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Investment Figures Of The Week


Investment Figures of the Week

Investment Figures of the Week

COMMENTARY

The bulls are stampeding. Responding to lower long-term interest rates,

investors piled into stocks. On Mar. 8 alone, the Dow surged 65 points. By Mar.

10, the average was at 3478.3, up 2.2% for the week. The S&P 500 also hit a

record of 456.34, led by the finance and cyclical stocks. Small and midsize

companies made good gains, too, though they're still a bit below their February

highs. Bullishness is catching around the world. Even the long-suffering

Japanese market climbed 6%.

Market Analysis

% change

U.S. STOCKS Latest Week 52-week

DOW JONES INDUSTRIALS 3478.3 2.2 8.4

MIDSIZE COMPANIES (S&P MidCap Index) 164.7 1.1 12.1

SMALL COMPANIES (Russell 2000) 229.9 1.9 11.1

ALL COMPANIES (Russell 3000) 260.6 1.6 13.3

% change (local currency)

FOREIGN STOCKS Latest Week 52-week

LONDON (FINANCIAL TIMES 100) 2956.7 1.3 17.2

TOKYO (NIKKEI INDEX) 17,858.6 6.0 -13.3

TORONTO (TSE COMPOSITE) 3552.0 2.4 1.4

FUNDAMENTALS Latest Week ago Year ago

90-DAY TREASURY BILL YIELD 3.03 % 2.99 % 4.10 %

30-YEAR TREASURY BOND YIELD 6.75 % 6.78 % 7.96 %

S&P 500 DIVIDEND YIELD 2.72 % 2.76 % 3.00 %

S&P 500 PRICE/EARNINGS RATIO 23.7 23.3 25.2

TECHNICAL INDICATORS Latest Week ago Reading

S&P 500 26-week moving average 429.6 428.3 Positive

Stocks above 26-week moving average 74.6 % 71.2 % Neutral

Speculative sentiment: Put/call ratio 0.39 0.37 Neutral

Insider sentiment: Vickers sell/buy ratio 3.70 3.74 Negative

BRIDGE INFORMATION SYSTEMS INC.

Industry Groups

% change % change

FOUR-WEEK LEADERS 4-week 52-week Strongest stock in group 4-week 52-week Price

1 INSTRUMENTATION 13.2 6.6 HEWLETT-PACKARD 14.6 5.1 77 5/8

2 SEMICONDUCTORS 13.2 73.6 ADVANCED MICRO DEVICES 19.6 38.0 23 5/8

3 OIL EXPLORATION

AND PRODUCTION 9.9 13.3 MAXUS ENERGY 13.3 11.5 8 1/2

4 OIL AND GAS DRILLING 9.2 33.2 ROWAN 12.9 42.9 8 3/4

5 LONG-DISTANCE

TELECOMMUNICATIONS 9.0 50.8 SPRINT 9.8 41.1 30 7/8

% change % change

FOUR-WEEK LAGGARDS 4-week 52-week Weakest stock in group 4-week 52-week Price

1 HEALTH CARE SERVICES -24.2 -31.1 AMGEN -33.2 -45.5 33 1/4

2 TOBACCO -13.1 -14.0 PHILIP MORRIS -14.1 -14.4 64

3 HOSPITAL MANAGEMENT -10.3 -28.4 NATIONAL MEDICAL

ENTERPRISES -12.8 -38.0 9 3/8

4 TRUCKING -9.2 -10.1 YELLOW FREIGHT

SYSTEM -15.1 -18.5 25 3/8

5 APPAREL MANUFACTURING -8.8 -0.1 LIZ CLAIBORNE -12.0 -8.7 36 1/2

MORNINGSTAR INC.

mutual funds

LEADERS LAGGARDS

Four-week total return % Four-week total return %

1 LEXINGTON STRATEGIC INVESTMENTS 18.1 JOHN HANCOCK FREEDOM GLOBAL RX -18.6

2 EQUITY STRATEGIES 12.9 FINANCIAL STRATEGIC HEALTH

SCIENCES -17.0

3 FIDELITY SELECT PRECIOUS

METALS/MIN. 10.9 FIDELITY SELECT MEDICAL

DELIVERY -15.7

52-week total return % 52-week total return %

1 PBHG GROWTH 54.3 LEXINGTON STRATEGIC INVESTMENTS -38.8

2 FIDELITY SELECT HOME FINANCE 52.0 UNITED SERVICES GOLD SHARES -34.2

3 JOHN HANCOCK FREEDOM

REGIONAL BANK B 46.6 OPPENHEIMER GLOBAL BIO-TECH -33.5

Relative Portfolios

Treasury bonds U.S. stocks Foreign stocks Money market fund Gold

$12,342 $11,500 $11,326 $10,262 $9,405

+1.11% +1.45% +2.49% +0.05% -0.67%

DATA RESOURCES INC.

Dollar amounts

represent the present value of $10,000

invested one year ago in each portfolio

Percentages indicate

five-day total returns

All data on this page are as of market close Wednesday, Mar. 10, 1993, unless

otherwise indicated. Industry groups include S&P 500 companies only;

performance and share prices are as of market close Mar. 9. Mutual fund returns

are as of Mar. 6. Relative portfolios are valued as of Mar. 9. A more detailed

explanation of this page is available on request.


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