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Market 360: The Week's Best & Worst

U.S. stocks rose to fresh 2009 highs this week, as investors continue to bet that an economy recovery might be in place. The Dow Index is once again near the 10,000-mark.

  • The last time the Dow closed above 10K was on 10/03/08 when it settled at 10,325.38
  • The highest close ever for the Dow was on 10/9/2007 when the Dow settled at 14,164.53
  • Since the March 9 low, the S&P is up 57.91%, the Dow is up 49.99%, and the NASDAQ is up 68.13%



Index Impact

-Caterpillar (CAT) 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 87% YTD
-Verizon (VZ) had the most negative impact on the Dow, down over 5% for the week
**YTD, Verizon (VZ) is the worst Dow performer by % loss, down over 12.7% YTD
-General Electric (GE) had the most positive impact on the S&P for the second week running, up almost 12.5% for the week
**YTD, the top S&P performer by % gain is Tenet Healthcare (THC) up almost 388% YTD
-Oracle (ORCL) had the most negative impact on the S&P & NASDAQ 100, down almost 5.5% for the week
**YTD, Huntington Bancshares (HBAN) is the worst S&P performer by % loss, down over 43% YTD
**YTD, the worst NASDAQ 100 performer by % loss is Cephalon (CEPH) down over 24% YTD
-Apple (AAPL) had the most positive impact on the NASDAQ 100 up almost 7.5% for the week
**YTD, the top NASDAQ 100 performer by % gain is Liberty Media (LINTA), up almost 263% YTD

Sector Impact: 10 out of 10 S&P sectors were positive for the week led by Materials, up almost 4.7%. The Telecommunications sector was the least positive for the week, up only 0.06%.

  • Materials were helped by Dow Chemical (DOW) up almost 13.5% for the week
  • Telecom was hurt by Qwest (Q) down almost 6% for the week
  • Year-to-date, nine out of ten sectors are positive led by Tech, up nearly 45% in 2009

More Weekly Stats Here

Commodity Impact: Crude oil for October delivery settled at $72.04 per barrel on Friday, up for the second week in a row.
Gas Prices: The AAA current national average for regular gas is $2.550 per gallon down 33.5% from a year ago when the average was $3.835 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 U.S. dollar recovered from a one-year low against the euro on Friday, as investors took profits following sharp gains for higher yielding currencies in the past few weeks.

Commodity Impact: Crude oil for October delivery settled at $72.04 per barrel on Friday, up for the second week in a row.
Gas Prices: The AAA current national average for regular gas is $2.550 per gallon down 33.5% from a year ago when the average was $3.835 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: Argentina, Brazil and the FTSE post the best weekly gains.


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

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