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Investment Figures Of The Week

COMMENTARY
      World markets were buoyed by President Clinton's bold step to aid Mexico. The 
      peso surged 15% and the bolsa nearly 10% on Jan. 31, with the strength 
      spreading quickly to South American and Asian markets. Bonds, which had been 
      rallying the past week, took a hit on Feb. 1, after the Fed hiked short rates 
      by 1/2%. U.S. stocks continue in a narrow range. But the technical indicators 
      shown on this page are pointing higher. Gold mining shares are the exception, 
      as gold prices remain in the doldrums.
      
      MARKET ANALYSIS
                                                         % change
      U.S. STOCKS                             Latest  Week    52-week
      DOW JONES INDUSTRIALS                   3847.6  -0.6    -3.2
      MIDSIZE COMPANIES (S&P MidCap Index)     171.7   0.1    -6.7
      SMALL COMPANIES (Russell 2000)           247.5  -0.5    -7.5
      ALL COMPANIES (Russell 3000)             269.0   0.6    -3.4
      
                                                % change (local currency)
      FOREIGN STOCKS                    Latest  Week    52-week
      LONDON (FINANCIAL TIMES 100)      3017.3   1.2     -14.3
      TOKYO (NIKKEI INDEX)            18,739.5   3.2      -7.5
      TORONTO (TSE COMPOSITE)           4019.1  -2.1     -12.1
      
      FUNDAMENTALS                    Latest     Week ago    Year ago
      90-DAY TREASURY BILL YIELD       6.05%       5.93%       3.13%
      30-YEAR TREASURY BOND YIELD      7.74%       7.86%       6.28%
      S&P 500 DIVIDEND YIELD           2.75%       2.77%       2.43%
      S&P 500 PRICE/EARNINGS RATIO    16.1        16.6        22.6
      
      TECHNICAL INDICATORS                     Latest    Week ago    Reading
      S&P 500 200-day moving average            459.0     458.4      Positive
      Stocks above 200-day moving average        40.0%     38.0%r    Positive
      Speculative sentiment: Put/call ratio       0.64      0.68r    Neutral
      Insider sentiment: Vickers sell/buy ratio   0.87      0.88     Positive
      
      INDUSTRY GROUPS                                   BLOOMBERG FINANCIAL MARKETS
                             % change                           % change
                             4-    52-   Strongest stock        4-    52-
      FOUR-WEEK LEADERS      week  week  in group               week  week   Price
      1 RESTAURANTS          10.8   4.1  WENDY'S INTERNATIONAL  12.2   -8.5  16 1/8
      2 HEALTH CARE SERVICES  9.5  -6.2  ALZA                   30.6  -13.4  23 1/2
      3 HOSPITAL MANAGEMENT   9.0   1.0  COMMUNITY PSYCHIATRIC  11.4  -29.0  12 1/4
                                         CENTERS
      4 ENTERTAINMENT         9.0   0.8  VIACOM                 13.2   28.1  46 1/8
      5 AIRLINES              8.9 -27.5  USAIR GROUP            23.5  -63.5   5 1/4
      
                             % change                           % change
                             4-    52-   Weakest stock          4-    52-
      FOUR-WEEK LAGGARDS     week  week  in group               week  week   Price
      1 GOLD MINING         -11.5 -28.2  SANTA FE PACIFIC GOLD   -22.1  NA   10 1/8
      2 TRUCKING            -10.6 -26.1  ROADWAY SERVICES        -11.9 -27.8 50
      3 STEEL                -9.1 -18.2  INLAND STEEL INDUSTRIES -19.6 -19.6 28 1/4
      4 AUTOMOBILES          -8.8 -30.7  FORD MOTOR               -9.4 -24.6 25 1/4
      5 METALS               -7.9  -4.4  PHELPS DODGE            -15.4  -1.6 52 3/8
      
      MUTUAL FUNDS                                                MORNINGSTAR INC.
      LEADERS                              LAGGARDS
      Four-week total return          %    Four-week total return          %
      1 SEQUOIA                      8.3   WRIGHT EQUIFUND-MEXICO
                                           NATL.FID.EQTY.               -27.3
      2 PERKINS OPPORTUNITY          7.7   UNITED SERVICES GOLD         -23.4
      3 SMITH BARNEY                 7.3   BULL & BEAR GOLD INVESTORS   -19.3
        TELECOMM. INCOME
      
      52-week total return            %    52-week total return            %
      1 SELIGMAN COMMUNICATIONS
        & INFORM. A                 24.7   MONITREND GOLD               -55.5
      2 FIDELITY SELECT HEALTH CARE 24.2   STEADMAN OCEANOGRAPHIC       -42.9
                                           TECHNOLOGY
      3 ALLIANCE TECHNOLOGY A       23.5   STEADMAN AMERICAN INDUSTRY   -40.2
      
      4-week total return
      
      52-week total return
      
      RELATIVE PORTFOLIOS                                         DRI/McGRAW-HILL
      Dollar amounts represent the present value of $10,000 invested one year ago in 
      each portfolio
      Percentages indicate five-day total returns
      
      Money market fund   Foreign stocks     U.S. stocks   Gold     Treasury bonds
      
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