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Market 360: The Week's Best & Worst

On a volatile week that ended with Fed Chairman Bernanke stating that the US economy is nearing recovery, positive housing data, and oil hitting 10 month highs; the Dow, S&P and NASDAQ once again close at new highs for 2009, and end up about 1.8% or better for the week.

  • Since March 9th lows, the S&P is up 51.68%, the Dow is up 45.19%, and the NASDAQ is up 59.30%


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
    Note: In one day the Dow passed through the range of 9200 - 9600 which occurred on 11/4/2008 when the Dow closed at 9625.28
  • S&P 500:
    **The last time the S&P closed above 1050 was 10/06/08, when the S&P closed at 1056.89
    **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
    **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:

Exxon (XOM) had the most positive impact on the Dow & S&P, up about 2.5% for the week
**YTD, American Express (AXP) continues to be the top Dow performer by % gain, up over 77% YTD
**21 Dow components are positive YTD: AXP, IBM, JPM, CSCO, DD, INTC, MMM, MSFT, BAC, HPQ, HD, DIS, AA, KO, UTX, BA, KFT, MRK, TRV, CAT, JNJ
**YTD, the top S&P performer by % gain is XL Capital (XL) up over 326% YTD
Alcoa (AA) had the most negative impact on the Dow, down over 5% for the week
**YTD, Procter & Gamble (PG) is the worst Dow performer by % loss, down over 13% YTD
Lowe's (LOW) had the most negative impact on the S&P, down over 7% for the week
**YTD, Marshall & Ilsley (MI) is the worst S&P performer by % loss, down almost 47% YTD
Microsoft (MSFT) had the most positive impact on the NASDAQ 100, up about 3% for the week
**YTD, the top NASDAQ 100 performer by % gain is Liberty Media (LINTA), up almost 212% YTD
First Solar (FSLR) had the most negative impact on the NASDAQ 100, down over 14% for the week
**YTD, the worst NASDAQ 100 performer by % loss is Pharmaceutical Product Development (PPDI) down almost 28% YTD


Sector Impact: Ten out of ten S&P sectors were positive for the week led by Energy up over 3%. Telecom was the least positive sector, up only about 1.56% for the week.

  • Energy was helped by Cameron International (CAM) up over 9% for the week
  • Telecom was hurt by MetroPCS (PCS) down almost 9% for the week
  • Year-to-date, nine out of ten sectors are positive led by Tech up almost 39% in 2009

More Weekly Stats Here

Commodity Impact: Nymex crude for October delivery settled at $73.89 per barrel, or its highest close since October 20, 2008.
Gas Prices: The AAA current national average for regular gas is $2.625 per gallon down 29.09% from a year ago when the average was $3.702 per gallon
The highest recorded average price by AAA was on 7/17/2008, when the national average was $4.114 per gallon
Natural Gas for September delivery settled at $2.804 per million BTUs, down 13.40% this week to a 7-year low on record supplies and sagging industrial demand.


Currencies Impact: The US dollar fell against the euro and the yen for the week on positive eurozone data showing an increase in manufacturing output for the first time in 15 months. Upbeat comments from Fed Chairman Bernanke on Friday, suggesting that an economic recovery might be in place, reduced the greenback's safe-have appeal.


Global Index Performance:




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

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