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Markets' Best Month:  April Month End Stats

The equity markets closed the month with their biggest gains for the year. The last time the S&P 500 gained morethan 4.75% in a month was December2003. The NASDAQ led the major US indexes in gains up almost 6% for the month. BAIDU.COM led the NASDAQ 100 gaining 53% for the month.

With the exception of Consumer Staples, the S&P 500 sectors were all up for the month. Energy led the gains, as oil surged again. Chevron and ExxonMobil were amongst the Energy leaders. Tied to the Nasdaq's gains was a big surge in Tech stocks as well. Financials also had a good month on signs that the worst of the credit crunch may be over. Citigroup was a big winner in the Financial sector.

The equity markets closed the month with their biggest gains for the year. The last time the S&P 500 gained morethan 4.75% in a month was December2003. The NASDAQ led the major US indexes in gains up almost 6% for the month. BAIDU.COM led the NASDAQ 100 gaining 53% for the month.

Despite all the news on record Oil and Rice prices, Cocoa led the commodities charge this month rising 18%. Amongst grains,

Rough Rice is still up the most for the year. After setting record levels last week, Oil has pulled back a bit to end the month at $113.46 / bbl up 12% for the month. After nearly doubling in price last year, Wheat is down 14.5% for the month and 9.5% for the year.

The equity markets closed the month with their biggest gains for the year. The last time the S&P 500 gained morethan 4.75% in a month was December2003. The NASDAQ led the major US indexes in gains up almost 6% for the month. BAIDU.COM led the NASDAQ 100 gaining 53% for the month.

The Dollar gained against most major currencies on negative economic news in the Eurozone and expectations that the ECB would cut rates.

The equity markets closed the month with their biggest gains for the year. The last time the S&P 500 gained morethan 4.75% in a month was December2003. The NASDAQ led the major US indexes in gains up almost 6% for the month. BAIDU.COM led the NASDAQ 100 gaining 53% for the month.


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