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Investment Figures Of The Week


Investment Figures of the Week

Investment Figures of the Week

Interest rates are rising, currencies are falling, and the stock markets are

scared. The Dow industrials slid four days in a row before making a tiny gain

on Jan. 25 and finished the week down 1.5%. Actually, the U.S. market is a

relative tower of strength. The British market was down over 2%, the French

over 3%. South of the border, both the Mexican stock market and peso continued

to lose ground. Tokyo stocks dropped 5.5%, as investors assessed the financial

damage from the Kobe earthquake.

MARKET ANALYSIS

% change

U.S. STOCKS Latest Week 52-week

DOW JONES INDUSTRIALS 3871.5 -1.5 -0.9

MIDSIZE COMPANIES (S&P MidCap Index) 171.5 -1.2 -4.2

SMALL COMPANIES (Russell 2000) 248.8 -1.4 -5.3

ALL COMPANIES (Russell 3000) 267.5 -0.7 -2.1

% change (local currency)

FOREIGN STOCKS Latest Week 52-week

LONDON (FINANCIAL TIMES 100) 2982.2 -2.4 -13.2

TOKYO (NIKKEI INDEX) 18,159.5 -5.5 -5.1

TORONTO (TSE COMPOSITE) 4106.4 -1.5 -7.9

FUNDAMENTALS Latest Week ago Year ago

90-DAY TREASURY BILL YIELD 5.93% 5.85% 2.98%

30-YEAR TREASURY BOND YIELD 7.86% 7.77% 6.31%

S&P 500 DIVIDEND YIELD 2.77% 2.76% 2.57%

S&P 500 PRICE/EARNINGS RATIO 16.6 17.1 22.5

TECHNICAL INDICATORS Latest Week ago Reading

S&P 500 200-day moving average 458.4 457.9 Positive

Stocks above 200-day moving average 37.0% 40.0% Positive

Speculative sentiment: Put/call ratio 0.64 0.53r Neutral

Insider sentiment: Vickers sell/buy ratio 0.88 0.94 Positive

INDUSTRY GROUPS BLOOMBERG FINANCIAL MARKETS

% change % change

FOUR-WEEK LEADERS 4- 52- Strongest stock 4- 52-

week week in group week week Price

1 SEMICONDUCTORS 9.4 15.2 ADVANCED MICRO 36.6 62.3 31 1/4

DEVICES

2 AIRLINES 9.1 -26.0 USAIR GROUP 11.8 -67.5 4 3/4

3 LEISURE TIME 9.0 -4.6 BALLY ENTERTAINMENT 23.1 -15.8 8

4 AFTERMARKET AUTO PARTS 6.8 -11.8 ECHLIN 12.9 1.1 33 7/8

5 METAL AND GLASS CONTAINERS 6.4 6.5 BALL 9.5 19.8 33 1/4

% change % change

FOUR-WEEK LAGGARDS 4- 52- Weakest stock 4- 52-

week week in group week week Price

1 AUTOMOBILES -4.9 -28.0 GENERAL MOTORS -6.1 -36.3 38 3/4

2 SHOES -3.7 18.4 STRIDE RITE -7.5 -38.6 10 3/4

3 LONG-DISTANCE -3.6 -17.0 AT&T -4.7 -13.2 48 5/8

TELECOMMUNICATIONS

4 TRUCKING -3.6 -17.5 ROADWAY SERVICES -7.7 -20.1 50 3/4

5 COSMETICS -3.2 19.1 AVON PRODUCTS -6.8 5.3 56 7/8

MUTUAL FUNDS MORNINGSTAR INC.

LEADERS LAGGARDS

Four-week total return % Four-week total return %

1 PERKINS OPPORTUNITY WRIGHT EQUIFUND-MEXICO

7.2 NATL.FID.EQTY. -23.5

2 WRIGHT EQUIFUND-ITALIAN BT INVESTMENT LATIN

NATL.FID.EQTY. 6.8 AMERICAN EQUITY -16.7

3 GOVETT SMALLER HERCULES LATIN

COMPANIES 6.5 AMERICAN VALUE -15.6

52-week total return % 52-week total return %

1 SELIGMAN COMMUNICATIONS MONITREND

& INFORM. A 30.7 GOLD -55.0

2 GOVETT SMALLER STEADMAN OCEANOGRAPHIC

COMPANIES 25.1 TECHONOLOGY -40.2

3 ALLIANCE TECHNOLOGY A 24.4 WRIGHT EQUIFUND- -40.1

HONGKONGNATL.FID.EQ.

RELATIVE PORTFOLIOS DRI/McGRAW-HILL

Money market fund U.S.stocks Gold Foreign stocks Treasury bonds


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