Tech Stocks, Oil, & Dollar Strengthen This Week

U.S. stocks finished the week mixed, with the S&P and the Dow posting modest losses, while the NASDAQ Composite managed a gain of 0.98%.

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

Historical Averages

  • Historically, December is the fourth best month for the S&P 500
  • For the Dow, December is the second best month
    • The best month for the S&P and Dow, on average, is April
  • December is the best month for the NASDAQ Composite

New 2009 Highs

  • The NASDAQ Composite hit a fresh 2009 high of 2,220.46, its highest level since September 22, 2008

Since the Bottom

  • Since the March lows, the NASDAQ is leading the way with a gain of 74%, followed by the S&P and Dow 63%, up % and 58%, respectively

Sector Impact: 3 out of 10 sectors closed the week in positive territory, led to the upside by Information Technology and Energy stocks. Telecomms were the worst performing stocks this week, down 2.3%.

  • Technology was helped this week by Sun Microsystems (JAVA), up 11.6%
  • Telecomms were dragged by Sprint Nextel (S), down 8.6%
  • Month-to-date, Utilities companies are taking the lead, up 6.2%
  • Year-to-date, Technology stocks continue to be a among the best performing companies, up 55.7%

More Weekly Stats Here

Commodity Impact:Crude oil for January delivery closed at $73.36 per barrel on Friday, up $3.49, or 4.99% for the week.

  • Natural gas was among the best performing commodities for the second consecutive week, posting a gain of 12%, while cocoa was among the worst performers, down 3.3%

Currencies Impact: The dollar index posted its best weekly percent gain since early April 2009, as investors bought dollars ahead of the year end. The greenback, which hit a 15-month low in late November, has reversed its trend, up about 4% month-to-date.

Global Index Performance:

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

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