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Economic Data (USA)

Monday, March 13, 2006

The NASDAQ and The S&P 500 Enjoyed Modest Gains As The Dow Lost Less Than One Point

The NASDAQ and The S&P 500 gained some ground today as The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) fell by less than one point. An estimated 1.51 billion shares were traded on The Big Board today.

The NYSE Group may have plans to bid on The London Stock Exchange (LSE). Shares of NYSE Group gained $6.75 to close @ $81.30. The NYSE Group owns and operates The New York Stock Exchange®.

Shares of Apple Computer added $2.49 to close @ $65.68.

Shares of Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) fell by $2.63 to close @ $34.00.

Watson Pharmaceuticals announced that the company is purchasing Andrx Corp in a deal worth about $1.9 billion; Watson will be the U.S. #3 drugmaker when all is said and done.

Shares of Andrx gained $2.14 to close @ $23.73.

Shares of Watson Pharmaceuticals fell by $0.55 to close @ $29.00.

Capital One is purchasing North Fork Bank in a deal worth about $14.6 billion. When all is said and done with this merger, Capital One will be one of America's top ten banks. North Fork is currently New York City's #6 bank by size.

Shares of North Fork gained $3.80 to close @ $29.20.

Shares of Capital One fell by $6.82 to close @ $83.10.

Shares of Aztar Corp. gained $6.51 to close @ $37.21.

Shares of Pinnacle Entertainment gained $1.04 to $29.

Today's Numbers:

DJIA: Closed Lower @ 11,076.02 (-0.32)

NASDAQ: Closed Higher @ 2,267.03 (+4.99)

S&P 500: Closed Higher @ 1,284.13 (+2.55)


NYMEX Crude Oil Future closed @ $61.80/barrel

New York Spot Gold closed Higher @ $546.00/ounce

Currently, The U.S. Dollar buys 0.8358 Euros

Currently, The Euro buys 1.1965 U.S. Dollars

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

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