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Market 360: The Week's Best & Worst

On a week where the US markets once again hit new highs for 2009, and the 4th consecutive week of gains helped by the better-than-expected jobs report, the major indexes are all up about 2% or greater for the week, except for the NASDAQ which ended up only about 1% for the week.

  • Of the 427 S&P 500 companies that have reported Q2 earnings, 73% beat, 8% were in-line, and 19% missed.
  • The blended earnings growth rate including actuals and estimates for companies in the S&P who have not reported rose to -28.3% from -31.7% at the start of the quarter.
  • Since March 9th lows, the S&P is up 49.36%, the Dow is up 43.12%, and the NASDAQ is up 57.67%

Index Milestones as we look to next week:

  • Dow:
    • The last time the Dow closed above the range of 9700 - 9900 was 10/6/2008 when the Dow closed at 9955.50
    • The last time the Dow closed above 10,000 was on 10/3/2008 when the Dow closed at 10,325.38
    • The highest close for the Dow in 2008 was on 1/2/2008 when the Dow closed at 13,043.96
    • Last time the Dow crossed above 9616.6 on an intraday basis was on 11/4/2008 when it hit an intraday high of 9653.95
    • Last time the Dow crossed above 9653.95 on an intraday basis was on 10/14/2008 when it hit an intraday high of 9794.37
  • S&P:
    • The last time the S&P closed above 1050 was 10/06/08, when the S&P closed at 1056.89
    • The last time the S&P closed above 1100 was 10/2/2008 when the S&P closed at 1114.28
    • The highest close for the S&P in 2008 was on 1/3/08 when it settled at 1447.16
    • The last time the S&P traded above 1050 on an intraday basis was on 10/07/08 when it hit an intraday high of 1072.91
    • The last time the S&P traded above 1100 on an intraday basis was on 10/03/08 when it hit an intraday high of 1153.82
  • NASDAQ:
    • The last time the NASDAQ composite closed above 2100 was 9/26/2008 when the NASDAQ closed at 2183.34
    • Last time the Nasdaq Composite closed above 2200 was on 9/19/08 when it closed at 2273.9
    • The highest close for the NASDAQ in 2008 was on 1/2/2008 when the NASDAQ closed at 2609.63
    • The last time the NASDAQ traded above 2050 on an intraday basis was on 10/02/08 when it hit an intraday high of 2056.43
    • The last time the NASDAQ traded above 2100 on an intraday basis was on 9/29/08 when it hit an intraday high of 2152.69

Index Impact:

  • Travelers (TRV) had the most positive impact on the Dow, up over 10% for the week
    • YTD, American Express (AXP) continues to be the top Dow performer by % gain, up over 76% YTD
    • 20 Dow components are positive YTD: AXP, IBM, CSCO, JPM, DD, INTC, MMM, MSFT, HPQ, HD, DIS, BAC, AA, BA, KO, CAT, KFT, TRV, UTX, JNJ
    • Procter & Gamble (PG) had the most negative impact on the Dow & the S&P, down over 6% for the week
    • YTD, Procter & Gamble (PG) is the worst Dow performer by % loss, down almost 16% YTD
  • S&P, down over 6% for the week
    • YTD, Marshall & Ilsley (MI) is the worst S&P performer by % loss, down almost 48% YTD
    • Wells Fargo (WFC) had the most positive impact on the S&P, up almost 18% for the week
    • YTD, the top S&P performer by % gain is XL Capital (XL) up almost 305% YTD
  • Google (GOOG) had the most positive impact on the NASDAQ 100, up over 3% for the week
    • YTD, the top NASDAQ 100 performer by % gain is Seagate (STX), up over 179% YTD
    • Oracle (ORCL) had the most negative impact on the NASDAQ 100, down over 3% for the week
    • YTD, the worst NASDAQ 100 performer by % loss is FLIR Systems (FLIR) down over 29% YTD




Sector Impact: 6 out of 10 S&P sectors were positive led by Financials up almost 10.5% for the week. Telecom was the most negative sector, down almost 3% for the week. Financials were helped by AIG (AIG) up almost 107% for the week while Telecom was hurt by MetroPCS (PCS) down over 26% for the week
*YTD 8 out of 10 sectors are positive led by Tech up over 36% YTD.

More Weekly Stats Here

Commodity Impact:

  • Oil settles at $70.93 per barrel though it is trading lower in electronic trading, down for the day helped by the stronger-than-expected jobs report and the upward move of the US dollar which impacts commodities denominated in the greenback.
  • Gas Prices: The AAA current national average for regular gas is $2.628 per gallon down 31.72% from a year ago when the average was $3.849 per gallon
    -The highest recorded average price by AAA was on 7/17/2008, when the national average was $4.114 per gallon
  • Sugar is at 28 year highs not seen since April, 1981 on concerns over supply concerns due to an increase in India imports due to a weak monsoon and the possibility that wet weather in Brazil could cut sugar yields.
    -Brazil is the world's largest exporter of sugar, India is the largest consumer


Currencies Impact: The US dollar strengthens against the yen and euro fueled by the jobs report and positive US economic news.



Global Index Performance:




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

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