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Market 360: The Week's Best & Worst

On a week dominated by GM, a weak dollar, and a rally in the commodities complex, the US markets rallied on Friday, to finish May in positive territory. All three major US indices have closed in the black for 3 positive months in a row.

  • The Dow has advanced 20.39% in the past three months, for its biggest 3-month gain since November 1998, when it gained 20.92% over 3 months
  • The S&P gained 25.04% for its biggest 3-month gain since June 1933, when it gained 86.5% over 3 months
  • The NASDAQ gained 28.78% for its biggest 3-month gain since December 2001, when it gained 30.13% over 3 months
  • Since the March 9th lows, the S&P is up 35.86%, the Dow is up 29.83%, and the NASDAQ is up 39.86%
  • The S&P 500 is now positive year-to-date, up 1.76%, along with the Russell 2000 just breaking into positive territory for the year, up 0.43%. The NASDAQ Composite is still positive YTD, up 12.51%, while the NASDAQ 100 is up 18.48% YTD
  • Of the major US indexes, only the Dow is still in the red for 2009, down more than 3%

Index Impact:

-IBM (IBM) had the most positive impact on the Dow, up over 4% for the week
**YTD, American Express (AXP) is the top Dow performer by % gain, up almost 34% YTD
**10 Dow components are positive YTD: AXP, IBM, JPM, DD, KO, MSFT, INTC, DIS, BA, HD
-Procter & Gamble (PG) had the most negative impact on the Dow & S&P, down about 2% for the week
**YTD, General Motors (GM) is the worst Dow & S&P performer by % loss, down over 76% YTD
-Apple (AAPL) had the most positive impact on the S&P & the NASDAQ 100, up almost 11% for the week
**YTD, the top S&P performer by % gain is Tenet Healthcare (THC) up almost 216% YTD
**YTD, the top NASDAQ 100 performer by % gain is Sun Microsystems (JAVA), up almost 136% YTD
-DirecTV (DTV) had the most negative impact on the NASDAQ 100, down over 5% for the week
**YTD, the worst NASDAQ 100 performer by % loss is Pharmaceutical Product Development (PPDI) down almost 31% YTD

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Sector Impact:

Ten out of ten S&P sectors were positive for the week led by Financials up about 5.5%. Consumer Staples were the least positive sector, up slightly at about 1% for the week.

  • Financials were helped by CIT Group (CIT) up almost 22% for the week
  • Consumer Staples were hurt by Sara Lee (SLE) down over 5% for the week
  • For the month, 8 out of 10 sectors were positive, led by Financials up over 13%, and lagged by Telecom, which lost almost 1.5% in May


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More Weekly Stats Here

Commodity Impact:
Crude oil
settled at $66.31 per barrel, a fresh 6-month high. Oil rose nearly 30% in May, for its biggest monthly gain since March 1999.
Gas Prices: The AAA current national average for regular gas is $2.467 per gallon down 37.58% from a year ago when the average was $3.952 per gallon
-The highest recorded average price by AAA was on 7/17/2008, when the national average was $4.114 per gallon
Silver prices rallied over 26% in May, for their best monthly gain since April 1987.

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Currency Impact:

The US dollar lost ground versus most major currencies this month on rising risk appetite among investors, and concerns over inflationary effects due to the expanding US government debt. The euro rose to its highest level this year, trading as high as $1.4165 late Friday. The pound sterling was on pace for its biggest percent gain since March 1985, up 9.4% in May.

Commodity Impact:
Crude oil
settled at $66.31 per barrel, a fresh 6-month high. Oil rose nearly 30% in May, for its biggest monthly gain since March 1999.
Gas Prices: The AAA current national average for regular gas is $2.467 per gallon down 37.58% from a year ago when the average was $3.952 per gallon
-The highest recorded average price by AAA was on 7/17/2008, when the national average was $4.114 per gallon
Silver prices rallied over 26% in May, for their best monthly gain since April 1987.

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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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