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
-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%