Figures Of The Week

COMMENTARY
      The Nasdaq composite index was the big news this week, posting new highs on 
      four consecutive days and finally passing the much-awaited 3000 on November 
      3rd. The index was led by big-cap tech and drug stocks. The Dow ended the week 
      with a 2.1% gain, the S&P 500 gained 4.5%. The bond market rallied, sending 
      Treasury yields to their lowest in a month.
      Data: Bloomberg Financial Markets
      
      STOCKS
      
                                                 % change
      U.S. MARKETS                 Nov. 3      Week    12 mos.
      Dow Jones Industrials       10,609.1      2.1     21.9
      Nasdaq Composite              3028.5      8.1     69.3
      Nasdaq 100                    2672.7      8.8     90.7
      S&P MidCap 400                 405.3      6.6     19.1
      S&P SmallCap 600               179.4      4.8     10.4
      S&P SuperComposite 150         284.5      4.6     21.4
      
                                                 % change
      SECTORS                   Nov. 3         Week     12 mos.
      S&P/BARRA Growth          792.9          5.2      28.9
      S&P/BARRA Value           586.7          3.6      14.3
      S&P Basic Materials       126.9          2.9      10.3
      S&P Capital Goods        1004.0          1.4      21.9
      S&P Energy                804.2          0.1       9.2
      S&P Financials            139.7          4.4      16.6
      S&P REIT                   75.5          3.5     -13.2
      S&P Transportation        623.2          2.4      -2.3
      S&P Utilities             244.9          1.3      -4.1
      GSTI Internet             474.4          5.6     163.0
      Morgan Stanley Cyclical   540.9          4.2      16.7
      PSE Technology            684.5         11.3      91.2
      
                                                  % change
      GLOBAL MARKETS           Nov. 3          Week     12 mos.
      S&P Euro Plus            1337.2           3.0      19.6
      London (FT-SE 100)       6280.8           3.9      14.1
      Frankfurt (DAX)          5560.9           3.7      18.2
      Tokyo (NIKKEI 225)     17,992.0           3.5      28.9
      Hong Kong (Hang Seng)  13,257.3           4.3      28.0
      Toronto (TSE 300)        7233.7           3.2      14.9
      Mexico City (IPC)        5793.9          12.7      40.4
      
                                              Week         Year
      FUNDAMENTALS                Nov. 2      ago          ago
      S&P 500 Dividend Yield      1.25%       1.32%        1.42%
      S&P 500 P/E Ratio
       (Trailing 12 mos.)         29.9        29.0         28.3
      S&P 500 P/E Ratio
       (Next 12 mos.)*            23.3        22.3         21.8
      First Call Earn-
       ings Revision*            -1.60%      -1.44%       -2.28%
      *First Call Corp.
      
                                                      Week
      TECHNICAL INDICATORS                Nov. 2      ago       Reading
      S&P 500 200-day average             1314.1      1311.4    Positive
      Stocks above 200-day average        31.0%       26.0%     Positive
      Options: Put/call ratio             0.55        0.54      Negative
      Insiders: Vickers Sell/buy ratio    1.07        1.12      Positive
      
      BEST-PERFORMING         Last                                  Last 12
      GROUPS                  month%                                months%
      Personal Loans          22.7           Semiconductos          111.8
      Savings & Loans         19.4           Communications Equip.  103.7
      Multiline Insurers      18.1           Broadcasting            78.1
      Long-Dist. Telecomms.   17.8           Computer Software       75.4
      Housewares              17.7           Instrumentation         70.2
      
      WORST-PERFORMING          Last                                  Last 12
      GROUPS                    month%                                months%
      Office Equip. & Supplies  -33.3        Pollution Control         -51.9
      Tobacco                   -20.0        Toys                      -48.9
      Gold Mining               -19.8        Tobacco                   -46.4
      Heavy-Duty Trucks         -13.7        Manufactured Housing      -37.3
      Specialty Printing        -13.6        Office Equip. & Supplies  -37.1
      
      INTEREST RATES
      
                                                   Week          Year
      KEY RATES                     Nov. 3         ago           ago
      MONEY MARKET FUNDS            5.05%          5.02%         4.89%
      90-DAY TREASURY BILLS         5.08           5.14          4.55
      1-YEAR TREASURY BILLS         5.43           5.53          4.47
      10-YEAR TREASURY NOTES        6.00           6.19          4.88
      30-YEAR TREASURY BONDS        6.14           6.33          5.33
      30-YEAR FIXED MORTGAGE!       7.86           8.05          6.92
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      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         5.07%           5.82%
      TAXABLE EQUIVALENT          7.35            8.43
      INSURED REVENUE BONDS       5.26            6.11
      TAXABLE EQUIVALENT          7.62            8.86
      
      MUTUAL FUNDS
      
      EQUITY FUND CATEGORIES
      
      Leaders                                  Laggards
      Four-week total return    %              Four-week total return       %
      Financial                9.1             Precious Metals           -16.1
      Technology               7.7             Natural Resources          -1.7
      Communications           7.5             Real Estate                -1.2
      Small-cap Growth         6.6             Small-cap Value            -0.8
      Latin America            6.6             International Hybrid        1.3
      
      Leaders                                 Laggards
      52-week total return        %           52-week total return        %
      Technology                111.8         Real Estate               -3.9
      Japan                      95.5         Precious Metals           -1.6
      Communications             68.0         Small-cap Value            3.0
      Diversified Pacific/Asia   63.6         Mid-cap Value              6.5
      Small-cap Growth           46.6         Health                     9.3
      
      

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