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Investment Figures Of The Week


Investment Figures of the Week

Investment Figures of the Week

Investment Figures of the Week

COMMENTARY

A middling week in the financial markets, which were dominated by a decline of

the dollar against major currencies. The greenback's weakness was abetted by

trader sentiment that the Federal Reserve won't intervene in support of the

currency. Bonds also slid steadily. But blue chip stocks performed well, with

the Dow Jones industrial average climbing to all-time highs for two consecutive

days. The Dow closed at a record 3988 on Feb. 16. Favorable earnings news

buoyed stocks.

% change

U.S. STOCKS Latest Week 52-week

DOW JONES INDUSTRIALS 3973.1 -0.3 2.1

MIDSIZE COMPANIES (S&P MidCap Index) 177.7 -0.7 -1.6

SMALL COMPANIES (Russell 2000) 253.9 -1.4 -4.1

ALL COMPANIES (Russell 3000) 277.1 -0.2 1.8

% change (local currency)

FOREIGN STOCKS Latest Week 52-week

LONDON (FINANCIAL TIMES 100) 3019.5 -1.8 -9.6

TOKYO (NIKKEI INDEX) 18,106.7 0.6 -6.4

TORONTO (TSE COMPOSITE) 4121.1 -0.1 -5.7

FUNDAMENTALS Latest Week ago Year ago

90-DAY TREASURY BILL YIELD 5.83% 5.88% 3.46%

30-YEAR TREASURY BOND YIELD 7.54% 7.56% 6.65%

S&P 500 DIVIDEND YIELD 2.68% 2.68% 2.47%

S&P 500 PRICE/EARNINGS RATIO 16.3 16.2 21.3

TECHNICAL INDICATORS Latest Week ago Reading

S&P 500 200-day moving average 461.2 460.5 Positive

Stocks above 200-day moving average 53.0% 53.0%r Neutral

Speculative sentiment: Put/call ratio 0.65 0.61r Neutral

Insider sentiment:

Vickers sell/buy ratio 0.75 0.76 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 PAPER CONTAINERS 13.4 16.1 STONE CONTAINER 32.0 44.8 24 1/4

2 RESTAURANTS 12.0 5.5 McDONALD'S 13.3 9.1 33

3 HOMEBUILDING 11.0 -34.8 CENTEX 12.6 -35.1 25 5/8

4 SPECIALTY PRINTING 10.1 -1.0 JOHN H. HARLAND 13.6 -5.4 22

5 FINANCIAL SERVICES 9.9 3.8 MBNA 14.4 25.0 26 7/8

% change % change

4- 52- Weakest stock 4- 52-

FOUR-WEEK LAGGARDS week week in group week week Price

1 MACHINE TOOLS -5.6 -22.1 CINCINNATI MILACRON -13.7 -8.4 20 1/2

2 STEEL -5.4 -11.8 INLAND STEEL INDUSTRIES -8.4 -13.9 28 3/4

3 METALS -5.0 2.7 INCO -8.8 7.4 27 3/8

4 GOLD MINING -3.8 -18.0 SANTA FE PACIFIC GOLD -10.4 NA 10 3/4

5 ALUMINUM -3.6 6.7 ALCOA -4.1 5.9 82 5/8

MUTUAL FUNDS MORNINGSTAR INC.

LEADERS LAGGARDS

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

1 PERKINS OPPORTUNITY 10.3 MORGAN STANLEY LATIN AMERICAN A -16.2

2 BT INVESTMENT PACIFIC BT INVESTMENT

BASIN EQUITY 9.4 LATIN AMERICAN EQUITY -15.9

3 MORGAN STANLEY INSTL. HERCULES LATIN

ASIAN EQUITY 9.1 AMERICAN VALUE -14.7

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

1 FIDELITY SELECT HEALTH CARE 28.5 MONITREND GOLD -52.8

2 SELIGMAN COMMUNICATIONS HERCULES LATIN

& INFORM. A 28.4 AMERICAN VALUE -48.6

3 PERKINS OPPORTUNITY 27.6 TCW/DW LATIN AMERICAN GROWTH -47.3

Four-week total return

52-week total return

RELATIVE PORTFOLIOS DRI/McGRAW-HILL

Dollar amounts represent the present value of $10,000 invested one year ago in

each portfolio

Percentages indicate five-day total returns

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


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