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NASDAQ Settles At a New Eighteen Month High

US Stocks posted another week of strong gains, led to the upside by the NASDAQ Composite index, settling on Friday at its highest close since September 3, 2008.

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

Equity Metrics This Week

  • 27 of the Dow 30 components finished up for the week, while only 3 companies closed down
  • 464 out of the 500 (~93%) S&P components finished up for the week, ~6.6% declined, and 0.4% were unchanged
  • 91 of the NASDAQ 100 components rose, 8 declined, and 1 finished flat for the week

Up vs. Down Days

  • The Dow closed in positive territory 59% of the time this year or up 26 days
  • The S&P closed in positive territory 64% of the time this year or up 28 days
  • The NASDAQ closed up in positive territory 59% of the time this year or up 26 sessions

Highest Close in 2010

  • The Dow is off by -159.23 points, or -1.48% from its highest close of the year (a 15-month high) reached on 1/19 of 10,725.43
  • The S&P is off by -11.53 points, or -1% from its highest close of the year (a 15-month high) reached on 1/19 of 1150.23
  • On Friday, the NASDAQ closed at highest level for the year at 2326.35, and reached a new 52-week high during intraday at 2327.03, its highest intraday and closing levels since 9/3/2008


S&P 500

Sector Impact:
  10 out of 10 sectors closed the week in positive territory, led to the upside by financial and consumer discretionary stocks.

  • Financial stocks were helped this week by American International Group (AIG), up 13%
  • Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF) led the gains in the consumer discretionary sector, up 16%
  • Year-to-date, 7 out of 10 sectors are trading in positive territory, led to the upside by industrials with a gain of 7%, and to the downside by the telecom sector, with a loss of 10%

More Weekly Stats Here

Commodity Impact:Crude oil for April delivery settled at $81.5 per barrel on Friday, its highest close since January 11.   

  • Palladium futures were among the best performing commodities this week, rising 9.9%, while sugar futures continue to slide, down 5.7% for the week



Currencies Impact:  The dollar surged against the Japanese yen on Friday, after a better-than-expected jobs report boosted investors' optimism about an economic recovery in the US. 


Global Index Performance: 



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