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Figures of the Week

Figures of the Week

COMMENTARY

Stocks took it on the chin this week, despite favorable news on the inflation

front. Both the consumer and producer price indexes for August showed scant

price pressures. But investors focused instead on the 1.2% jump in retail

sales, which showed that the economy was continuing to race ahead. The market

is fearful that the Fed will raise interest rates in October to slow the

economy.

Data: Bloomberg Financial Markets

STOCKS

% change

U.S. MARKETS Sept. 15 Week Year

Dow Jones Industrials 10,801.4 -2.1 34.6

Nasdaq Composite 2814.2 0.2 67.7

Nasdaq 100 2463.1 0.3 86.0

S&P MidCap 400 401.1 -0.2 30.0

S&P SmallCap 600 180.0 0.0 18.8

S&P SuperComposite 1500 275.7 -2.4 26.3

% change

SECTORS Sept. 15 Week Year

S&P/BARRA Growth 759.0 -1.7 32.9

S&P/BARRA Value 581.5 -2.2 20.3

S&P Basic Materials 128.3 -0.7 15.8

S&P Capital Goods 1009.1 -3.3 36.6

S&P Energy 861.9 -2.7 18.4

S&P Financials 125.8 -3.7 11.2

S&P REIT 78.6 -2.1 -4.1

S&P Transportation 635.2 -0.5 4.1

S&P Utilities 253.5 -0.1 2.6

GSTI Internet 421.5 1.0 211.0

Morgan Stanley Cyclical 571.9 -2.4 36.8

PSE Technology 643.9 -0.6 102.9

% change

GLOBAL MARKETS Sept. 15 Week Year

S&P Euro Plus 1359.6 -0.3 22.8

London (FT-SE 100) 6067.7 -3.0 14.9

Frankfurt (DAX) 5387.2 -0.3 11.5

Tokyo (NIKKEI 225) 17,777.2 0.4 25.0

Hong Kong (Hang Seng) 13,430.6 0.6 73.7

Toronto (TSE 300) 7063.5 0.1 20.6

Mexico City (IPC) 4970.2 2.4 45.6

Week Year

FUNDAMENTALS Sept. 14 ago ago

S&P 500 Dividend Yield 1.26% 1.25% 1.52%

S&P 500 P/E Ratio (Trailing 12 mos.) 31.5 33.7 24.7

S&P 500 P/E Ratio (Next 12 mos.)* 23.4 23.6 19.9

First Call Earnings Revision* 5.80% -0.58% -5.20%

*First Call Corp.

Week

TECHNICAL INDICATORS Sept. 14 ago Reading

S&P 500 200-day average 1297.4 1293.2 Positive

Stocks above 200-day average 37.0% 40.0% Positive

Options: Put/call ratio 0.54 0.61 Negative

Insiders: Vickers Sell/buy ratio 1.11 1.34 Positive

BEST-PERFORMING Last Last 12

GROUPS month% months%

Defense Electronics 11.1 Semiconductors 129.1

Computer Systems 8.4 Instrumentation 117.2

Computer Software 6.6 Communications Equip. 101.7

Electrical Equipment 6.6 Computer Systems 84.3

Communications Equip. 6.4 Diversified Manufacturing 65.4

WORST-PERFORMING Last Last 12

GROUPS month% months%

Furnishings & Appliances -21.4 Pollution Control -49.7

Apparel Manufacturing -17.9 Manufactured Housing -33.9

Housewares -16.6 Toys -22.2

Pollution Control -14.8 Metal & Glass Containers -21.5

Specialty Appar. Retailers -12.3 Apparel Manfuacturing -20.2

INTEREST RATES

Week Year

KEY RATES Sept. 15 ago ago

MONEY MARKET FUNDS 4.83% 4.80% 5.09%

90-DAY TREASURY BILLS 4.72 4.83 4.74

1-YEAR TREASURY BILLS 5.23 5.28 4.78

10-YEAR TREASURY NOTES 5.92 5.93 4.88

30-YEAR TREASURY BONDS 6.10 6.07 5.23

30-YEAR FIXED MORTGAGE** 7.85 8.00 6.78

**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 4.92% 5.58%

TAXABLE EQUIVALENT 7.13 8.09

INSURED REVENUE BONDS 5.07 5.82

TAXABLE EQUIVALENT 7.35 8.43

MUTUAL FUNDS

EQUITY FUND CATEGORIES

Leaders Laggards

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

Japan 13.9 Financial -6.8

Diversified Pacific/Asia 10.0 Precious Metals -3.3

Technology 9.0 Mid-cap Value -2.9

Pacific/Asia ex-Japan 6.9 Large-cap Value -2.8

Small-cap Growth 4.7 Real Estate -1.7

Leaders Laggards

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

Technology 120.7 Precious Metals 0.9

Japan 105.3 Real Estate 8.2

Pacific/Asia ex-Japan 86.7 Financial 10.0

Diversified Pacific/Asia 85.5 Europe 10.8

Communications 66.7 Small-cap Value 13.7

BW PRODUCTION INDEX

The production index dipped in the week ended Sept. 4. Before calculation of

the four-week moving average, the index fell 0.2%, to 149.6, from 149.9. Truck

and coal production dropped after seasonal adjustment. Output of steel, autos,

electric power, crude oil, and lumber were up. Rail-freight traffic also rose,

and the Association of American Railroads noted that railroads recorded their

third-largest weekly volume ever for intermodal freight.

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