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Figures of the Week

COMMENTARY

Traders continued to focus on the Federal Reserve, watching for signs of

another rate hike. U.S. stocks rose sharply on Sept. 3, when employment data

suggested that inflation was under control. But the market slipped slightly

afterward because of continuing fears that the Federal Reserve may again raise

rates to control inflation. Oil prices rose to a two-year high on Sept. 7.

Data: Bloomberg Financial Markets

STOCKS

% change

U.S. MARKETS Sept. 8 Week Year

Dow Jones Industrials 11,036.3 0.9 37.6

Nasdaq Composite 2808.7 2.1 69.1

Nasdaq 100 2454.7 2.1 90.8

S&P MidCap 400 401.8 0.9 31.7

S&P SmallCap 600 180.0 1.2 18.1

S&P SuperComposite 1500 282.3 1.0 31.0

% change

SECTORS Sept. 8 Week Year

S&P/BARRA Growth 772.4 1.2 36.5

S&P/BARRA Value 594.5 0.8 25.4

S&P Basic Materials 129.2 -0.4 19.4

S&P Capital Goods 1043.5 3.2 38.7

S&P Energy 885.8 2.3 27.8

S&P Financials 130.6 -0.4 19.0

S&P REIT 80.3 -0.1 -5.0

S&P Transportation 638.1 0.2 9.1

S&P Utilities 253.6 -1.1 7.2

GSTI Internet 417.4 3.8 211.1

Morgan Stanley Cyclical 585.8 1.5 40.5

% change

GLOBAL MARKETS Sept. 8 Week Year

PSE Technology 647.6 2.9 104.9

S&P Euro Plus 1363.1 1.0 16.2

London (FT-SE 100) 6253.6 -0.4 17.0

Frankfurt (DAX) 5400.7 1.6 5.8

Tokyo (NIKKEI 225) 17,641.4 -0.9 18.3

Hong Kong (Hang Seng) 13,356.6 -1.4 63.1

Toronto (TSE 300) 7055.0 1.1 18.0

Mexico City (IPC) 4854.3 -4.6 50.0

Week Year

FUNDAMENTALS Sept. 7 ago ago

S&P 500 Dividend Yield 1.25% 1.24% 1.54%

S&P 500 P/E Ratio (Trailing 12 mos.) 33.7 31.1 24.3

S&P 500 P/E Ratio (Next 12 mos.)* 23.6 23.2 19.5

First Call Earnings Revision* -0.58% -0.32% -4.69%

*First Call Corp.

Week

TECHNICAL INDICATORS Sept. 7 ago Reading

S&P 500 200-day average 1293.2 1289.1 Positive

Stocks above 200-day average 40.0% 38.0% Positive

Options: Put/call ratio 0.61 0.56 Neutral

Insiders: Vickers Sell/buy ratio 1.34 1.36 Positive

BEST-PERFORMING Last Last 12

GROUPS month% months%

Semiconductors 16.7 Semiconductors 145.3

Instrumentation 13.6 Instrumentation 142.9

Drugs 13.4 Communictions Equip. 88.3

Electrical Equipment 11.7 Computer Systems 88.2

Medical Prods. & Supplies 10.3 Diversified Manufacturing 72.9

WORST-PERFORMING Last Last 12

GROUPS month% months%

Housewares -20.0 Pollution Control -45.9

Apparel Manufacturing -16.0 Manufactured Housing -40.3

Pollution Control -12.7 Toys -25.8

Airlines -11.1 Apparel Manufacturing -24.0

Regional Telephone Cos. -10.2 Homebuilding -22.0

INTEREST RATES

Week Year

KEY RATES Sept. 8 ago ago

MONEY MARKET FUNDS 4.80% 4.77% 5.10%

90-DAY TREASURY BILLS 4.80 4.97 4.88

1-YEAR TREASURY BILLS 5.25 5.30 4.81

10-YEAR TREASURY NOTES 5.93 5.99 4.95

30-YEAR TREASURY BONDS 6.07 6.08 5.28

30-YEAR FIXED MORTGAGE** 8.00 8.00 6.76

**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 4.88% 5.52%

TAXABLE EQUIVALENT 7.07 8.00

INSURED REVENUE BONDS 5.08 5.80

TAXABLE EQUIVALENT 7.36 8.41

MUTUAL FUNDS

EQUITY FUND CATEGORIES

Leaders Laggards

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

Technology 15.1 Precious Metals -0.4

Japan 11.8 Natural Resources 0.2

Health 9.9 Mid-cap Value 1.1

Small-cap Growth 9.6 Small-cap Value 1.2

Mid-cap Growth 9.4 Real Estate 1.2

Leaders Laggards

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

Technology 128.6 Precious Metals 3.3

Pacific/Asia ex-Japan 89.3 Real Estate 6.8

Japan 86.5 Europe 14.5

Diversified Pacific/Asia 78.4 International Hybrid 14.9

Communications 74.0 Small-cap Value 16.1

BW PRODUCTION INDEX

The production index hit a record 150 in the week ended Aug. 28. The monthly

index for August also soared to 150 from July's index of 147.4. The unaveraged

index, however, dipped to 149.9, from 150.3 in the previous week. After

seasonal adjustment, production of trucks, coal, and rail-freight traffic

increased. Crude oil output fell 4.3%, with operating capacity at only 93.4%.

Output of steel, autos, electric power, and lumber were also down.

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