Sector Update: Consumer Discretionary Stocks Still Outpacing Staples; Hits Record High After Jefferies Begins Coverage at Buy


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Consumer stocks were mostly higher Tuesday with shares of consumer staples companies in the S&P 500 climbing about 0.3% while shares of consumer discretionary firms in the S&P 500 were ahead more than 1.1% this afternoon.

In company news, Chinese on-line retailer ( JD ) rose to another all-time high in its short career as a publicly traded company after analysts at Jefferies today began coverage of the company's stock with a Buy rating and a $36 price target.

In a new research note, the Jefferies analysts cited JD's recent strategic partnership with Tencent Holdings Ltd ( TCTZF ) as well as the company's ability to grow and capture mobile sales.

JD shares were ahead about 4% at $29.65 each shortly before the closing bell Tuesday afternoon, earlier topping out at an all-time best of $31.20 a share. Since its May 22 debut on the Nasdaq Global Market, the stock has risen just over 50% % after pricing its initial public offering of stock at $19 per share through Monday's close.

In other sector news,

(+) NFLX, Raised to Buy from Neutral at Goldman Sachs.

(-) TTS, Names Kirk Geadelmann as its new chief financial officer, replacing Tim Clayton on Aug. 12 following a brief transition period.

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Referenced Stocks: JD , TCTZF

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