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Market 360: The Week's Best & Worst

On a week dominated by news in the autos sector, President Obama and the G20 summit; all major indexes closed positive on Friday, and up over 3% or greater for the week, led by the Russell 2000 with a weekly gain of 6.32%.

  • All major indices closed up for the fourth consecutive week, led by the NASDAQ Composite with a gain of 25.4%, followed by the S&P 500, up 23%, and the Dow with a gain of 21%.
  • The current 4-week rally for the NASDAQ, up 25.4%, is its best ever
  • The NASDAQ Composite is once again positive in 2009 up 2.84% YTD, and the NASDAQ 100 stays in the green for the year, now up 8.63% YTD
  • The last time the Dow and S&P had gains north of 21% and 23% respectively in four consecutives weeks, was May 1933, when the Dow rose 31%, and the S&P gained 35.4%
  • The last time all three major indices experienced four consecutive weeks of gains was October 2007
  • Since March 9th lows, the Dow is up 22.46%, the NASDAQ is up 27.84% and the S&P is up 24.53%
  • Information Technology and Materials hold onto their positive gains in 2009, up 11.15% and 4.4% YTD respectively

Index Impact:

-IBM
(IBM) had the most positive impact on the Dow & S&P, up over 8% for the week
**YTD, IBM (IBM) is once again the top performer by % gain, up over 21% YTD, followed by Intel (INTC), Home Depot (HD) and joined this week by Dupont (DD) now also positive YTD.
**YTD, the top S&P performer by % gain continues to be SprintNextel (S), up almost 129% YTD
-General Motors (GM) had the most negative impact on the Dow, down almost 42% for the week
**YTD, Citigroup (C) continues to be the worst Dow performer by % loss, down almost 58% YTD
-Amgen (AMGN) had the most negative impact on the S&P 500 and the NASDAQ 100, down almost 10% for the week.
**YTD, the bottom S&P performer by % loss continues to be Huntington Bancshares (HBAN) down over 74% YTD
**YTD, the worst NASDAQ 100 performer by % loss continues to be Wynn Resorts (WYNN), down almost 30% YTD
-Apple (AAPL) had the most positive impact on the NASDAQ 100 up almost 9% for the week.
**YTD, the top NASDAQ 100 performer by % gain continues to be SunMicrosystems (JAVA), up over 122% YTD

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Sector Impact:

Nine out of ten S&P sectors were positive for the week, led by Financials up over 6%. Health Care was the only negative sector, down almost 2% for the week.
Financials were helped by Fifth Third Bancorp (FITB) up almost 40% for the week
Health Care was hurt by Amgen (AMGN) down almost 10% for the week

  • YTD 8 out of 10 sectors are negative led by Financials down over 22% YTD.
  • Information Technology is the most positive sector up over 11% YTD, followed by Materials up over 4% YTD


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More Weekly Stats Here

Commodity Impact:

Oil settled at $52.51 per barrel on Friday, roughly flat for the week.
Gas Prices: The AAA current national average for regular gas is $2.041 per gallon down 37.94% from a year ago when the average was $3.289 per gallon
-The highest recorded average price by AAA was on 7/17/2008, when the national average was $4.114 per gallon
Copper hit a 5-month high as demand is expected to increase for industrial metals helped by a $1.1T stimulus deal towards emerging markets, agreed upon the G20 meeting.

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Currency Impact:

The US dollar and euro gained against the yen this week, with the greenback crossing the 100-yen mark for the first time since early Novemeber of last year. The gloomy US jobs report, sending the unemployment rate to 8.5%, did not outweigh sentiment that the US economy may be turning a corner towards recovery.

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World Indexes Performance:

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

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