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Pretty Girls And Railroads Daily Close Report (3/14/13)

|Includes: AB, ABBV, Abbott Laboratories (ABT), ALSK, BGS, BKNG, BPT, CEL, CNI, COG, COP, CP, DEO, DUK, EBIX, ELN, EQNR, FRO, GWR, HON, HRZN, IAU, JNJ, KHC, KMI, LAD, MDLZ, NSC, PCL, PM, PRTA, PSX, PTNR, PTR, SAN, SO, SRE, TEF, ULTA, UNP, VHI, WAB, WIN, WMT
Symbol Company Name Price Price Chg. Price % Chg. Volume (000) Volume % Chg.
PTNR Partner Communicatns Ads $6.05 0.33 6% 137 113%
TEF Telefonica S A Adr $14.96 0.64 4% 4,749 179%
EBIX Ebix Inc $16.17 0.63 4% 2,171 272%
COG Cabot Oil & Gas Corp $68.26 2.50 4% 2,526 10%
FRO Frontline Ltd Adr $2.07 0.06 3% 623 -31%
DEO Diageo Plc Ads $121.68 2.76 2% 694 37%
SAN Banco Santander Sa Adr $7.76 0.15 2% 3,821 -17%
CEL Cellcom Israel Ltd $7.85 0.15 2% 234 0%
LAD Lithia Motors Inc Cl A $46.01 0.73 2% 165 -45%
COP Conocophillips $59.52 0.74 1% 5,127 -28%
GWR Genesee & Wyoming Inc $94.14 1.14 1% 298 -16%
WAB Wabtec $100.52 1.11 1% 228 -12%
CNI Canadian Natl Ry Co $100.90 1.11 1% 552 -2%
ABBV AbbVie Inc $37.56 0.39 1% 9,863 -2%
UNP Union Pacific Corp $141.00 1.44 1% 1,574 -18%
NSC Norfolk Southern Corp $75.06 0.76 1% 1,414 -43%
ULTA Ulta Salon Cosm & Frag $88.37 0.88 1% 1,521 104%
PM Philip Morris Intl Inc $91.31 0.76 1% 5,023 4%
PRTA Prothena Corp plc $6.62 0.05 1% 13 -91%
JNJ Johnson & Johnson $79.10 0.55 1% 10,097 5%
BGS B & G Foods Inc $30.24 0.20 1% 192 -47%
PSX Phillips 66 $64.95 0.40 1% 3,816 -15%
PCL Plum Creek Timber Co Inc $49.88 0.28 1% 729 1%
PTR Petrochina Co Ltd Adr $138.15 0.68 0% 45 -48%
WIN Windstream Corp $8.89 0.04 0% 5,143 -39%
SRE Sempra Energy $79.24 0.32 0% 690 -23%
ABT Abbott Laboratories $35.14 0.13 0% 6,812 -44%
VHI Valhi Inc $16.69 0.04 0% 05 -77%
CP Canadian Pacific Railway $127.19 0.27 0% 691 -17%
MDLZ Mondelez Intl Inc Cl A $28.53 0.06 0% 8,198 -38%
HRZN Horizon Tech Finance $14.81 0.03 0% 108 52%
SO Southern Co $45.37 0.08 0% 2,840 -39%
IAU Ishares Gold Trust $15.45 0.01 0% 16,820 115%
KMI Kinder Morgan Inc $36.95 0.02 0% 2,899 -41%
DUK Duke Energy Corp $69.93 0.02 0% 2,067 -31%
BPT B P Prudhoe Bay Rylty Tr $79.43 -0.14 0% 79 -43%
HON Honeywell Intl Inc $73.81 -0.14 0% 4,591 32%
PCLN Priceline.Com Inc $713.15 -2.38 0% 383 -40%
KRFT Kraft Foods Group Inc $50.47 -0.27 -1% 3,557 13%
WMT Wal-Mart Stores $73.22 -0.43 -1% 6,351 -26%
STO Statoil Asa Adr $24.45 -0.16 -1% 2,376 118%
ELN Elan Plc Adr $11.84 -0.08 -1% 1,839 -71%
AB Alliancebernstein Hld Lp $21.78 -0.63 -3% 604 42%
ALSK Alaska Comm Systems Grp $1.65 -0.06 -4% 333 -10%
             
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2:22 PM European carriers rally as continental equities move higher and an EU summit in which budget rules are taking center stage gets underway. FTE +6.1%. TEF +3.8%. TI +5.2%. VOD +2%. BT +5.4%.

MDLZ

9:14 AM Mondelez International (NASDAQ:MDLZ) declares $0.13/share quarterly dividend, in line with previous. Forward yield 1.84%. For shareholders of record Apr. 01. Payable Apr. 15. Ex-div date Mar. 27.

WMT

9:39 AM Does a better-than-expected report on retail sales (I, II) add another layer of complexity to Wal-Mart's (WMT +0.6%) claims on the impact of delayed tax refund processing? Though CFO Bill Simon made a compelling case at a BofA retail conference yesterday that U.S. consumers have changed their spending habits as they wait for refund checks, the trend doesn't quite register with reports from other retailers. The answer may be in just how many sales are fired up by consumers who cash their refunds at WMT stores and spend on the spot.

MDLZ

11:18 AM Mondelez International (MDLZ +0.5%) authorizes a share buyback program of the lesser of 40M shares or $1.2B worth of stock. The company says its primary purpose of the repurchase plan is to offset dilution from equity compensation initiatives.

EBIX

9:26 AM Ebix (NASDAQ:EBIX) +14.2% following its mixed Q4 results. The fact shares were well below Oct./Nov. levels led to lowered expectations. Gross margin was 80.7%, +50 bps Y/Y. Opex +22%, nearly even with revenue growth. $3.2M worth of shares were repurchased, and more repurchases are expected in Q1, leading to a slight reduction in share count. No revenue/EPS guidance in the PR. CC at 11AM ET (webcast).

Disclosure: I am long ABT, ABBV, ALSK, AB, BGS, SAN, BPT, COG, CNI, CP, CEL, COP, DEO, DUK, EBIX, ELN, FRO, GWR, HON, HRZN, IAU, JNJ, KMI, KRFT, LAD, MDLZ, NSC, PTNR, PTR, PM, PSX, PCL, PCLN, PRTA, SRE, SO, STO, TEF, ULTA, UNP, VHI, WMT, WAB, WIN.