Figures Of The Week

COMMENTARY
      The Nasdaq Composite Index continued to be the market's star, rising to an 
      all-time high on Feb. 17. But blue chips maintained their desultory 
      performance. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 295 points on Feb. 18, hit 
      by interest rate worries. Financial stocks led the decline. The Nasdaq--but 
      not the Dow--rallied on Feb. 23.
      Data: Bloomberg Financial Markets
      
      STOCKS
      
                                              -----------% change--------
                                                        Year-to   Last 12
      U.S. MARKETS                  Feb. 23   Week      date      months
      Dow Jones Industrials         10,225.7  -3.2      -11.1       7.1
      Nasdaq Composite               4550.3    2.8       11.8      91.5
      Nasdaq 100                     4170.1    4.3       12.5     105.6
      S&P MidCap 400                  445.9    0.1        0.3      22.2
      S&P SmallCap 600                207.5    0.7        4.9      27.5
      S&P SuperComposite 1500         288.7   -1.7       -6.5       8.6
      
      SECTORS
      S&P/BARRA Growth                843.1   -0.4       -5.0      15.4
      S&P/BARRA Value                 548.8   -3.7      -10.1      -2.3
      S&P Basic Materials             115.5   -2.5      -16.4       4.2
      S&P Capital Goods               967.9   -1.3      -12.8       8.3
      S&P Energy                      750.3   -6.5      -10.1      12.6
      S&P Financials                  112.8   -4.8      -15.2     -17.8
      S&P REIT                         71.4   -0.8       -2.9     -11.6
      S&P Transportation              512.1   -0.4      -14.2     -25.1
      S&P Utilities                   237.0   -4.8        4.3      -1.5
      GSTI Internet                   686.3    4.2       -3.7      66.3
      Morgan Stanley Cyclical         484.5   -2.1      -17.3       0.5
      PSE Technology                 1116.9    4.0       14.9     125.8
      
                                              -----------% change--------
                                                        Year-to   Last 12
      GLOBAL MARKETS                Feb. 23   Week      date      months
      S&P Euro Plus                  1564.7   -0.4        0.8      26.2
      London (FT-SE 100)             6144.1   -0.1      -11.3      -0.2
      Frankfurt (DAX)                7699.0    2.8       10.6      54.4
      Tokyo (NIKKEI 225)           19,519.6   -0.4        3.1      34.6
      Hong Kong (Hang Seng)        16,376.8   -3.9       -3.5      73.6
      Toronto (TSE 300)              9315.0   -1.2       10.7      44.3
      Mexico City (IPC)              7462.1   -1.8        4.7      76.3
      
                                              Week        Year
      FUNDAMENTALS                  Feb. 22   ago         ago
      S&P 500 Dividend Yield          1.25%   1.20%      1.25%
      S&P 500 P/E Ratio               28.5    29.4       33.3
       (Trailing 12 mos.)
      S&P 500 P/E Ratio               22.7    23.5       24.3
       (Next 12 mos.)*
      First Call Earnings Revision*  -0.58%   0.18%     -2.09%
      *First Call Corp.
      
                                              Week
      TECHNICAL INDICATORS          Feb. 22   ago       Reading
      S&P 500 200-day average        1361.9   1361.3    Negative
      Stocks above 200-day average   23.0%    26.0%     Positive
      Options: Put/call ratio        0.50     0.50      Negative
      Insiders: Vickers Sell/        0.73     0.71      Positive
       buy ratio
      
      BEST-PERFORMING               Last                                    Last 12
      GROUPS                        month%                                  months%
      Defense Electronics           46.3      Instrumentation               245.1
      Semiconductors                18.0      Defense Electronics           150.7
      Communications Equip.         12.3      Communications Equip.         116.9
      Invest. Banking/Brkrge.        8.2      Semiconductors                 98.6
      Medical Products               6.5      Oil & Gas Drilling             90.2
      
      WORST-PERFORMING              Last                                    Last 12
      GROUPS                        month%                                  months%
      Shoes                         -43.1     Pollution Control             -61.9
      Engineering & Constr.         -32.7     Toys                          -54.5
      Metal & Glass Containers      -31.1     Office Equip. & Supplies      -53.4
      Hospital Management           -27.7     Tobacco                       -48.6
      Hotels & Motels               -27.6     Shoes                         -48.1
      
      MUTUAL FUNDS
      
      EQUITY FUND CATEGORIES
      
      Leaders                                 Laggards
      Four-week total return        %         Four-week total return         %
      Health                       12.0       Financial                     -6.7
      Technology                    8.9       Large-cap Value               -4.6
      Europe                        8.1       Mid-cap Value                 -4.4
      Small-cap Growth              7.4       Natural Resources             -4.2
      Mid-cap Growth                6.1       Real Estate                   -3.0
      
      Leaders                                 Laggards
      52-week total return          %         52-week total return           %
      Technology                   147.3      Financial                    -15.3
      Japan                         98.6      Large-cap Value               -3.2
      Diversified Pacific/Asia      94.8      Real Estate                   -3.1
      Small-cap Growth              93.6      Mid-cap Value                 -0.6
      Mid-cap Growth                89.0      Precious Metals                4.0
      
      INTEREST RATES
      
                                              Week      Year
      KEY RATES                     Feb. 23   ago       ago
      MONEY MARKET FUNDS            5.40%     5.39%     4.54%
      90-DAY TREASURY BILLS         5.81      5.72      4.67
      1-YEAR TREASURY BILLS         6.22      6.18      4.85
      10-YEAR TREASURY NOTES        6.41      6.54      5.18
      30-YEAR TREASURY BONDS        6.12      6.26      5.51
      30-YEAR FIXED MORTGAGE        8.34      8.45      7.00!
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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           5.24%               5.89%
      TAXABLE EQUIVALENT            7.59                8.54
      INSURED REVENUE BONDS         5.36                6.16
      TAXABLE EQUIVALENT            7.77                8.93
      
      
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