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US Stocks Rise for Fourth Consecutive Week

US Stocks rose for the fourth consecutive week, led to the upside by the Dow Jones Industrial average. The Dow and S&P 500 are on track for their best first quarter since 1999.
What follows is a summary of this week's statistics on the markets.

Highest Close in 2010

  • On Tuesday, the Dow closed at a fresh 18-month high of 10,888.83, its highest settle price since 9/26/08
  • The S&P closed at a new 18-month high of 1,174.17, its highest closing price since 9/26/08
  • The NASDAQ settled at 2,415.24, its highest closing level since 8/18/08

Four Weeks of Consecutive Gains

  • The Dow is up 5.09% month-to-date, and on track to its best monthly percent gain since November 2009
  • The S&P is up 5.62% month-to-date, and on track to its best monthly percent gain since November 2009
  • The NASDAQ is up 7.01% month-to-date, and on track to its best monthly % gain since July 2009

Equity Metrics This Week

  • 21 Dow 30 components finished up for the week, while 7 companies closed down, and AT&T finished flat
  • 279 of the 500 (65%) S&P components finished up for the week, 220 declined, and 1 was unchanged
  • 53 of the NASDAQ 100 components rose, 46 declined, and 1 was unchanged


S&P 500

Sector Impact:
Six out of ten sectors closed the week in positive territory, led to the upside by consumer discretionary and financial stocks.

  • This week, consumer discretionary stocks were helped by RadioShack, up 7%
  • Genworth Financial led the gains in the financial sector, up 11% for the week
  • As the worst performing sector, energy stocks were hurt by Chesapeake Energy, down 8% 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 12%, and to the downside by the telecom sector, with a loss of 6%

More Weekly Stats Here

Commodity Impact:Crude oil for May delivery fell for the third consecutive week, settling at $80 per barrel on Friday, down $0.97 for the week. Crude is currently down 44.94% from its Nymex record close of $145.29 reached on July 3, 2008.

  • Coffee futures were among the best performing commodities this week, rising nearly 3%, while sugar was among the worst performers, posting a loss of 9%


Currencies Impact: The euro rallied on Friday, recovering from a ten-month low, following news that euro-zone nations agreed on an aid package to alleviate worries about Greece's debt standing.


Global Index Performance:




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