Dow flirts with 10,000, oil settles above $78

U.S. stocks managed to close the week in positive territory, up about 1% or greater. The Dow Jones industrial average settled above the 10,000-level twice this week, reaching its highest close in a year. Here is a summary of the markets' performance this week.

  • The Dow hit a new closing high for the year on Thursday of 10,062.94, while the S&P hit 1,096.56, and the NASDAQ reached 2,173.29
  • The highest close ever for the Dow was on 10/9/2007 when the Dow settled at 14,164.53, while the highest close ever for the S&P was 1,565.15 on 10/9/2007, and the highest close ever for the NASDAQ was on 3/10/2000 when it closed at 5132.52
  • Since the March 9 low, the S&P is up 60.77%, the Dow is up 52.68%, the NASDAQ is up 70.01% and the Russell 2,000 is up 79.51%

Index Impact:

Chevron
(CVX) had the most positive impact on the Dow, up over 5.5% for the week
*Year-to-date, American Express (AXP) continues to be the top Dow performer by % gain, up almost 88.5% YTD
IBM (IBM) had the most negative impact on the Dow & S&P, down almost 3.5% for the week
*YTD, Verizon (VZ) continues to be the worst Dow performer by % loss, down almost 15% YTD
*YTD, MetroPCS (PCS) continues to be the worst S&P performer by % loss, down almost 52% YTD
Exxon (XOM) had the most positive impact on the S&P, up over 5.5% for the week
*YTD, the top S&P performer by % gain continues to be Tenet Healthcare (THC) up almost 417% YTD
Google (GOOG) had the most positive impact on the NASDAQ 100 for the second week running, up 6.5% for the week
*YTD, the top NASDAQ 100 performer by % gain continues to be Liberty Media (LINTA), up over 280% YTD
Apple (AAPL) had the most negative impact on the NASDAQ 100, down 1.27% for the week
*YTD, the worst NASDAQ 100 performer by % loss continues to be Cephalon (CEPH) down over 29% YTD


Sector Impact:
9 out of 10 S&P sectors were positive for the week led by Energy, up over 5%. Financials were the only negative sector, down about 0.17% for the week.

  • Energy was helped this week by Sunoco (SUN), up almost 11.5% for the week
  • Financials were hurt by MBIA (MBI), down almost 10.5% for the week
  • Year-to-date, 9 out of 10 sectors are positive led by Tech, up almost 48% in 2009
  • Telecom continues to be the most negative sector year-to-date, down over 7%

More Weekly Stats Here

Commodity Impact: Crude oil for November delivery settled at 78.53 per barrel on Friday, up $6.76 this week.
The AAA current national average for regular gas is $2.501 per gallon, down 18.9% from a year ago when the average was $3.084 per gallon. The spread between current prices and last year's record prices begins to tighten.
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 some of its losses for the week on Friday, as risk aversion surfaced on weaker-than-expected corporate earnings and mixed economic data.


Global Index Performance:


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

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