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Investment Figures Of The Week


Investment Figures of the Week

Investment Figures of the Week

COMMENTARY

The U.S. stock market went on a spree on Feb. 3, as investors rejoiced over a

report showing more people out of work. Reacting to a report that the

unemployment rate jumped 0.3 points in January, to 5.7%, investors wagered that

economic growth was slowing and that rates were at a peak. Bonds climbed and so

did blue chips, with the Dow Jones industrial average soaring 58 points, to

3929. But the voyage to 4000 fizzled in subsequent days, and the dollar

declined, due to mixed economic signals.

MARKET ANALYSIS

% change

U.S. STOCKS Latest Week 52-week

DOW JONES INDUSTRIALS 3935.4 2.3 0.1

MIDSIZE COMPANIES (S&P MidCap Index) 177.2 3.2 -2.3

SMALL COMPANIES (Russell 2000) 253.8 2.5 -4.3

ALL COMPANIES (Russell 3000) 275.5 2.4 0.7

% change (local currency)

FOREIGN STOCKS Latest Week 52-week

LONDON (FINANCIAL TIMES 100) 3072.5 1.8 -10.4

TOKYO (NIKKEI INDEX) 18,290.3 -2.4 -7.8

TORONTO (TSE COMPOSITE) 4104.2 2.1 -8.0

FUNDAMENTALS Latest Week ago Year ago

90-DAY TREASURY BILL YIELD 5.89% 6.05% 3.31%

30-YEAR TREASURY BOND YIELD 7.64% 7.74% 6.42%

S&P 500 DIVIDEND YIELD 2.69% 2.75% 2.51%

S&P 500 PRICE/EARNINGS RATIO 16.4 16.1 22.0

TECHNICAL INDICATORS Latest Week ago Reading

S&P 500 200-day moving average 459.8 459.0 Positive

Stocks above 200-day moving average 47.0% 41.0%r Neutral

Speculative sentiment: Put/call ratio 0.60 0.62r Neutral

Insider sentiment: Vickers

sell/buy ratio 0.84 0.87 Positive

INDUSTRY GROUPS BLOOMBERG FINANCIAL MARKETS

% change % change

4- 52- Strongest stock 4- 52-

FOUR-WEEK LEADERS week week in group week week Price

1 RESTAURANTS 13.3 7.7 McDONALD'S 15.7 12.2 33 1/4

2 HEALTH-CARE SERVICES 12.3 1.9 ALZA 16.2 -11.8 22 3/8

3 ENTERTAINMENT 12.1 5.4 WALT DISNEY 13.3 15.8 52 1/8

4 LIFE INSURANCE 11.5 -4.6 TORCHMARK 17.0 -15.4 41 1/4

5 SAVINGS AND LOANS 10.3 -0.7 GREAT WESTERN FINANCIAL 13.9 4.2 18 1/2

% change % change

4- 52- Weakest stock 4- 52-

FOUR-WEEK LAGGARDS week week in group week week Price

1 AUTOMOBILES -10.5 -31.3 CHRYSLER -14.3 -26.6 45 1/8

2 STEEL -8.4 -13.8 INLAND STEEL INDUSTRIES -16.4 -15.6 29 7/8

3 TRUCKING -8.1 -26.7 ROADWAY SERVICES -10.7 -27.2 50 1/4

4 METALS -6.4 -5.3 PHELPS DODGE -9.9 -0.5 54 5/8

5 HEAVY-DUTY TRUCKS -5.9 -23.7 PACCAR -10.3 -24.9 42 5/8

MUTUAL FUNDS MORNINGSTAR INC.

LEADERS LAGGARDS

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

1 SEQUOIA 9.8 WRIGHT EQUIFUND-MEXICO

NATL.FID.EQTY. -11.6

2 FIDELITY SELECT BULL & BEAR

MEDICAL DELIVERY 9.3 GOLD INVESTORS -11.5

3 RETIREMENT PLANNING GROWTH B 9.3 JAPAN -10.9

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

1 SELIGMAN COMMUNICATIONS

& INFORM. A 28.9 MONITREND GOLD -55.8

2 ALLIANCE TECHNOLOGY A 27.9 STEADMAN OCEANOGRAPHIC

TECHNOLOGY -42.5

3 FIDELITY SELECT HEALTH CARE 27.6 STEADMAN AMERICAN

INDUSTRY -41.2

Four-week total return

52-week total return

RELATIVE PORTFOLIOS DRI/McGRAW-HILL

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


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