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U.S. Markets End Week Positive, Dollar Rallies

U.S. stocks posted modest gains this week, following a better-than-expected jobs report on Friday, which boosted hopes for an economic recovery and stabilization in the labor market.

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

  • The Dow broke the 10,513-mark this week, trading as high as 10,516.7 on Friday; a new intraday high for the year and its highest level since the week ending October 3, 2008
  • The S&P and Nasdaq Composite also reached new highs for 2009 on Friday, with both indices trading as high as 1,119.13 and 2,214.39, respectively
  • Since the March lows, the NASDAQ is leading the way with a gain of 72.9%, followed by the S&P and Dow, up 63.5% and 58.7%, respectively

Index Impact:

-Boeing (BA) had the most positive impact on the Dow, up over 4% for the week
*Year-to-date, American Express (AXP) continues to be the top Dow performer by percent gain, up almost 112%
-DuPont (DD) had the most negative impact on the Dow, down over 6% for the week
*YTD, Exxon (XOM) is the worst Dow performer by percent loss, down almost 7%
-Intel (INTC) had the most positive impact on the S&P & NASDAQ 100, up over 7% for the week
*YTD, the top S&P performer by percent gain is XL Capital (XL) up over 392%
*YTD, the top NASDAQ 100 performer by percent gain is Seagate (STX), up almost 277%
-Apple (AAPL) had the most negative impact on the S&P & NASDAQ 100, down almost 4% for the week
*YTD, Marshall & Ilsley (MI) is the worst S&P performer by percent loss, down almost 58%
*YTD, the worst NASDAQ 100 performer by percent loss is Apollo (APOL) down over 28.5%


Sector Impact: 9 out of 10 sectors closed the week in positive territory, led to the upside by Utilities, up 3.9%. Energy was the most negative sector this week, down 1.5%.

  • Utilities were helped by Dynegy (DYN) up 10.9% for the week
  • Energy was hurt by Chesapeake Energy (CHK) down 6.6% for the week
  • Year-to-date, 10 out of 10 sectors continue to trade in positive territory, with technology leading the way, up 54.4%

More Weekly Stats Here

Commodity Impact:Crude oil for January delivery settled at $75.47 on Friday, down 0.76% for the week

  • Orange juice was among the best performing commodities this week, posting a gain of 4.4%, while natural gas was among the worst performers, down 11.6%
  • Gold for February delivery hit a new nominal record close of $1,227.5 per troy ounce on Thursday, but retreaded 4% on Friday on a stronger dollar

Gas Prices: The AAA current national average for regular gas is $2.637 per gallon, up 21.07% 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 rose broadly on Friday, helped by a better-than-expected jobs report.

Gas Prices: The AAA current national average for regular gas is $2.637 per gallon, up 21.07% 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 $2.637 per gallon, up 21.07% 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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