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Market 360: The Week's Best & Worst

On a week where GM emerged from bankruptcy protection, oil settled below $60 per barrel, and earnings season had its unofficial kick off with Alcoa, the US markets extended their losing streak to 4 straight weeks.

  • Since the March 9th lows, the S&P is up 29.95%, the Dow is up 24.43%, and the NASDAQ is up 38.42%
  • The NASDAQ Composite is up over 11% YTD and the NASDAQ 100 is up over 17% YTD, all of the other major averages are back in negative territory for the year.

Index Impact:

- Procter & Gamble (PG) had the most positive impact on the Dow, up over 2% for the week
*YTD, American Express (AXP) is the top Dow performer by % gain, up over 25% YTD
*9 Dow components are positive YTD: AXP, IBM, MSFT, CSCO, INTC, KO, MMM, HPQ, JPM
- Exxon (XOM) had the most negative impact on the Dow & S&P, down almost 5% for the week
*YTD, General Electric (GE) is the worst Dow performer by % loss, down 33.5% YTD
*YTD, Marshall & Ilsley (MI) is the worst S&P performer by % gain down over 67% YTD
- Amgen (AMGN) had the most positive impact on the S&P & the NASDAQ 100, up over 12% for the week
*YTD, the top S&P performer by % gain is XL Capital (XL) up almost 199% YTD
*YTD, the top NASDAQ 100 performer by % gain is Sun Microsystems (JAVA), up over 140% YTD
- Microsoft (MSFT) had the most negative impact on the NASDAQ 100, down over 4% for the week
*YTD, the worst NASDAQ 100 performer by % loss is FLIR Systems (FLIR) down over 32% YTD


Sector Impact: Ten out of ten S&P sectors were negative for the week led by Telecom, down over 4%. Health Care was the least negative sector, down about 0.3% for the week.

  • Telecom was hurt by Qwest (Q) down almost 9% for the week
  • Health Care was helped by Amgen (AMGN) up over 12% for the week
  • Three out of ten sectors are positive year-to-date, led by Tech, up almost 20% in 2009


More Weekly Stats Here

Commodity Impact: Oil settled at $59.89 per barrel, falling over 10% for the week, or its biggest percent drop since the last week in January.
Gas Prices: The AAA current national average for regular gas is $2.565 per gallon down 37.5% from a year ago when the average was $4.104 per gallon
The highest recorded average price by AAA was on 7/17/2008, when the national average was $4.114 per gallon


Currencies Impact: The US dollar and yen rose against the euro and pound sterling as the US markets closed down for the fourth-straight week and oil settled below $60, causing investors to become more risk averse.

Commodity Impact: Oil settled at $59.89 per barrel, falling over 10% for the week, or its biggest percent drop since the last week in January.
Gas Prices: The AAA current national average for regular gas is $2.565 per gallon down 37.5% from a year ago when the average was $4.104 per gallon
The highest recorded average price by AAA was on 7/17/2008, when the national average was $4.114 per gallon


Global Index Performance led by Asia and Latin America:

Commodity Impact: Oil settled at $59.89 per barrel, falling over 10% for the week, or its biggest percent drop since the last week in January.
Gas Prices: The AAA current national average for regular gas is $2.565 per gallon down 37.5% from a year ago when the average was $4.104 per gallon
The highest recorded average price by AAA was on 7/17/2008, when the national average was $4.114 per gallon



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

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