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US Stocks Finish Higher for Third Consecutive Week

US Stocks rose for the third consecutive week, with the Dow halting its eight-session winning streak on Friday.

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

Highest Close in 2010

  • On Thursday, the Dow closed at a fresh 18-month high of 10,779.17, its highest settle price since 10/1/08
  • The Dow closed up for the eight-consecutive day on Thursday, its longest winning streak since 8/27/2009 when it rose 4.9% during this period
  • On Wednesday, the S&P closed at a new 18-month high of 1,166.21, its highest closing price since 9/30/08
  • On Thursday, the NASDAQ settled at 2,391.28, its highest closing level since 8/28/2008

Three Weeks of Consecutive Gains

  • The Dow is up 4.04% month-to-date, and on track to its best monthly percent gain since November 2009
  • The S&P is up 5.02% month-to-date, and on track to its best monthly percent gain since November 2009
  • The NASDAQ is up 6.08% month-to-date, and on track to its best monthly % gain since July 2009

Equity Metrics This Week

  • 22 of the Dow 30 components finished up for the week, while only 8 companies closed down
  • 324 of the 500 (65%) S&P components finished up for the week, 172 declined, and 4 were unchanged
  • 66 of the NASDAQ 100 components rose, while 34 declined



S&P 500

Sector Impact:
Nine out of ten sectors closed the week in positive territory, led to the upside by telecommunication services and industrial stocks.

  • This week, telecom stocks were helped by MetroPCS Communications, up 5%
  • General Electric, the parent company of NBC/CNBC, led the gains in the industrial sector, up 6% for the week
  • Year-to-date, seven out of ten sectors are trading in positive territory, led to the upside by industrials with a gain of 11%, and to the downside by the telecom sector, with a loss of 5%

More Weekly Stats Here

Commodity Impact:Crude oil for April delivery fell for the second consecutive week, settling at $80.68 per barrel on Friday, down $0.56 for the week. Crude is currently down 44.47% from its Nymex record close of $145.29 reached on July 3, 2008.

  • Soybean meal futures were among the best performing commodities this week, rising 8%, while natural gas were among the worst performers, down for the sixth consecutive week, posting a loss of 5%


Currencies Impact: The euro was on track to close the week down over 1.5% against the US dollar, as concerns over Greece's debt situation persisted.


Global Index Performance:



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