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U.S. Stocks Fall on Dubai Worries

On a short holiday week where the Dow started off at a new 2009 high before losing ground Friday on concerns over Dubai's debt standing, the markets managed a mixed to flat performance for the week.

What follows is a summary of this week's statistics on the markets.

  • The Dow broke the 10,490-mark this week, trading as high as 10,495.61; a new intraday high for the year and its highest level since the week ending October 3, 2008
  • This year the markets buck the trend on the short trading day Friday after Thanksgiving. Historically, the markets close in positive territory for the day 65% of the time with the NASDAQ on average the most positive, up 84% of the time on Black Friday
  • Today, the NASDAQ experienced its worst Black Friday (day after Thanksgiving) performance ever, down 1.73% for the day
  • Since the March lows, the NASDAQ is leading the way with a gain of 68.6%, followed by the S&P and Dow, up 61.3% and 57.5%, respectively

Index Impact:

Chevron (CVX) had the most positive impact on the Dow, up almost 2% for the week
*Year-to-date, American Express (AXP) continues to be the top Dow performer by % gain, up almost 121%
**Month-to-date, Merck (MRK) is the top Dow performer by % gain, up 17.33% in November
IBM (IBM) had the most negative impact on the Dow, down almost 1% for the week
*YTD, Verizon (VZ) continues to be the worst Dow performer by % loss, down almost 7%
**MTD, Kraft (KFT) is the worst Dow performer by % loss, down over 3% for November
AT&T (T) had the most positive impact on the S&P, up over 3.7% for the week
*YTD, the top S&P performer by % gain is XL Capital (XL) up over 378%
**MTD, Advanced Micro (AMD) is the top S&P performer by % gain, up almost 49% for November
Bank of America (BAC) had the most negative impact on the S&P, down almost 4% for the week
*YTD, Marshall & Ilsley (MI) is the worst S&P performer by % loss, down over 60%
**MTD, Whole Foods (WFMI) is the worst S&P performer by % loss, down over 19% for November
Google (GOOG) had the most positive impact on the NASDAQ 100, up almost 2% for the week *YTD, the top NASDAQ 100 performer by % gain is Seagate (STX), up almost 251%
**MTD, Priceline.com (PCLN) is the top NASDAQ 100 performer by % gain, up almost 32% for November
Microsoft (MSFT) had the most negative impact on the NASDAQ 100, down over 1% for the week
*YTD, the worst NASDAQ 100 performer by % loss is Cephalon (CEPH) down over 28%
**MTD, Illumina (ILMN) is the worst NASDAQ 100 performer by % loss, down almost 11% for November


Sector Impact: 6 out of 10 sectors closed the week in positive territory, led to the upside by Telecom, up over 3.3%. Financials were the most negative sector this week, down 2.3%.

  • Telecom was helped by Frontier Communications (FTR), up 5.6% for the week
  • Financials were hurt by American Intl. Group (AIG), down 5.1% for the week
  • Month-to-date, 10 out of 10 sectors are positive led by Materials, up 10.6% in November
  • Year-to-date, 9 out of 10 sectors continue to trade in positive territory, with technology leading the way, up 51%

More Weekly Stats Here

Commodity Impact:Crude oil for January delivery fell to levels below $73 per barrel on Friday during the morning electronic session; however, it recovered some of its losses in the afternoon, trading at around $75 per barrel.

  • Natural gas was among the best performing commodities this week, posting a gain of 8.5%, while Crude oil was among the worst performers, down 3.3%
  • Gold for December delivery hit a new nominal record close of $1,192.8 per troy ounce and a new intraday high of $1,195 on Thursday
  • Month-to-date, Orange juice continues to hold the lead, rising 28.9%, while Sugar holds the bottom spot, down 5.6%

Gas Prices: The AAA current national average for regular gas is $2.632 per gallon, up 20.84% from a year ago when the average was $2.178 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 greenback fell to a 14-year low against the Japanese yen, breaking the 85-mark on Friday, but then retreated as fears over possible defaults on Dubai's debt raised the U.S. dollar safe-haven appeal.

Gas Prices: The AAA current national average for regular gas is $2.632 per gallon, up 20.84% from a year ago when the average was $2.178 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:

Gas Prices: The AAA current national average for regular gas is $2.632 per gallon, up 20.84% from a year ago when the average was $2.178 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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