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Investment Figures Of The Week

COMMENTARY

The U.S. missile attack on Iraq on Sept. 3 roiled the financial markets--but

only briefly. The dollar rallied in the hours following the attack, and crude

oil prices climbed to the highest levels seen in almost five months. Stocks

fell early on Sept. 3, but the Dow Jones industrial average ended the day with

a 32-point gain. Oil stocks were the biggest gainers. Bond prices, which

climbed on Sept. 3, declined the following day amid concerns that the Federal

Reserve might boost short-term interest rates.

MARKET ANALYSIS

Investment Figures of the Week
      
                                                                % change
      U.S. STOCKS                                Latest      Week      52-week
      DOW JONES INDUSTRIALS                      5656.9      -1.0       20.8
      MIDSIZE COMPANIES (S&P MidCap Index)       232.1       -1.0       7.7
      SMALL COMPANIES (Russell 2000)             334.6       -0.3       7.7
      ALL COMPANIES (Russell 3000)               373.5       -1.3       13.4
      
      FUNDAMENTALS                               Latest    Week Ago    Year Ago
      90-DAY TREASURY BILL YIELD                 5.31%       5.19%       5.48%
      30-YEAR TREASURY BOND YIELD                7.10%       6.97%       6.59%
      S&P 500 DIVIDEND YIELD                     2.20%       2.16%       2.37%
      S&P 500 PRICE/EARNINGS RATIO               18.7        19.0        16.4
      
                                                    % change (local currency)
      FOREIGN STOCKS                        Latest      Week      52-week
      LONDON (FINANCIAL TIMES 100)          3872.7      -1.2       8.9
      TOKYO (NIKKEI INDEX)                  20,201.9    -2.5       14.7
      TORONTO (TSE COMPOSITE)               5163.8      -0.4       12.9
      
      TECHNICAL INDICATORS                         Latest   Week ago   Reading
      S&P 500 200-day moving average               643.9    642.7     Positive
      Stocks above 200-day moving average          53.0%    59.0%     Neutral
      Speculative sentiment: Put/call ratio        0.72     0.54r     Positive
      Insider sentiment: Vickers sell/buy ratio    1.25     1.27      Positive
      
      DATA: BLOOMBERG FINANCIAL MARKETS
      
      INDUSTRY GROUPS
                             % change                        % change
                            1-    12-  Strongest stock      1-    12-
      ONE-MONTH LEADERS   month month    in group           month month Price
      1.HMOs              11.6  23.6   HUMANA               15.4  2.7   18 3/4
      2.OIL AND GAS       11.1  61.8   HELMERICH & PAYNE    13.4  35.9  40 1/4
       DRILLING
      3.HOSPITAL          6.8   23.4   COLUMBIA/HCA         6.9   23.2  57 3/4
       MANAGEMENT                       HEALTHCARE
      4.GENERAL           4.9   9.4    WAL-MART STORES      7.7   6.0   26 3/8
       MERCHANDISE CHAINS
      5.POLLUTION CONTROL 4.9  -2.2    BROWNING-FERRIS      9.6  -23.8  25 5/8
      
                             % change                         % change
                           1-    12-     Weakest stock       1-     12-
      ONE-MONTH LAGGARDS   month month   in group           month  month Price
      1.TOBACCO           -15.5  16.6    PHILIP MORRIS     -16.1   19.9  89 1/2
      2.REGIONAL TELEPHONE -9.3  1.1     BELLSOUTH         -12.7   4.7   36 1/4
       COMPANIES
      3.MANUFACTURED       -8.7  38.1    FLEETWOOD         -8.7    38.1  27 5/8
       HOUSING                            ENTERPRISES
      4.HOTELS AND MOTELS  -6.8  19.5    HARRAH`S          -21.3  -41.7  18 1/2
                                          ENTERTAINMENT
      5.COMMERCIAL         -6.3  14.1    H&R BLOCK         -11.8  -37.3  24 3/8
       SERVICES
      
      MUTUAL FUNDS
      
      LEADERS                            LAGGARDS
      Four-week total return    %        Four-week total return          %
      1.EV MARATHON GOLD &    16.4       SMITH BARNEY TELECOMM. INCOME -8.5
       NATURAL RESOURCES
      2.IVY CANADA A          12.6       FRANKLIN TEMPLETON JAPAN      -6.7
      3.VONTOBEL EASTERN      10.8       WRIGHT EQUIFUND-JAPAN         -5.5
       EUROPEAN EQUITY
      
      52-week total return     %        52-week total return             %
      1.LANDMARK SMALL CAP   70.3       STEADMAN TECHNOLOGY GROWTH    -41.6
       EQUITY A
      2.IDS PRECIOUS         58.9       STEADMAN INVESTMENT           -23.5
       METALS A
      3.MONITREND GOLD       55.8       STEADMAN AMERICAN INDUSTRY    -23.3
      
      MORNINGSTAR INC.
      
      RELATIVE PORTFOLIOS
      
      Dollar amounts represent the present value of $10,000 invested one year ago in 
      each portfolio
      
      Percentages indicate five-day total returns
      
       U.S. stocks  Foreign stocks  Money market fund   Gold   Treasury bonds
         $11,742      $11,232           $10,522       $10,038      $9,906
         -1.38%        -2.28%            +0.11%        -1.17%      -0.23%
      
      DRI/McGRAW-HILL
      
      All data on this page are as of market close Wednesday, Sept. 4, 1996, unless 
      otherwise indicated. Industry groups include S&P 500 companies only; 
      performance and share prices are as of market close Sept. 3. Mutual fund 
      returns are as of Aug. 30. Relative portfolios are valued as of Sept. 3. A more 
      detailed explanation of this page is available on request. r=revised
      
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