Figures Of The Week

COMMENTARY
      It was a week that marked an even greater gulf between stock market haves and 
      have-nots. Led by techs and telecoms, the Nasdaq Composite Index posted its 
      12th record close of the year on March 1. But the Dow, pummeled by rate fears, 
      slipped below 10,000 on Feb. 25 for the first time since last April, before 
      rebounding 3% by mid-week.
      Data: Bloomberg Financial Markets
      
      STOCKS
      
                                              --------% change--------
                                                     Year-to   Last 12
      U.S. MARKETS                   Mar. 1   Week     date     months
      Dow Jones Industrials         10,137.9  -0.9    -11.8       8.7
      Nasdaq Composite                4784.0   5.1     17.6     108.4
      Nasdaq 100                      4309.0   3.3     16.2     122.4
      S&P MidCap 400                   468.7   5.1      5.4      31.0
      S&P SmallCap 600                 219.6   5.8     11.0      36.8
      S&P SuperComposite 1500          293.8   1.8     -4.9      13.5
      
      SECTORS
      S&P/BARRA Growth                 851.6   1.0     -4.0      20.2
      S&P/BARRA Value                  558.5   1.8     -8.5       1.9
      S&P Basic Materials              108.2  -6.3    -21.7      -1.1
      S&P Capital Goods                969.6   0.2    -12.7      11.3
      S&P Energy                       783.7   4.5     -6.1      20.9
      S&P Financials                   116.1   3.0    -12.7      -14.4
      S&P REIT                          71.4   0.0     -3.0      -11.3
      S&P Transportation               520.9   1.7    -12.7      -23.6
      S&P Utilities                    234.9  -0.9      3.4       -0.3
      GSTI Internet                    703.3   2.5     -1.3       69.5
      Morgan Stanley Cyclical          473.3  -2.3    -19.2       -0.9
      PSE Technology                  1191.1   6.6     22.5      156.0
      
                                                ----------% change--------
                                                          Year-to   Last 12
      GLOBAL MARKETS                  Mar. 1    Week      date      months
      S&P Euro Plus U.S. Dollar       1518.3    -1.2      -8.2       24.2
      London (FT-SE 100)              6364.9     3.6      -8.2        5.0
      Frankfurt (DAX)                 7727.9     0.4      11.1       61.5
      Tokyo (NIKKEI 225)            20,081.7     2.9       6.1       44.3
      Hong Kong (Hang Seng)         16,843.6     2.9      -0.7       69.9
      Toronto (TSE 300)               9411.6     1.0      11.9       49.3
      Mexico City (IPC)               7614.8     2.0       6.8       80.5
      
                                                        Week      Year
      FUNDAMENTALS                            Feb. 29   ago       ago
      S&P 500 Dividend Yield                  1.23%     1.25%     1.30%
      S&P 500 P/E Ratio (Trailing 12 mos.)    28.8      28.5      32.4
      S&P 500 P/E Ratio (Next 12 mos.)*       22.6      22.7      23.2
      First Call Earnings Revision*           0.19%    -0.58%    -1.41%
      *First Call Corp.
      
                                                        Week
      TECHNICAL INDICATORS                    Feb. 29   ago       Reading
      S&P 500 200-day average                 1361.9    1361.9    Positive
      Stocks above 200-day average            24.0%     23.0%     Positive
      Options: Put/call ratio                 0.41      0.50      Negative
      Insiders: Vickers Sell/buy ratio        0.72      0.73      Positive
      
      BEST-PERFORMING               Last                                    Last 12
      GROUPS                        month%                                  months%
      Instrumentation               41.3      Instrumentation               362.5
      Defense Electronics           32.2      Defense Electronics           156.6
      Semiconductors                25.3      Semiconductors                140.9
      Oil-Well Equip. & Svcs..      21.9      Communications Equip.         135.6
      Invest. Banking/Brkrge.       20.8      Oil & Gas Drilling            124.1
      
      WORST-PERFORMING              Last      Last 12
      GROUPS                        month%    months%
      Shoes                         -38.3     Pollution Control             -63.5
      Hotels & Motels               -31.6     Toys                          -54.6
      Metal & Glass Containers      -29.6     Food Chains                   -47.6
      Engineering & Constr.         -29.4     Shoes                         -47.2
      Specialty Chemicals           -25.9     Office Equip. & Supplies      -47.1
      
      INTEREST RATES
      
                                                        Week      Year
      KEY RATES                               Mar. 1    ago       ago
      MONEY MARKET FUNDS                      5.42%     5.40%     4.53%
      90-DAY TREASURY BILLS                   5.76      5.82      4.62
      1-YEAR TREASURY BILLS                   6.16      6.27      4.89
      10-YEAR TREASURY NOTES                  6.38      6.44      5.39
      30-YEAR TREASURY BONDS                  6.16      6.14      5.68
      30-YEAR FIXED MORTGAGE^                 8.30      8.34      7.18
      ^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                     5.21%               5.87%
      TAXABLE EQUIVALENT                      7.55                8.51
      INSURED REVENUE BONDS                   5.36                6.10
      TAXABLE EQUIVALENT                      7.77                8.84
      
      MUTUAL FUNDS
      
      EQUITY FUND CATEGORIES
      
      Leaders                                 Laggards
      Four-week total return        %         Four-week total return        %
      Technology                    23.7      Financial                     -8.8
      Small-cap Growth              22.0      Large-cap Value               -5.5
      Mid-cap Growth                20.1      Mid-cap Value                 -3.9
      Health                        19.2      Real Estate                   -2.1
      Communications                11.4      Natural Resources             -1.0
      
      Leaders                                 Laggards
      52-week total return          %         52-week total return          %
      Technology                   183.3      Financial                    -13.6
      Small-cap Growth             115.8      Real Estate                   -2.3
      Mid-cap Growth               110.3      Precious Metals               -1.8
      Japan                        103.1      Large-cap Value               -1.0
      Diversified Pacific/Asia      95.3      Mid-cap Value                  2.4
      
      
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