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Quick Market Stats: Week Ending 12/12

As the use of the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) looks like a possibility to help prevent the collapse of the auto industry, the markets end the week roughly flat, led by technology and the NASDAQ up about 2% for the week. The S&P 500 ended the week slightly positive, up 0.42%, while the Dow was barely negative, down 0.07%.

Index Impact: Led by Energy companies
-Chevron had the most positive impact on the Dow, up over 6% for the week.
**Two Dow components remain positive for the year: Wal-Mart is up almost 15% Year-to-date and McDonald's is up almost 3% YTD
-3M had the most negative impact on the Dow for the second week running, down over 7%, for the week.
-Exxon had the most positive impact on the S&P 500, up over 5% for the week.
-Wal-Mart had the most negative impact on the S&P 500, down over 6% for the week
-Google had the most positive impact on the NASDAQ 100, up over 11% for the week.
-Microsoft had the most negative impact on the NASDAQ 100, down almost 3% for the week.


Four out of ten S&P sectors were positive for the week led by Energy up almost 9% for the week. Financials led to the downside, losing almost 6% for the week.
Energy was helped by Chesapeake Energy up 47% for the week.
Financials were dragged down by XL Capital , down almost 56% for the week


Nymex Crude oil for January delivery rose $5.47 for the week, or 13.40% to close at $46.28 on Friday. OPEC will hold a meeting in Algeria on December 17th, with analysts expecting a cut in output. Oil is down nearly 52% year-to-date.
Gas Prices Continue to fall: The AAA current national average for regular gas is $1.656 per gallon down 44.52% from a year ago when the average was $2.985 per gallon

Four out of ten S&P sectors were positive for the week led by Energy up almost 9% for the week. Financials led to the downside, losing almost 6% for the week.
Energy was helped by Chesapeake Energy up 47% for the week.
Financials were dragged down by XL Capital , down almost 56% for the week

The US dollar hit an intraday low of 88.73 yen during early trading Friday, but recovered on news that US auto makers may gain access to the TARP. The last time the dollar traded below the 90.00-yen mark was on August 1995.
The dollar also lost ground against the euro, with the euro at a 7-week high against the dollar, breaking through the $1.30 per euro level.