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Economic Data (USA)

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

All 3 Majors Advanced Today; The Dow Gained 195 Points As Investors Reacted to FOMC Minutes

The 3 major indices advanced today, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) gaining a healthy 195 points in response to the release of minutes from the March 28, 2006 Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) monetary policy meeting. 1,842,921,230 shares were traded @ The New York Stock Exchange® today.

Summary of The New York Markets:


DJIA: Closed Higher @ 11,268.77 (+194.99)

NASDAQ: Closed Higher @ 2,356.14 (+44.98)

S&P 500: Closed Higher @ 1,307.65 (+22.32)


NYMEX Crude Oil Future is currently @ $71.00/barrel

NY Spot Gold gained $4.80 to close @ $619.30/ounce

Currently, The U.S. Dollar buys 0.8104 Euros

Currently, The Euro buys 1.2339 U.S. Dollars

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


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