decline in February, and in line with estimates. Despite the earnings season winding down, earnings are still spurring active trade in mid-day action. NVIDIA (NVDA) is set to report its earnings in today's after hours session.

Winners and Losers

Financial -

Select Financial Sector SPDRs (XLF) was down 0.54%, near its 52-week high. Direxion Daily Financial Bull 3X shares (FAS) was down 1.25%, but with a new 52-week high of $64.19. Its bearish counterpart, FAZ, was up 1.23%, near its 52-week low.

Among financial stocks, Walter Investment Management (WAC) pared its earlier gains of nearly 9%, and was up 4.48% at last check. The company reported Q1 core earnings of $0.71 per share, versus the Capital IQ consensus of $0.47. Revenues were $291.8 million, versus the analyst estimate of $267.44 million. In the same period last year, the company reported EPS of $0.64 on revenues of $152.8 million.

Technology -

Tech ETFs slipped lower at mid-day: Technology Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLK), is off 0.17%, but near its 52-week high; iShares Dow Jones US Technology ETF (IYW), up 0.08%; iShares S&P North American Technology ETF (IGM) up 0.16%, with a new 52-week high of $75.11; and iShares S&P North American Technology-Software Index (IGV), down 0.65%.

Among semiconductor ETFs, SPDR S&P Semiconductor (XSD) was up 0.66%,

with a new 52-week high of $52.12; and Semiconductor Sector Index Fund (SOXX) was up 0.92%, with a new 52-week high of $62.81.

SPDR S&P International Technology Sector ETF (IPK) was flat.

In sector news, Groupon (GRPN) was up 9.12% after it reported Q1 revenue of $601.4 million and non-GAAP EPS $0.03 per share. Analysts expected $0.03 per share in earnings on $591 million in revenue. Groupon reaffirms its guidance that full year 2013 GAAP operating income will exceed $100 million. Groupon anticipates incremental investments of between $15 million and $30 million in customer incentives and marketing in the second quarter 2013. As a result, for Q2 2013, revenue is expected to be between $575 million and $625 million, in line with the $618 analysts estimate.

Energy -

Dow Jones U.S. Energy Fund (IYE) was up 0.09% and Energy Select Sector SPDR (XLE) was up 0.14%, near its 52-week high.

In sector news, Apache (APA) was up 4.5% after the independent energy company reported Q1 EPS of $2.02, missing the Capital IQ consensus estimate of $2.21. Revenues of $4.08 billion also fell short of the consensus of $4.31 billion. The company said it plans to divest $4 billion in assets by the end of 2013. Initial proceeds of $2 billion from the divestiture will be used to reduce debt and enhance the company's financial flexibility.

Commodities -

Crude was down 0.64%, natural gas was up 0.68%. United States Oil Fund (USO) was down 0.73%. United States Natural Gas Fund (UNG) is up 0.09%.

Gold was down 0.33% and silver was hovering near even. Among rare metal funds, SPDR Gold Trust (GLD) is down 0.25%; iShares Silver Trust (SLV) is down 0.13%.

Healthcare -

Healthcare ETFs were mostly higher: Health Care SPDR (XLV), up 0.38%; Vanguard Health Care ETF (VHT), up 0.38% and iShares Dow Jones US Healthcare (IYH), up 0.91%. Biotech ETF iShares NASDAQ Biotechnology Index (IBB) was up 0.57%.

In corporate news, Sarepta Therapeutics (SRPT) was up 6.24%, adding to early gains of some 2%, after it reported non-GAAP net loss for Q1 2013 was $13.0 million, or $0.41 per share, compared to a net loss from Q1 2012 of $6.0 million, or $0.27 per share. Total revenues from grants were $4.5 million versus $11.2 million a year prior. Analyst estimates were not available.

Power Play -

Consumer -

Consumer ETFs were weaker: Consumer Staples Select Sector SPDR (XLP), down 0.47%, nearing its 52-week high; iShares Dow Jones US Consumer Goods (IYK), down 0.03%, with a new 52-week high of $88.84; and Vanguard Consumer Staples ETF (VDC), down 0.29%. also near its 52-week high.

In sector news, Green Mountain (GMCR) continued to gap higher, and was up 23.76% at last check. Late Wednesday, the company reported net sales of $1.00 billion, a 14% increase over $885.1 billion a year ago. Non-GAAP income was $140.9 million, up from $101.7 million a year prior and income per share was $0.93, up from $0.64. The Street Consensus was $0.72 per share up on $1.0 billion in revenue. The company raised its fiscal 2013 non-GAAP EPS estimates to $3.05 to $3.15, which is well ahead of the $2.82 the Street expects.



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