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Market 360: The Week's Best & Worst

On a week dominated by a new credit card bill and concerns over the US government debt AAA-credit rating, the markets end the week roughly flat to positive, following an abrupt reversal late Friday.

  • Since March 9th lows, the S&P is up 31.11%, the Dow is up 26.43%, and the NASDAQ is up 33.37%
  • The NASDAQ Composite is still positive year-to-date, up 7.3%, while the NASDAQ 100 is up 12.5% during the same period

Index Impact:

-McDonalds (MCD) had the most positive impact on the Dow, up almost 7% for the week
*YTD, American Express (AXP) is the top Dow performer by % gain, up over 26% YTD
**9 Dow components are positive YTD: AXP, IBM, DD, JPM, KO, DIS, INTC, MSFT, BA
-3M (MMM) had the most negative impact on the Dow, down over 3% for the week
*YTD, General Motors (GM) is the worst Dow performer by % loss, down over 55% YTD
-Procter & Gamble (PG) had the most positive impact on the S&P, up almost 5% for the week
*YTD, the top S&P performer by % gain is Sprint Nextel (S) up almost 182% YTD
-AT&T (T) had the most negative impact on the S&P, down almost 5% for the week
*YTD, the bottom S&P performer by % loss is Eastman Kodak (EK) down over 59% YTD
-Costco (COST) had the most positive impact on the NASDAQ 100 up almost 8% for the week.
*YTD, the top NASDAQ 100 performer by % gain is Sun Microsystems (JAVA), up almost 136% YTD
-Microsoft (MSFT) had the most negative impact on the NASDAQ 100, down over 2% for the week
*YTD, the worst NASDAQ 100 performer by % loss is Pharmaceutical Product Development (PPDI) down over 33% YTD

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Sector Impact:

Six out of ten S&P sectors were positive for the week led by Materials, up over 2.5%. Telecom was the most negative sector, down over 3% for the week.

  • Materials were helped by International Paper (IP) up over 14% for the week
  • Telecom was hurt by AT&T (T) down almost 5% for the week
  • Year-to-date, three out of ten S&P sectors are trading on the black led by Materials, up nearly 15%
  • Utilities are the laggards in 2009, down almost 12%


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More Weekly Stats Here

Commodity Impact:

Crude oil
for July delivery settled at $61.67 per barrel on Friday, after hitting an intraday high of $62.26 on Wednesday, a level not seen in almost 6 months.
Gas Prices: The AAA current national average for regular gas is $2.391 per gallon down 37.59% from a year ago when the average was $3.831 per gallon
-The highest recorded average price by AAA was on 7/17/2008, when the national average was $4.114 per gallon
Gold for June delivery settled at $958.90 on Friday, it's highest close since February 25.

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Currency Impact:

The US dollar fell sharply across the board this week on concerns that the US government-debt AAA-credit rating might be at risk of being downgraded. The pound sterling rallied to a 6 1/2-month high versus the greenback on Friday, while the euro traded as high as $1.4049, its highest level since January 2.

Commodity Impact:

Crude oil
for July delivery settled at $61.67 per barrel on Friday, after hitting an intraday high of $62.26 on Wednesday, a level not seen in almost 6 months.
Gas Prices: The AAA current national average for regular gas is $2.391 per gallon down 37.59% from a year ago when the average was $3.831 per gallon
-The highest recorded average price by AAA was on 7/17/2008, when the national average was $4.114 per gallon
Gold for June delivery settled at $958.90 on Friday, it's highest close since February 25.

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Global Index Performance led by Asia and Latin America:

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

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