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Investment Figures Of The Week


Investment Figures of the Week

Investment Figures of the Week

Mixed signals on inflation pummeled the financial markets. Oil and gold were

big losers on Sept. 13 after the producer price index signaled continued

disinflation. But on Sept. 14, the consumer price index seemed to indicate the

opposite--inflation--and the bond market suffered. Yields of 30-year Treasury

bonds climbed to 5.98% on Sept. 15, as a result. The Dow Jones industrial

average dropped 18 points on Sept. 14, and the decline in over-the-counter

stocks was even sharper.

MARKET ANALYSIS

% change

U.S. STOCKS Latest Week 52-week

DOW JONES INDUSTRIALS 3633.7 1.2 9.5

MIDSIZE COMPANIES (S&P MidCap Index) 171.4 0.8 16.9

SMALL COMPANIES (Russell 2000) 245.3 1.0 27.3

ALL COMPANIES (Russell 3000) 266.3 1.1 12.6

% change (local currency)

FOREIGN STOCKS Latest Week 52-week

LONDON (FINANCIAL TIMES 100) 2989.4 -1.5 25.7

TOKYO (NIKKEI INDEX) 20,947.8 0.1 16.7

TORONTO (TSE COMPOSITE) 3967.9 0.4 14.9

FUNDAMENTALS Latest Week ago Year ago

90-DAY TREASURY BILL YIELD 3.03% 3.02% 2.95%

30-YEAR TREASURY BOND YIELD 5.98% 5.86% 7.33%

S&P 500 DIVIDEND YIELD 2.72% 2.73% 2.93%

S&P 500 PRICE/EARNINGS RATIO 23.9 23.6 24.7

TECHNICAL INDICATORS Latest Week ago Reading

S&P 500 26-week moving average 448.9 448.5 Positive

Stocks above 26-week moving average 60.8% 62.9% Neutral

Speculative sentiment: Put/call ratio 0.49 0.44 Positive

Insider sentiment: Vickers sell/buy ratio 2.55 2.43 Negative

INDUSTRY GROUPS

BRIDGE INFORMATION SYSTEMS INC.

% change

FOUR-WEEK LEADERS 4-week 52-week

COMMUNICATIONS EQUIPMENT 9.8 13.2

FOODS 8.6 -10.6

SAVINGS AND LOANS 8.4 19.3

HOUSEWARES 8.3 9.3

ENTERTAINMENT 7.4 18.1

% change

Strongest stock in group 4-week 52-week Price

NORTHERN TELECOM 16.9 -21.1 27 5/8

BORDEN 22.5 -35.2 18 3/8

GREAT WESTERN FINANCIAL 15.8 26.2 19 1/4

PREMARK INTERNATIONAL 13.2 90.9 65 3/8

PARAMOUNT COMMUNICATIONS 18.0 39.1 63 1/8

% change

FOUR-WEEK LAGGARDS 4-week 52-week

HOSPITAL MANAGEMENT -14.8 3.2

GOLD MINING -13.4 29.3

OIL AND GAS DRILLING -9.9 16.5

METALS -9.5 -11.1

INSTRUMENTATION -7.9 17.8

% change

Weakest stock in group 4-week 52-week Price

NATIONAL MEDICAL ENTERPRISES -32.6 -44.1 7 3/4

ECHO BAY MINES -18.5 59.6 9 3/8

ROWAN -20.3 1.6 7 7/8

CYPRUS MINERALS -11.7 -21.8 24 5/8

HEWLETT-PACKARD -8.6 19.8 68 3/4

MUTUAL FUNDS

LEADERS

Four-week total return %

METLIFE-STATE STREET EQUITY INVESTMENT A 15.4

SCUDDER LATIN AMERICA 14.2

METLLIFE-STATE STREET CAPITAL APPR. A 11.5

52-week total return %

LEXINGTON STRATEGIC INVESTMENTS 86.2

PBHG GROWTH 82.8

THOMSON OPPORTUNITY A 63.2

LAGGARDS

Four-week total return %

MFS EMERGING GROWTH CLASS A -19.2

UNITED SERVICES GOLD SHARES -11.2

LEXINGTON STRATEGIC INVESTMENTS -10.7

52-week total return %

FIDELITY SELECT MEDICAL DELIVERY -15.1

INVESCO STRATEGIC HEALTH SCIENCES -13.7

MONITREND GOLD -11.5

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