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Figures Of The Week


Figures of the Week

Figures of the Week

COMMENTARY

It's too soon to fret about third-quarter earnings, so the jittery market

focused on the widening trade deficit and the dollar's fall against the yen.

The Dow Jones industrials finished the week at 10,524.1, a three-month low.

Even a Fed survey that showed brisk economic growth with no inflation couldn't

jump-start a rally. Only technology stocks were able to buck the downtrend.

Data: Bloomberg Financial Markets

STOCKS

% change

U.S. MARKETS Sept. 22 Week Year

Dow Jones Industrials 10,524.1 -2.6 33.3

Nasdaq Composite 2858.2 1.6 68.3

Nasdaq 100 2513.9 2.1 88.1

S&P MidCap 400 394.0 -1.8 27.1

S&P SmallCap 600 176.0 -2.2 14.0

S&P SuperComposite 1500 275.4 -0.7 26.9

% change

SECTORS Sept. 22 Week Year

S&P/BARRA Growth 765.0 0.8 34.8

S&P/BARRA Value 569.1 -2.1 18.9

S&P Basic Materials 124.5 -2.9 14.0

S&P Capital Goods 1009.7 0.1 37.6

S&P Energy 833.3 -3.3 19.2

S&P Financials 123.9 -1.5 11.1

S&P REIT 77.2 -1.9 -16.3

S&P Transportation 600.8 -5.4 -3.9

S&P Utilities 245.8 -3.0 -1.3

GSTI Internet 436.5 3.6 197.0

Morgan Stanley Cyclical 550.7 -3.7 34.4

PSE Technology 651.0 1.1 101.6

% change

GLOBAL MARKETS Sept. 22 Week Year

S&P Euro Plus 1337.7 -1.6 29.8

London (FT-SE 100) 5913.9 -2.5 15.9

Frankfurt (DAX) 5238.8 -2.8 14.5

Tokyo (NIKKEI 225) 17,325.8 -2.5 25.6

Hong Kong (Hang Seng) 13,187.6 -1.8 78.9

Toronto (TSE 300) 6886.1 -2.5 18.3

Mexico City (IPC) 4991.8 0.4 39.5

Week Year

FUNDAMENTALS Sept. 21 ago ago

S&P 500 Dividend Yield 1.29% 1.26% 1.54%

S&P 500 P/E Ratio (Trailing 12 mos.) 31.0 31.5 24.4

S&P 500 P/E Ratio (Next 12 mos.)* 22.9 23.4 19.8

First Call Earnings Revision* -1.07% 5.80% -5.87%

Week

TECHNICAL INDICATORS Sept. 21 ago Reading

S&P 500 200-day average 1301.2 1297.4 Positive

Stocks above 200-day average 34.0% 37.0% Positive

Options: Put/call ratio 0.63 0.54 Neutral

Insiders: Vickers Sell/buy ratio 1.13 1.11 Positive

BEST-PERFORMING Last Last 12

GROUPS month% months%

Defense Electronics 11.7 Instrumentation 131.3

Computer Software 10.6 Semiconductors 130.4

Instrumentation 9.8 Communications Equip. 107.6

Communications Equip. 9.5 Computer Systems 82.4

Semiconductors 7.9 Invest. Banking/Brkrge, 72.3

WORST-PERFORMING Last Last 12

GROUPS month% months%

Furnishings & Appliances -23.8 Pollution Control -49.2

Housewares -23.4 Manufactured Housing -33.3

Apparel Manufacturing -21.7 Food Wholesalers -26.0

Metal & Glass Containers -17.1 Tobacco -24.9

Specialty Appar. Retailers -15.7 Life Insurance -22.3

INTEREST RATES

Week Year

KEY RATES Sept. 22 ago ago

MONEY MARKET FUNDS 4.86% 4.83% 5.06%

90-DAY TREASURY BILLS 4.80 4.75 4.68

1-YEAR TREASURY BILLS 5.23 5.25 4.59

10-YEAR TREASURY NOTES 5.91 5.94 4.67

30-YEAR TREASURY BONDS 6.09 6.11 5.17

30-YEAR FIXED MORTGAGE** 7.83 7.85 6.78

**BanxQuote, Inc.

BLOOMBERG MUNI YIELD EQUIVALENTS

Taxable equivalent yields on AAA-rated, tax-exempt municipal bonds, assuming a

31% federal tax rate.

10-yr. bond 30-yr. bond

GENERAL OBLIGATIONS 4.92% 5.62%

TAXABLE EQUIVALENT 7.13 8.14

INSURED REVENUE BONDS 5.07 5.84

TAXABLE EQUIVALENT 7.35 8.46

MUTUAL FUNDS

EQUITY FUND CATEGORIES

Leaders Laggards

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

Japan 9.6 Financial -9.1

Diversified Pacific/Asia 5.5 Large-cap Value -5.8

Technology 4.3 Mid-cap Value -5.8

Precious Metals 4.2 Health -4.7

Latin America 1.7 Natural Resources -4.4

Leaders Laggards

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

Technology 113.2 Real Estate -0.6

Japan 108.7 Precious Metals 4.8

Diversified Pacific/Asia 87.5 Financial 8.5

Pacific/Asia ex-Japan 85.7 Small-cap Value 11.2

Communications 69.3 Domestic Hybrid 12.8

BW PRODUCTION INDEX

The production index dipped in the week ended Sept. 4. Before calculation of

the four-week moving average, the index fell 0.2%, to 149.6, from 149.9. Truck

and coal production dropped after seasonal adjustment. Output of steel, autos,

electric power, crude oil, and lumber were up. Rail-freight traffic also rose,

and the Association of American Railroads noted that railroads recorded their

third-largest weekly volume ever for intermodal freight.

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