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Market 360: The Week's Best & Worst

All major U.S. indices closed to the upside on Friday, as less than expected job losses in August led investors to focus on the positive side of a mixed payroll report, which showed that the unemployment rate jumped to 9.7%, or its highest level since 1983. Despite of Friday's gains, the S&P 500, Dow, and Nasdaq Composite broke two weeks of consecutive gains, to finish the week in negative territory.


Since March 9

The Nasdaq Composite is up 59.13% from its March 9 multi-year low, followed by the S&P, up 50.24%, and the Dow with a gain of 44.21%.

Sector Impact: Nine out of ten sectors closed the week in the red, dragged to the downside by Financial and Energy companies. The S&P's Consumer Staples sector finished the week slightly positive, posting a gain of 0.56%.

  • American International Group (AIG) was the biggest percent loser in the S&P 500, down 20.1% for the week
  • Newmont Mining (NEM) was the biggest percent gainer in the S&P 500, up 11.6% for the week
  • Eight out of ten sectors are positive year-to led by Tech, up almost 40%

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Commodity Impact: Crude oil for October delivery closed at $68.02 per barrel on Friday, down $4.72 this week, or 6.49%.
Gold for December delivery settled at $996.7 per troy ounce at the Comex, up $37.9 this week, or 3.95%.
Prices of Gold are up 23.5% from their lowest close this year of $807.3 reached on January 15.
As per the AAA, the national average price of regular gasoline is at $2.591 per gallon, down 37% from its record high of $4.114 reached on July 17, 2008.


Currencies Impact: The US dollar rose against the Japanese yen on Friday, as job losses eased in the month of August, reinforcing hopes of an economic recovery, and halting demand for safe-have currencies.

Commodity Impact: Crude oil for October delivery closed at $68.02 per barrel on Friday, down $4.72 this week, or 6.49%.
Gold for December delivery settled at $996.7 per troy ounce at the Comex, up $37.9 this week, or 3.95%.
Prices of Gold are up 23.5% from their lowest close this year of $807.3 reached on January 15.
As per the AAA, the national average price of regular gasoline is at $2.591 per gallon, down 37% from its record high of $4.114 reached on July 17, 2008.


Global Index Performance:

Commodity Impact: Crude oil for October delivery closed at $68.02 per barrel on Friday, down $4.72 this week, or 6.49%.
Gold for December delivery settled at $996.7 per troy ounce at the Comex, up $37.9 this week, or 3.95%.
Prices of Gold are up 23.5% from their lowest close this year of $807.3 reached on January 15.
As per the AAA, the national average price of regular gasoline is at $2.591 per gallon, down 37% from its record high of $4.114 reached on July 17, 2008.


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

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