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U.S. Markets Gain 3% for the Week Despite 10.2% Unemployment

On a week where the Dow closes above 10K, gold tops $1,100 and unemployment hits 10.2%, the markets shrug off negative data to end the week up over 3%.

This week, the NASDAQ is up the most among the three major indices, gaining 3.3%.


Since the March lows, the NASDAQ is leading the way with a gain of 66.5%, followed by the S&P and Dow, up 58.1% and 53.1%, respectively.

Index Impact:

United Technologies (UTX) 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 101% YTD
Kraft (KFT) had the most negative impact on the Dow, down almost 3% for the week
*YTD, Verizon (VZ) continues to be the worst Dow performer by % loss, down almost 13% YTD
General Electric (GE) had the most positive impact on the S&P, up 7.5% for the week
*YTD, the top S&P performer by % gain is XL Capital (XL) up over 365% YTD
CVS Caremark (CVS) had the most negative impact on the S&P, down over 15.5% for the week
*YTD, Marshall & Ilsley (MI) is the worst S&P performer by % loss, down almost 62% YTD
Microsoft (MSFT) had the most positive impact on the NASDAQ 100, up almost 3% for the week
*YTD, the top NASDAQ 100 performer by % gain continues to be Liberty Media (LINTA), up almost 289% YTD
Intel (INTC) had the most negative impact on the NASDAQ 100, down almost 1% for the week
*YTD, the worst NASDAQ 100 performer by % loss is Pharmaceutical Product Development (PPDI) down almost 28% YTD

Sector Impact:
10 out of 10 S&P sectors were positive for the week led by Industrials, up 6.1%. Telecom was the least positive sector, up over 1.01% for the week.

  • Industrials were helped by Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNI), up 29% for the week
  • Telecoms were hurt by MetroPCS (PCS), down 4% for the week
  • Year-to-date, eight out of ten sectors continue to trade in positive territory, with technology leading the way, up 49%

More Weekly Stats Here

Commodity Impact:Crude oil for December delivery closed at $77.43 per barrel on Friday, nearly unchanged for the week.
Silver was among the best performing commodities this week, posting a gain of 6.9%, while natural gas was among the worst performers, down 8.9%.
Additionaly, Gold reached a new nominal all-time intraday high on Friday, trading as high as $1,101.90 per oz.

Gas Prices: The AAA current national average for regular gas is $2.679 per gallon UP 14.49% from a year ago when the average was $2.340 per gallon, as 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 gained ground against the yen, euro and pound sterling on Friday, as risk aversion among investors increased following a spike in unemployment.

Commodity Impact:Crude oil for December delivery closed at $77.43 per barrel on Friday, nearly unchanged for the week.
Silver was among the best performing commodities this week, posting a gain of 6.9%, while natural gas was among the worst performers, down 8.9%.
Additionaly, Gold reached a new nominal all-time intraday high on Friday, trading as high as $1,101.90 per oz.

Gas Prices: The AAA current national average for regular gas is $2.679 per gallon UP 14.49% from a year ago when the average was $2.340 per gallon, as 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


Global Index Performance:

Commodity Impact:Crude oil for December delivery closed at $77.43 per barrel on Friday, nearly unchanged for the week.
Silver was among the best performing commodities this week, posting a gain of 6.9%, while natural gas was among the worst performers, down 8.9%.
Additionaly, Gold reached a new nominal all-time intraday high on Friday, trading as high as $1,101.90 per oz.

Gas Prices: The AAA current national average for regular gas is $2.679 per gallon UP 14.49% from a year ago when the average was $2.340 per gallon, as 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


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

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