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Economy

Economic Data (USA)

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

All 3 Majors Advanced Today As The Dow Closed at A High Not Seen Since 2001

All 3 majors indices gained ground today; an estimated 1.49 billion shares were traded @ The New York Stock Exchange®.


The worst performer in the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) today was Microsoft. Shares of the global #1 software company lost $0.59 to close @ $27.15 on news that the consumer version of "Vista"--the next version of the company's popular Windows® operating system--won't be ready until next year. The business version of "Vista" will be released in November of this year.

Shares of DJIA component Caterpillar gained $1.90 (2.56%) to close @ $76.21.

Shares of DJIA component 3M gained $1.14 (1.52%) to close @ $76.07.


Shares of Nike gained $1.87 to close @ $86.82. Nike is the global #1 producer of athletic footwear.


Shares of FedEx advanced by $1.22 to close @ $114.44. FedEx is the U.S. #2 parcel delivery company.


Shares of Morgan Stanley added $1.53 to close @ $61.94.


Shares of CBOT Holdings Inc. gained $0.98 (0.75%) to close @$131.67.


Shares of Bristol-Myers Squibb gained $2.41 to close @ $25.24.


Summary of The New York Markets:

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DJIA: Closed Higher @ 11,317.43 (+81.96)

NASDAQ: Closed Higher @ 2,303.35 (+9.12)

S&P 500: Closed Higher @ 1,305.04 (+7.81)

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NYMEX Crude Oil Future is currently @ $62.38/barrel

New York Spot Gold closed Lower @ $550.60/ounce

Currently, The U.S. Dollar buys 0.8293 Euros

Currently, The Euro buys 1.2058 U.S. Dollars

The U.S. Prime Rate (WSJ Prime Rate) is 7.5%


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