Active broad-market exchange-traded funds at mid-day:
SPDR S&P 500 (
United States Natural Gas (
Direxion Daily Gold Miners Bull 3X Shares (
): -3.1%, hit near year lows
Financial Select Sector SPDR (
iPath S&P 500 VIX ST Futures ETN (
Broad Market Indicators
Broad-market exchange-traded funds, including SPY, IWM, IVV and
others, are mixed. Actively traded PowerShares QQQ (QQQ) is up
U.S. stocks continue to post modest gains following the release
of mostly upbeat economic data reports: ADP private sector payrolls
expanded by 163,000 in July, while U.S. construction spending rose
0.4%. U.S. manufacturing activity was basically unchanged from
June. Investors are still cautious, however, ahead of the
monetary-policy decision of the U.S. Federal Reserve, due out this
afternoon, after a two-day policy meeting.
Winners and Losers
Select Financial Sector SPDRs (
) is up 0.5%. Direxion Daily Financial Bull 3X shares (FAS) is up
0.9%. Its bearish counterpart, FAZ, is down 1%.
Actives in the sector are mixed: Bank of America (BAC), down
0.3%; Goldman Sachs (GS), up 0.3%; Morgan Stanley (MS), down 0.1%;
and Citigroup (C), up 0.3%.
Radian Group (RDN) is up 13% after the company posted a Q2 net
loss of $0.90 per share, which may not be comaprable to the analyst
estimate of $0.55 loss per share. In the prior year period, the
company posted income of $1.03 per share. Revenues were $158.19
mln, versus the analyst estimate of $179.39 mln and down from $472
mln in the year ago quarter.
Knight Capital Group (KCG) is down 21% after earlier sinking to
the new year low of $7.60. The company said that software problems
had resulted to routing problems in trading activities. The company
has told its clents to send their orders to other firms in the
meantime. The admission by KCG came after NYSE Euronext's New York
Stock Exchange said it was investigating trades in more than 100
stocks, according to a report on Market Watch.
The Dolan Company (DM) is up 2.5% from year low levels after it
reported Q2 earnings of $0.09 per share, versus the Capital IQ
consensus of $0.12. Revenues were $63.8 mln, versus the analyst
estimate of $68.44 mln. The company lowered its guidance for FY12,
now expecting EPS of $0.49 - $0.69 on revenues of $265 mln - $278
mln, from the prior guidance of $0.68 - $0.84 EPS on revenues of
$290 mln - $300 mln. Analysts are looking for EPS of $0.69 on
revenues of $288.79 mln.
Mastercard (MA) is down nearly 2% after posting Q2 earnings of
$5.65 per share, vs. the analyst consensus of $5.58 per share on
Capital IQ. Revenue was $1.8 bln, in line with expectations.
Dow Jones U.S. Energy Fund (IYE) is up 0.9%; Energy Select
Sector SPDR (XLE) is up 0.9%.
Devon Energy (DVN) is down near 4%, after announcing that it
signed an agreement with Sumitomo Corporation whereby Sumitomo will
invest $1.4 billion in exchange for 30% of Devon's interest in
approximately 650,000 net acres in the Cline Shale and the
Midland-Wolfcamp Shale. Under the terms of the agreement, Sumitomo
will invest $340 million in cash upon closing and an additional
$1.025 billion will be invested in the form of a drilling carry.
Devon expects the entire $1.025 billion carry to be realized by
Crude was up 0.92%. Natural gas was down 1%. Among ETFs, United
States Oil Fund (USO) is up 2% while United States Natural Gas Fund
) is down 2%.
Gold was down around 0.4% while silver was down more than 2%.
Among rare metal funds, SPDR Gold Trust (GLD) is down 0.55% and
iShares Silver Trust (SLV) is down 1.9%.
ETFs are mostly firmer: Health Care SPDR (XLV), up 0.65%;
iShares NASDAQ Biotechnology Index (IBB), down 0.3%; Vanguard
Health Care ETF (VHT), up 0.35%; and iShares Dow Jones US
Healthcare (IYH), up 0.5%.
Conceptus (CPTS) is up 6.5% at $19.79, and reached as much as
$20.64 in the session to challenge the 52-week high of $20.65. In
yesterday's after hours session, the company reported Q2 2012 sales
of $35.5 million, an increase of 5% compared with net sales for the
Q2 2011 of $33.8 million, and slightly above the Capital IQ analyst
consensus of $35.11 million. Net income for the period was $0.1
million, or $0.00 per diluted share, $0.01 better than the Street
view. This compares with net income for Q2 2011 of $0.5 million, or
$0.01 per diluted share. Management issued in-line guidance.
POZEN (POZN) is up more than 4% after it reported a Q2 loss of
$0.17 per share, less than the $0.25 per share loss analysts had
expected. Revenue for the quarter was $1.8 mln. Analysts had
projected $1.68 mln.
Shire Plc (SHPG) is up 5.2% after it posted Q2 sales of $1.20
bln, up 14%. Earnings per ADS were $1.68, up 26%. The analyst
consensus on Capital IQ was for earnings of $1.52 and revenue of
ETFs in the sector are lower: Consumer Staples Select Sector
SPDR (XLP), down 0.03%; iShares Dow Jones US Consumer Goods (IYK),
down 0.3% and Vanguard Consumer Staples ETF (VDC), down 0.19%.
SPDR S&P Retail (XRT) is down 0.36%; PowerShares Dynamic
Retail (PMR), down 0.04%; and Market Vectors Retail ETF (RTH), down
Costco Wholesale (COST) is up 0.4% have earlier closed in on
year highs after it reported that comparable sales for the month of
July increased 5%. Excluding the negative impact of deflation in
gasoline prices and foreign currency, comparable sales increased
7%. Total sales were $7.25 billion, an 8% increase from $6.74
billion during the same period last year.
Avon Products (AVP) is down 1.7% at $15.22, after reaching a new
52-week low of $14.82. Earlier, the company reported Q2 earnings
from continuing operations of $0.14 per share, while adjusted
non-GAAP earnings from continuing operations were $0.20. Analysts
polled by Capital IQ expected earnings of $0.21.
Revenues were $2.59 bln, down 9.3% year-over-year, versus the
analyst estimate of $2.68 bln.
Kenneth Cole (KCP) is still down 0.6% after it reported a Q2
loss of $0.03 per share, versus the average estimate of $0.06 from
two analysts on Capital IQ. Revenues were $97.3 mln, versus the
single analyst estimate of $107.65 mln. In the same period last
year, the company reported EPS of $0.03 on revenues of $102.25
Power Play -
Tech actives are mixed: Apple (AAPL), down 0.4%; Microsoft
(MSFT), up 0.2%; Intel (INTC), up 0.9%; and Google (GOOG), up 0.4%.
Cisco (CSCO), down 0.4% and Yahoo (YHOO), up 1%.
Garmin (GRMN) is up 2.3%, trimming earlier gains of more than
7%, after reporting Q2 revenue of $718 mln, vs. the analyst
consensus of $686 mln on Capital IQ. EPS was $0.98, vs.
expectations of $0.66. For 2012, the company expects revenue of
$2.75 to $2.80 bln and EPS of $2.70 to $2.85 per share. The Street
is at $2.79 bln in revenue and earnings of $2.66 per share.
Nice Systems (NICE) is down near 14% after it reported record
revenues of $216.7 million for the second quarter of 2012 with net
income of $35.7 million. EPS was $0.57. Analysts were expecting
revenue of $220 mln and EPS of $0.57, according to Capital IQ. For
Q3, revenue is expected in the range of $217 to $225 mln and EPS is
seen at $0.56 to $0.60 per share. The Street view is $239 mln in
revenue and EPS of $0.59. For the full year 2012, the company
expects revenue of $890 to $910 mln and EPS of $2.28 to $2.38 per
share. The Street is at $940 mln in revenue and earnings of $2.45
Nokia (NOK) shares are up at near $2.50, but off a day high
$2.72 on rumors that Lenovo was interested in buying the company;
Reuters report that said such rumors were denied by a Lenovo
executive. According to the report, Gianfranco Lanci, head of
Lenovo's operations in Europe, Middle East and Africa, told Reuters
that any interest Lenovo may have for Nokia "must be a joke".
ETFs in the space are mixed: iShares Dow Jones US Technology ETF
(IYW), down 0.11%; Shares S&P North American Technology ETF
(IGM), flat; Technology Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLK), up 0.07%; and
iShares S&P North American Technology-Software Index (IGV),
SPDR S&P Semiconductor (XSD) is off 0.11%; Semiconductor
Sector Index Fund (SOXX) is up 0.11%.
SPDR S&P International Technology Sector ETF (IPK) is