Figures Of The Week

Commentary
      The market ended the week with a sigh of relief. After the Federal Reserve's 
      much-anticipated interest rate increase of 25 basis points on Tuesday, the Dow 
      Jones Industrial Average hit new highs. And the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq 
      Composite finished the week at their highest levels since mid-July. The bond 
      market also rallied, with the 30-year Treasury bond at its lowest level since 
      the end of May.
      Data: Bloomberg Financial Markets
      
      STOCKS
      
                                                       % change
      U.S. MARKETS                     Aug. 25       Week      Year
      Dow Jones Industrials            11,326.0      3.0       31.7
      Nasdaq Composite                   2805.6      5.6       56.0
      Nasdaq 100                         2460.9      6.2       77.3
      S&P MidCap 400                      404.9      1.1       24.4
      S&P SmallCap 600                    180.3      0.5        9.5
      S&P SuperComposite 1500             289.6      3.4       25.8
      
                                                          % change
      SECTORS                             Aug. 25     Week     Year
      S&P/BARRA Growth                    787.6       5.4      30.2
      S&P/BARRA Value                     616.8       1.8      22.0
      S&P Basic Materials                 135.0      -1.2      18.6
      S&P Capital Goods                  1047.8       4.0      29.5
      S&P Energy                          890.1      -0.1      28.2
      S&P Financials                      140.3       1.7      13.9
      S&P REIT                            80.2       -0.5    -13.4
      S&P Transportation                 683.7        3.8      7.2
      S&P Utilities                      263.6        5.0      9.8
      GSTI Internet                      441.8        5.3    176.8
      Morgan Stanley Cyclical            595.9        1.0     32.7
      PSE Technology                     639.0        4.9     87.7
      
                                                      % change
      GLOBAL MARKETS                    Aug. 25     Week      Year
      S&P Euro Plus                     1374.9        3.1     11.0
      London (FT-SE 100)                 6369.5       2.7     12.6
      Frankfurt (DAX)                    5400.3       3.2      0.5
      Tokyo (NIKKEI 225)               17,855.2      -0.2     18.5
      Hong Kong (Hang Seng)            13,479.1       3.7     70.8
      Toronto (TSE 300)                  7223.5       2.6     15.5
      Mexico City (IPC)                  5379.9       4.1     59.7
      
                                                        Week     Year
      FUNDAMENTALS                            Aug. 24   ago      ago
      S&P 500 Dividend Yield                  1.20%     1.23%    1.44%
      S&P 500 P/E Ratio (Trailing 12 mos.)    32.2      31.6     26.4         
      S&P 500 P/E Ratio (Next 12 mos.)*       24.1      23.7     24.4         
      First Call Earnings Revision*          -0.04%    -0.11%   -3.26%
      *First Call Corp.
      
                                                     Week                
      TECHNICAL INDICATORS                 Aug. 24   ago          Reading
      
      S&P 500 200-day average               1283.6   1277.9       Positive
      Stocks above 200-day average            43.0%    43.0%      Neutral
      Options: Put/call ratio                 0.52     0.54       Negative
      Insiders: Vickers Sell/buy ratio        1.40     1.36       Positive
      
      BEST-PERFORMING         Last                               Last 12
      GROUPS                  month%                             months%
      Instrumentation          22.9   Instrumentation            124.3               
      
      Semiconductors           21.9   Semiconductors             118.5               
      
      Metals                    9.9   Communications Equip.       79.3               
      
      Machine Tools             8.7   Aluminum                    73.5               
      
      Household Products        8.4   Computer Systems            73.1               
      
      WORST-PERFORMING        Last                               Last 12
      GROUPS                  month%                             months%
      Pollution Control       -27.6   Pollution Control          -46.1               
      
      Life Insurance          -13.4   Manufactured Housing       -32.6               
      
      Drug Chains             -12.5   Toys                       -30.5               
      
      Forest Products          -9.4   Homebuilding               -28.7               
      
      Personal Loans           -9.2   Metal & Glass Containers   -26.4               
      
      INTEREST RATES
                                                    Week       Year
      KEY RATES                         Aug. 25     ago        ago
      MONEY MARKET FUNDS                4.72%       4.69%      5.10%
      90-DAY TREASURY BILLS             4.91        4.76       5.06
      1-YEAR TREASURY BILLS             5.13        5.19       5.16
      10-YEAR TREASURY NOTES            5.72        5.88       5.26
      30-YEAR TREASURY BONDS            5.85        6.01       5.44
      30-YEAR FIXED MORTGAGE**          7.76        8.04       6.99
      **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         4.90%               5.53%
      TAXABLE EQUIVALENT          7.10                8.01
      INSURED REVENUE BONDS       5.08                5.81
      TAXABLE EQUIVALENT          7.36                8.42
      
      MUTUAL FUNDS
      
      EQUITY FUND CATEGORIES
      Leaders                           Laggards
      Four-week total return       %    Four-week total return      %
      Japan                      9.8    Communications           -3.7
      Natural Resources          7.3    Latin America            -3.3
      Diversified Pacific/Asia   6.5    Utilities                -3.1
      Precious Metals            5.7    Small-cap Value          -2.4
      Technology                 4.5    Financial                -2.3
      
      Leaders                           Laggards
      52-week total return         %    52-week total return        %
      Technology                87.8    Real Estate              -2.9
      Pacific/Asia ex-Japan     86.1    Small-cap Value           5.0
      Japan                     77.1    Europe                    5.1
      Diversified Pacific/Asia  69.9    Precious Metals           7.7
      Communications            48.9    Financial                 8.9
      
      
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