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Market 360: The Week's Best & Worst

On a short holiday week, Financials dominated the scene, led by positive earnings news from Wells Fargo on Friday. The markets rallied Thursday, with the Dow closing above 8,000 for the first time since last Friday, with all the major indexes gaining 3% or greater, as they chalk up their 5th straight week of gains.

For the week, all indexes were up about 1% or greater.

  • The current 5-week rally for the NASDAQ, up 27%, is its best ever
  • The last time the Dow, S&P and NASDAQ all experienced 5-straight weeks of gains was October, 2007
  • The NASDAQ Composite continues to be positive in 2009, up 4.79% year-to-date, and the NASDAQ 100 remains in the green for the year, now up 10.62% YTD
  • Information Technology and Materials hold onto their positive gains in 2009, up 12.39% and 5.07% YTD respectively, while Consumer Discretionary stocks join the party, up 2.26% YTD
  • Since March 9th lows, the Dow is up 23.47%, the NASDAQ is up 30.26% and the S&P is up 26.61%

Index Impact:

-American Express (AXP) had the most positive impact on the Dow, up almost 23% for the week
**YTD, IBM (IBM) continues to be the top performer by % gain, up almost 21% YTD, followed by Home Depot (HD), Intel (INTC), Dupont (DD), and newly joined by JP Morgan (JPM), American Express (AXP and Microsoft (MSFT) now also positive YTD.
-Wal-Mart (WMT) had the most negative impact on the Dow & the S&P, down almost 6% for the week
**YTD, Citigroup (C) continues to be the worst Dow performer by % loss, down almost 55% YTD
**YTD, the bottom S&P performer by % loss continues to be Huntington Bancshares (HBAN) down almost 72% YTD
-Wells Fargo (WFC) had the most positive impact on the S&P, up over 20% for the week
**YTD, the top S&P performer by % gain continues to be SprintNextel (S), up over 134% YTD
-Microsoft (MSFT) had the most positive impact on the NASDAQ 100, up almost 5% for the week.
**YTD, the top NASDAQ 100 performer by % gain continues to be SunMicrosystems (JAVA), up almost 75% YTD
-Cisco (CSCO) had the most negative impact on the NASDAQ 100 down almost 2% for the week.
**YTD, the worst NASDAQ 100 performer by % loss continues to be Wynn Resorts (WYNN) down almost 29% YTD

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Sector Impact:

Six out of ten S&P sectors were positive for the week, led by Financials up almost 9.5%.

  • Telecom was the most negative sector, down over 2% for the week
  • Financials were helped by Lincoln National (LNC) up almost 51% for the week
  • Telecom was hurt by American Tower (AMT) down almost 5% for the week
  • YTD 7 out of 10 sectors are negative led by Financials down over 15% YTD. Information Technology is the most positive sector up over 12% YTD


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More Weekly Stats Here

Commodity Impact:

Oil settled at $52.24 per barrel, down slightly for the week.
Gas Prices: The AAA current national average for regular gas is $2.051 per gallon down 38.65% from a year ago when the average was $3.343 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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Currency Impact:

The US dollar gained momentum against the yen, euro and pound for the week, spurred by positive earnings guidance from Wells Fargo, which boosted investors' appetite for riskier assets.

Commodity Impact:

Oil settled at $52.24 per barrel, down slightly for the week.
Gas Prices: The AAA current national average for regular gas is $2.051 per gallon down 38.65% from a year ago when the average was $3.343 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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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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