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Quick Market Stats: Week Ending 12/19

As the auto rescue package becomes a reality for GM and Chrysler, the markets end the week mostly in positive territory, led by small caps with the Russell 2,000 up 4% for the week, even as the auto rally fizzled late Friday. Volatility waned, with the VIX falling 17.23% this week, to close at 44.93 Friday.

Index Impact: Led by energy companies

-United Technologies had the most positive impact on the Dow, up over 5% for the week.
**2 Dow components remain positive for the year: WMT is up over 17% YTD and MCD is up over 2% YTD
-Chevron had the most negative impact on the Dow, down over 10% for the week.
-Wells Fargo had the most positive impact on the S&P 500, up over 7% for the week.
-Exxon had the most negative impact on the S&P 500, down almost 7% for the week
-Oracle had the most positive impact on the NASDAQ 100, up almost 6% for the week.
-Apple had the most negative impact on the NASDAQ 100, down over 8% for the week.


Six out of ten S&P sectors were positive for the week led by Health Care up over 4%. Energy was the most negative sector, down almost 5% for the week.
Health care was helped by Aetna up over 28% for the week
Energy was dragged down by ENSCO down over 13% for the week.

As the auto rescue package becomes a reality for GM and Chrysler, the markets end the week mostly in positive territory, led by small caps with the Russell 2,000 up 4% for the week, even as the auto rally fizzled late Friday. Volatility waned, with the VIX falling 17.23% this week, to close at 44.93 Friday.

Index Impact: Led by energy companies

-United Technologies had the most positive impact on the Dow, up over 5% for the week.
**2 Dow components remain positive for the year: WMT is up over 17% YTD and MCD is up over 2% YTD
-Chevron had the most negative impact on the Dow, down over 10% for the week.
-Wells Fargo had the most positive impact on the S&P 500, up over 7% for the week.
-Exxon had the most negative impact on the S&P 500, down almost 7% for the week
-Oracle had the most positive impact on the NASDAQ 100, up almost 6% for the week.
-Apple had the most negative impact on the NASDAQ 100, down over 8% for the week.

Crude oil for January delivery fell $12.41 per barrel this week, settling at $33.87 on Friday, trading at levels not seen since the Spring of 2004. The new front-month contract, February, is currently trading above $42 per barrel.
Gas Prices: The AAA current national average for regular gas is $1.673 per gallon down 43.95% from a year ago when the average was $2.985 per gallon
-The highest recorded average price by AAA was on 7/17/2008, when the national average was $4.114 per gallon.


On Friday, the US dollar rallied against most majorcurrencies after Bush announced that the US government will aid automakers, but for the week, the dollar index was down almost 3% after the US Federal Reserve cut interest rate.
The dollar hit $1.4719 per euro earlier in the week giving the euro its biggest 2-day gain against the dollar since its inception in 1999.
Against the yen, the dollar hit lows below the 88-yen mark this week, and the Bank of Japan made it clear that they are not comfortable with a yen stronger than 87 yen per dollar.
-The BoJ cut rates this morning by 0.2%, setting its lending rate at 0.1%.

Crude oil for January delivery fell $12.41 per barrel this week, settling at $33.87 on Friday, trading at levels not seen since the Spring of 2004. The new front-month contract, February, is currently trading above $42 per barrel.
Gas Prices: The AAA current national average for regular gas is $1.673 per gallon down 43.95% from a year ago when the average was $2.985 per gallon
-The highest recorded average price by AAA was on 7/17/2008, when the national average was $4.114 per gallon.


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