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Market 360: The Week's Best & Worst

The S&P 500 and Dow index broke 8 days of consecutive gains on Friday, after an economic report showed consumer sentiment in August dipped to a 4-month low. In late trading Friday, the Nasdaq managed to close the trading session slightly positive, up about 0.4% for the day.

All major US indices continue to trade within their best 6-month rally since October, 1933, and are tracking to close up 2.5% or greater for the month.

  • On a month-over-month basis, both indexes are on track for their best monthly performance since July of this year
  • In August, the Dow has traded in positive territory 64.5% of the time, gaining on average 1.25%. The S&P has been on the black 59.3% of the time, gaining on average 0.84%
  • The Nasdaq is on track for its best August performance since 2006, and its best monthly performance since July as well
  • In August, the Nasdaq has been positive for the month 55.3% of the time, gaining on average 0.37%.
  • Since the March 9th lows, the S&P is up 52.09%, the Dow is up 45.78%, and the Nasdaq is up 59.92%

Index Impact:

Boeing (BA) had the most positive impact on the Dow, up over 11% for the week

  • Month-to-date, Bank of America (BAC) is the top Dow performer by % gain, up almost 22%
  • Year-to-date, American Express (AXP) continues to be the top Dow performer by % gain, up almost 85%
  • 21 Dow components are positive in 2009: AXP, IBM, INTC, JPM, CSCO, DD, BAC, MSFT, MMM, HPQ, HD, BA, DIS, UTX, AA, TRV, KO, MRK, KFT, CAT, JNJ

IBM (IBM) had the most negative impact on the Dow, down almost 1.4% for the week

  • Month-to-date, Procter & Gamble (PG) is the worst Dow performer by % loss, down over 4%
  • Year-to-date, Procter & Gamble (PG) is the worst Dow performer by % loss, down almost 14% YTD

Intel (INTC) had the most positive impact on the S&P & NASDAQ, up over 7% for the week

  • Month-to-date, the top S&P performer by % gain is AIG (AIG) up over282%
  • Year-to-date, the top S&P performer by % gain is XL Capital (XL) up almost365%
  • MTD, the top NASDAQ 100 performer by % gain is Liberty Media (LINTA), up over 45%
  • YTD, the top NASDAQ 100 performer by % gain is Seagate (STX), up over 216%

Wells Fargo

(WFC) had the most negative impact on the S&P, down over 2% for the week

  • Month-to-date, MetroPCS (PCS) is the worst S&P performer by % loss, down almost 31%
  • Year-to-date, Marshall & Ilsley (MI) is the worst S&P performer by % loss, down almost 48%

Research in Motion (RIMM) had the most negative impact on the NASDAQ 100, down about 4.5% for the week

  • Month-to-date, the worst NASDAQ 100 performer by % loss is First Solar (FSLR) down almost 20%
  • Year-to-date, the worst NASDAQ 100 performer by % loss is Pharmaceutical Product Development (PPDI) down over 30%


Sector Impact: Four out of ten S&P sectors were positive for the week led by Financials, up almost 1.2%. Utilities were the most negative sector, down about 0.73% for the week.

  • Financials were helped by AIG (AIG), up almost 53% for the week
  • Utilities were hurt by Dynegy (DYN), down almost 4% for the week
  • Month-to-date, nine out of ten sectors are positive led by Financials, up over 13%
  • Year-to-date, nine out of ten sectors are positive led by Tech, up almost 40%

More Weekly Stats Here

Commodity Impact: Nymex crude for October delivery settled at $72.74 per barrel on Friday, after trading as high as $75 on Tuesday, or its highest level since October 2008.
Gas Prices: The AAA current national average for regular gas is $2.613 per gallon down 28.61% from a year ago when the average was $3.660 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 rose against the euro, pound and yen this week on light volume and mixed economic reports from around the world.

Commodity Impact: Nymex crude for October delivery settled at $72.74 per barrel on Friday, after trading as high as $75 on Tuesday, or its highest level since October 2008.
Gas Prices: The AAA current national average for regular gas is $2.613 per gallon down 28.61% from a year ago when the average was $3.660 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:

Commodity Impact: Nymex crude for October delivery settled at $72.74 per barrel on Friday, after trading as high as $75 on Tuesday, or its highest level since October 2008.
Gas Prices: The AAA current national average for regular gas is $2.613 per gallon down 28.61% from a year ago when the average was $3.660 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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