Investment Figures Of The Week

      Maybe there is a Santa Claus. Stocks finished the week with a small gain, but 
      not without a lot of volatility. The Dow Jones industrials dropped nearly 50 
      points on Dec. 7, fretting about the fallout from the Orange County crisis. 
      After the weekend, stocks rallied back, helped by government reports that 
      inflation is still low. The best-performing industry group of the last four 
      weeks is electric utilities, up 6.3%. That could be a sign that long-term 
      interest rates are heading south.

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