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US Stocks Have Second Best Week of the Year

US stocks posted their second best weekly performance of the year, led by the NASDAQ Composite with a gain of 4.15%. Within the S&P 500 sectors, industrial and material companies rose the most.

What follows is a summary of this week's statistics on the markets.

Dow Jones Industrial Average

  • The Dow ended up 326.72 or 3.24% for the week, its biggest weekly percent gain since July 9, 2010, when it rose 5.3%
  • 23 of the Dow 30 components rose for the week
  • The Dow has had weekly percent gains of 3% or more only twice this year, including this week
  • The range between the highest and lowest intraday level for this week was at 434.19 points, marking the 11th largest weekly Hi/Lo swing this year. (The biggest weekly Hi/Lo swing in 2010 occurred during the “Flash Crash” week-ending May 8, when the Dow had a weekly Hi/Lo swing of 1308.05 points)
  • The Dow is up 6.66% month-to-date, tracking for its biggest monthly percent increase since July 2009 when it rose 8.58%
  • Off by -3,739.91 or -26.40% from the market peak on October 9, 2007 of 14,164.53
  • Up 738.14 or 7.62% from its 2010 closing low of 9686.48 reached on July 2

S&P 500

  • The S&P 500 ended up 37.78 or 3.55% for the week, its biggest weekly percent gain since July 9, 2009 when it rose 5.42%
  • 444 (~89%) of the S&P 500 components advanced for the week, and 2 companies were flat
  • The S&P has had weekly percent gains of 3.0% or more only four this year, including this week
  • The range between the highest and lowest intraday level for this week was at 46.85 points, marking the 11th largest weekly Hi/Lo swing this year. (The biggest weekly Hi/Lo swing in 2010 occurred during the “Flash Crash” week-ending May 8, when the S&P had a weekly Hi/Lo swing of 139.34 points)
  • The S&P is up 6.98% month-to-date, tracking for its biggest monthly percent increase since July 2009 when it rose 7.4%
  • Off -462.49 or -29.55% from the market peak on October 9, 2007 of 1,565.15
  • Up 80.08 or 7.83% from its 2010 closing low of 1022.58 reached on July 2

NASDAQ Composite

  • The NASDAQ Composite ended up 90.42 or 4.2% for the week, biggest weekly percent gain since July 9 when it rose 5%
  • 86 of the NASDAQ 100 components increased for the week, only 1 company finished flat
  • The NASDAQ Comp. has had weekly percent gains of 4% or more only twice this year, including this week
  • The range between the highest and lowest intraday level for this week was at 109.52 points, marking the 9th largest weekly Hi/Lo swing this year. (The biggest weekly Hi/Lo swing in 2010 occurred during the “Flash Crash” week-ending May 8, when the NASDAQ had a weekly Hi/Lo swing of 317.25 points)
  • The NASDAQ is up 7.6% month-to-date, tracking for its biggest monthly percent increase since July 2009 when it rose 7.82%
  • The NASDAQ is -589.65 or -20.62% from its 6-year + high reached on October 31, 2007 of 2,859.12
  • The NASDAQ is currently up 177.68 or 8.5% from its 2010 closing low of 1022.58 reached on July 2


S&P 500 Sectors

Nine out of ten sectors closed the week in positive territory, with industrial and material companies leading the way to the upside.

  • Cummins was the biggest percent gainer in the industrial sector, up 11% for the week
  • Material stocks were helped by Allegheny Technologies, up 17% this week
  • Year-to-date, six sectors are trading in the red, with health care and energy stocks down the most

More Weekly Stats Here

Commodity Impact:Crude oil for September delivery settled at $78.98 on Friday, up $2.60, or 3.4% for the week. Crude is off 9.05% from its 2010 settle high of $86.84, hit on April 6.


Currencies Impact: For the week, the US dollar depreciated the most against the Australian, New Zealand and Canadian dollar, falling over 2%.



Global Index Performance:



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

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