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U.S. Stocks Rally for the Second Straight Week

U.S. stocks rallied for the second straight week, with all three major U.S. indices reaching a new intraday high for 2009 on Wednesday. Gold continued on an upward trend, hitting a new nominal record price of $1,123 per 100 Troy ounce during Thursday's trading session.

Among the three major U.S. indices, the NASDAQ Composite was the most, gaining 2.6%.


Since the March lows, the NASDAQ continues to lead the way, up 70.9%, followed by the S&P and Dow, up 61.6% and 56.9%, respectively.

Index Impact:

IBM (IBM) had the most positive impact on the Dow, up almost 3% for the week
Year-to-date*, American Express (AXP) continues to be the top Dow performer by percent gain, up nearly 118%
JPMorgan (JPM) had the most negative impact on the Dow & S&P, down over 1.3% for the week
*YTD, Verizon (VZ) continues to be the worst Dow performer by percent loss, down over 11%
*YTD, Marshall & Ilsley (MI) is the worst S&P performer by percent loss, down almost 62%
Microsoft (MSFT) had the most positive impact on the S&P & the NASDAQ, up almost 4% for the week
*YTD, the top S&P performer by percent gain is Tenet Healthcare (THC) up over 383%
*YTD, the top NASDAQ 100 performer by percent gain is Seagate (STX), up over 277%
Genzyme (GENZ) had the most negative impact on the NASDAQ 100, down almost 6% for the week
*YTD, the worst NASDAQ 100 performer by percent loss is Apollo Group (APOL) down nearly 30%

Sector Impact:
10 out of 10 S&P sectors were positive for the week led by Materials, up 4.2%. Energy was the least positive sector, up 0.24% for the week.

  • Materials were helped by Dow Chemical (DOW), up 14.8% for the week
  • Energy was hurt by Southwestern Energy (SWN), down 5.5% for the week
  • Year-to-date, nine out of ten sectors continue to trade in positive territory, with technology leading the way, up 53.5%

More Weekly Stats Here

Commodity Impact:Crude oil for December delivery closed at $76.35 per barrel on Friday, down 1.39% for the week.
Wheat was among the best performing commodities this week, posting a gain of 8.4%, while Central Appalachian Coal was among the worst performers, down 6.3%.

Gas Prices: The AAA current national average for regular gas is $2.645 per gallon, up 21.4% from a year ago when the average was $2.178 per gallon, as the spread between current prices and last year's record prices begins to tighten.
-The highest recorded average price by AAA was on 7/17/2008, when the national average was $4.114 per gallon



Currencies Impact: The greenback was weaker against most major currencies on Friday, following news that the U.S. trade deficit unexpectedly widened in September by 18.2%.

Commodity Impact:Crude oil for December delivery closed at $76.35 per barrel on Friday, down 1.39% for the week.
Wheat was among the best performing commodities this week, posting a gain of 8.4%, while Central Appalachian Coal was among the worst performers, down 6.3%.

Gas Prices: The AAA current national average for regular gas is $2.645 per gallon, up 21.4% from a year ago when the average was $2.178 per gallon, as the spread between current prices and last year's record prices begins to tighten.
-The highest recorded average price by AAA was on 7/17/2008, when the national average was $4.114 per gallon


Global Index Performance:

Commodity Impact:Crude oil for December delivery closed at $76.35 per barrel on Friday, down 1.39% for the week.
Wheat was among the best performing commodities this week, posting a gain of 8.4%, while Central Appalachian Coal was among the worst performers, down 6.3%.

Gas Prices: The AAA current national average for regular gas is $2.645 per gallon, up 21.4% from a year ago when the average was $2.178 per gallon, as the spread between current prices and last year's record prices begins to tighten.
-The highest recorded average price by AAA was on 7/17/2008, when the national average was $4.114 per gallon


Note: Data based on preliminary numbers. May adjust slightly due to settling at close.

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