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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.

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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.

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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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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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