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Economic Data (USA)

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

All 3 Majors Advanced Today, Despite Crude for Future Delivery Crossing the $67 Mark

The 3 major indices gained ground today despite the fact that NYMEX crude oil for future delivery passed the $67 mark and continued upward. 1,614,481,840 shares were traded @ The New York Stock Exchange® today.

Shares of Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) component Alcoa gained $0.81 (2.62%) to close @ $31.67.

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Shares of Apple gained $6.04 to close @ $67.21 in regular trading; the stock then added an additional $0.19 in after-hours action this evening.

Shares of DJIA component Microsoft gained $0.10 to close @ $27.74 in regular trading; the stock then added an additional $0.10 in after-hours trading.

Shares of PMC-Sierra gained $0.99 to close @ $13.25 on news that the company is planning to purchase semiconductor producer Passave Inc.

Shares of Career Education Corporation gained $5.04 to close @ $41.70. Career Education is the U.S. #2 (by size) operator of for-profit colleges.

Shares of Medtronic fell by $0.82 to close @ $50.58. Medtronic is the global #1 producer of heart devices.

Shares of heart device manufacturer St. Jude Medical fell by $5.05 to close @ $36.25.

Shares of Bausch & Lomb lost $2.39 to close @ $58.02.

Shares of Tenet Healthcare gained $1.12 to close @ $9.02.

Shares of Sears Holdings gained $6.19 to close @ $137.87 on news that the company will buyback $500 million worth of shares. Sears is the U.S. #1 department store chain.

As you might have guessed, many energy stocks did well as the price of crude escalated today.

Shares of ConocoPhillips gained $1.41 to close @ $66.56.

Shares of Valero Energy gained $2.66 to close @ $62.50.

Summary of The New York Markets


DJIA: Closed Higher @ 11,239.55 (+35.70)

NASDAQ: Closed Higher @ 2,359.75 (+14.39)

S&P 500: Closed Higher @ 1,311.56 (+5.63)


NYMEX Crude Oil Future is currently @ $67.47/barrel

NY Spot Gold gained $1.90 to close @ $587.60/ounce

Currently, The U.S. Dollar buys 0.8141 Euros

Currently, The Euro buys 1.2284 U.S. Dollars

The U.S. Prime Rate (WSJ Prime Rate) is 7.75%



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