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Morgan Stanley (MS - Get Report) was the winner among the largest U.S. banks on Friday, with shares rising over 1% to close at $18.05.
Dow Jones Industrial Average (^DJI) and
S&P 500 (SPX.X) index both saw slight declines and the
NASDAQ Composite (^IXIC) was down 1%, as shares of
Apple (AAPL - Get Report) fell 4% to close at $509.02.
A Delaware court on Thursday ruled that Apple's iPhone violated three patents held by
Sony (SNE) and
UBS analyst Steven Milunovich on Friday maintained his "Buy" rating on Apple, but
lowered his price target for the shares to $700 from $780, while reducing his 2013 earnings estimate for the company to $47.00 from $51.50, and his 2014 EPS estimate to $55.85 from $62.00. The analyst said although UBS was "not altering our Dec quarter numbers materially, we have taken five million iPhones and two million iPads out of the Mar, June, and Sep quarters. Our EPS estimates go down about 10% and are now roughly 5% below consensus."
Milunovich added that "although analyst estimates may need to be trimmed, we don't think the story is over. We expect that China Mobile may start to sell iPhones in the Dec quarter."
The lack of progress on the Fiscal Cliff negotiations in Washington seemed to outweigh two decent economic reports. The
Federal Reserve said that U.S. industrial production increased by 1.1% in November, following a downwardly revised decline of 0.7% in October, while industrial capacity utilization increased to 78.4% from a revised 77.7%.
HSBC said that its Flash China Manufacturing Purchasing Managers Index rose to a 14-month high of 50.9 in December from 50.5 in November. A PMI reading above 50 indicates expansion. HSBC chief economist for China Hongbin Qu said that the December reading "confirmed that China's ongoing growth recovery is gaining momentum mainly driven by domestic demand conditions. However, the drop of new export orders and the downside surprise of November exports growth suggest the persisting external headwinds. This calls for Beijing to keep an accommodative policy stance to counter-balance the external weakness, provided inflation stays benign."
KBW Bank Index (I:BKX) declined slightly to close at 49.26, with all but five of the 24 index components ending the week declines.